Thursday, December 23, 2010

Andrew's 1st Birthday

Our little boy is one! Andrew is such a wonderful little boy filled with so much love.   Elizabeth was more excited for Andrew's first birthday than he was, but he did have fun with the balloons and streamers.  Elizabeth's favorite was decorating the train cake (and sampling the icing every chance she could get)!   Andrew's favorite game right now is peek a boo.  He loves to play, hiding behind the door.

 Andrew actually did like wearing his hat around, despite the look on his face.

And our buddy Gregario has not made the blog in a long time.  He is still doing great (I think he's about 12-13 years old now) although does not get around like his younger years.  He has some arthritis in his back hips so running is a thing of the past for our old boy.  Andrew and Elizabeth love him to death.  Andrew is always trying to pet him.  Gregario is much more tolerant with Andrew than he ever was with Elizabeth at this age and just sits there and lets Andrew pet him.  He does a good job and really does not try to pull Gregario's fur.

The park behind our house is the best.  It is so perfect for young kids.  It has a little path around it that Elizabeth rides her tricycle and Andrew attempts to keep up with his push walker (until he gets distracted by a pine cone or a leaf that seems interesting to pick up).  I've tried to get Elizabeth to go on ahead of us and lap us but she likes to wait for her little brother and will constantly encourage him in such a loving way.  Elizabeth is a natural leader, whether it is with her brother or with her friends at school.  It is really amazing to watch as I've always debated in my own mind whether leadership is a born or learned trait but with Elizabeth it is definitely a gift.  Jan was picking Elizabeth up from school the other day.  Elizabeth was selected by her teachers to be the class leader for recess.  She had to pick the kids that were quiet to then go stand in line to go outside.  Elizabeth was so excited.  She went over to the teachers chair and sat down and then told the kids that she would select them when they were quiet.  She looked around and made gentle comments to some of the kids and then would quietly say each kids name and they would go line up at the door.  She was amazingly commanding the class with just a whisper.  What a beautiful lesson and reminder for me too.
And yes, baby doll still comes with us almost everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and updates. Enjoy your time with your family over the holidays!