Sam and Rachel turned 4! Wooohooo four year olds are fun.
We went all out and had a party company do this year's birthday bash at a community centre with a pirate ship bouncy castle and face painting. I made a ridiculous number of cupcakes which all got consumed and we invited all the friends (my friend's kids) they've ever played with.
There were 20 children! It was loud and it was fun and only 2 hours and the twins loved it.
I figured this would be the last year that we could get away with inviting our friends and not their school friends so we might as well go big. In reality a lot of those kids were the younger siblings of the child we invited so there were a lot of tiny ones there too as well as their parents.
It was a lot less stressful for me hosting it outside of my house and I actually ended up feeling like I got a chance to chat a little with people.
Sam and Rachel are so great and I can already tell 4 is going to be a magical age.
They absolutely love their preschool class and have learned so so much these past two months. They have friends and they have new songs and new ideas and question after question after question. :)
They still play very physically together rolling all over each other, tackling, pretending to be dogs and cats and owners and ducks and dragons and monsters. And that physicality is still shared with me too, especially now that I'm not carrying around a tiny newborn, the twins are back to climbing on me when I'm down on the floor. They sit in my lap for hugs. They ask for tickles and kisses. They want to be picked up.....I usually answer no to that one these days.
They LOVED Halloween this year. There was no hesitation at all about running up to the neighbours doors and shouting trick or treat. They even remembered to say thank you sometimes!
Sam is a boy with a lot of energy and a lot of creativity. At school they have never seen Sam in a bad mood and he easily joins in with any other group of kids when he wants to join their play. He can also run or bike or jump for 45 minutes without slowing down during playtime!
Rachel is a quiet girl who knows her own mind and loves to have one special friend to play with. Right now the special ones are Austin ('he's my best friend') and Addy at preschool. She likes being in charge when she can be but mostly just wants to be accepted by others and she is always the first to make a new friend at the playground.
Both of them are very artsy! They love doing crafts, which now include tape and glue and scissors so this is a much messier process than when it was just crayons and markers.
They can play quietly when I ask them to and can ask for what they need as they need it. It's a lovely change from the toddler grumpies that would strike without warning.
Oh I do love my big kids so much and I love being home with them to help see them make sense of the world around them as it expands.
Very interesting conversation about police and car crashing happened the other day, which I'll share another time. :)