Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Matthew Turns Four

Wow....I have been pretty bad about keeping up with this blog lately.  I'll have to do a separate post on why later.  First, I want to document Matthew's 4th birthday!  We had initially planned on a Paw Patrol Pool Party for Matthew, but the weather turned a little too cold after a week of downpours.  Instead, we had a Paw Patrol party at Mike's work...Geyer Springs First Baptist Church!  It ended up working out perfectly!  There was a huge room for food, presents, and all of the kiddos to run around.  Plus, a new indoor play area that they all loved!

My favorite part of Matthew's party was his excited scream (aka "girly" scream") each time he opened a new present.  I have no idea where it came from, but it was pretty funny, and I have it video!  He is now the proud owner of the entire Paw Patrol town....at least it feels like it :-)  On his actual birthday, my sister and I took him to the zoo.  He was able to play in the new farm area which was really nice!  We then had a small pool party with the family.  Of course, he had more cake and got to open a few more presents.

Opening presents from Mommy, Daddy, and Bro before the party

Like always, here are some highlights from my little 4 year old!

~  You weigh 35.4 lbs (46th percentile) and are 3 feet, 5 inches tall (67th percentile)!
~  You LOVE Pre-K3!!!  You go Tuesday 8:30-11:30 and Thursday 8:30-2:30, and are always so excited to tell us about your day.  I love watching you learn and enjoy school!
~  Over the summer, you played soccer again.  Now, you are playing T-Ball!  We will continue to let you play both, or any other sport you want to try, until you need to choose 1-2 to focus on.  It's been fun seeing your athletic side come out over the last year.
~  Reading is still one of your favorite things to do, but you also love playing....any kind of playing!  Being outdoors, playing with cars/trucks/trains, Paw Patrol, Octonauts, Legos, Lightsaber "fights", and any kind of snack are your other faves. 
~  You want to help us with everything, and are so good when you do help!  The best part of this trait is seeing you start to help your friends or others outside of the family.  I pray that continues.
~  When we are in the car, you like to play "I Spy" and the "Animal Game".  You also like to have us tell you stories or try to make your Bro laugh.  This is also the best place for you to get in a nap :-)
~  I can tell your adventurous side is really coming out, but with many things you are still hesitant.  You still like to watch others when faced with a new task, and pretend you are shy around new people.  Those who know you, know that you love to be center of attention.

~ You still enjoy tagging along to your little brother's therapy sessions and doctor's appointments.  You've even started helping the therapists...you would make a great therapist or doctor one day!

~ We are still working on swimming without your floaties, but you are gaining more confidence.  You've been able to use the kick-board to kick around the pool without your floaties, so you're getting there.

We love you Matthew David Fleisher!!!!

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