Gack. It feels like yesterday that it was just he and I at home for that first wondrous year. Thank goodness for video cameras and many, many pictures. I know that those moments and that sweet little voice will be something I will want to remember always.
Now my handsome man is in grade 4 and loves school. He's fiercely competitive (from me) but also naturally gifted at sports (from Dan) and I love watching him learn, discover and play. He plays baseball, basketball, swims and is now really enjoying track.
Willis loves to learn, especially in Math. He also reads a ton and I love cuddling with him at night and reading together.
He still wants cuddles and even though he's in grade 4, I'm unwilling to give this up. I keep thinking of my friend, Lana and how her boys are at such different stages and I bet that she would love to go snuggle them again. So every night I lay down with him to read and then we talk and cuddle for a bit and every night I hope that I'll have another with him. He is getting so old so quickly.
A little something from Dan about our little mancub:
Something bad happened at work where a bug went into production. Long story. I found out while I was bringing Willis home from basketball.
I was mad and yelling at the group that caused it. Willis listened for a couple minutes, then taps me on the arm. I stop and look at him.
He looks right back at me like he's upset he has to even spell it out for me and says "Dad. Are you going to fix it or just keep yelling."
So I cut the yelling and got down to work.
The one constant that I've noticed while raising these two is that I am always saying: I love this age. And that was true now as much as it was when they were much younger. They are both growing up so beautifully and yes, while they have their moments where I want to lock them in their rooms until they're 18- they are wonderful little humans and I can't wait to see what these next years hold for them.