Look who is three years old!
And look how much you have grown…
It is hard to believe that you have gotten to be such a big boy. We are planning your 3rd birthday (a bombero party–pictures to come) party, but the 19th is THE DAY. We will have a mini-celebration with our teammates on your special day. I made sugar cookies and peanut butter bars to celebrate.
Here are some of the pics I have taken of you recently…
Cohen Timothy, we adore you, little one. You have matured so much in the last few months—starting school was a big part of that. You are go-with-the-flow most of the time. You love being outside on the patio riding your bike or out in the sandbox getting dirty.
We really need to set you up with play-doh. We don’t have any currently, and you have found some of the play-doh toys to play with. You tell us, “I am playing ‘adobo.’” Adobo is a famous Arequipan dish. :-)
You love cee-wee-ul (cereal). You could eat it for every breakfast and every dinner I believe. You are usually the first to wake up in the morning. I will find you playing with your cars in your room or in the playroom, and the first words out of your mouth are, “I want some ceeweeul, please.”
You call most everyone by name correctly. But one of my favorite names that you mispronounce is Areli’s name. You call her “Ah-lah-lee.”
If you get to choose a show to watch, you ask for “Thomas the Train,” “Go Gabba Gabba,” or “Monster’s Inko” (Monster’s Inc.!).
You sleep super well at night, and you no longer take afternoon naps. We find you to be pretty cranky on school days, so it is no surprise that your napless afternoon leads to a 7 pm bedtime.
I have plenty of pictures to blackmail you one day. Most of them involve princess dresses, tutus, and purses. You might be receiving some costumes for YOU so that you don’t have to only use your sister’s stuff to play with. ;-)
You have shown your stubborn streak and your defiance in the last few months. You are learning to test the waters. These occurrences have gotten less and less. When you are mad, you like to show you are super mad. But when you are loving, you are super loving. I guess that makes you a passionate little boy. I prefer sweet Cohen, though.
Cohen, we love you. This is your last birthday in Arequipa. You were born here, and we will never forget the first 3 years of your life spent in this beautiful country. You may not have many memories because you are so young, but we pray that the memories are kept alive in these photos. To our little Arequipeño, el príncipe de la casa, ¡Felíz Cumpleaños!