Dear Evan,Our little precious boy! Over the past year you have brought your dad and I so much joy. Too much, really, to put into words. But we will try.
It simply amazes us that God would entrust us with such a precious gift. Almost on a daily basis you will hear one of us comment about how awesome you are. You truly are awesome!! God knew exactly what we needed to complete our lives.
You have come from a wobbly toddler to a little boy over the past year. It has been amazing to watch you blossom into your own person and we look forward to see what new things we will witness in the upcoming year.
Over the past year you have:
1. Learned to walk. Once you started it didn't take more than a few days for walking to turn into running. You run every where. You have the most adorable gait. It sort of is a mix of skipping and jumping along with running. We laugh every time we witness from behind.
2. Learned to talk. This one was a little harder for you than the walking. Many people have a hard time understanding you but we do. You take after me (mom) I think because many words don't come out the way you intend them to. But your body language makes up for what lacks in your speech. You will try to get your point across and your whole body will move around as if you are playing charades. Through most of the year, many words came out as the sounds the object would make. If you were talking about a car, instead of saying car you would say "vroom, vroom". We would try to make you say "car" but you were stubborn and would continue to say "vroom". If the object had a sound, it would be a guarantee you would say the sound. We love the sounds that come our of your mouth! By the end of the year, you are saying many more names of objects. It is a little sad, I have to admit, to hear your vocabulary growing because it reminds me that you are growing up too quickly and that soon you will be speaking in complete sentences. You are now trying to piece several words together to form a complete thought. Your favorite is "more juice please" and "Carter awake" (this one is usually after you have awaken him by screaming or letting yourself in his room).
3. Perfected your throwing ability. People are simply amazed of how well you can throw a ball. Your accuracy is pretty good also, almost hitting the intended target every time. We really do think you will be an amazing athlete of some kind.
4. Chosen your favorites.
Your favorite food surprisingly are tomatoes. You would actually steal them off Grandpa's vines during the summer and will sneak them out of the refrigerator. We keep a stash of grape tomatoes on hand at all times because you enjoy them so much.
Your favorite book is "How I Became a Pirate", thanks to April and David. You want to read it almost daily. You will walk around the house saying (and gesturing) "Down the hatch my laddies!". But really any book on a given day might be your favorite. You LOVE to read. And the best part for us is that we steal some loves while we read to you, because you insist on sitting on our laps during reading times. We even had to buy you a reading light for in the truck because you insist on reading every time we go anywhere - day or night.
Your favorite activity. This has changed several times over the past year because of the change in seasons. During the summer, you insisted on being outside all day long. You discovered playgrounds and you could spot them anywhere. So we spend a lot of time visiting local parks. During the winter we moved your basketball hoop indoors and a little game of one on one with dad before bedtime has become the norm. You also love to play on the pool table in the basement and with legos.
Your favorite toy. Anything in the shape of a ball! Period.
Your favorite movie - Ratatouille.
5. Mastered the stairs and doors. We can't hide from you any longer because you know how to find us.
We are intrigued by watching you take things apart and putting them back together again. I (mom) think you are going to be some sort of engineer when you grow up because you have to know how everything works and won't stop until you figure it out.
You have a tender heart. We hope that never changes. You don't like to see us upset and it makes you upset when we are feeling down. If you accidently make Carter cry, you cry along with him.
You love to "rough house", and your Dad may actually love it more. How great it is to see you run from across the room, full speed, and tackle your Dad. You pack a punch! The funny thing is, the more you fall, the more fun it is. We don't have to worry too much about anything scaring you. Usually the time we hear a thud on the floor, you are up and laughing about it. You have had more bumps, bruises and scrapes than any kid I have ever seen. By the time one heals you manage to put another one on. Your Daddy says bumps, scrapes and scars give you character, but we don't think you have any shortage of that!
You love things in order. You like to line up everything - cars, legos, crackers, veggies, books. Everything has a place.
You have become a big brother and are enjoying it. You make sure we never "forget" Carter at home. You enjoy having him around and even though you have your moments of jealousy, you always include him when we are running on errands, going downstairs, going outside. You always ask if Carter is coming.
You are obsessed with trash. You are my "little environmentalist". If you see a piece of trash in the middle of the parking lot you will say "uh oh, trash can, trash can". I sometimes will have to go pick it up and throw it away just to appease you. I hope you are always that conscience about the world around you.
We could go on and on. But to close, on your second birthday Evan, we are so proud that you are our kid. We love you so very much. We truly thank God for you each and every day. You bring us so much joy, more than we could ever imagine. You are still our "little peanut", no matter how big you might get.
So, Evan, with this we say "bye bye" to year number two and excitedly await what the next will bring.