Friday, July 24, 2015

Ty is FOUR (and four months)!

Dear Ty Ty,
So I am the world's worst blogger these days and I am just now getting around to your 4 year post.  I'm just 4 short months late on that.  Ugh!  So here's a look at you...

You are a bundle of emotions.  I confess, I tend to refer to you as my 13 year old daughter.  When you're happy, you're super happy but when you're mad, look out! Those moods can swing at any given moment without warning.  You love so deeply but you are also hurt very easily and you have no problem letting the offender know that they've hurt you.  Again, my thirteen year old daughter :)

You really look up to Case and love to do the things that he does.  This usually annoys him but he misses you on the rare occasion that you aren't together.  You are each other's best friend.  My heart feels like it might explode when I watch the two of you playing nicely together.  Now that usually ends in a fight, at which point I think my head might explode instead but those sweet moments in between are precious.

Penguin day at Case's school
One of my favorite pictures of you!  I dare the
Headless Horseman to mess with you!
Super heroes in Walmart
A Johnston and Johnston fort... I don't see a construction company
 in your future!

You are very social and love to be with your friends!  You prefer that your "friends" be little girls that are older than you.  Seriously.  If we're out and I can't find you, I just need to look for the nearest pretty girl or lady and there you are.  I'm worried about your future, or maybe about the girls in your future.  

Here's an example, you've never cared so much about a map or a cannon as you did once you saw this lady at the children's museum.  All of a sudden you were hanging on her EVERY word for like 20 minutes.  I can't get you to sit and learn about anything for 5 minutes!  
Studying a map?  Really?  You got game kid!
Well played Ty, well played!

You love to play with the kids at "The Circle", which is just the cul-de-sac by our house but all the kids around us meet and play there.  Cora, is probably you're most favorite person at The Circle.  She pretends to be your mom and takes you for rides on her scooter.  You think she's pretty awesome.  I couldn't get you to wake up in the car one day when we had gotten home and carrying you in wasn't an option.  I tried everything, shaking you, talking to you, saying your name over and over and over again.  Then I said, "there's Cora!" and your eyes popped open immediately. Oi vey!

Your best friends are Case, Andrew, Caroline, and anyone else that's willing to do what you want to do.  You are very social and don't really like to be alone.  You love to wear a superhero costume and when you can't get away with that then a superhero hoodie with a face cover will do, 90 degrees outside or not.  Swords and guns are another favorite toy of yours.  No matter what size the sword or gun is, the waist of your pants was made to hold it.  You love all your "weapons".  You will help Case with puzzles for a little bit but tend to lose interest long before he does.  You aren't a crafty kid because you don't really love to sit still.  
This lasted a hot minute and then you got mad.  

If you have to do a craft, you would prefer there be tools involved!

I think you are going to be into sports more than Case is.  You both played on the same basketball team this past winter and you really held your own even though you were the youngest on the team.  You're going to give soccer a shot next, which isn't my favorite sport but if you love it, I'm there!  I'm really hoping you try baseball next summer and love it because I can't convince your brother to play again and I really loved watching him.  Maybe you'll be my ball player!  
Taking a shot!

You didn't hesitate to climb to the top of the rock wall!
You and Case moved into a room together just before Knox was born.  Daddy and I bought you (used because that's how we roll) bunk beds.  You and Case really like being in the same room!  You sleep on the bottom bunk and Case is on the top.

You've got your own style.  You hate when I pick your clothes out.  When you pick your clothes out, you almost always pick these yellow mustard colored cords and a tee or your blue or green khakis and a character tee always with a character hoodie.  It is so funny.  You don't care what the temperature is, you just like to wear certain things.  You roll to your own beat and don't care what anyone else thinks about it.

Daisy Dukes or sweats? who knows.

You were sad because this is what you wanted to wear to church
You love to watch TV and movies!  You probably don't sit as long as your brother does but you think Saturdays are pretty awesome because you get to watch a show while you eat.  My favorite part about your love of movies is that you are always repeating random movie quotes.  You always pick the funny ones.  Sometimes it catches me off guard to see how funny you are at only 4 years old!

You LOVE sweets!  I limit them because you get an upset tummy really easily.  You puke when you drink chocolate milk or eat too much junk.  This has happened about 3 or 4 times now.  Let me remind you at this point that puke is my kryptonite!  It makes me want to hand in my mom card and run for the border!  So I'm probably overly careful with sweets and you.  Aside from sweets, you love to have oatmeal or cereal for breakfast.  You drink milk (white) at every meal and would drink it in between if I let you.  You would prefer to have peanut butter and jelly for lunch AND dinner but I usually don't accommodate that for you.  You'll usually eat pepperoni pizza, grilled cheese, hot dogs, turkey, pancakes, bananas, and that's probably about it.  You claim that you love carrots but usually won't eat them so I'm not buying it!

You're a good sleeper.  You are still napping around 2 to 4 most days, with sleep probably only being about 1 to 1.5 hours of that.  You get to stay up after Case at night for about 30 minutes and have some iPad time.  This is probably your favorite 30 minutes of the day!  If I have a middle of the night visitor, it's usually you with a bad dream and you sure do have some weird ones!  

You are much more sensitive and aware of death than Case is so when Poppy died you had a lot of questions. You still ask random questions now and then. Before Poppy died, you loved to visit him and play with his hands and ride on his scooter or walker with him. He was your buddy for sure! I hope you'll always have memories of him! He sure did love you and your brothers!

You became a big brother in July of 2014!  And you are AWESOME at it!  You loved to play with and talk to Knox when he was still in my belly.  

The day you met him you weren't really too sure...

But he quickly became one of your most favorite people!  You loved to hold him from the moment we got home from the hospital.  You love to watch Knox learn new things and to just have him near you.  My heart melts every time I catch you snuggling with him!  

You are such a snuggler.  You still love to be cuddled when you're sad.  You're super ticklish and pretty much melt into a ball if someone touches your neck.  You can be very mischievous but also very kind and obedient.  You don't hesitate to let someone know, usually in a rather loud voice, if you feel as though they have wronged you somehow.  You've slammed many a door in your short 4 years (usually because I'm the one who has "wronged" you in some way).  You're so loving, and so naughty, and so funny and I just wouldn't change a thing about you!  I wish I was better at creating a picture of you with words because I never want to forget the four year old you!  I love you with all my heart and I hope you ALWAYS know that!!!  Happy (VERY BELATED) fourth birthday my sweet boy!

Playing with cars on Joshua and Caleb's grave
Driving the boat!

Snuggles with great-grandma

naptime with Grandma!

Probably one of my favorite stories about you... you look at this
monster truck and ask "so he hunts paper towels?"
Not afraid to try anything once and you usually go back!  

Ring bearer gig!

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brothers and cousins!  

You have that helmet on more than you have it off I think.
You keep us laughing!
Such a boy!  

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