Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Evan: Smart, Creative, Lovable

Usually once a year I like to do an individual post on each of the boys just to jot down what is going on with them and to acknowledge their accomplishments. It has actually been close to a year since I have written about Evan and Evan alone.

The first thing I am going to say is that he is quite a character. He is very goofy (like his Dad) playful, he is a lover and a fighter and in the past few months we have discovered just how smart he really is. He has a phenomenal memory and loves to build, design and create things.

When Evan started preschool back in September 2013, I enrolled him in speech therapy because he only had a handful of words. He slowly progressed with his vocabulary throughout that year and by the end of the school year he was speaking fairly well. He continued with speech this year and when his IEP was up in February he was dismissed because he had come so far and we no longer had any concerns.

As his Pre-K year is winding down, the teachers are doing assessments on the kids to make sure they are ready to head off to Kindergarten in the fall. Because my boys have a summer birthday, they will be a young 5 in the fall and I wasn't sure if they would be ready to go or if I should hold them until they are 6. In January, Evan's teacher Mrs. Schorr did a letter/number assessment on him and he did really well. He knew all of his letters and numbers and almost all of the letter sounds. She seemed pretty impressed. Just last week, she ran another one with conferences coming up next week and apparently he blew her away. He can count well past 100, but what was shocking is that he can write many numbers 1-100 and can recognize them all on paper. Then, one morning last week Evan had left a piece of paper with a bunch of numbers written on it on my dresser. As I looked closer, I noticed that he had written in multiples of 10 all the way to 100! I couldn't believe it! I was so impressed and even shared it with his teacher.

He loves to read books, some he can read from memory. He is into building his train tracks, playing with cars and painting. He also loves to write letters and numbers with his markers, play games and build puzzles. He got a new bike for Easter, so on the nice days he has been out riding around. He loves to dig holes, build bridges with pieces of wood and play with water in the back yard. We go to the park as much as we can and he still loves going to the mall.

There is a lot of good that has come out of Evan this past year but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been a challenge. Eric and I have been battling with him for awhile now with talking back and arguing with us. He won't listen and always puts up a fight. It can be exhausting. What is ironic about it, is that he only does it with Eric and I. He won't act like that at school or with anyone who watches him. It is very frustrating, but I guess that is all part of being a parent. Just this morning, he decided to cut his hair before school. He was up before the rest of us, climbed on the counter, got the scissors and cut his hair. He used Eric's hair gel to put the finishing touches on it. Thank goodness there are no bald spots. Just a thin area that will grow back.

It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that he is going to be 5 in less than three months and will be going off to Kindergarten in the fall. It seems like yesterday I was taking care of a little infant, watching him crawl and eventually taking his first steps. Those days are gone, and I now have a little boy who loves the outdoors, getting dirty and just being a boy. I am so proud of all of his accomplishments and am looking forward to these next few years. I wish time would slow down a bit though.

Here are a series of questions I asked Evan just to see what his answers would be. I can't wait to followup on these when he is in Kindergarten to see how they compare.

Favorite Color: Blue and Red
Favorite Food: Taco
Favorite TV Show: 7D, Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Favorite Movie: Despicable Me 1 & 2

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Playing with Dirt and Water
Favorite Restaurant: On the Border (He calls it the Purple Store)
Favorite Book: Scooby Doo, Dinosaur Dig
Favorite Animal: Horse
Best Buddies: Brayden & Joshua
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Bus Driver
Favorite thing to do with Alex: Draw/Crafts
Favorite thing to do with Daddy: Play Chutes and Ladders
Favorite thing to do with Mommy: Play Chutes and Ladders

10 Months
4 years 9 months

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