Joey is just recently four years old! He had been looking forward to this age for quite some time and had developed quite the list of Thomas the train characters and accessories to have a response if anyone were to ask him what he wanted for his birthday or for Christmas. He has such a good heart and is generous beyond his years...at times of course. For example, he didn't think twice when a certain uncle jokingly asked for his last bite of Christmas cookie. Joey loves "screen time", whether it be TV or on the computer. We almost always limit "screen time" to educational games and shows. (Note: "We" does NOT include Grandpa.) As a result, Joey has started sounding out letters and picking out an occasional word. He also frequently shares random science facts that he learns from Sid (the Science Kid). He recently informed Jon that it was actually friction that slowed him down as he was sliding across our hallway in his socks. Speaking of sliding, it is such a relief that we finally have snow. Finally, you might ask? Yes, finally. He has only been asking about sledding since June. Joey has a wonderful smile and sense of humor and makes us smile even when he's not trying. He has got to be the slowest kid at getting dressed and one morning I asked, "Joey. Why do you still not have your clothes on?" His response: "Well there was dirt in my belly button!"
Stevie is our two-year-old that is not quite two. That is he acts like and gives us as much grief as a two-year-old. Yet Jon (rightly) contends that he makes me laugh more than the others did, particularly at things he should not be doing. Stevie has been trying to keep up with Marie and Joey from birth it seems. Anything they have or are doing, he wants to have and be doing. He climbs and runs, stays up late and takes or "ruins" Joey's toys. His laugh is contagious and he is a ham. He is starting to talk more and is finding it less frustrating that we don't know what he wants or is saying. He loves hockey, watching or playing it. He is Grandpa's boy, constantly talking about Grandpa's tractor even though Stevie wouldn't ride in it during our last visit. He is fascinated with tunnels, for cars or trains and ones that he imagines like under tables, chairs, blankets, or a plethora of other things. We sometimes call him, "the destroyer" which goes along with the fact that he has a particular love for hammers. And boy, you should see his face if you even mention the word "cookie".