This week we got to celebrate our youngest son as he turned two years old! (Where has the time gone?) We dragged the celebration out over a few days by going to a new park, eating pizza, moving into his bunk bed, skyping with grandparents, going to the zoo, opening gifts and having triple berry crisp and ice cream with friends. All in all it was a busy and fun week for all of us.
Over the past few months it has been so much fun to watch him grow and change. His language is getting more complex every day and he has really taken an interest in sign language lately (he will actually sit still through an entire viewing of Signing Time: Leah's Farm). His default sign is "chicken". If we ask him to sign something that he doesn't know he will always just sign chicken and then immediately start making chicken sounds. It's fitting because he loves farm animals right now. We visited the pumpkin patch in October and they have a little barn with some animals to visit which was easily Caspian's favorite part of the whole day. He still talks about it and thanks God for each animal individually every time we pray. His favorite was the cock-a-doo (rooster) that scared him and Koa when he crowed as soon as they walked in the barn. He also loves to tell about the "train" they rode made of barrels painted like cows and led by a tractor--complete with sound effects. It goes something like this, "Cow train. Bu-mpy. Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh." as he bounces up and down. I wish I could somehow portray his intonation and adorable little smile (with his self-inflicted dimple) in this post because he is just so much fun to watch!
Also adorable and hilarious is the fact that he sounds like he is speaking German half the time because his "sh" and "ch" sounds end in the back of his throat in a strange guttural noise. For instance "fish" sounds like (if I can spell this...) "figcks" and "sandwich" is "fanigchk". It's often a good thing we have Koa around to translate or we would never get anything accomplished. How does Koa know what in the world he is saying? Do they both speak German?
Caz is starting to get the concept of counting and for several months has counted everything like this "1-2-4-8-4-8-4-8..." and usually stops on 4. But when you ask him how many of something there is he would always says 2. Now he has started adding in the other numbers and will usually fill in the correct number in the sequence when we stop but when he jumps off of something he sticks to 2-4-8 [jump]. He also likes to try his ABCs but will usually only fill in a letter when we stop rather than trying to do the whole alphabet by himself.
He is still just as daring as ever, but maybe slightly less impulsive, so he's not quite as scary as he used to be. That's nice. I'm not as terrified to let him out of my sight in the house any more. He's always the first one to the top of any playground and will climb things Koa is still afraid to climb, and if he falls it doesn't really slow him down. He may still be crying as he gets up and starts right back up the structure to be conquered! He loves a good slide and the fact that he can climb in and swing in the big kid swing all by himself now. He can dribble a soccer ball and is working on figuring out how to use a baseball bat. And I think he jumps remarkably well for a two year old...but then again, I am the mom.
He and Koa have really started playing together more especially since Arwen was born. I have been amazed at his transition to being a big brother. He has been very welcoming to little Arwen and he and Koa have started playing together more and more just since she has been here. Although it has taken them a little while to figure out how to iron out their differences, they are getting better at it every day and take less refereeing than they did initially. He has learned the word, "'nough!" and Koa is learning to listen and heed the word "'nough".
We call him our little chef because he loves to be in the kitchen and be in the middle of anything we are creating! He also loves to taste everything as we go. Every single herb and spice I pull out of the cupboard must become subject to his scrutiny and he always has some reaction to it. "Mmm. Goot!" and "Oooh, has a kick." are common phrases as he tests each one. If I do let him out of my sight now he generally heads right to the kitchen and starts creating something of his own. If I'm not careful I will have flour and rice poured into any receptacle he can find. My turmeric and cayenne pepper have both been sacrificed to his experiments and fortunately with no terrible results!