Big Brother Jared

Jared and Luke "win" the race!

My little boy Jared seems to grow a little every day.  He seems to be so much older than he did just a few months ago.  We have all been adjusting to the new move to Texas and Jared is the one who remembers Ecuador most clearly right now.  Jared had to start off by having a birthday party with no little friends to help him celebrate.  Since then, he’s made some friends at Awana and the Thursday Bible study group that his mother goes to in the morning.

I have been very grateful to find a church with an Awana program in Lake Jackson.  There is only one church in the area that is doing it and they seem to be providing the facilities for the kids from a lot of the surrounding churches.  Jared continues to thrive on learning Bible verses.  What has been interesting is that most of his verses are in the 30’s, which is actually Jared’s hardest number to pronounce.  He tends to make the “f” sound when he’s trying to say “thirty” so that it ends up sounding like “forty” instead. However, with all this practice he is starting to get much better with that.

Jared also enjoys learning his alphabet.  I decided not to put him in preschool this year, but to work with him on some phonics at home.  One book that Jared enjoys is a book of little flashcards.  It has three sets of alphabets side by side and then three rows of three letter words.  Jared can flip through the picture/word cards and spell out the words on his own.

Just last week, Jared surprised me by teaching himself how to spell “toy” completely on his own.  Jared also tries to teach Luke everything that he is learning.  Poor Luke has a hard time keeping up with his brother, but he seems to have fun trying.

The other day, Jared told me the first compliment he’s ever given me.  I had just come out of the shower and I had a towel wrapped around my head.  I came out of the room to remind Jared that he needed to get ready for breakfast.  Jared just looked up at me and smiled and said, “You look like a princess, Mommy.”

I told him thank you, although I wasn’t sure what to think about his mental image of princesses wearing towels on their heads.

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