Solon's Turn...

Sunday, October 21, 2012
I have heard it said (by someone - who knows who!) that 3 is a magical age.  I am inclined to agree but I will tell you why... 
 
At 3, Solon's speech has matured, he is constantly contemplating things big and small, is really funny, quirky, cute, sweet, kind, and well um....let's say....strong-willed.  I have also heard it said, there ain't a 3 year old around that isn't strong-willed so atleast we know he is normal (wink!).  My doctor told me that professional negotiators could learn a thing or two from a three year old - again I am inclined to agree.  We pick our battles around here!  We are definitely in training mode.  We show a lot of love, mercy, and compassion while being just/consistent (modeling how our God works!).  There are consequences for actions and Solon is learning quickly sometimes it is worth the consequence and sometimes not - I am hoping he will learn sooner than later to obey (so spoke by his strong-willed mom - hmmm...)
 
 He is a lover and will come by and rub your back, give you a kiss or a hug - tell you he loves you and give you that smile that M-E-L-T-S your soul.  He also will have you doubling over with his quick comebacks and one liners and you just never know what will get him/you laughing....
 
Bedtime is still one of my favorite times with this little guy - he just opens up and we reminice about memories (he should not be able to remember - the kid has a memory of steel) or tickle or talk about tomorrow's agenda (just like his mama - needs to know what is up). We pray together and his sweet prayers are so heartfelt and he will tell you if you forgot an important request in yours.  He digests the bible lesson and we discuss its application for him - generally obey God and your parents (God has some good go to themes in children's bibles ;).  I just love hugging him close and he snuggles right in!  I normally stay just a little longer before kissing him goodnight for the 1000th time. Soon he won't be so little and he won't want my 1000 kisses, but for now, he does.

Look at his long legs, he sure loves to run, run, run, and scooter on this thing or play football or ride his tractor.  Pretty much any sort of movement...

Give you 1 guess what he is doing and he is not sleeping....remember "normal" 3 year old behavior!

Sober - thinking Mom if you take one more picture....

Models our behavior, speech and obviously our action...

I remember when I taught him this puzzle and he did it by himself for the 1st time, this takes him 30 seconds now and he acts so smart and speedily says all of the colors...but he is careful and really puts his all into anything (just look at that face!) 

And look my grown up grocery shopper - he rose to the occasion...

And he loves birthdays and gift giving...even if they aren't for him!
 
Our conversations normally center around "why this mom?" or "how does that work?" and "what is that?" - and he listens intently digesting it all and then sometimes Scott will talk to him about something, last week it was bones in your body and not 2 hours later we had a discussion about them again - still processing....love watching his little mind work.
 
We were talking about legs and I would ask him if a whale had legs, he would say no...how many does a lion have? 4 and how about an ostrich? His response - mommy I can't see it....the teacher in me got going and I was so fascinated that already he is making pictures in his head - can you say visual learner!
 
He thrives on praise, if I say "good job buddy for ______, I am so proud of you" - you should see him just melt into a puddle.  He thrives on opportunities to strive and is a perfectionist.  He has been working on writing his name and if there is a stroke wrong, he erases the magna-doodle and starts over.  Yikes, just like his mama.  I am a recovering perfectionist...his poor teacher.  I will get her some white out!  If he is nervous (say swimming lessons), he asks me to pray for him!  He knows God cares for him!
 
His imagination is starting to blossom, you never know what sounds he might be making or where he is off to or what animal he is (most of the time a lion) but the other day he was a frog that turned into a prince when I kissed him (as he twirled to transform). 
 
See 3 really is a magical age!  Equally steeped in training and moments that melt your heart.
 

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