Tuesday, June 21, 2016

mylo turns 4

mylo is four. he is growing so quickly & even though he is the most independent of my boys he still manages to be my forever baby. it's a tricky combo that this sweet little man has mastered. he loves doing things for himself & for others. he is usually eager to help in the kitchen, he can make all his favorite snacks & only needs a little help heating things up, he bathes himself with very little assistance, & he gets himself ready daily by picking out & putting on his own clothes, brushing his hair & teeth, packing a backpack with snacks & toys, & getting his breakfast ready. but don't let his independent ways fool you. deep down in side he is still my little baby & he clings to some of his more infantile habits for a bit of comfort. like, he can prepare his own oatmeal but insists i spoon feed it to him every morning. and he has two speeds, either he's moving in a full sprint or he is insisting to be carried. he is a total oxymoron. he is climbing trees, jumping off rocks, & boogie boarding waves one minute & insisting i hold him like a like a little koala the next. and i love it. i love how he is so fearless, so brave, so determined, & yet so sweet & tender. 

he really is a sweet kid. he loves the people close to him fiercely. like his brothers. he cannot get enough of his brothers. it is so sweet it's almost sad. his heart breaks every time they leave for school & he anxiously waits for them to come home. i offer to spend the school days doing whatever he wants but all the ice cream, lego wars, & beach trips don't compare to the joy he feels when his brothers walk in the door. and he doesn't leave their sides for the rest of the day. his other best buddy is his "little brother" tave. he is obsessed with tave & begs to have the one year old over daily. he loves playing big brother & helping tave with his bottle & food, tickling tave, playing with tave, & teaching tave  he considers those around him & loves to help. like today, he had a friend over & when i asked what they wanted to do mylo insisted on taking his friend to target & spending his own money to buy his friend a hot wheels & some popcorn. and he loves to help me prepare my food & pick out my clothes. often times he reminds me of little details i forget. he is always keeping me in check. he feels deeply & doesn't always know how to handle his big emotions. he always makes sure that everyone is involved in whatever is going on. and if anyone is left out he finds ways to include them. like when daddy misses out on a special treat because he is at work mylo saves him an extra piece & he always picks an extra flower for grandma even though she's all the way in california. his heart is big.

he is a smart. too smart. he just gets things in ways well beyond his short years. he often amazes me with the connections & correlations & observations he points out. things that i don't even pick up on he has all figured out. and he sure knows how to get his way. he knows that he is strong & smart, & he uses his inherit skills to make things happen just how he wants. like how he reminds his brothers that they aren't allowed to play "dying games" on the play statin on sundays mostly because he doesn't like the "dying games" so it forces his brothers to play his favorite games. or how he frequently puts words in my mouth by telling his brothers i have created some rule restricting them that i never said. mylo is tough & rough, & wild. he is not afraid to use brute force to get his way, mostly with his brothers. the boys' rugby coaches can't wait to get him on the field. there will be no stopping that speedy little devil. todd often teases that he is built to be a line backer. mylo often reminds tells me, "i'm stronger than you" when i attempt to discipline him. in fact, no form of discipline is all that effective on mylo. he is too strong willed, too smart, & too independent. he will willingly obey as long as you explain the rules & the reasoning behind them. but if they don't make sense it's pretty tough to get him on board (that's where bribery comes in handy. a little candy goes a long way with this guy). he has a major sweet tooth. he used to ask me 20 times a day for a treat. but now he knows how to get them himself & usually just bypassing the permission request. he is a major fan of candy, chocolate, cookies, ice cream, cake, brownies, all of it. in fact, i can't think of any form of sugar he doesn't enjoy. but he's pretty well balanced. when he isn't eating sweets he is usually downing fruits, yogurt, whole grains, or some form of protein. no wonder he is "stronger than me". he has an incredible sense of humor & loves to make people laugh. he is quite the class clown. 

his hugs are like chicken soup for my soul. and his love knows no bounds. he knows how to make me smile regardless of the mood i might be in. he can always brighten my day & bring a smile to my face. mighty, you are a dream. you bring an immeasurable amount of life, light, & love in to our family. and we weren't complete until you joined us. you fill us up. we love you more than all the stars in the sky. happy birthday, mr. my.

1. mylo's best friend: mommy & tave
2.  mylo's name: mylo james watins
3.  mylo prefers to go by: mylo
4.  mylo's favorite animals: "i'm not telling…ok, it's a elephant."
5.  what does mylo want to be when he grows up: "football player & that's it"
6. mylo's favorite movie: ninjago & harry potter
7.  mylo's favorite song: "baa baa baa baaaaaa" (a silly song he made up)
8.  what makes mylo happy?  "playing screen (playstation) & catching waves on the boogie board & picking up tj & cooper from school & that's it."
9.  what makes mylo sad? "not playing with my brothers & when daddy drop off my brothers at school & their school's super long & that's it."
10.  mylo's favorite food:  pizza, strawberries, oatmeal, & most any sweet
11.  mylo's favorite place: target & the little park
12.  mylo's favorite color: green
13.  mylo's favorite game: bingo & candy land & the hobbit lego ps4 game 
14.  mylo's #1 wish right now: "to be an elephant and kill a t-rex."
15: cute mylo quotes: before i left for new zealand mylo asked, "you can bring me a pet from new zealand? mmmmmmm, how about a bear. a polar! is that allowed? it might bite tj's leg off. oh, i have a good idea! we can lock it in our back yard! then we can ride on him in the back yard! just this way (pointing to the left) not that way (pointing to the right). i don' t want a penguin, though. that's not a riding animal."

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