This kid, man. He is so full of spunk.
He's been four for awhile now – almost six months – but I'm really starting to see his personality come out in ways that often define this age. He's so much like his dad. Goofy, loyal, keenly observant, caring.
Sometimes a little too caring. This boy has opinions like you wouldn't believe!
I love seeing his big eyes peek up at me, thoughts visibly whirring through his mind. “Mama,” he'll say. “My shirt is like yours. You have a blue shirt and I have a lighter blue shirt and you have stripes and I have stripes.” He's in the matching phase, and entering that beloved time when he can start to actually express himself through his clothing.
It sounds like a small thing, but it is SO FUN to see what he selects on mornings when he dresses himself. What he picks out when I let him shop is even better. This kid has style.
Shoes are his current obsession. We're working with etnies, so we have a steady stream of shoes around here.
He had a hand in the latest picks – with a little guidance from Mama – and wound up with the Kids Marana in Navy and Gum. Nate got the coordinating Scout in Navy and I went with Scout in a sporty Dark Grey and White. The Maranas are Ryan Scheckler's signature shoe, which automatically makes them super-cool. He calls the longest lasting shoe he's ever skated! They have a foam midsole, polyurethane footbed and fused-on injected rubber toe cap…all of which is exactly why I picked them for my active little man.
Having selected our shoes and outfits together, I was determined to get a mini photo shoot with just the three of us.
Taking time to cherish and highlight the relationship with each child is important to me….especially in times like this, when I can feel the weight that my guidance has on his life.
Sometimes, I'll admit, I feel like I'm still just a child myself. When does anyone fully make that transition from the guided to the guider? I don't know which way I'm going in life half the time, and now it's a case of the blind leading the blind.
But then I see him bend down, and we both crouch low to examine something together. Something simple, like bugs or twigs or shoes. He learns facts and details from me, and I learn a new perspective from him.
I realize that it doesn't matter if we don't know where we're going. As long as we're looking in the same direction.
What kind of shoes does your family wear?