To our kind and considerate Ellery Wynn,
Four going on fourteen. You’ve started saying things like “seriously mom,” I’m not exactly sure where you got that phrase or the sassy tone to go with it. For the most part you are super considerate. If I’m busy preparing for something you’ll come up to me and ask, “mom, what can I do to be helpful right now?” I find this so incredibly endearing and it’s a habit that I absolutely adore, I also have no idea where you picked this up. You will even think about what Vaughn might miss while she is napping and save television shows for later because you think Vaughn might want to watch it. You’re laugh right now is hysterical and you have a great sense of humor. Your favorite hobby is taking pictures which I have to frequently delete from my phone so I actually have storage space left. You are an avid reader, and I don’t just mean you look at books. You are a READER, like at least second grade level, which both blows me away and terrifies me, because WHAT WILL YOU DO IN KINDERGARTEN?!?! This is truly no credit to your dad or me, you just were genuinely interested in reading and essentially taught yourself with a few videos and paying attention to words while we read to you. One day you were playing with a friend and said, ” That’s actually called a dromedary, not a camel, because that one only has one hump.” Later I asked how you knew that and you immediately recalled that it was from a book that you read in your bed at night sometimes, wowzas! This year sleep has been one of our biggest issues, I would say 5/7 nights per week you have woken up screaming and begged us to come to our bed, and basically we let you every single time. I used to have a very strict rule about no kids in the bed and then I realized you’ll outgrow this phase so I better enjoy it while it lasts. It is starting to sink in that this is my last long summer with you ever, which basically has me wanting to homeschool you so I don’t have to come to terms with sending you to school in mid-August every year from here on out. Since turning four you have become incredibly brave, one example of this is tubing. You went tubing with Hudson and me last weekend on the lake and I was so proud of how long you stayed on and enjoyed it. Your Dad is SO sarcastic, which is completely lost on four year olds. He is probably going to give you an anxiety disorder before the age of five, but you are STARTING to sense when maybe he’s not being total serious and you’ll incessantly ask, “dad are you just kidding????” until he finally answers “yes, or course I’m just kidding.” He has also convinced you that Yittle Baby (instead of little baby) is actually a term that means big girl and you make sure to tell everyone that is what it means. I love spending time with you, especially one on one, and I’m committing to being more intentional about our time together this year while you still want to be around me! You are sweet and enraging, funny and challenging, considerate and selfish, basically you have become a whole human being this year and I just love having you in our lives.
Love you forever,