You're four!

Hmm...  Somehow it happened.  I blinked my eyes and it went from you turning three to turning four in a flash.  Last night as I came in to sneak my last kiss your little hands still clutched tightly to the cucumber and tomato you lifted from the play kitchen.  In your eyes those are no regular plastic vegetables but rather Larry and Bob.  This morning your first words to me were "Mommy, I bigger Darcy?" after you asked her to stand next to you.  And when I told you that you weren't quite taller yet, you got a very serious frown on your face and asked me why.  I love how your little mind works!

For days you said that you wanted to go to the pool to swim for your birthday, but this morning when it came down to it, you chose to stay home and play cars with your daddy.  Sometimes your contentment here and your true admiration and love for your earthly father almost overwhelms me.  I could learn so much from you!

You excitedly opened and played with each gift you received and then considered your lunch at "Chick-a-lay" the finest gourmet our city has to offer.  Then nap time hit you hard, as it usually still does.  You slept for nearly three hours with your newest McQueen tightly clutched in your hand.

While you're still not as tall as Darcy Q, you have grown so much in the past year.  It won't be much longer that you'll fit across the foot of Darcy's bed for your rest time.  And your sweet piggies ~ oh how they've grown!

Tonight we feasted on 'split ham soup,' 'dump-eens' (potstickers) and roasted cauliflower as it was your night to select the menu.  We finished up the day by going to your favorite ice cream place where you got 'ba-nilla wif emmies on nit.'

All in all, I think you loved being celebrated today.  I know that the rest of us had fun celebrating you!  And for just a little while today, I think you thought you could fly.

 Making a few rounds through the house wearing his new 'Larry Boy' cape.  Thanks Aunt C for sewing it for me!

May you never give up that dream!

I love you my darling son!


The Ferrill's said...

Happy Birthday Caleb!
You are one very special fun little guy and all your friends here are giving you a BIG hug and singing Happy Birthday to you!
"If you like to talk to tomatoes, If a squash can make you smile..."
You make us smile, big boy!
Your "travelin' buddies!"

Angela said...

Sounds like a special day for a special boy! Happy, happy birthday Caleb!

Cindy M said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Caleb! Even I can hardly believe your FOUR already! You captured all our hearts with one grin, and I adore your mischievous ways and your love of junk food. Miss you!

And that picture of your feet is just awesome. :)

Love to your Mom and Dad, too, and your sweet sisters! AND to your new little baby brother!

Pam said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Caleb!

Jennifer Taylor said...

Happy Birthday Caleb! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday sweet Caleb!!...(and what is it with these boys wanting to be bigger all the time?)

Glenda said...

Happy Birthday, Caleb. No matter how tall you are physically, you're a giant friend in Abbey and Elijah's eyes. We love you! Hope your day was wonderful.

C.C. said...

Happy, happy birthday, Caleb!!!!

Cindy M said...

Caroline says "Happy Birthday, Ca-luv". :)

Laurie said...

Darling he is, that's for sure! And those feet- what size shoe is he wearing? STOP growing, Caleb!! As I write this I see the picture of the 4 of you (what a tiny family you were- tee hee!), and he looks like a BABY!

Melanie & David said...

Happy birthday Caleb! Goodness me, what big feet you have - what size shoe are you wearing? Your mom did such a great job of telling you all about your fourth birthday. You're going to treasure those memories. Ever since we had dinner with you, we eat cauliflower the same way although I still have not been able to get my children to relish quite the way you do. Our Isaac is also crazy for dumplings. Does your mom get you the Ling Ling brand? Those are our favorites.
Happy birthday,
Melanie, David, Indigo and Isaac

Annie said...

AWWWWW!!! How sweet! Happy happy Birthday Caleb!!!!

Jordan Carl said...

seeing him do laps in that cape was something special! What a cool boy! I miss you already.

And if it doesn't work out that I intern in Raleigh next year, I will have to find a way to keep with the tradition I have set of being there each year for your birthday! I think a plane ticket might be needed if I'm too far away! Hopefully that doesn't happen.

Love you little man!

Ally said...

Happy Birthday Caleb! One of the sweetest things I have ever read and some of the most meaningful photos I have ever seen. He is such a cutie :) I can't believe how fast time has flown.

Oh, the cape picture is priceless!

Grandma Shultz said...

My precious, Caleb - you can fly!
Your enthusiasm for life is a good reminder to Grandma that my life is so full of blessings and that it what I need to focus on every day.

You will be a wonderful big brother!

I love you

Heather said...

my goodness how did that happen? It seems like just yesterday he was a bubbly toddler running on the bus in China. :) FOUR????
Happy Birthday sweet boy! Love the Larry Boy Cap ... Spencer, who turned NINE today, loved Larry Boy too. :)
Oh and I LOVE the new little ones name :)

Anonymous said...

I don't KNOW any four year old who would ask for that menu for his birthday dinner. Will your kids eat ANYTHING?
Happy birthday Caleb. I would love to meet you someday and your sisters too. What a special family you have.

Nancy said...

Happy birthday, sweet Caleb!

Our Journey to China said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet Caleb! You look like you had a great day!! Love and Hugs to you!!