Friday, November 30, 2007

Wednesday was Mariel's birthday.

She's now a four-year-old.

I've always considered that to be a milestone. It's an age that has a whole lot going for it.

The walking and talking skills are pretty well-developed by this point. No more of that "toddler fall down syndrome" that Maggie Simpson displays.

There's a certain small amount of autonomy at this age; children are able to amuse themselves. Mariel is making up stories and acting them out with her toys, for instance. She can sit and watch some videos and actually pay attention to them. Best of all, she's able to turn off the TV before moving onto the next activity!

Mariel is not yet in kindergarten, so her days are full of play and self-motivated discoveries. She'll be sucked into the K - 12 school machine soon enough.

Right now she has the all-too-rare luxury of a stay-at-home-Mother and a Father who works a steady, first-shift job. This is much how it was for "Li'l Craig" back in 1962. It can be a very reassuring, "Leave It To Beaver" sort of feeling!

I remember my own turn as four year-old as being pretty sweet.

I hope Mariel's year is just as good.


Blogger Martin said...

Well happy birthday little daddy's girl !

take it easy on the simpson comparisons with kids though, otherwise you'll be disappointed when they don't stay 8 years of age for two decades.

Nice post, is Craig getting a wee bit sentimental.... ;-)

December 01, 2007 3:09 AM  
Blogger Synchronicity said...

awww she sounds so sweet. four years old is a precious time. i can barely remember my boys at that age.

i am really enjoying your blog posts lately. you are a good man.

December 01, 2007 11:04 AM  
Blogger RED MOJO said...

4 is my absloute favorite kid age! Kids have a great imagination, and they'll tell just about anyone anything! They are so much fun! Enjoy it!

December 01, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger furiousBall said...

Happy Birthday Mariel! Viv's 4th is coming soon too. Here's to a great fourth year for our short people

December 01, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

A belated Happy Birthday to Mariel!

I don't even remember being four.

December 02, 2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Happy belated birthday Mariel!

May you never lose the wonder, the imagination, the ability to stay in the now and the creativity you have at this age!

December 02, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Gale said...

Happy Birtday! Mariel sounds like lots of fun, enjoy they grow up so quickly.

December 02, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Oh, that is a wonderful age! In fact, it's become a running joke every year with me and my son -- when he turned 4 I made a big deal of "Hey! where's my 3 year old? You're too big to be him!" And made him promise he'd stay my 4 year old. Every year -- including last week when he turned 15 -- I ask him where my 4 year old is.

Enjoy Craig -- she sounds like a doll. Good times.

December 03, 2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Well, I haven't met her mom, but she's lucky to have such a cool dad. Yes, 4 is a great age. Enjoy!

December 07, 2007 2:54 PM  

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