You seem so tall these days, but you're still at 50th percentile for height and weight. This year you had specific requests for your birthday: you wanted a bounce house party with no big kids and a Spiderman cake. Our neighbors gave us a bounce house, so it was easy to accommodate your party request. It's funny that you wanted a Spiderman cake because you are completely uninterested in Spiderman otherwise; your request was probably a result of Grandma showing you cakes on Pinterest.
We enrolled you in preschool last fall because we thought you would enjoy it, and to our surprise and disappointment, you really didn't like it. You never cried and didn't have separation anxiety, but you told me several times that you didn't like school and would rather be with Ella Kate and me. After a month of preschool you woke up screaming one morning, and when I went to your room you couldn't open your eyes. I tried a warm compress and even prying your eyes open, but you kept crying. It was terrible. After 10 minutes and a quick google search, I said "Jackson, if you don't want to go to school today, you don't have to go." And voila! Your eyes opened. And that was enough for us to withdraw you from preschool since we were only sending you for fun (and hadn't been crazy about your teachers either). This fall you and Ella Kate will both go to preschool at a more low-key church preschool, and we pray it will be a better fit.
I asked you a few questions as I was writing this and here's some favorites:
Favorite color: red
Favorite friend: Betsy
Favorite things to do: Eat ice cream and play outside
Favorite food: broccoli
Just FYI, I do not think broccoli is your favorite food, and there are many desserts you would choose over ice cream :) When asked "what do you want to do when you grow up?" you have recently been saying that you want to be a "daddy." When asked "where will you work?" you have responded "Kentucky" since your father worked there so much during his training.
You continue to love your sister, animals, continents, and to bring us all so much joy. You're very smart and know much more about animals than the typical 4 year old (or adult for that matter). You are in a Sunday School class with your teacher Ms. Jan and love playing with your sister and friends. Ms. Jan called a bird a "parrot" one day in Sunday School, and you told her it was actually a macaw. You can be so precise.
We love you very much,
p.s. I figured I better publish this since Jackson will be 6 in less than a month :)