As you can tell, I am not doing the post-every-day-in-November thing this year. But I would like to put up a few posts this month, at least! So I will back up to the end of September to cover the birthday of da Roo.
She is now 4. Four! (Fore!)
She loves her teacher and classmates and "schoolwork." Here she is with her teacher, preparing to do her birthday "walk around the sun":
She has the drama of age 4 down, although she is an overall easygoing kid. Her favorite mode of play is imaginative, with stuffed animals. You hear a lot of high-pitched voices if you come to our house, is what I'm saying. She and Shmoo also hum like happy alpacas throughout the day. Books are ever-popular with her. She has a best friend outside of school, several school friends, and also adores our neighbor, Suzie, who is a first grader. And she has chosen a spouse: Shmoo's best friend's little brother, a kindergartner. (He feels the same way about Roo. They fed ice cream to each other at a party last summer.)
She is good at making silly faces. She is still quite the homebody, but will (and does) talk to anyone. We chuckled at her icebreaking tactics during our summer beach vacation: She had a rotation of about three opening lines (the favorite of which seemed to be "our last cat has run away, and she's never coming back).
Her favorite movie is Fantasia (although she's on a "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" kick). She likes house music. We split a bowl of phở for lunch almost every day (but don't imagine that means she is an adventurous eater). She is still a fashionista. Her favorite combo is shirt, skirt, and leggings.
When Roo was three, I joked about trying to surpress the urge to micromanage her strategy for the game, Memory. It's a different story these days. I pity her opponents.
She and I have always been close. In the past, she has been pretty lukewarm to HPR. This fall, however, the two of them have had lots of together time (without me, because my freelance work has required a lot of my attention the past few months), and that has really helped their relationship. It's so nice to see that blossoming.