Owen reached the big 5 yesterday. He starts and ends each day like he is leading an epic adventure. He has a voracious curiosity about the world and can recall things he has observed with precision. He is an astute explorer, fascinated by the most obscure elements and with drawing connections in a manner many kids his age overlook. He is creative with words and sounds and enjoys coming up with new ways to interrelate words to create new songs. He has an inimitable sense of humor that allows him to “get” jokes and concoct shenanigans that make him a lot of fun to be around.
Owen likes being active and continues to participate in multiple extracurricular activities including yoga, karate, soccer, swimming, and learning Mandarin. We have traveled extensively as a family domestically and this year we made it to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
He’s still into superheroes on occasion but now he is really, really into Star Wars having watched all six episodes over the last year. His favorite characters are Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and General Grievous. Obi-Wan Kenobi is the only character on the light side of the Force whom Owen respects since, ironically, Obi-Wan battles all his favorite dark side characters amassing a very respectable win-loss record.
Owen turned 3 this past Thursday. He has an amazing vocabulary, a wonderful personality, a great sense of humor, and a wealth of energy.
He enjoys soccer, playing with his toy cars, trains, airplanes and excavator. He loves reading all sorts of books. He is absolutely head-over-heels for anything related to Disney/Pixar’s Cars franchise including pajamas, Crocs™, scooter (with matching helmet, kneepads, elbow pads and gloves), and, of course, all the actual toy car characters from the movie.
Owen version 2.5 hit the market yesterday. This advanced version is faster, more interactive and includes a bunch of new features: potty mode, singing mode, joking mode and indoor soccer high performance.
Owen has had several major developments this month with his independence and maturity being the recurring theme. First, he refuses to sit in his high chair preferring a barstool at the kitchen island, instead. Second, he thinks he is too old to wear a bib though the messes he creates suggest otherwise. Third, he walks down the stairs without holding onto the railing. Also, he started calling TB and me by our first names. Lastly, he is starting to speak in 3- and 4-word sentences.
It has been amazing watching our little guy grow and we hope you have enjoyed following his development through his second year. The Owen picture posts will be fewer and farther between from this point forward. Getting him to sit stationary is nearly impossible and I imagine it will only get more difficult—well, at least until he is 25.