I never did this with Lu and am really kicking myself. I love taking and seeing these photos of James in basically the same place each year almost at exactly the same time (give or take a few days). It is always amazing to me that time passes so quickly. I was warned. I said I understood. I really had no idea. It is so quick, in fact, that some days I feel like I got shorted a few hours. I wonder how it is that the day is over already and it is pushing 11 p.m. and I am gearing up for another week that will pass in the blink of an eye. Oh well, I am a broken record. I know.
And the look in the last picture captures this 4 year-old personality perfectly - following mama's orders is such a chore. There is so much sweetness and wonder inside of there, but there is a also a decent amount of boundary testing and patience testing and sleep deprivation (yeah, at some point over the summer J started having nightmares) and insistence that he just be allowed to grow right up and skip all of the years between 4 and 14. Not so fast, little guy.