Four years ago shortly after midnight on the longest day of the year, we welcomed Charlie into the world. It has been one adventure after another since then. All the energy of the summer solstice is packed into his little body. In true Charlie form, this birthday has been a day of activity: helping wrap his presents, helping bake his cake, a long bath in a tub full of toys, reading, writing, making art, constant chattering, and jumping (lots of jumping).
Charlie's favorite way to get from one place to another is a full on run. He sits in the car and tells us the names of all the places he sees. He talks to everyone who will listen (and talks at those who aren't listening). He sings and dances. He approaches every aspect of his life with a contagious enthusiasm. He is rough and tumble, strong-willed, and often exhausting, but also game and a whole bunch of fun.
As he grows, he will learn how to harness the incredible energy that he has to do all sorts of great things. I can't wait to see what he does!