Cannon turned four and a half years old and I can’t believe how grown up he seems. It’s amazing to me that he is living and thriving in the midst of a historic pandemic.
Cannon has taken all the changes and uncertainty with a smile on his face. I sometimes worry about how this all might impact the kids’ development but underneath it all I know he is happy and thriving.
Cannon was happy to spend the summer playing in our backyard.
He LOVED going camping a bunch.
And hung out with his sister a lot. He wore his mask in public without complaint and was just a joy to be with.
In August Cannon got to go back to school part-time for his second year of pre-school. He loved returning to his same classroom and seeing his friends twice a week.
Cannon also started to do really well with his on-line learning. He didn’t like participating in Zoom calls with his class in the spring when we first started our quarantine, but now he is a pro. Our dining room has become his home classroom.
Cannon loves to be outside, experiencing new places and having family adventures.
Cannon also got to play his first season of soccer, he loved the practice portion but didn’t love when they played games against other teams. He did not like other kids taking the ball from him. I think he will get the concept more as he gets older.
We bought a camper and Cannon fell in love, it was like a playhouse to him and Emerald.
We took the camper to the Grand Tetons and enjoyed family time in late September. Cannon loved seeing the sights, running on the trails and living in the camper.
We then moved on to Yellowstone and Cannon had a blast seeing all the wildlife but his favorite was the boiling mud pots.
Cannon’s favorite holiday is Halloween, he loves it so much and I was a little worried he would be sad about missing out on some traditions. But he rolled with the changes and had a great time with a socially distant Halloween. Cannon REALLY wanted to be a pumpkin this year and loved this costume.
In November Cannon’s school was shut down due to soaring Covid cases. Cannon did well with his online lessons but missed school in person. We did have a Covid scare when Cannon was exposed at school. He was pretty traumatized by the Covid test but we were relieved when the results came back negative.
We had Thanksgiving at home just the four of us, Cannon enjoyed the traditional meal, especially the pie!
We didn’t want to skip seeing our family completely so we also did a socially distant hike. We are learning to adapt and enjoy what we can.
One little silver lining to dealing with this pandemic is that our normal indoor play spaces are not available so we have been playing outside much more no matter what the weather. Cannon has been loving it, and has discovered a love for sledding and rock climbing.
Cannon also enjoyed the begining of the Christmas season. He really got into our Elf on the Shelf this year, he loved the advent calendar, decorating the tree and watching all the Christmas movies.
Looking back he has grown so much and I am so impressed with how he has weathered this storm. Let’s just hope the next check in when Cannon turns five we are looking at the end of this weird time.
Cannon – sweet boy, I have never met anyone with a bigger heart, please never change.