#4 likes to do more things, now. He is branching out, becoming more confident with his peers.
#3 is more at home with her friends. She is sometimes more motivated with her academics although this comes and goes. Her behavior at school is good and she has learned to get along with those she doesn't like. She is also more anxious about her school.
#1 is more confident, more self-assured. With his changes came some independence. When we go somewhere, he is quick to wander off and look at what he is interested in. He doesn't as readily stay with the family. He is still enjoying his elephant obsession, but since he has been in art at school, it has come out in his art. He is more focused on getting his work done in the afternoon so he can play Wii or do K-Nex or just spend time by himself. I see him doing things he never did before like noticing cars he likes and talking about stuff more. He talks to me a lot when it is just him riding in the car in the morning. He tells me about school, his teachers, his classmates, the things they like. He tells me that he prays in his room that he will do good in school ("OOF" moments). He, of course, obsesses about whether he is riding the bus or riding carpool that day, about being on time, about the clocks being set right, about what my schedule for the day is (he reads my calendar). These things, don't bug me as much because he is not there all day to do this.
Come to think of it, maybe I have changed as well. I guess I don't mind the changes so much as long as they don't change their values, belief in God or behavior (too much). I want them to "own" their faith and this won't happen if it isn't challenged in some ways. I stress about being able to raise the kind of adults I want to "produce" with them in this environment, but I guess I have always had to leave that in God's hands. Now is no different. God made them, loves them more than me, and will be faithful to bring them through no matter how painful the days ahead.