Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Summer is definitely here. The Book Club boys are all out of school, and we had time to squeeze in one last play date before our second member relocates to the Virginia. We decided to meet at a local city park by the lake for some play time, some catching up and a picnic lunch!
The boys (as well as younger siblings, one brother for T and one sister for C) had a big time. They chased each other all over the playground, went down slides and on swings, and had a great time just being outside. The parents had a chance to visit and get out of the house, too!
We stopped midway through for a picnic lunch on blankets under a big shade tree, where everyone munched and enjoyed some down time from the warm day.
It was a perfect afternoon. We missed our fourth book club family, the one who's already relocated to Colorado, but they were with us in spirit.
Photos from the day are here.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
It's been happening more and more. Words. Phrases. Verbal communication.
All are very hard won, have to be something he really cares about or wants. But the words are finally starting to come for one of our twins.
Just a year or so ago, I could have listed all the single words Xander might say. They wouldn't have filled up a single page. Earlier in the year I sent a list to his speech therapist at school of words we were hearing at home, the ones being used consistently and appropriately. Now I could not even list them all.
One of my favorites, though there are many, is when he comes up to me and says this one.
"Watch," he says, pulling on my hand. He wants to take me to the living room, specifically to the locked cabinet where we keep the children's DVDs. "Watch," he'll say again, pulling eagerly on my hand. And when we finally make it to the cabinet, the small phrase will come.
It's his favorite. Pixar's Up.
So we watch it. Pretty often, actually. You'd be surprised at how much he gets these days. Words are powerful, and I think he's starting to see that. He's trying so much more, and repeating almost everything you say to him.
It's still about motivation, about wanting or needing something. But it's such a long way from where we started.
Yes, we watch Up a lot. And I'm okay with that.