Super pumped.

I don't know why I get so excited about my children drawing people. But I do. Charlotte officially draws humans.

Well, human-like figures.

Yay for developmental milestones!


On Mobility.

It has been a long journey for my little guy.  Back in November he started pivoting himself around while laying on his tummy, and not long after that developed the "scoot and roll" where he would combine pivoting and rolling to achieve short distances.  I was sure crawling would soon follow, but month after month after month showed me that I was wrong.

Finally, a month or two ago, he started army crawling, combined with spending long-ish periods of time on his hands and knees.  Now, I thought, crawling is imminent.  But after several weeks of waiting, he then progressed to army crawling to the couch and pulling himself to standing.

By this time, I had pretty much given up on cross-crawling.  But this week he decided to crawl.  The very first crawl I witnessed was last Saturday morning when I got home from an activity and he crawled to greet me.  It was not very far.  But slowly he has improved his technique, and he's getting pretty good.  He still goes back and forth between crawling and army crawling, and sometimes he starts cross-crawling somewhere and gets distracted half-way through and finishes the journey with an army crawl.  It's pretty cute.

So now he's a champ at pulling himself to standing on whatever he can find, and I swear he's trying to stand up without holding on to something, too.  He seems pretty far from accomplishing that goal, but as it turns out, I sort of stink at predicting his developmental milestones, so I guess we'll just wait and see. :)

Photo: Ella and Charlotte at this cool aquarium we went to for a homeschool field trip.



You may have heard of it. We love it. For a few dollars a month, spotify will stream any song you can think of to your mobile device.

This means our children are crazy spoiled, because they can just ask for songs of any theme and I can usually find something. "A horse song, Mom!" (I went through the desert on a horse with no name) You get the picture.

They have also developed their own taste in music. Today Charlotte asked for "Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-ra Ann" (Yes, she used all the syllables.) Ella regularly requests Willie Nelson. And the Mommas and the Papas.

They also request many tunes that drive me nuts. My mom gave me some speech therapy CDs that they LOVE. But I hate.

But I made them a deal a few months ago, that if they would buckle themselves in, I would let them choose the music. And they keep buckling themselves in. And I am just glad to not have to climb back there every time we go somewhere. So I keep up my side of the bargain, too.

P.S. Isn't he the most beautiful baby you've ever seen?

I just love him.


On Tuesday Evening.

Charlotte (holding an oral thermometer, talking to Paul): Can I stick this in your ear? Then I can tell you what time it is. Thanks, Dad. Oh! (reading the thermometer) It's Thursday!