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Monday, December 7, 2009

The kids

Since I've been unable to upload pictures for awhile, I thought this would be a good time to give an update on the kids.

Ian is three now, and he is learning so much so fast. He recognizes quite a few letters now and can say his ABCs. He is starting to sing songs. His memory is incredible (especially right after waking up when I bribed him with a promise of something if he would go to sleep). He is very logical and perfectionistic at times. It's really something to watch him park his toy cars with such precision. He parks his trike backwards, since that's how we park the truck, and is very good at steering to do so. He's very compassionate towards Rinnah 90% of the time and shares with her and is always making sure he knows where she is and that she has something to play with. He loves garbage trucks, trains, buses that bend in the middle, and any other large vehicles. He also loves it when we go over speedbumps. Even though he's starting to catch on to storylines in movies, he far prefers to have one on one attention playing a game, reading a book, or playing with his toys and insists on getting that attention. He loves to help me find the items in the picture on a coupon.

Rinnah is seventeen months. Her personality is just bubbling over right now. She loves to laugh, and to make other people laugh. For example, the other day Ian was being cross and grumpy at lunchtime, and he was whining about something or other. She was sitting there quietly, and suddenly places her lunchmeat square on her head like a hat and gives Ian a huge grin. He burst into laughter of course. She is talking now, probably about 100 words, and she'll mimic anything you say, especially if she thinks it will get her what she wants. She's learned to sing the "hey!" in Jingle Bells at the right time. She's very smart and is quick to jump in and copy/help you with whatever she can reach. Her favorite thing is to play in the water-sinks, bathtubs, puddles, hoses-anything she can find. She can entertain herself for long periods of time with just a few items, coming up with all sorts of ways to use them. She never gets tired of hiding under or behind something, only to pop out with a huge grin. Her smile and laugh are infectious. She loves shoes.

They can drive us batty sometimes, but it sure is a blessing to watch them grow and discover the world! I wouldn't trade it for anything!

1 comment:

Leigh Anne said...

sounds like you guys are having so much fun. we're getting ready to hit the road soon for a cross-country roadtrip. i'm a little "weather" nervous, but we've travelled our route plenty of times! soo exciting!

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