Tonight, James was excited to see it getting dark outside, and he asked to go see the moon. So this was our conversation outside...
James: Mommy, the moon is full!
Me: Well, almost. You see how that side isn't quite full? It's missing a little piece.
James (looking around and pointing to a star): There's the piece! Yay!
We had a nice walk down the street and back, talking about street signs, the name of our street, how far away the moon is, how the moon and sun rise in the east and set in the west, and how the stars are higher than the airplanes. He was excited to tell me that you need a spaceship to get to the moon, that airplanes don't go there. :-)
Ellie is talking a little bit too. She tried to say "Cracker" today, and she always imitates my inflection when I say things (like night night). Her favorite word this week is Uh-oh. She also signs Milk and All done.
My favorite thing about Ellie right now is that her personality is starting to really show, and she is super-affectionate. She loves to crawl onto my lap and give me hugs and kisses!. She also kisses stuffed animals and hugs them, which is cute. She's obsessed with opening and closing doors, and this past week or so she figured out how to point and now points at stuff often. And pushes buttons.
James is challenging at times... he's decided that No is his favorite word. And he loves watching The Emperor's New Groove on Netflix (or as he calls it, "the one with the llamas and bats") and he's picked up the expression "Fine!" when he's mad, and "No Touchy" which is cute. He's turned into a little sponge, picking up almost anything that is said around him and learning new concepts quickly. I've taught him rhymes for his numbers and letters, and he recites them on his own while tracing his fingers over characters.
James also likes to sing. He favors Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Jesus Loves Me, Five Little Ducks, and whatever song we happen to be working on in a given week. He likes to sing to himself in his bed. :-)
Anyway, it's a joy to hear these kids talk. I'll try to keep posting the cute things they say, because I'm sure I'll forget too soon!