Both the boys are taking swim classes over these two weeks. Arthur's in an assisted swim class, where he's joined by either Chris or Grampa. Elmer is taking his first independent class, where he's learning to float, kick his legs, and some water safety. They seem to be enjoying their classes!
We're so lucky to have Grammie and Grampa Perry help out for the swim classes - I don't know what we'd do without them!
Arthur's getting so good at communicating with us. He shakes his head no and usually means no, he signs "more", "please" and "thank you" and is starting to learn "up." He's also starting to say some words: his first word was "again" (from "How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten", one of his favorite books). He also says "go", especially if we say "Ready, set..." first. (That's really fun for me driving, when Elmer's telling me to "Put both hands on the steering wheel, Mama." and Arthur saying "go!" - I guess I'd better get used to all my backseat drivers!) Arthur tries to repeat what we say all time, and will sit down with a book by himself, point at the pictures, and babble, so I know he'll be talking in no time.
Elmer's becoming more imaginative. He'll announce at breakfast that he's a backhoe loader and that his spoon is his scoop. Whatever, as long as he eats! He loves to pretend, and he is enthralled when we pretend with him. We have some hand puppets that Chris will use to liven up a meal time, and Elmer is just entranced talking to Henrietta Pussycat and Moo-Cow. It's always interesting to see what he'll come up with next!
He also loves to help me bake - we usually make a loaf of banana bread each week for breakfast, so he's getting pretty good at helping with that.
There's never a dull moment around here!