Tonight at dinner, Cason started emphatically saying "Matthew, 13, 19" and was making some equally emphatic hand and arm movements. We figured out he has trying to say a bible verse, maybe Matthew 13:19? Luckily, his preschool chapel teacher keeps a blog where we can see what they are learning. This weeks verse was "With God, all things are possible. - Matthew 19:26" (maybe he was saying Matthew, chapter 19... Or he was just getting numbers mixed up). Ryan read the verse once and immediately Cason started making his arm motions and saying "God" and "possible" and "all things". It was so special to see him recall what he'd learned today. He followed the bible verse by clasping his hands and praying "God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food, amen...now you can eat". He prays this daily at daycare. It's nice to see him soak in the Christian influences at both daycare and preschool!
Claire took a couple of steps on Thursday but she wouldn't do it again. We kept trying in the evening and she was just so tired. So, we tried this morning and she took 4. Then, we got out the camera and she took 5 or 6. Big girl!
Cason has mostly good taste in music. His current favorite song is "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons. He asks us to play it EVERY time we get in the car and randomly at home. Here's a video of him dancing to it in the car a few weeks ago.
Claire has been climbing the couple of steps up into the gameroom for some time, but she refused to climb the main stairs of the house. I wasn't too sad about this because I'm hoping to not put the baby gates back up. But, for developmental purposes, I knew she should be doing it so most nights I'd put here down and see if she'd chase Cason on our way up for bed. Normally she just put her hands on the step above and started yelling. But right after Christmas, she finally decided to do it herself.
So far, we've only had one episode where she's left my sight and headed straight for the stairs. It was almost naptime and I am almost convinced it was her way of telling me she was ready for bed. We'll see how long I can hold out on the baby gates.
Claire has taken a while to warm up to Admiral. In the early days, there was shaking and tears when he came close. Now, she likes to chase after him and if he's busy eating a bone (the only time he sits still) she'll crawl up and pet his back.
He's not normally inside when we are eating because he's a scavenger... Claire is too, she can find the tiniest piece of food, paper, dirt on the floor and eats it before we can stop her. They are a kindred spirit I think.
Anyway, he was in the house while she was having some Cheerios. He knew the chances of flying food were high and she was keeping a very close eye on him. I just love how she leans forward to see him and has a little grin on her face.
Sunday was a big day for Claire. She was baptized in the morning and while at church, was so excited by the band she started clapping along!
For the past week, we'd caught Claire letting go of whatever she was using to stand up with for just brief seconds. She'd quickly sit down or grab back on. Then Sunday evening, she decided she was ready.
And that was that. Now, she's a pro. She stands and claps at the same time, and even dances a little.
I was cleaning up my phone recently and found this video from last year. Ryan and I loved remembering that time when Cason called candy, fruit snacks, etc "Nummy". Can't believe how much he's changed in the past year!