Tonight Nora, Colin, and I went for a walk after dinner. About half a mile into our walk (Colin and I were walking, Nora was scootering), we came upon a pair of black cats. Initially, the cats were extremely excited to see us approach and both came *almost* close enough to be petted. Then Colin went out of his mind with joy and, well, I’ll let you listen. This audio starts about 4 minutes after we first encountered the cats.
Could there be a better time to film the baby than while he’s getting his diaper changed? Sure. But we don’t get to dictate when Colin feels like performing for the camera (which is almost never).
So he clearly says ‘apple’ and ‘ball’ and ‘yeah’, but he also signs “more” (at about the 26 second mark) to mean something like “okay, I gave that to you, now give it back”. He also clearly understands argument structure in sentences spoken to him, but this is less visible here.
Note that he doesn’t care to repeat words after me or Jen but he will very happily repeat them after Nora.
Then, of course, he has to have a big comedic finish.
How to play war, by Nora
(as dictated to Daddy, in partial fulfillment of January’s homework)
First you need a full deck of cards. Second, you take out the cards
that have the word and picture of jokers. Third, you divide the
pile, the deck of cards, into two halves. The halves are for the
players. One player draws one of their cards –the very first one.
Then the other player draws their first card. Whoever has the
highest number on their card keeps both of them. You keep doing
that until one player doesn’t have any more cards left. If the two
cards are the same, you put one card down and one card up and whoever
has the higher card up gets to keep the whole war. It’s called
wars if that happens. The person with all the cards left is the
There was a very low low tide on new years eve day so we headed off to our local marine reserve to clamber around on rocks and peek into tide pools! We saw clams and mussels and snails and at least one tiny fish and a dozen or so hermit crabs. We even saw a few portly harbor seals contentedly dozing on the rocks. It was a terrific, if all too brief trip. We will definitely go back next very low tide!