We had a lovely Easter. Penguin was so excited about Easter yesterday that he woke me up in the morning, thumping me on the back and legs to get me out of bed. Owl was not sure what all the hubbub was about, but when Penguin gets excited, Owl gets excited, too. I take it that he sees that as a sign that good things are afoot. Papa Bird and I hid the eggs and Easter baskets and toys around their Grandma’s yard. Then both of the boys searched for eggs and their goodies. Both also ingested entirely too much sugar, but I can think of no other day in which that is the goal, so we went at it with gusto.They love spending time with their uncles, too, so the day was a success on multiple fronts.

There were two separate moments yesterday that were so heartachingly adorable that I must mention them here. One: Penguin was running to play hide and seek. He told me to cover my eyes and count to ten, but I could hear him giggling the whole time he was darting off to seek cover. When I went to search for him (barely hidden behind a bush in his super stealthy spot) I could hear him talking quietly to himself. He was talking, but it was clearly in a hushed tone. Two: The was a brief period of time in which Owl was alone on the back deck by himself as I ran in to get something for him. As I turned around to go back. I stopped by the glass door and just watched him. It was like my legs were frozen in place. The sun was catching the golden strands in his hair and the wind was making him laugh. He was sitting at the little picnic table, examining a toy egg in his hands, turning it this way and that way.

My God, I love them so very, very much.

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Penguin has been getting so articulate as of late. He is able to express more complex ideas and he’s also taking the initiative in starting a conversation by asking a question or engaging the other person. He also likes to tell stories now. It all feels so “kidlike,” and I daresay he reminds me more of a child now than a little boy.

Owl has been trying very hard to learn and repeat words. this morning, I was sitting on the couch when Owl got it in his head that he wanted something. He grabbed my hand and made to pull me up from the couch. I got up and followed him into the kitchen, wherein he attempted to open the refrigerator door. I opened it for him and he started tapping on the yogurt box. I said, “OH, you want some yogurt?” and he started shaking his head up and down in a “yes,” and then said “gogur.” Pretty sure that was him trying to say yogurt. I can see him thinking through the words now and trying out the sounds and inflections. I suspect, come summer, we are going to have a little language explosion and he’s really going to be using words that are important to him.

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And that’s it for this quickie update. I am so close to finishing my proposal edits that I want to get back to that. I’ll start using my laptop for blog updates starting again next week.

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