Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Eliana first: She climbed a flight of stairs.

Eliana climbing the stairs

An Eliana first: She indulged a chocolate craving.

Learning not to raid the pantry to satiate the immediate desires is never easy, but it can be tasty. And there are blessings on the way. Besides watching her grow in awareness and dexterity, we take comfort in Eliana’s shared trait with her brother: a convenient satisfaction simply with pure cocoa, even without sugar or any other sweetener.

Eliana indulged a chocolate craving.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

An Eliana first: She climbed down from a bed.

Unlike her brother at that age, Eliana is quite aware of heights and navigates cautiously near edges. For example, she can tell that our bed is raised high, leading to a careful blend of curiosity and sense of peril (she seems unaware of the arms ready to reach out and catch her). Ethan’s bed is lower, however—low enough that with well-planned seating and a little scooching, she safely made the solo transition to the bounty of Ethan’s toys awaiting below.

Eliana climbed down from a bed.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ethan on use of royal authority

Why does a king hold a scepter?

“So he can scept a dragon. Boom! Boom!”