Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things.
11/18 - Jonathan, when meaning to say cylindrical said, "cylindicular"
11/23 - Joy took her first step, accidentally.
11/26 - Joy climbed up a whole flight of stairs. This was the first time she had done more than one small step. She was so thrilled with her newfound skill that she did it three times that day.
12/1 - The next first is Joy fell down the stairs. But now the older kids are better at making sure someone is behind her when she climbs.
12/5 - Noah was partitioning 6 out loud during breakfast (5 and 1, 4 and 2, etc.) Then Jonathan asked him how many 5s in 20. Noah thought it was too hard (so did I) but Jonathan was patient and gave good, constructive hints. He asked how many 5s in 10, then how many 10s in 20, and Noah got those, then was able to make the jump to solve the original problem correctly. Then he got how many 5s in 40. So cool!
12/9 - It seems Jonathan has been reading too many spy books without current historical context. It just so happened that a Russian company hacked into a merchant's credit card swipers and stole our (and a bunch of other customers') information. Jonathan overheard our calls and frustration in working it out and then said, "I always knew there was something funny about those Soviets." So I updated him on our political status with Russia and also reminded him that people from everywhere can be good and bad.
12/10 - Joy started climbing over thresholds even when there is no change in height.
12/10 - Joy took two steps to Mommy
12/11 - Four steps
12/16 - Joy went from sitting to standing without pulling up on anything.