They have a couple of new things they really enjoy doing. It all revolves around the dinner table. Sometimes it can be difficult to get them to cooperate and eat their dinner. So we have devised a new strategy. I really cannot take any credit for it. I give this all to Raef and Zach. Whenever someone takes a bite, we all clap for them. Eli will take a bite and we make a big fuss. He face beams with pride. Then Julia's vanity kicks in and she has to take a big bite too. "Clap for me! Clap for me!" Harry usually wants in on the action as well, even though sometimes he is not as willing to participate. But overall, a lot more food has made it into their bellies.
They also love to help clear the table. Harry especially loves it and is very diligent at getting it done. However, he really only likes to put the big stuff away. This is the stuff that goes in the fridge, like milk, butter tub, salsa, salad dressing. He knows just what to do. Then he wants to put things on the counter, like heavy glass dishes. You know, things every mom wants to give to a just-barely two year-old boy. Once all of the cool items have been put away, he will then settle on putting utensils, cups, and plates into the sink. But not until then!
And my sweet moment spotlight of the week...I overheard Eli say to Julia, "There you go, my lovely girl," as he was giving her a drink of water and helping her to her booster seat. Oh my heck. So stinkin' cute! Eli is just so precious these days. He has such a sweet disposition and everyone loves him.
Finally, here is the obsession that is trending these days...Julia and pink. If it is pink, it is hers. Period. End of subject. How do they know at such a young age? Now that you know the rules, guess what is her favorite plastic animal? Brothers beware...oink, oink.