John never uses simple words to describe things to the boys. That would be far too boring. He always chooses exciting-sounding words to describe things that are otherwise kind of dull. For instance, instead of learning new "skills", the boys learn "new techniques," such as jumping and spinning, putting Legos together in new ways, or playing new games. We frequently hear "Mom-o, Dad-o, check out my new technique!"
Well, it's only Tuesday night and already this week the boys are working on several new techniques! Just this evening, Finny did a few somersaults, something he's never done before! And starting yesterday, he and I started working on learning to read. He expressed a keen interest in understanding what words look like, so I told him we could work on a couple new ones each day so that he could put together the various sounds that letters make when you combine them into words. We're working on easy ones that look like they sound, so we can sound them out: dog, up, go, big, boat. I'm so excited that he wants to learn more!
Henry's working on a new technique as well, big-guy style. When I got back from my trip to Seattle last week, the first thing he told me was that he'd peed in the potty! He was so proud of himself. I've asked him a few times since then if he'd like to give it another try, and he's agreed to try it a couple times. Tonight, another successful "potty shot," so I think we'll start encouraging him more (and bribing him with stickers. Oh, and now that Henry's getting potty shot stickers, Finny wants to get stickers, too. So Finny gets "word" stickers when he sounds out words successfully).