Monday, July 26, 2010

Copy cat

Declan had a good time at his friend Margie's birthday party last weekend, especially rolling around with her cat.
I took some video to capture Declan signing "cat". Signing was such a big part of our life with Declan using over 80 ASL signs and understanding more than 100. Signing allowed us to communicate long before Declan was talking. But slowly as he added words, he dropped the signs. The signs are completely gone now, but for some reason, when Declan meows, he still signs "cat" at the same time. The sign is a sort of pinch on his own cheek as though he were stroking imaginary whiskers. So cute!

Loving the pool!

We have finally hit on the correct combination of things to keep Declan afloat with no grown up help at all. He couldn't be more pleased. Zoom in on those freckles!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First time at the Movies...

Declan went to the movies today with his friend Abbey. It was free- something they do here in the mornings through summer holiday. We thought we were going to see Over the Hedge, but it turned out to be Monsters vs. Aliens, which was just a little bit too scary for Declan. He just kept saying "big eye" over and over again. Other than that, and the fact he wasn't heavy enough to keep the seat from flipping closed, Declan seemed to be really enamoured of the really really big TV. I consider it a success, but may think differently when he wakes up at 4 am this morning, crying about the big eye robot trying to squish him.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Holiday on the Gulf

In a race against the Gulf oil spill, we drove down to Destin, Florida, to enj0y the beaches for the holiday weekend. There was no oil in sight, and Destin was packed with happy holidaygoers. The beaches are beautiful - white sugar sand and no rocks, nicer than any beach I've seen in Hawaii. The water is a beautiful turquoise green, and about 87 degrees. Unfortunately the only time I brought my camera to the beach, storm clouds gathered, so I didn't get much in the way of pictures.
Declan loved the beach, and came up with a few interesting sentences on his own - "I want to ocean!" He also enjoyed the giant fireworks display the hotel put on for the fourth of july. Declan talked our ears off on the drive- 10 hours each way. He has really turned a corner with his speech. He counted aloud for the first time- all the way to eight. We are so proud!