Phil, Jacob and I had a fantastic holiday season. We went to Handel's Messiah, hosted a great party, went to a wonderful Christmas Eve service, and spent Christmas Day and the following week in Idaho doing n o t h i n g. Then we went with the entire Manginelli family to Leavenworth for New Years. It was so fun to watch all of the cousins together. Jacob loved being in the middle of the action. He adores his older cousins, and he can't understand why his younger one, Luke, won't play with him. By which I mean, Jacob hits him in the face and doesn't know why Luke won't hit him back. Here are some of the things Jacob is doing right now:
-He loves dogs. The Arnolds have a very sweet, but very big dog, so Jacob is used to the tail wagging and licking. I would not be surprised if his first word is "doggy"! Anytime he sees a dog, he grins and lunges toward it.
-He is crawling so fast I have to run sometimes to keep up with him. Sometimes his legs go faster than his arms and he faceplants. He also loves stairs and can get up them before I even notice he is gone!
- He says dada all the time, and we are trying to help him associate that word with Phil. I think he's getting it - he seems to have two different reactions to people depending on gender. To daddy, and most boys, he laughs and "gets" them (tickling and slapping at their face). To mommy, and most girls, he snuggles up and kisses. Already he has made a little 8 month old girl cry by kissing her. That's my boy.
- He has become very electronically saavy. He can turn on the XBOX and knows that remote controls do something if you point them at the TV. I don't think he would be any happier than to sit on the couch with mommy and daddy and play on the laptop.
Here are some pictures from our trip:The whole family on a winter sleigh ride!