Sunday, August 31, 2008


It seems as though Elliott has had some major breakthroughs during the last two weeks-mostly in the language department. He has started signing things like "all done", "more", and the like rather consistently with very little prompting. Yesterday when I told him it was bath time (while doing the sign for it) he started doing his version of the sign and repeating "ba, ba" while toddling over to the bathroom door and knocking at it. It's hard to know who squealed in delight louder- Steven or Carey. It was extremely cute!

Armed with the knowledge that he is signing more, we realized that one of the hand motions he makes while eating was actually his version of signing for a drink- we felt a bit bad since he has been doing that sign for several days.

We have been in a quandry for some time over Lil' Vic's dislike of anything not pureed, but the other night while eating taco salad, we gave him a chili bean- next thing we knew he was eating them hand over fist- we put him back in his highchair and he ate several ounces worth of chilibeans (and this was after we had already fed him a good-sized dinner). He has also started trying to feed himself with his spoon and even gets food into his mouth occasionally. Mostly he just dips his spoon into the jar and smears stuff onto his tray.

Another major milestone is his new consumption of graham crackers. He will even sit still while being put in the carseat if he has a graham cracker in his hand. Graham crackers are apparently the great sedative. Suddenly a whole new culinary world is opening up for him. Yay!!!

Ooh, almost forgot to mention that we got a free trampoline from our friend's the Ekins when they moved to AZ. Li'l Vic starts giggling as soon as he is set down on it. He falls down pretty quick when he stands up, but he loves to bounce on his knees or to be held while Mom or dad are jumping. It turns out that Steven is the worry-wort of the trampoline- when Carey get on and bounced Li'l Vic hard enough to actually get some air (which made Li'l Vic squeal with delight even more), Steven gasped and clutched onto Vic as though scared he would fall off (which wasn't even close to happening).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Laus Deo

I felt like I should explain the title of our blog. "Laus Deo" means "Praise God". This was the motto on the original Hord family coat of arms (circ. 1700). In preparation for a first night celebration 2 1/2 years ago, Steven and I created our own family coat of arms and chose this as our family motto. It sets the ideal for how we want to live our lives and where we want our family to be focused. And I feel it encapsulates our gratitude to God for all that we have and are. Hence, I thought it fitting that our should carry the same epitaph.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Li'l Vic likes to share. Last night I gave him his sippy cup, adn he took four sucks adn put it my mouth. I pretended to sip adn then gave it back to him. we continued to pass it back and forth for several minutes before we moved on to playing something else. I likes to do this game with carrot sticks also.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Turning a new leaf

One of the goals Steven and I set at the beginning of this year was to spend some time the first Saturday of every month doing some journal writing. Sadly, that happened once; best laid plans and all that....I'm hoping that by starting this blog we will turn a new leaf and begin recording our experiences (along with colorful photos) at least at least once a month. I also hope that this will facilitate keeping in touch with friends and family. There are so many people I think about on a daily basis that very rarely chat with or even exchange emails to. So, welcome to our blog!