asher is now beginning to stand on his own for brief seconds. he still seems a little amazed and sits down right away when he realizes he's doing it. i have yet to be fast enough with the camera to catch him doing it without holding on but i'm sure that will come. we went for his 9 month check up and he's doing great. 21 lbs and 28 1/2 inches. i'm still so amazed by that. mia was so little it just cracks me up everytime they check him. he's also been working on teeth....lots of teeth. he now has his top four teeth as well for a grand total of 6. oh my! he's learning to sign and has mastered "more" so now we're on to the next one. he's pretty cute though cuz he'll sign more while he's just sitting on the floor. then he looks at me and just grins. it's so stinkin' cute!!
mia continues to amaze me everyday. we are so blessed to have both of our kids. she is such a helper and so polite. she now asks to be excused from the table (after she asks every person present if they are done too). she's very into learning if people like the same things she does. sample conversation:
mia "i like milk. do you like milk mama?"
me "yes, i like milk."
mia "do you like milk daddy? (or anyone else in the room)
daddy "yes, i like milk"
mia "i like milk too." (pause for thought..big smile..) "asher likes milk too!" (even though he doesn't drink milk yet.)
needless to say asher remarkably likes all the same things mia does. :) she always asks for music to dance too (hmmm..dance class anyone?) and is usually carrying a book around with her. her book of choice at the moment is the bible. i mean seriously, how can i ask her to hurry into the van so we won't be late when she tells me "wait a minute mama. i have to bring my bible."
i've been diving head first into organizing the house. we've been trying to add all those touches that make it a home but i've been bitten by the clean-it-out bug. closets, garage and spare rooms beware! the goodwill pile is growing and the trash men will hate me. where does all this stuff come from?? i really don't think we have all that much "extra" stuff but it still amazes me. i am beginning to think there is something wrong with me though because i love to go through stuff, clean it out and organize it. i love the way things look when you're done and to know that we've been able to donate things to people who need them more than we do. the house is beginning to shape up and after this weekend (when i get a bit of pete's help) i'll try to post a few pics of the clean, new spaces!