Thursday, October 2, 2008

Josiah is 19 months old

Good Morning...I hope this finds you well, on a great October morning. It's hard to believe it's October and Josiah is 19 months old already. He is growing, and getting bigger by the day. It's fun to hear him articulate new words each day and make his way in his world.

Josiah loves to read books, follow his brother's lead in any activity, and watch for puppies. I can just about guarantee that one of his first 5 words of the day will be puppy. The boy loves to watch for puppies out the window, and can spot one a mile away if we're out and about. His vocabulary is growing every day, but mostly he says mommy, daddy, puppy, milk, hat, book, ball (and any sport that has the word ball in it), truck, car, the list goes on I'm sure, but those are the most spoken on a daily basis.

He loves to play sports and is pretty cute in his football stance and the way he taps the ball before he throws it - he certainly is watching his big brother, daddy...and the NFL a bit.

We got the chance to go to the zoo this summer and Josiah loved seeing all the animals. He is very observant and expressive, so when we saw the animals up close and personal, he recognized them from his books and got very excited about seeing them 'live'.

Swimming has remained a favorite activity for Josiah, and he continues to develop his swimming skills. Just the other day he pushed away from me, while we were in the deep water and wanted to swim/float on his own. He is able to move his arms and legs enough to keep his head above water, and when he puts his face in the water, he kicks and moves himself forward a bit. It's very impressive for 19 months. He loves jumping in the water and going under. I joked with the doctor at his last visit, that he would rather be under water all the time, if that were possible.

We often get comments from people about Josiah's great personality and expressive behavior. He has some great faces and is very energetic. People just enjoy being around him. He still loves to cuddle and when he gets sleepy, he'll just rest his little head on our shoulder for a minute, then he's seemingly recharged and ready to go, as he leaps out of our arms and runs off to play.

Josiah is a genuinely happy little boy, enjoying life and ready for any new adventure. His outgoing spirit and dare devil instincts have earned him a few bumps, scrapes and bruises, but not many tears. He is a tough little guy, and when you would expect him to be upset about his fall, he'll just stand up, rub the hurt and go on with life. It's a great attitude that hopefully he will carry with him through life.

We love our boy and he is a joy to watch grow in character and stature.

Blessings on your day & Fall,

Tim & Maria (for Josiah too) & Caleb


Crystal said...

I can't believe how big your boys are!!!! You two handsome little men : ) God Bless you guys~

Shelly said...

Maria, don't know if you remember me or not, but I went to MCC with you for a couple of years. I think I was a year ahead of you.

I found your blog and love it-you have a beautiful family. Your boys are just stinking adorable! They look like they are a ton of fun, which is awesome!

I hope your liking and getting used to being in KC. That's where I'm from, so I have to say, I'm jealous that your there and I'm not. :( There's so much to do though and I hope your able to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

God Bless you and your family!

In Christ,

Shelly (Golden) Parker

Russ said...

Great photos! Isn't it fun when they start conversing!?

kellyolson said...

Josiah is getting so big! Great to hear about how he is doing. We miss you guys!

Crystal said...

Maria, The Table Rock Lake videos are fun!!!! We lived in Bolivar, just north of Springfield, Mo. for five years. It brings back good memories : ) I hope you enjoyed the time at the lake~