Remember when I said that Matthew's picture taking skills had improved? He's now gone a little avante-garde. Using his patented "finger over the flash" manuever, he managed to take this darling satanic shot of our dogs. We even "posed" the dogs for this shot - as Sky was in June's bed and Matthew insisted he get out and June get in her own bed.
As an aside, though Matthew is very particular about the dogs being in the right beds, and using possession labels like when he's setting the table ("mommy's fork, daddy's fork . . . ") or pointing out jackets, our days revolve around moving away from these toddler rules of possession which are super strong in our house right now.
Though many of Matthew's interactions with Catherine involve his belief in the aforementioned rules (especially #3 and #5), Catherine is really starting to reciprocate and interact with Matthew by taking a keen interest in what he's doing. A regular occurrence at dinners recently is that Catherine will start laughing at something Matthew's doing:
Which only makes her smile more:
And so forth:
Until this ping pong effect of giggles devolves into smiles and laughter all around.
Speaking of Catherine and table manners, she's still rocking the solid food and had quite the time with stir fry the other night. We skipped purees and spoon feeding the same as with Matthew which clearly requires the Churchill-esque pose with a snap pea was the same as Matthew: