Well, as Stephen mentioned in his post, it appears that our camera may have "thrown in the towel". We're not terribly sad though, as we'd done some thinking about getting a new one. However, now the research must really begin into the great question of WHAT camera to buy. I'm dreadfully clueless when it comes to cameras. I did some reading today that helped some, but if anyone of you have ANY input, PLEASE give it. We want something that takes good quality, digital pictures and also takes nice video clips. If you have a favorite camera, brand, or must-have gadget, that you want to mention, PLEASE do!!!!
In the absence of recent pictures, I must give you some Clara stories instead! These are all stories that I shared with family recently in emails. Here it goes!
Clara still only has a handful of words that she sort of uses, however, she uses her sign language quite a bit and mimics sounds. She'll do the sound for a cow (it's more like "booooooo" then "moooooo" :-) ), a rooster, used to do a horse but I haven't heard it lately. She does the sound for dogs a lot! She loves dogs! She'll bark back at them! It also sounded like she did a cat sound today and possibly a sheep as well. Also, sometimes we sit down with her foam letters and I tell her some of the sounds and she will mimic some of them. It's pretty cute when she will then do something like hold up the letter y and say "b" "d". :-) She has also started saying "uh-oh", which is really cute!
Clara is really into playing with keys and playing in the cars right now. When we come home from somewhere or other, she often doesn't want to come inside... she wants to stay and play in the car. And she's already figured out where the keys going in the steering column!!! And when Stephen comes home from work she wants to run and play in the car! Today, after coming home from a morning out, I let her play for a while while I did some work out front. When I took her out to come inside, she had an absolutely explosive melt down. Need to work more on making that sort of behavior absolutely NON OPTIONAL! We've also had the peace of the neighborhood completely destroyed by the little lady setting off the car alarm.
A few nights ago, she was standing holding onto the dishwasher rack (which she really isn't suppose to even touch) and she starts jabbering away in her little adorable gibberish, then she would laugh this very fake, very funny little laugh. Then jabber some more, then laugh her put on little laugh again and so on. It was so funny and adorable!!!
On Sunday, a visiting gentleman was speaking at chapel and, in reference to a person becoming saved, he said he could almost imagine an angel in heaven saying: (and this was a loud proclamation) "Bought!" Well, almost immediately, from our second to last row comes a little voice "Bo!" ("Bought" without the "t" on the end).
Warning: If stories involving vomit are a little too-much-information for you, you might want to consider yourself "done" with reading this post! :-)
Several days ago, Clara and I took a picnic lunch to Stephen's work. We arrived, and as I was getting the stuff out, getting situated and waiting for Stephen to come out from work, I was feeling kind of yucky. Well, eventually the urge to, ummm, errrr, vomit came on pretty strong. So, off I scurried, turned my back to the parking lot and had my second vomit session of this pregnancy. Well, as I'm there having my session, up trots my little girl to see what Momma's up to. Down she squats near Momma and starts going "p", "p"! :-) I guess she was trying to join in the great fun! Maybe you could call it "attempted sympathy vomiting". But I don't really think there was any sympathy involved. Oh well, gave Momma some comic relief. :-)
Well, no new pictures for now... but hopefully, the stories were a good alternative. Remember, leave a comment with your camera recommendations!!! Thanks a million (as my Mom would say)!!!!