Alden managed to get a child's plastic hanger caught in his eyelid so we had a surprise visit to the doctor's office. His eye was fine and so were his ears and heart (since there's an obvious connection). Mom says there's nothing like a kid to give you grey hair. He's been using Rhianwen's little ride-on car as a walking-assistant and can walk all the way down the hall with it. Of course, Rhianwen often will see him using it and decide to hop on and take off. Alden tries his best to speed up and run with her, but usually gets left in the dust unless Daddy or mommy makes her slow down. He's getting his top incisors in, but this wasn't obvious to us until we heard him grinding on something. The top teeth aren't even visible, yet he can grind them through the hole in his gums. I find this intriguing and disturbing. It makes me want to cringe.
We enjoyed going to a state park this past Sunday despite the clouds (literally) of pollen blowing across the lake. Rhianwen only wanted to "fish". She's continued to talk about the blue fish that she caught. What an imagination! And I suppose it was Alden's first hike on his own 2 feet.
For Easter, we have been reading Benjamin's Box. We read one page each night to Rhianwen. Along with the story are visual aids that we keep in a treasure box. We've also been trying to sing hymns that pertain to the story. She's holding straw which is to remind us of Christ in the manger. I think she really enjoyed this night since she finally got to sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing again. She knows and sings the entire first verse. If you don't know this carol, perhaps you aren't impressed, but it has huge words...like "God and sinners reconciled" and "Join the Triumph in the Skies". It both makes me laugh and fills me with hope to hear her little voice singing such huge words and concepts.