Jeff has gone back to work for the semester, leaving me in charge of the babes for most of the week. I have been busy. To (pleasantly) complicate matters, Jeff had an after hours debate for the psychology honors club this week against another professor from UVic. The debate got a lot of press, and Jeff was invited to two radio interviews before the debate itself, which according to those in attendance, was a smashing success. I myself was not in attendance because by the time I arrived, the auditorium was full and fifty people were standing in the back. The topic of the debate was "Is Monogamy Natural For Humans?"
And which side was my dear, sweet life partner arguing?
Oh, the humor.
My sister Lisa and her husband Kevin did manage to get in to the debate and they said Jeff did great. Which reminds me…my sisters Lisa and Anne and their husbands Kevin and Charlie are visiting us! In Canada! I can't believe how many visitors we've gotten since we moved to this rock. Clearly we should have relocated to a rainy, largely inaccessible island in another country years ago.
The visit's been great, although Kurt has basically burst into tears the moment anyone tries to speak to him.
I hate to encourage this kind of competition, but Maria's rocking the cuteness thing a smidge harder than the fussy Kurtopus this week. See?
It's not like Kurt doesn't do his part, though. Here he is figuring out that two of a good thing doesn't always double your pleasure.
Verbal development update: yup, it's developing! (Though I'm sure that I alone am able to understand a good 80% of his vocabulary. Most of what he says probably sounds like gibberish to the untrained ear.) He points to the back of his books and says, "bar code." When he wants milk he says "milk" and when he wants toast he says "toast." He says cookie almost from the moment he wakes up. This afternoon when we were in the yard and my attention wandered, he trotted over to the neighbors' house and chanted "cookie" at the door the way a zombie might chant "brains." Of course, they let him in and gave him a cookie.