Jones 21 months

We took your 21 month pictures a little late, at a mural in fountain square.  You were actually really excited but not that the sun was in your eyes.  Many of the photos you had your back to me or were squinting and as a result but that's real life so I just embraced it.
Dear Jonesy -
It's such a joy to be your parent.  You are all personality even when you are cranky or telling me no no no.  Things of note this month -
You talk up a storm, most of the time I understand you but sometime it sounds like jibberish.
Some of my favorite sayings of yours - 
- Ducks eat French Fries
- Play hoop ball.
- Yaa. Um yaa.
- Pictures mama. cheeeese. pictures. 
You love going outside and riding your bike and have the best time if we walk to the park.
You are shy around people you don't know well but eventually you warm up to them especially when mommy or daddy are around.
You practice your basketball everyday and can hit many shots.
You even have been catching rebounds.
You learned how to jump this month and it's so priceless when you take a jump shot.
You are very independent and want to walk by yourself in the parking lot we usually get you to stay with us by asking you to March.
When you are tired you look for a quilt (no blankets) and will often curl up on the floor.  

Sometimes you pretend to be the baby and will climb in Thea's car seat or rocker.  We try not to make a big deal of it so you are not jealous.
You can count to ten now but you don't really know how many ten is.
You know several books and can read along with me like Monkeys Jumping on the bed, Goodnight Moon, Bubbles Bubbles.
You also know new songs - Wheels on the Bus, Alphabet Song, and Twinkle Twinkle.
We made you busy bags for when mommy is feeding Thea and daddy is at work - and you loooove the glue stick one and the eyeballs.
You've been eating better favorites are still eggs and beans, but you also enjoy cookies, lunchmeat, popcorn, pretzels, watermelon, yogurt, bananas, apples and oranges. And you will eat adult portions of chili and taco fixings (no shells)
You started watching Elmo at some point and we can't stand it - mostly because you are obbessed but he doesn't teach you much.
We have resorted to using Elmo as a reward.
When we leave you like to say goodbye to everything and sometimes you include "I ove you" with it like "bye slide I ove you", "bye daddy I ove you".

You love going to the museum and get so excited before we even get inside.
We've been struggling with bedtime and issues with listening lately but we are getting into a balance and we actually have only had a few timeouts this month.
You are getting so grownup little guy.  
Love you so much.

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