So this morning Katya came out to the kitchen where Paul was making scrambled eggs. She watched him for a few seconds, then signed, "Help!" As far as we know, this is the first time she has ever initiated the sign "help" when she wanted to help US--usually it's always been to get us to help HER. So we were very excited about that! Katya did great then helping to crack eggs, and when Paul said that all the eggs were in the bowl now that he wanted, she snagged the whisk before he even realized what she was up to and was standing there patiently showing it to him and indicating she wanted permission to use it! Katya really is a handy little girl in the kitchen, and we love watching her bloom there!
Then in church, Katya drew several nicely detailed flowers on the bulletin! I was so excited and was hopeful that they would get to show up on the blog here, but Katya erased each one very carefully! What a disappointment!
As if that excitement wasn't enough, Katya then got out a song book and looking at it carefully, began signing the numbers 1 to 20 as she matched them up with the song numbers! Pretty cool! She's truly getting it! Now if we could just find a DVD that taught all the numbers to 100 in ASL--so far I have not located one.
After lunch and nap time, we all loaded up in the van and went off to a flower garden. We spent a lovely evening strolling around enjoying the flowers, and when we discovered a high school band was doing a concert, we were able to take in part of that. The weather was just amazingly perfect, and the sun's rays shed a golden glow on the grass and trees. I felt so happy sitting there with our family, able to be outside in the fresh spring air. It was a good evening, even though Katya had her challenges with dogs and other children, making it less than perfect. But still, it was good, and I'm sure it was good for her! While the rest of us had been to the garden different times, I think it was her first time there. She loved smelling the roses (a fairly new skill--she did NOT know how to smell things when she first came home to us, and we have put a lot of effort into teaching her, since we suspected that it might be important for her as a step towards learning speech.) We kept pointing out to Katya that her middle name is "Rose", just like the lovely roses. She seemed pleased with that. ;-)