Saturday, September 11, 2010

Flashbacks...or, David as a Two-Year-Old

Recently I've been trying to find some extra minutes to spend on a never-ending project:  organizing our pictures on our computer.  Our regular computer plods along like a donkey with too-heavy burdens swinging from its sides:  it eventually gets where it needs to go, but the slowness of the ride is apt to drive a person crazy.  Jeff tells me what percentage of our computer's storage space is used up by my pictures; and although I can't remember the amount, I know it's astonishing.  And so I resolve to organize, delete, label, do everything I want to do before Jeff transfers the picture folders into other storage options.  Being a perfectionist in this area, I can't bring myself to say, "OK, have at it.  Just transfer the pictures to a disk and be done with it.  I'll sort through them later."  No, I must have them in perfect order before this occurs.  It takes a while, but Jeff is patient with me.  And our old computer plods along...

The good thing about this is that it is incredibly fun to look through old pictures and be reminded of how things were even a few years ago.  The boys have changed so much.  That isn't profound or original or surprising, but it is oh-so-true.  They've changed SO MUCH, to the point of it being a little bittersweet to even see the old pictures and watch the old movies.  I'm so glad we captured those moments, but could we please just go back and relive them?

I've finished the 2007 folder, and found some videos of David that made me smile...and made my heart ache...and made me laugh...and made me sigh.

First, this is David in January 2007; he was one year and nine months old.  Of course, I think he had impressive rhythm skills for being so young!  :)
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This was taken two days before David turned two years old.  I'm so grateful that we have a record of how he {so cutely} said the name of each family member.
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I thought David would never get around to talking.  His "everything" word was "ah-dah," and he used it for...well...everything.  But finally, just before he turned two, his tongue was loosed, and speech began to pour forth.  This video of him talking was taken on May 5, a few weeks after his second birthday.
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David knew his letters at a very young age.  Even though he didn't say much, he was very good with all the letters; and we even joked that he would be reading and writing before he would be talking.  :)  In this video, he was two years and one month; and he had no trouble matching the letters to their appropriate place on the chart.  He's so smart...
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...and cute...
...adorable...
...huggable...
...lovable.

A sugarlump of sweetness!

7 comments:

Leah said...

Aww! Speaking of David videos, I remember one that you posted {I guess it was probably the summer of '09} when David was riding a small bike indoors and singing about how wonderful it was that Tobin had begun to walk. He ended his song with saying, "Johnny BROOOWWWWNNN," in a southern twang. My friend and I kept replaying that video and laughing and laughing. :)

Davene said...

Oh my goodness, Leah, that is one of my all-time favorite David videos! It makes me smile just thinking about it!! I'm going to watch it again right now. Thanks for the reminder! :)

evan said...

Hi Davene,
I'm Evan, and really enjoy reading your blog. I was reading a post on your blog from a long time ago, "Bits and Pieces" and read the part about the boy in China "Grady" who needed to be adopted in less than a year. Did he ever find a family? Just wondering if you knew.
Thanks!
Evan

Davene said...

Hi, Evan!

That's a really good question, and I wish I had a better answer. Unfortunately, I didn't hear anything more about him; and when I went back to that original post and followed the links, I didn't find out anything.

I'm sorry! I wish I had more info for you!!

mamajil said...

So adorable I enjoyed the videos so much!!! We have the same problem with pictures and I keep saying I am going to organize them too....I think you are light years ahead of me! :) so glad you shared these!!

Christie said...

I love how Josiah encouraged him in the last video. What a special bond they must have!

I don't comment often but I love following you Davene!!

evan said...

Davene,
That's alright - I'll keep him in my prayers, though. And it was so nice to meet you in person today!

Thanks for blogging...