Ryder is a mile-a-minute talker now, especially when he's excited. One of the cute things that he has been saying lately is "I have an excellent idea!" while holding up one finger in the air. I don't know what the finger is for but it is adorable.
Ryder loves numbers and counting. He counts everything, all the time. He has been working out how 2 and 3 digit numbers work for a while now. He'll say "What's a 7 and a 1?" And then he answers "17!" He knows the numbers solidly up to thirty and he knows the tens up to 100, but the funniest thing is when he doesn't know what's next, so he thinks of the numbers that he does know to make up a number that he thinks could be next. I love eleventeen and tenty (instead of 100)- as a linguist I love to hear made up words like that! He has also been working on telling time, since there are numbers involved and he loves numbers. He's getting pretty good at telling digital time, especially up to the half hour mark.
We took the kids out on a couple of nature walks nearby and Ryder loves to climb rocks. He started this summer especially when we went to the White Mountains and now he does it everywhere. Every single big rock that we go by, Ryder runs ahead and climbs up. Occasionally he needs help on the big ones, but he loves climbing.
Ryder is also super excited that it's getting to be Christmas time. Before Thanksgiving we went into Michaels to get something and they had all of their Christmas supplies out. Ryder was in heaven, he ran around the store, stopping by each new thing, jumping up and down and yelling "Wow!" It was the cutest thing I've ever seen- I wish that I had videotaped it.
It's all acrobatics all the time, lately
I suspect that mischief was about to happen