Grace was very eager to talk the science of birds, and was fond of tossing out terms like "ornithologist," which rather impressed me as she'd just turned six. She continued to display her kind of obsessive focus on whatever it was she currently enjoys by making me play hours of "Hide The Webkins" with her. Haley was more standoffish and quarrelsome, hating to lose at games and resorting to bald cheating to do so: her fearsome fours beat out any terrible twos I can remember. But that's just one more thing to go through: it was cool to see the way that Jim and Leslie patiently worked to challenge and correct this tendency in her, and when she was in a good mood, she was even quicker than Grace to run over and give me a good-night kiss.
They are absurdly cute, and I'm enjoying every step of the way when I can see them, but there is still a part of me looking forward to them hitting their teens, when I'm more practiced at relating to kids.
As to the earlier article, I'll keep trying to post things that strike me from the book, if there are people interested to such an extent. So far, I'm still saying the thing looks worth reading.