We got out to visit Julie and Sadie this afternoon. They and we have both had colds during the past week so we hadn't seen them for a few days. This was the first time we saw her stand by herself and she even took a step or two during our visit. Grandma has a very protective hand ready to provide whatever support may be necessary. We also saw her drink some milk with a straw. I don't know anything about sign language but they have been teaching her to bring her two hands together to indicate she wants "more". Some of us think she is pretty special but we could be biased.
I know I'm biased when it comes to singing the Star Spangled Banner. There was a definite "disconnect" in my opinion between the Color Guard of military men standing at attention for the National Anthem and the vocalist doing her rendition ahead of tonight's All Star baseball game. I'm not ready to recommend that a recording of the U.S. Navy Band's version be played before games, but it would certainly be more dignified. People can show patriotism and respect for the flag is many ways, but "defacing" the National Anthem isn't one of them.