Daniel has been having a word explosion lately. Today, he came up to me while I was looking something up in my Joy of Cooking cookbook and touched the red circle on the cover and said, "Joy." Which is rather appropos because he also loves being with me in the kitchen, helping ("cooking") in whatever way he can. He likes to stir the soup, whisk the eggs ("aggies," which he often requests for lunch) and move them around in the pan, and examine the contents of the refrigerator, especially around mealtimes: "Hummy" (hummous) and "Owange" are two of his favorites. Today I baked a pie ("pie"), and he made Steve hold him ("up" and "carry") while he watched every step of the process and ate some blueberries ("bo-bo"). He's napping now, but when he wakes up, we'll all have some pie. "Yummy!"