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October 23, 2010

Elizabeth, Brendan and I went to visit Auntie Janice at the Aviation museum today.  The museum is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this weekend and we had a chance to go inside some of the planes that aren't normally open to the public!

 

Elizabeth brought "Baby" and pushed her around everywhere.  When she got tired she insisted on sitting in Baby's toy stroller.

   

October 22, 2010

We're having lots of fun these days listening to Elizabeth work out how to communicate.  She especially likes to sing and sometimes she even makes up her own songs.

 

I recorded the lyrics of Elizabeth's first made-up song for posterity:

 

"La la Da-da La La Bye bye

Mum Mum heyo Mum Mum

lolololo (moving tongue rapidly back and forth from side to side)"

 

We keep thinking we need to get a video of her singing but she gets self-conscious if we pay too much attention to her. 

   

October 18, 2010

Elizabeth was pretty excited to have her cousins for supper today.  Cousins THREE days in a row!  Erika still told Elizabeth all about how much she missed her as soon as they saw each other.  Even though it had been less than twenty-four hours since they last chased each other around the kitchen.

 

We're actively looking for rent-a-sibling opportunities these days because Elizabeth gets very jealous if Mom gives another child too much attention, bursting into crocodile tears and tugging on Mom's leg.  So we've been happy to have her cousins around to help her learn how to share!

 

We also discovered tonight that Elizabeth will eat a lot more if instructed to "show Maria how nicely she eats".  The three girls laugh a lot together.  It turns out that supper garnished with three giggly girls has a pretty nice taste.

   

October 17, 2010

Yukiko is still in Japan so I had Maria yesterday while Chris and Erika were at Japanese school.  Elizabeth and Maria made waffles and then we fingerpainted a t-shirt for Grandma's birthday.  Afterwards Daddy was so tired he needed a nap.  Luckily Maria took one too.  Elizabeth pretended for a while but after fifteen minutes she was ready to play again.

 

Elizabeth made the flowers on the left, Maria the flowers on the right.  Erika made the butterfly when she came for lunch.

 

Grandma and Grandpa, and Chris and the girls came for lasagna, apple turnip, salad, swiss chard, carrot cake and of course presents!  Elizabeth was so excited that at one point she was literally running in circles around the coffee table.  Erika helped Grandma blow out the candles.  Grandpa expressed relief that there were no boyfriends.  "You are a very silly Grandpa", said Erika. 

 

 

   

October 15, 2010

I don't think we ever posted pictures of the "finished" playstructure and play house exterior, so here's what we've done so far.  The play kitchen still needs a stove and a fridge, the sandbox fabric is lurking in our stairwell begging someone to please make it into a cover, we need to source playground tile to put around the whole thing and we haven't cut little animals into the sides of the railings.  But other than that we are completely done. 

 

I'm trying to avoid finishing it too much though because really the kids should be able to make the space their own...

 

Elizabeth seems to really love the playhouse in particular although she's a bit perturbed that all the deck furniture is currently cluttering her house (winter storage!)  The slide is also very popular.  She's in a dolly does everything phase so we've been spending a lot of time sliding babies up and down and up and down the slide. 

   

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