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Elizabeth's favourite game of pretend is "being a baby". The other day Daddy was telling her about when she was small enough to take her baths in the sink.  Somehow this led to a demonstration during toothbrushing time...

 

Daddy thinks it's hard to believe that she used to fit.  Mommy thinks it's hard to believe that she still does!



   



Most people equate height with age, so I can tease my baby brother about being extremely old without worrying about whether that makes me old too...

 

Lasagna, salad, carrot cake and watermelon for birthday treat. Spectacular sunset not adequately captured by our camera but it was an unusually brilliant blue behind us and deep reds and oranges in front of us.  We duly frolicked in the ditch (grass median?) beside the road behind Dave and Karen's house watching the sun for a while.

 

Dave's presents reflected his recent status change from apartment dweller to proud home owner with a tendency to pull his outlets out of the wall to see why they aren't working. He's promised he'll turn off the power first before doing any other electrical work... The "weasel" was likely the hit of the night; such a strange looking and dangerous garden tool.

 

But the real noteworthy event of the night was that we got a picture of the six cousins together, including mini-Dave in tummy ;)



   



picnic (n): An outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors

 

Perhaps the local splashpad isn't what Mommy would normally think of when deciding on a picnic location, but Elizabeth was insistent. I suspect part of the appeal was having both parents at the park at once! "Orange swimsuit" had to come as well, of course.



   



So, Elizabeth is two and a half, and wiggly. 88cm tall and weighs 25 lbs. Very talkative, she loves to tell narratives and stories about things around her. Most of the time we understand her, but it is always easier if she's talking about something we witnessed! Especially if she's pulling out the big words. She's rather reserved with strangers and dogs (actually any animal that gets too close). Unless said stranger has a toy car, ball or chocolate...

 

She loves the rain. At the cottage she prayed nightly for rain. A single raindrop and she'd tell us "It's raining. Prolly I should get my boots!"

 

She's always surprising us with what she remembers. For instance, I told her winter was coming soon. "Yay yay yay!" said Elizabeth "Mommy will pull me in my liddle sled onna snow".

 

I think winter is going to be a bit of a shock though, because she's quite keen on going barefoot these days at every opportunity. She almost always asks permission.

 

Still asking a lot of "whys", but if she already knows the answer she's really dying to be asked herself...

 

I wouldn't have thought I'd be writing this six months ago, but Elizabeth's not nearly as picky an eater as she used to be. No "tamoes" (tomatoes), "tatoes" (potatoes - sweet or otherwise), berries, onions, raw vegetables that aren't cucumber and beans. But she'll eat pretty much everything else. Favourite foods include pasta, nori, rice, cucumber, apple, broccoli, "Mr Fish", "Mr Chicken", "Mr Ham", raisins, goldfish crackers and bacon. She still loves ice cream and chocolate, but perhaps that goes without saying. She actually says that she likes berries, but doesn't eat them. Onions, however? "Elizabeth not like onions".



   



Elizabeth's Simcoe cousins Josie and Daniel have come to live with Auntie Heather, which means we're going to get to spend lots more time together.

 

We visited the Agriculture museum together, which was a lot of fun.  Josie was jealous to learn that Elizabeth had actually seen some of the baby pigs being born on one of our previous visits. One of the biggest pigs got out while we were there, but luckily a staff member was on hand to shoo it back into its pen.

 

It was super windy while we were there.  The windmill pump was shooting water right over top of the bucket. Auntie Heather nearly got soaked! As usual, the kids could have spent more time with the tractors, and Daniel definitely thought our allotment of time in the playstructure area was way too short...



   

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