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Xander's first trip to the Agriculture farm!

 

We took a picture with Jamie the cow, also born late September (just a few days apart). Jamie was very friendly, but Xander wasn't impressed.

 

Elizabeth made a snowman out of playdough and then spent a good half hour playing "peng-in" and snowman with one of the very patient guides. Penguin and snowman played hopscotch, tag and hide and seek.



   



Kathy Stinson's book "Big or Little?" perfectly describes how Elizabeth feels about life these days.

 

We can usually tell whether she's feeling big or little based on whether she chooses to sit in the big chair or the booster seat.

 

Sometimes we tell her she isn't allowed to do certain highly coveted things until she's bigger, like ride in Erika's car seat. Inevitably she'll sigh, stand on her tiptoes and reach way up high. "I'm pretty big NOW Mom!"

 

I'm usually Mommy or Mamma these days, but when she's exasperated with me I'm always Mom, with a very long o.



   



O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

Ernst Anschütz



   



Not only did Elizabeth and I teach Xander how to play patty cake, we showed Uncle Dave too!

 

Then I held my baby (Elizabeth) while she held "hers" (Xander).

Xander cried when he had to go home. Since Elizabeth spends hours rocking dolls in car seat in "her base-ent", you won't be surprised to find out she's an expert car seat rocker, even under the noisiest of circumstances. She would have been sad to see Uncle Dave, Auntie "Taren" and "Yander" go home, except that it meant that she got to go outside in the dark to see the "Tissmass lights".

 

She did duly bless them all at prayers that night and then demand to know why they couldn't just stay and sleep in the basement. The guest room is apparently reserved for Josie and Daniel, who are probably coming for breakfast. If not tomorrow, then the next day. Or yesterday.

 

Elizabeth often talks about things that happened "yesterday", which is defined as sometime in the past and possibly as recently as fifteen minutes ago.



   



We made our annual Jesse tree in preparation for advent by tracing Elizabeth in a vague tree shape onto paper and then painting it. "Oh yay, yay, yay!" said Elizabeth "Painting's my faborit"

 

The magnets are a little less magnetic than last year - I blame baby version Elizabeth crumpling them. Come to think of it - toddler version Elizabeth doesn't exactly hold them flat either. Maybe we should use stickers next year.

 

I wasn't organized enough to get all the stories in advance, but we wrapped the ones we do have and Elizabeth is taking great glee in unwrapping a present almost every day. It helps her resist the real presents already sitting under the tree, though she still counts them and makes sure the ones for her are all accounted for!

 

Elizabeth lights our advent candles every morning at breakfast, almost entirely by herself (we operate the lighter!). Mommy is strongly reminded of Great Grandpa H's crooked mouth story when Elizabeth blows out the candles. Daddy has been working on teaching her "proper mouth formation" and actually she's improved enormously.



   

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