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Elizabeth is five! Five is outgoing and friendly - she's always been a chatterbox around Mom and Dad, but her true personality is now apparent in public. Sometimes this is a problem - she's suddenly turned into that kid randomly accosting strangers on the street, advertising her name, age, address, and school while demanding to know what the stranger is doing or telling them off for doing something dangerous.


Hopefully five will be healthier than four - starting school has been hard on her immune system. She loves school though, especially because she gets to take the school bus. She seems to be quite the social butterfly, always talking about playing with different kids and bringing home stickers, "jewels" and pictures drawn for her as tokens of friendship. She seems to think of most kids as potential friends, even the ones that she "gets enough of at school" but who are "still pretty nice". She has one particularly close friend in her class and they spend a lot of time giggling and making plans together. It doesn't always occur to them that these plans need parental help - it's probably just as well they don't live within walking distance of each other!


Even without encouragement from other kids, she's turned into quite the scavenger - I'm sure she could make several bracelets out of the beads she's found in the playground. More problematic is how to tactfully dispose of most of it before we get buried in junk.


Super creative, she is currently into making "books" - which combine two of her favourite activities - drawing and writing. She does not like people correcting her spelling.


She uses many big words, but still mixes up "her" and "she". Still somewhat impatient. Still a bit too quick to give up on things that don't come as easily as she expects they ought. Still apt to whine, especially when tired.  She likes things to go according to her expectations and gets very frustrated very quickly if she is mistaken about something. "You aren't telling the truth" is a phrase she uses often. Mom and Dad do not find this amusing.


She still loves to get out and do things, but really needs her sleep.  She has really developed physically (biking, skating, running, jumping, twirling, etc...) and creatively this year.  She begs to play outside even if only for a few minutes irrespective of the weather.  She plays very nicely by herself, with her friends, cousins and even her brother.  She always wants to know what is happening and be a part of everything.  She eats most things although some more enthusiastically than others.  She is cautious, but willing to try new things.  Sometimes even without prompting.  She has transitioned well to her own room and appears to have even stopped falling out of bed.



   



We're Canadian. Of course we barbeque in the snow. Only Grandpa is silly enough to do so barefoot though!


Thankfully Janice only partly melted my gloves...



   



We started a little project right before Matthew was born to help keep Grandpa H busy while they were home on furlough. But after Grandpa left, things .... stalled.


Poor Brendan missed Grandpa very much. Matthew doesn't like playpens and while he accepts the bathtub as playpen substitute, it doesn't last long enough as a containment device to allow me to be all that useful.


So we were thrilled when Grandpa came back to Canada to help again! After a long day, Matthew helped Grandpa relax in front of the fire. Matthew knows about fire only in the context of birthday candles, so when he saw the fire he immediately started huffing and puffing and trying to blow it out.



   



We took advantage of the Olympics to squeeze in a winter sports unit study. Every day we watched a different sport and I made related lunches for school. We took out a ton of books from the library to read too. I had hoped to focus more on the different countries but we ended up mainly looking at Canada and Russia (oh well).


It was the first time she saw real figure skating, and she thought they ought to have snowsuits and helmets for safety. Because "that's weelly dangerous, wight Mommy?". She did not "get" curling.


Elizabeth was mesmerized by slopestyle snowboarding. "Look Mom! They are flying!!!" "When I grow up, I'm going to do that!" (EEK!!!!)



   



Elizabeth wrote and illustrated another book. "Will you put it on MY blog?" she asked.


She needs to work on her plot development, but given that she refused all offers of help (including spelling), I was quite impressed by the result.


We were fascinated by some of the phonetics - she has a tendency to leave out letters "fed" instead of "friend". "ekuz" is exactly how she says it...


"Walking in the house Hello Kitty found a friend.

The friend played in the sandbox.

Hello Kitty loved the book to read.

Mama laughed you Hello Kitty visitor.

I love you Mom because I have a friend.

Dad I love you because I have a visitor.

The end. Hello Kitty."



   

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