Elizabeth (and her parents) had a wonderful Christmas filled with friends and family. The big challenge after Christmas is going to be getting Elizabeth back onto something resembling a normal schedule, as she has been staying up until 10pm every night since Christmas Eve!
This set of photos is from a dinner party at Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko's in honour of friend Astra and her mom Vera (not pictured here, but I heard that maybe mom Vera will send some photos for the blog - hint, hint...)
We got to try out one of Elizabeth's Christmas presents for the first time: a Healthy Care combo booster-seat / portable high chair from Fisher Price. We'd definitely recommend this one - it folds very small, is easy to wash and even Mom figured out how it goes together first try. (I had to practice opening and closing our stroller before I got the hang of it, so I take the learning curve on operating baby equipment seriously!) Initially we thought it had too many trays, but after using it we were grateful that we could just take off the dirty eating tray and have a clean "playing" surface for Elizabeth to use. There's even a lid for the eating tray so that you can take it home and clean it there. In theory it goes through the dishwasher, though that's a feature that isn't aimed at us dishwasher free folks.
It has three height settings on the booster seat, and we were slightly disturbed to realize that Elizabeth is actually tall enough now that she could reach the table on the highest setting. We're planning to use the highchair version with the tray for now, until she can be trusted not to pull the table cloth onto her lap...
Clearly a day meant for bunking down with as many stuffed animals as possible...
Elizabeth is so funny with her large stuffed animals now. She wrestles them into submission, growling and burying her face into their fur.
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
"Like a candle flame
Flickering small in our darkness
Shines through infant eyes."
The Candle Song by Graham Kendrick
It's our family tradition to welcome Christmas with a raclette. We ordered extra fingerling potatoes from our Bryson vegetable Christmas elves, acquired a half round of swiss raclette cheese, pickles and picked onions, various kinds of cold cuts (including the required viande des Grisons aka bindinfleisch) and Grandpa H even went to extraordinary lengths to acquire some Fendant wine. There was none to be had in all of Ontario, but he managed to purchase the last two out of three bottles across the river in Gatineau.
My dad has traditionally been in charge of the ceremonial scraping of the cheese, but in preparation for their impeding departure to warmer climes we took turns so that this important skill would be preserved for Christmases to come. Being a little young for cheese, Elizabeth and Maria had to settle for cheerios.