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December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009...


"For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."


December 30, 2009

We had a vegetable christmas Christmas this year; we had so many extra potatoes and sweet potatoes delivered that it needed two elves to carry them all to our door.  In theory we can line our cooler with pillows to prevent the vegetables from freezing solid, but in practice Elizabeth and I have taken to watching to see whether anything has arrived as we think we'd need at least one additional cooler if we were to stuff ours full of pillows instead of the vegetables.


We've noticed the shifting of the seasons more this year as the vegetables shift from leafy greens and tomatoes to mushrooms, onions and root vegetables of all shapes, sizes and colours.  One of the most eye-opening part of this experiment is how limited a selection of vegetables is available in our local supermarkets (even the so-called fruit and vegetable places!) As someone who used to take a potato to school instead of a sandwich, I'm very happy to have more potatoes showing up in my basket.  I'm also particularly fond of the white beets with purple swirls.  Not so exciting are the vast quantities of parsnips in our baskets, for which I'm in desperate need of recipe advice. 


I've tried out some of the suggestions from this pretty marvellous vegetable box recipe site, but I suspect we still have a number of parsnip weeks to go...


December 29, 2009

Elizabeth turned ten months old yesterday.  Time for pictures with the bear.  It's getting more and more difficult to get her to sit in anything like the same position...


If you look closely, you can see tooth number one (bottom center) in a few of these!


At ten months, Elizabeth is a very busy and giggly baby who loves exploring the world around her.  She is fearless and foolhardy when it comes to sudden drops and trying new things, but new people and places will send her scurrying for Mom.  A very cuddly girl for Mom, Dad, Auntie Janice and occasionally her Grandparents, she is pretty suspicious when passed to others.  If you give her time though, she'll smile and play peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek with you.  She claps all the time.  It's important for Mom to keep a good grip when holding her because peek-a-boo Elizabeth-style is a full-body sport.


Elizabeth loves playing with balls, especially the hard bouncy ball that lights up with a vigorous whack on the floor, but her favourite toy is an empty toilet paper roll or anything made of paper.  Her favourite book is "Baby boo!", although she enjoys turning the pages of any book and pretending to read to her stuffed animals. 


Elizabeth likes to "help" Mom and Dad fold the laundry.  She will spend a great deal of time taking clothes out of the bin and carefully spreading them around the room.  She cleans the floor one piece of detrius at a time.  Maybe this is why she dislikes Rosie the Roomba so much (competition!).  She can open drawers and cupboards all by herself, but thankfully she has not yet figured out how to lift the toilet seat in order to indulge in a little puddling.


Not a big fan of mush, Elizabeth adores Cheerios.  She'll eat most things if she can feed them to herself.  I can't imagine weaning her though as she still appears to need a great deal of nursing (particularly when teeth come in).


Needless to say we are enjoying her very much!


December 28, 2009

Painting with small children seems to consist primarily of using said children as a very large stamp.  So far many of Elizabeth's art projects have followed this pattern:

  1. Take bare foot. 
  2. Cover in paint.
  3. Press firmly onto surface.
  4. Repeat.

This can be varied by using hands or fingers instead of feet. 


When we found ourselves without labels for our Christmas presents, I thought it might be nice if Elizabeth made some. I didn't have the energy for using her as a large paintbrush, so decided to just let her loose with some paint.  Only a few weeks ago she spent the entire time trying to eat her paint covered fingers while I gamely "helped" her make fingerprint wreaths.  (I didn't post the picture of the completed fingerprint wreaths back then since they were a Christmas surprise, but you can see them now by clicking on the picture beside this post)


I'm not sure if she remembered her recent crayonning experience or what, but we were very impressed when she not only put paint covered fingers to paper but went back to the paint for refills on her own.  Very seriously, and with great concentration, she went from paint to paper and from paper to paint, over and over again.  She didn't even try to eat the paint, although when given a brush the temptation to put it in her mouth became overwhelming!


December 27, 2009

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...


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