Parenthood
November 7, 2010
Invitation to Dinner

Elizabeth frequently talks about her cousins, especially Maria.  "Change", Elizabeth will demand.  "Do you need a diaper change?" we'll ask.  "No!  Aya. Change!"  "Does Maria need a diaper change?"  "Uh HUH", says Elizabeth, delighted to have made us understand the problem.

 

So Elizabeth was thrilled to go to visit "Tiss" (Chris), "Tata" (Erika) and "Aya" (Maria) for dinner on Sunday.  (Yukiko is apparently hard to pronounce.)  Erika was obviously pretty excited to have guests too.  She wrote out invitations and made custom placecards all by herself.

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November 6, 2010
Raking Leaves

Norwegian maple trees keep their leaves very late, and we have THREE so we're always in a race to get the leaves raked before they are buried in snow.  We used to just rake them over the flower beds but the last couple of years Ottawa maples have been infected with blight, and the only "treatment" is to remove infected leaves from the yard.  We've noticed a big improvement since we started doing this, although it's a lot more work! 

 

Luckily, Elizabeth likes to help, as long as she doesn't spot any scary worms in the dirt.  When she gets bored, she pushes her pets up and down the driveway in her little pink stroller.  She'd like to push Mommy up and down the driveway too.  I explained that I was much too big for the stroller.  So then she thought maybe she could push Daddy instead...

 

She helped us plant some tulip bulbs too, throwing each bulb into the ground one at a time.  "One, Two, Three, BOOM!" she yelled.  Between the toddler version of "planting" and the squirrels, it will be amazing if any come up...

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November 3, 2010
Winter

Elizabeth is all ready for winter. 

 

Her nose is all red because she got a little too comfortable in her boots and started running. The first time she wore boots she refused to take one step before trying to take them off, so this is progress!

 

Mittens are an ongoing battle.  She's already discovered that playing in the sandbox is challenging with mitts, and cold without!

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October 31, 2010
Sunday Dinner

Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen had us over for dinner on Sunday.

 

Cousins Heather and Ruth came too, dressed to the nines for the Masquerade Ball that they were going to after supper.  Heather made me want to put glitter in my hair too!

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October 30, 2010
North American Tree Monkey
[norɵ ӕmɛrikn tri mʊnki](nawrth uh-mer-i-kuhn tree muhng-kee), n.; A mischievious animal able to suspend its body in unusual ways in order to reach things its parents didn't know it could.  Clambers out of all but the firmest grip.
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