Auntie Janice, Auntie Yukiko, friend Janice and I went to CAMMAC's sing-along Messiah this evening.
It was Auntie Janice's first time! I've been doing it for quite a number of years now, but not as many as the organist (Alan Thomas) or the conductor (Louis Lavigeur), who celebrated their twentieth performance this year! We got them and the four soloists to sign our books. I wish I'd thought of doing that for previous years.
We all enjoyed the performance very much.
Elizabeth took Daddy to the Children's museum today. Elizabeth had so much fun showing Daddy around and playing with the various exhibits that she didn't even notice that Mommy was missing for about four hours. She played so hard that by the time we left she could barely keep her eyes open and was getting quite wobbly on her feet. Needless to say she fell asleep almost instantly once in the car.
It's our tradition to count down the days to Christmas with a Jesse tree. We've used these readings and symbols for nearly a decade.
The first couple of years we cut out symbols and taped them to Christmas ornaments. The problem with using your Christmas tree as a Jesse tree is that you either decorate very late or your Jesse tree symbols get lost in among all your other decorations. Other people often use a second tree or twigs. This year we decided that it would be fun to convert our fridge into a giant Jesse tree. Auntie Janice and Elizabeth had way too much fun colouring making the tree out of packing paper that we taped to the fridge.
I used magnet paper to print out our symbols. Elizabeth loves putting a new magnet on the fridge every day, and likes to tell people about the different stories. According to Elizabeth, the apple is about the lady who was very naughty, Noah's ark "rained and rained and washed the spider out", and Joseph has a "pitty dress".
Her favourite so far is probably "Dadda sheep". That's the ram that Abraham sacrified instead of Isaac. I don't think she understood the story very well (her Children's Bible left it out altogether so there were no pictures) but she tells us about the picture at least once a day.
Can you believe that Elizabeth and Teddy almost don't fit side by side on the chair anymore???
Pretty soon we'll be starting to count age in years instead of months!
Elizabeth has started to string words together into sentences. When you ask her about her day, she'll tell you a story all about it. Mom and Dad can usually even figure out what she's talking about (no more "five minute memory", as Auntie Janice would say). She follows instructions pretty well - even if you give her more than one at a time. She still loves to copy the grownups, so if you want her to do something that she isn't excited about, it helps if you do it first.
She loves making telephone calls and frequently asks to call various loved ones, especially Grandma and Grandpa. She'll badger Mom for half an hour, but once we get someone on the phone she doesn't always talk. She'll sit holding the phone giggling quietly to herself. Inevitably she'll start talking as soon as we hang up!
She sings a lot, but stops right away if she feels pressure to perform. We've taken a LOT of video footage of her staring accusingly at the camera and Mommy saying "Busted".
Naptime is shorter and less frequent so we practice "sitting time" to give Mom and Dad a chance to go over work together. She's getting quite good at sitting and amusing herself. If she has a blanket to play with she'll play peek-a-boo with her dolls.
Auntie Janice thinks Elizabeth is "abnormally self-restrained" and while I don't know about that it is true that she usually shows a great deal of self control. Our Christmas tree is up with presents wrapped and waiting. Elizabeth knows she isn't allowed to touch it, and so far she hasn't. She's much less well-behaved about Mommy and Daddy's computer keyboards though...
Like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead, when she decides to be naughty, she can be very naughty. Scratching and digging her fingers into people are particular challenges at the moment. I guess we're approaching two!
She is becoming more and more independant. She likes to do things "self". Walking down the stairs, dressing and undressing, stamping her "passport" at the museum. She's also getting the hang of using the toilet like a big girl (and all by herself!) We still mostly use diapers but she does have a pair of cloth "training panties" which we use too. She gets a 'ticker if she poos in the toilet. She loves stickers, so this has been a very successful incentive.
She knows when she's hungry "nack pees" (snack please) and when she's tired. She's obviously her father's child since she requests her nap. When Mommy is around this is sometimes amended to "nap and nurse please". She only has a single nap these days, usually about 1:30 or 2 in the afternoon. Bedtime is about 7:30pm. Then she sleeps until 8:30 in the morning. She's a restless sleeper and quite often ends up on the floor, but quickly goes back to sleep when placed back on the mattress. (She has a thermarest in our office across the hall from the bedroom). We usually take her to the washroom or change her diaper when we go to bed, and again around 5:30 am. Then we nurse and co-sleep until it's time to get up, mostly because Mom gets more sleep that way.