June 24, 2011
Curly hair

Elizabeth loves to brush other people's hair. On the odd occasion that I've indulged her with mine, she brushed and brushed, all the while tsking about how it is "weelly tangly, mommy dear, weelly tangly". By the time she's done, that's an understatement!


We often put her hair up to try to prevent tangles.  When I was little I really wanted curly hair, but I'm cured! I hope she keeps her curls though, tangles and all!

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June 23, 2011
Fat Lip Poem

Small girl pirouettes

into first bloody lip; tears.

Dirt? Booboo better!


Mom will hear sound of head hitting floor for a long time.  Luckily no damage to the teeth but we've banned "slippy socks".

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June 21, 2011
Strawberry picking

This is Elizabeth's third year picking strawberries (Year 1, Year 2) No carseat or stroller this year! Elizabeth was interested in helping for about a minute, and then mainly wanted to sprinkle her water bottle on Mommy. Since it was roasting hot I didn't let her waste the water.  Later I wished I had a bit, because the small amount we had left got so hot in the sun that it was uncomfortable to drink!


She really preferred picking the green strawberries, I think because they had less of a tendency to squoosh in her hands. Sadly she doesn't actually eat strawberries (or any berries) so my normal approach of getting her to pick the ones she would like to eat didn't work. After a while she invented a game where she was feeding the berries straw and offering them drinks.


I tried to get her to sit in the shade or at least go back and forth between me and Grandma J, but no dice.  So I ended up having to pick a lot of straw out of my basket.  Luckily Grandma J was there too or we would have ended up with a lot fewer berries.  Elizabeth was quite proud of the berries "she" picked though - didn't want me to use them for jam or eating, just wanted to admire the full basket in the fridge!

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June 20, 2011
Washing the Car

Auntie Janice decreed that it was well past time to give our car a bath.  I was thinking that our last car only got one during its entire lease, and we still haven't taken this one for its first service appointment so maybe a second car wash in less than a year is a little soon. 


But it was perfect weather and hard to deny such enthusiasm from Janice and Elizabeth so Brendan and I reluctantly agreed to let them go ahead.  (Heh, okay, so I'm just kidding.  Like we would say no when someone is begging to wash our car.)


We may have accidentally sprayed the neighbour's car too, but washed it in the process.  We were hoping to wash it surreptitiously but the five year old was apparently watching us work and wanted to come out to help.  The cars ended up extra clean. We even vaccuumed out all the old cheerios and goldfish lurking everywhere in our car.

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June 19, 2011

The J family and Janice got together to celebrate Chris' birthday and Father's Day.  There was a lot of talk about (free) HD TV over the air, origami shirts made out of money and watching the girls play Ring around the Rosy.  Erika likes to pick Elizabeth up and carry her places.  Elizabeth thinks this is hilarious, running back to her original spot and begging "Den, den, den" (ie again).  I tried to teach them how to play chuckle belly but they didn't quite get the concept.

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