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August 27, 2011

picnic (n): An outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors


Perhaps the local splashpad isn't what Mommy would normally think of when deciding on a picnic location, but Elizabeth was insistent. I suspect part of the appeal was having both parents at the park at once! "Orange swimsuit" had to come as well, of course.


August 26, 2011

So, Elizabeth is two and a half, and wiggly. 88cm tall and weighs 25 lbs. Very talkative, she loves to tell narratives and stories about things around her. Most of the time we understand her, but it is always easier if she's talking about something we witnessed! Especially if she's pulling out the big words. She's rather reserved with strangers and dogs (actually any animal that gets too close). Unless said stranger has a toy car, ball or chocolate...


She loves the rain. At the cottage she prayed nightly for rain. A single raindrop and she'd tell us "It's raining. Prolly I should get my boots!"


She's always surprising us with what she remembers. For instance, I told her winter was coming soon. "Yay yay yay!" said Elizabeth "Mommy will pull me in my liddle sled onna snow".


I think winter is going to be a bit of a shock though, because she's quite keen on going barefoot these days at every opportunity. She almost always asks permission.


Still asking a lot of "whys", but if she already knows the answer she's really dying to be asked herself...


I wouldn't have thought I'd be writing this six months ago, but Elizabeth's not nearly as picky an eater as she used to be. No "tamoes" (tomatoes), "tatoes" (potatoes - sweet or otherwise), berries, onions, raw vegetables that aren't cucumber and beans. But she'll eat pretty much everything else. Favourite foods include pasta, nori, rice, cucumber, apple, broccoli, "Mr Fish", "Mr Chicken", "Mr Ham", raisins, goldfish crackers and bacon. She still loves ice cream and chocolate, but perhaps that goes without saying. She actually says that she likes berries, but doesn't eat them. Onions, however? "Elizabeth not like onions".


August 25, 2011

Elizabeth's Simcoe cousins Josie and Daniel have come to live with Auntie Heather, which means we're going to get to spend lots more time together.


We visited the Agriculture museum together, which was a lot of fun.  Josie was jealous to learn that Elizabeth had actually seen some of the baby pigs being born on one of our previous visits. One of the biggest pigs got out while we were there, but luckily a staff member was on hand to shoo it back into its pen.


It was super windy while we were there.  The windmill pump was shooting water right over top of the bucket. Auntie Heather nearly got soaked! As usual, the kids could have spent more time with the tractors, and Daniel definitely thought our allotment of time in the playstructure area was way too short...


August 24, 2011

Auntie Janice's back hasn't healed as quickly as everyone would like.  In fact, she often comes home from work very tired and obviously in pain.


When this happens, Elizabeth almost always follows the below script verbatim, skipping even a "hello":


"Auntie Janice, why your back sore?"

"Because I broke it"

"Why you broke your back?"

"I didn't mean to, it was an accident"

"Maybe you need new one"


Elizabeth likes to help Auntie Janice with her physio exercises, which we encourage. Sometimes Elizabeth tries to get out of things by telling us that her back is too sore, which we don't...


We can't decide whether new obsession with playing "surgery" is related or not, but Elizabeth has declared her toy spatula to be her "scapel", her duck to be "medicine" and loose costume jewelry to be "needles". So far I've had both arms amputated, Daddy lost his feet and Teddy had stomach surgery. Auntie Janice says she's waiting for Elizabeth to gain more experience before letting her operate on her back though...


August 23, 2011

With the end of the summer in sight (you can always tell by the appearance of snowblowers at major stores) we decided that we needed to get another visit with Godmother Rachel in before she went back to school for the year.  Elizabeth was so excited that she could hardly sleep.  "I'm going to play ball and dance with Waachel!"  We had a lovely time and did indeed dance and play ball.  So much so that we were all a bit shocked by how Elizabeth had taken to Rachel (not that we are complaining...).  Last time Rachel was over Elizabeth barely made eye contact.  This time they were wandering around outside in the backyard doing the tour of the "wittle housie" while Mommy and Daddy got food ready inside.


Rachel brought Elizabeth the cutest little book and game.  It is all about mommy and baby animals.  The game is basically a set of memory cards (heavy duty for little fingers) but instead of a pair of identical animals it uses a mommy and a baby of the same animal to make each pair.  Brilliant.  Elizabeth took her new card game up to her room with her when we finally carted her off to bed.


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