Elizabeth rode all the way to the park on her little bike for the very first time today. According to Google, that's a distance of 550m. Admittedly, Mama carried the bike home while pulling Elizabeth in her little wagon, but given that she hadn't been allowed out of the driveway before I was very impressed!
Later that day we went to the library and Elizabeth figured out how to scan her own library books. It's a bit tricky as it requires you to push the book in a straight line, at an appropriate pace until you hear the beep. Then you have to wait for the "thump" as it demagnifies the anti-theft device.
I was teasing her that the next thing I know, she'll be biking to the library to take out books all by herself. She looked at me rather alarmed and said seriously: "I still need my Mommy you know!"
We got to look after baby "Yander" while Auntie Karen picked Uncle Dave up from work.
Now that he eats solids, looking after him is super easy! When he got unexpectedly hungry, we could just fed him mashed banana. Elizabeth was very pitying of the poor baby who "gots no teeth" and therefore isn't allowed to eat pasta or chocolate.
Elizabeth and Xander washed dishes together for the first time. We doubt very much that this is the last time.
It's unseasonably warm here in the "frigid north". Today, for example was 23 degrees Celcius, with a humidex of 25.
It was very weird. Our neighbours went skiing in short sleeves. We just went to the park, where Elizabeth stomped around on the massive snowbanks left behind by the skating rink and rejoiced in swings and slides.
The park was a bit frightening. Elizabeth has clearly been growing, judging by the way she easily skipped around the play structure (instead of painfully crawling from giant step to giant step with the odd help from Momma). She does not need help to get up or down the slides anymore. She thankfully can't reach the monkey bars by herself (yet), but insisted on being lifted up to try like the other kids. She was disappointed to find out that she's a bit too tall for the "baby" swings now, until she got a demo from neighbour Alex on how "big" kids operate them.
We had to raise the seat on her bike. Daddy showed her how balance bikes are supposed to go, and now she scoots along rather fast for Mom, taking her feet OFF the ground. I strongly regret the insane impulse to buy her such a contraption as I suspect that someday soon she's going to scrape all her knees and elbows. At least with the skating she was well protected in a snowsuit - I find this biking business is highly nerve wracking, especially since she can accelerate faster than me. Lots of discussions about not getting squished by cars etc etc.
It's been extremely foggy in the mornings with all the melting snow and high temperatures.
These pictures were taken thirty seconds apart. We drove up a hill and all the fog evaporated.
It's a plane, it's a helicopter, no... it's ROCKET Helicopter.
Also known as an excellent distraction when daughter small wants to take the replica Silver Dart for a spin.