Parenthood
October 29, 2013
Clean vs Dirty

Behold, a fun experiment to demonstrate that Elizabeth's hand washing techniques require more work.

 

First we cut a piece of bread into three pieces. Then we put one piece in a bag as a control. Elizabeth did NOT quite get the concept.

 

Then we touched one piece of bread with freshly washed hands.

 

Finally we got our hands dirty and touched the last piece with them. Elizabeth did NOT want to go and get her hands dirty. I wanted her to rub her hands on the dirt but that was clearly not happening. Finally I suggested she play in her sandbox for a while instead. Luckily it was *just* warm enough, but getting her to touch the bread before washing her hands nearly caused her head to explode.

 

Little brother does not share her qualms about getting dirty...

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October 28, 2013
Last appointment

Elizabeth had her last appointment with Dr Duncan today. I was too shy to ask for a photo (maybe we'll see her around another time), partly because we accidentally showed up an hour late due to a daylight savings technology issue. (GAH!)

 

Dr Duncan was very pleased with how Elizabeth's nose has turned out. There are a few "baby acne" spots on the scar still which will go away. Dr Duncan did offer to remove them with a needle but Elizabeth politely declined.

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October 27, 2013
Dow's lake

Our first attempt at a family fall picture for this year's  Christmas card was too dark, so we waited until the light was all wrong, the kids were good and cranky and off we biked / walked / pushed stroller to Dow's Lake for round two. Elizabeth's mood improved noticeably after I managed to stuff her helmet into her cagoule in order to keep her ears warm.

 

Despite ourselves we managed to have fun and get an acceptable, if not perfect photo, but I need your mailing address if you want to see it!

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October 22, 2013
Garden

This is a mishmash of photos that I took of my garden. If I'd been organized I'd have posted about the garden as it grew from first seeds haphazardly "planted" by my enthusiastic small helpers (Xander and Elizabeth) until last frantic harvest before frost. Since that frost held off until Oct 23rd, we had a pretty amazing run!

 

The cucumbers didn't get devoured by bugs this year, so we got to eat quite a few and we tried three different kinds of pickles. Not that I've actually been brave enough to try EATING any of those pickles yet!

 

I thought I'd taken a few more pictures of a daily harvest - suffice it to say that we had beans and tomatoes coming out of our ears as usual. The tomatoes were very, very slow to ripen, so by the time they were ready to can I was already sick of canning. I didn't end up canning nearly as many as I usually do - hopefully I do not regret this too much in February.

 

We tried carrots for the first time and they were an enormous success - probably the sweetest carrots I've ever hard.

 

But the big garden story this year was definitely pumpkins. Turns out third time is the charm! We could have had seven pumpkins, but one got knocked off the vine and one got eaten by slugs and other creepy crawlies.

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October 20, 2013
Pirates of Penzance

Elizabeth and I went to see the Pirates of Penzance, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa J. We were very happy to see Iain (of frog sitting fame), who was directing the children's choir.

 

Elizabeth wants to be a pirate. She wanted to know how come she couldn't be in the play, but was mostly satisfied with my explanation that someone has to watch!

 

Afterwards we checked out the cool robot art exhibit downstairs.

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