Elise loves books. She has always loved books. Until recently, it seemed that reading was all she wanted to do. Now all she wants to do is cook, clean, shop and play mommy to Tori. We certainly have not exposed Tori to reading in the same way we did with Elise. There is the odd occasion where she will find herself squashed in beside her big sister hearing a tale or two, but sadly, it is rare. Luckily, Elise has taken it upon herself to expose Tori to the joy of reading. Today, when she had finished making biscuits, washing the dishes and tidying up a little she nestled in right beside Tori and read the extra foods flyer to her. She pointed out the apples and the grapes, the cats and the dogs (on the pet food bags,) the bears (on the diaper boxes) and the hot chicken, then proceeded to tell Tori that everything else was orange. What a sweet big sister!
Elise has been very affectionate towards her sister lately. She stops what she's doing several times a day to give Tori hugs and kisses. "Hugs Torielle" she will say as she clumsily presses her head against Tori's chest. Tori is being called Torielle by Josh quite often lately and Elise has caught on to this and has renamed everyone in her family. There's Torielle, Daddy-Elle, Mama-Elle, Koda-Elle, and No!!!!!!!!!Jack!
Today we spent the day in Swift Current Celebrating the life of Elise and Tori's Great Grandma Chalmers. What an incredible woman! What a great example she was. Always so full of love and joy and grace. She will certainly be missed. I love this picture that my sister in law, Victory, took of grandma with our teeny tiny Elise. She was sure proud of her family, it's written all over her face.
Yesterday we headed into the city and sold our cat and porcupine killing car. The girls were on their best behavior all day. I'm thankful because I ended up spending about two hours stranded in the city alone with them with no money, no phone, and no gas. Well, almost no gas, I could've made it to a gas station but I had no money to pay for it. Yikes, what an adventure! I'm thankful that I made cookies the other day because we had two in the van that held Elise over until we could get some supper. We had a nice visit with our Sister In Law Lisa at Jerry's Food Emporium. If you ever have the opportunity to eat there I suggest you do!
So long Yari! Thanks for (almost always) getting us where we needed to go!
Tori has been a little bit of a social butterfly lately. If we are sitting at the table she wants to be right there with us. Sitting on our laps, looking into our faces, and joining in on the conversation. No more lazing around in a cradle! This girl is eager to take it all in.
One of the things I love about small town living is the community wide garage sales. Today we ventured into the quaint and peaceful town of Etonia where we picked up our map and went "shoppin," as Elise like to call it! We made it to 25 of the 28 sales and found a few treasures to bring home! A book for Elise, a big computer monitor for Josh, a Christmas tree for me, and a Bumbo Chair for Tori.
She lasts a good five minutes in this thing before her neck gets tired, and let me tell ya, she loves every second of it. Elise is also getting great amounts of enjoyment out of this chair that her tiny little bum slips into with ease.
I love Rainy days! The gloomy weather outside always makes me feel refreshed and cheery inside! It makes me want to bake, and clean, get organized and spend a lazy afternoon at the library. Elise loves books so today after the girls had naps and snacks we went on a short splashy ride in the van to discover books galore! Elise is funny, she always heads straight for the books we have on our shelves at home. I guess there's just something magical about reading them at the library.
But before all of that, we baked cookies! Elise loves to help me bake. Her favourite part is the clean up. There's nothing quite like splashing is a sink full of murky cookie batter water! I love to let her help me but it can be quite a challenge having an almost two year old helping out in the kitchen. I have discovered that the key is to keep her little hands busy constantly. If things start to get out of hand there is always a bottle of Vanilla that just needs to be shaken or a basket of measuring cups and spoons that needs to be reorganized! And she is always eager to shake or reorganize something.
It finally feels like we are making progress! We are very messy mudders though!
The last few days have felt like a lot of work with nothing to show for it! The dry wall we ordered, and waited patiently for, never came, so we had to make an unexpected trip into Kindersley. Elise has been declaring war on her own face. She has three mosquito bites one on top of the other and is looking like something straight out of Star Trek. I have been declaring war on the ants that have taken up residence in our front yard! Tori has been wanting to eat constantly. And I'm pretty sure Josh is about ready to board up the bedroom and pretend it doesn't exist! All I can say is Yikes!
I guess one of the unexpected costs in doing any kind of Renovation projects with a Toddler around is the $10.00 toddler tool box. It's definitely worth it though. This little box of tools is sure keeping Elise busy. As long as she doesn't get too carried away "fixing" her sister!