Tonight we took Elise Trick or Treating to 5 houses. I had planned to make her a crayon costume but felt the pressure of time and ended up pulling out the duck costume from last year. It took her a while to warm up to the idea of going door to door but by house number five she had it all figured out.
This evening I caught Elise trying on my winter boots. They were a little (or a lot) too heavy for her but we managed to proudly shuffle around the kitchen with her hands in mine and my feet pushing hers across the floor with each little step. Everytime a little foot came popping out she looked down and exclaimed "uh oh" with great amounts of concern in her voice. What fun she brings to each day!
My parents stayed for a whole week, and this little girl was sure the Center of attention!
Unless I'm really sneaky it's hard to get a shot of Elise from a distance. As soon as she sees that I'm about to take a picture she starts heading my direction full speed ahead. Maybe photography is in her future. She just wants to get her little hands on the camera.
She's also getting really steady on her feet. She usually opts to walk unless she thinks someone is watching. just another reason to think she might be the star behind the camera, and not in front of it!
This girl loves her baths! She hated them when she was teeny tiny and was confined to an infant tub, but from the moment I moved her into the big tub she just can't get enough of them. Sometimes she goes into the bathroom and starts throwing all her toys in the tub as if to say: "okay mom, I'm ready, fill er up!"
And just to throw a random photo in there, this is one my friend Julie took a few weeks ago. What a perfect picture of a girl who has lived her whole life in a little town on the prarie.
On Thursdays I tutor a woman who speaks very little English and lately when she has been at my house Elise has started playing the I want mommy all to myself game. This week I decided to combat that by whipping up a batch of pink playdough! At first I had to work really hard to convince her not to eat it, but eventually the inevitable happened and she got a good salty taste. She spat it out, cried a little and that was the end of her desire to eat it. I should have just let her taste it from the start!
We have so much to be thankful for, but this little pumpkin takes the cake.
When I was young I hated tomatoes. I still won't eat a tomato by itself but mixed with almost anything it's becoming a favourite flavour. Elise loves tomatoes. I am very thankful for this as it is easier to prepare and serve than most fruits or vegetables, whatever you prefer to call them. Tomatoes have become a staple dish in our home. This week we were blessed with fresh tomatoes right out of two different gardens! Thank you to the Lowenbergs and Mom and Dad Chalmers! For lunch today we had fresh homemade bruschetta with feta on naan bread and tomato, ham, spinach, onion, green pepper and cheese omlettes. Elise loved every flavour except the egg, which is a new and disappointing development.
We also enjoyed a meal out with Josh's parents in celebration of his 30th birthday on Thursday, a home cooked five course meal on Friday for our own little celebration and a wonderful Chinese style thanksgiving dinner in Swift Current with Josh's parents, Caleb and Nicole and our new baby nephew Samuel! What a sweet little baby boy he is! Elise just loved patting his little head and trying to rock him in his cradle! How exciting to have a new baby cousin!
This morning I decided to pull out the crayons and see what Elise would do. She would only work on her little project if I was right there working with her, but that is becoming the norm for most activities throughout the day. She especially liked the red and purple crayons!