I don't know how to say it any other way! This was supposed to be this amazing Holiday Fair and Craft Show in a cute little town (the town is cute!) just a few miles up the road from us. But when we arrived,...well...it was pretty much deserted except for the people working there. (Carneys?...small hands...oh, nevermind!) At least it was indoors and well heated! ;-) Still not sure Elizabeth knew what to make of the rides. Judge for yourself:
Welcome to the Holiday Season from Okemos, Michigan! In case you were wondering...yes, we are FREEZING COLD!!!! Here are pictures of our house (and views of our backyard and neighborhood from the front yard) from last weekend!
Check out the way Elizabeth is just kicking back, lounging in her pink chair, "reading" her bunny book. We're happy she loves her books so much--so, for now, we won't make a big deal about the fact that it's upside down! ;-)
So...we are bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage on the Big Event!
Here are some pictures of Elizabeth's "Big Girl Room" with her "Big Girl Bed"!
And then, a little video treat to document the bedtime ritual.
(You may notice...we did not have her crawl under the covers, yet. She is used to sleeping with these favorite little blankets on top of her, so we thought we'd ease in a little at a time before introducing the whole sheet and comforter situation.) I'll post tomorrow to let you know whether or not the first night was a success!
Elizabeth got a Thomas the Train and little track for her birthday (yes, the cheapie plastic kind from Marshalls--but it's not supposed to be an heirloom, and it seems to do the trick!) As you can see, she never seems to tire of chasing it around the track. In fact, my guess is that you will tire of watching her chase it around the track long before she gives up! Enjoy!
Elizabeth had her first "trick-or-treating" experience...and it did not go quite as Mommy planned. She looked adorable in her little Ladybug outfit, and seemed sort of interested in doing what the other kids were doing (we spent a few minutes watching all the hullabaloo from our front porth first)...but when it got right down to it, once we crossed the street and headed up to knock on the first door, she stopped dead in her tracks and repeated, "no...no...no..." and then began to cry. So, Mommy comforted her a little, then coaxed her to get some candy from the nice lady. But one piece was plenty for her...and she was ready to return home to the safety of of Daddy's arms on her own front porch. From then on, she helped us pass out candy to the kids who came to visit us. Ah...much better.
Every time we show this video to Elizabeth, she shrieks with delight and then laughs, repeating "Elizabeth's going crazy?!?!" It's a little silly, but it makes us all laugh! Hope it'll make you laugh, too!
When we visit Grammy's house, it seems like E wears Grammy out asking her to play her favorite songs for her over and over and over and over again on the piano! (Her current favorite is this one called "Six Little Ducks"...And, as you can see, Elizabeth really is her BIGGEST fan!!! And, she likes to pretend that she is playing along as well!
Well...we haven't really sat down to explain to Elizabeth that--come April--she is going to be a Big Sister. But, after I returned from my ultrasound in Los Angeles (which unexpectedly and surprisingly revealed that I was already 12 weeks pregnant!), Erin took this photo of the three of us together for posterity! haha! We will call this the first sibling photo!...and we'll attempt to explain the whole situation to Purple MUCH later...
Elizabeth's little friend, Emily, turned ONE this week! So, we wanted to give a BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUT to her, as today, she is the guest of honor at her own family Birthday Bash in LA thrown by Mommy and Daddy (Erin and Josh)!
Congratulations, EMILY!!!! XXOO
Here is a picture of Elizabeth and Mommy having a playdate with Erin and Emily during our visit to LA a few weeks ago! We miss you!!!!
Well, not quite...but for Elizabeth, it is! Before we left Los Angeles, Elizabeth had a fun little photo shoot for Carter's, modeling a green and orange witchy sleep set and an adorable Ladybug costume! Here is the link to the Carter's website for pictoral evidence of her short-lived career: http://www.carters.com/category/CategoryT4E.aspx?categoryId=56
Somehow, Elizabeth got wind of the controversial "Bikini Car Wash" in San Antonio, Texas. And, while she doesn't yet own a bikini, she seemed to think the concept of combining swimsuit with car washing was grounded in a strong foundation.
So, this afternoon, she decided to start a business of her own...on our front lawn...washing Mommy and Daddy's cars! Whoohoo!
Oh, and for those of you non-Californians who are thinking it is ghetto to wash your car on the grass (I know what you are thinking b/c when I first saw that, I thought it, too!)...it's actually a standard practice here, due to water supply issues in SoCal. You can read more about Water Conservation here: http://www.monolake.org/waterconservation/ and you'll see that tip number 8 under "Ten Ways to Save the Most: Outside" is-- "Drive your car onto a lawn to wash it. Rinse water can help water the grass." :-)
The 2009 Acura NSX races from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds! That's fast...but not quite as fast as Elizabeth's sixty to zero! ;-)
Today, after our weekly excursion to Polliwog Park with Erin and Emily, the four of us stopped at California Pizza Kitchen for lunch (sadly, there is no CPK near Lansing...and no Erin & Emily there, either :-(...so I have to get my fix of both before we leave!) It was approaching Elizabeth's nap time, but she was so busily chatting and gobbling up some bread that I thought she would easily make it through lunch!
Suddenly, however, I noticed her blinks getting a little longer, and--bless her heart-- she was trying to use her little hand to support her sleepy head! Erin cleverly whipped out one of Emily's "spare" dresses for Elizabeth to use as a pillow against the table, and, within a matter of seconds(!) she was out like a light! Needless to say, we ended up getting our meals in to-go boxes! But, before we left, I had to snap this picture of the sleeping beauty!
So, I just returned from Alpha Phi Convention in Arizona, and, while I was gone, Elizabeth had a fabulous time with Daddy, Grammy, and Pop-Pop!
Since I took the camera with me, I don't have pictures to post of Elizabeth, so I am posting some pics taken at Convention instead!
Here I am with my fabulous roommate, Laura, at the Red Dress Gala!
As you can see, we were all smiles...but that is before we spotted the giant Texas-sized cockroach crawling all over my dessert plate! EEK!
Here are some of the fabulous ELCs who will be traveling for Alpha Phi this year! Left to right (from memory!): Monica, Emily, Becca, Megan, and Kat! Whoohoo! Not pictured are the two Ashleys, Sarah Beth, Sam, and the incredible Courtney McCallum!
And finally, there are too many photos to choose from...so I will just add one more. Here is a picture of me with our fearless leader, Laura M-S...AKA "the big cheese"!