We've been trying to reestablish something of our normal lives (well, as normal as they were as parents of one very busy girl!). We actually managed to have some friends over for a game night. Hooray for recreation!
Sandra meets Elizabeth at our game night! It doesn't seem so long ago that Sandra was one of our first friends to meet Vanessa. Interested in reminiscing? Here's the link to our blog entry from that day. http://www.maxtedfamily.com/2006/09/busy-weekend.html
Elizabeth takes a little nap in Dean's arms. In this picture, Elizabeth is wearing the same outfit that Vanessa wore when she first met Dean! http://www.maxtedfamily.com/2006/09/bath-time-and-other-news.html
Somehow we didn't get a picture of our friend Paul holding Elizabeth. He'll have to watch out next time!
Elizabeth is well-loved by Vanessa. If anything, Vanessa might love her sister a little too much some days. For example, Vanessa likes to give her lots of hugs (which often turn into squishes) and likes to point out the parts of her face (which usually involves touching Elizabeth's eyes). Plus, Vanessa loves to give Elizabeth certain objects that she finds interesting. Here a shovel, a thermos, and two aspirators have mysteriously found their way into Elizabeth's crib. Vanessa's wooden toy hammer, an empty Brita water pitcher, a child-size broom, and various crayons have also seemed like worthy gifts for her little sister. I position Elizabeth's head as far as I can towards the wall just in case...
Elizabeth went to her first play date last Thursday. Everything seemed to go really well. I'm glad that Elizabeth seems pretty easy so far. Vanessa enjoyed visiting her friends that she hadn't seen for a while. Here Grace is giving her a push on the toy train at Revie's house.Here are just some of the moms and kids (oh, and there were also two grandmas) at the busy play date!
So, I learned that I still do have a bit to learn about being a parent of two girls. I took Vanessa to Burke Lake Park last Friday. She loved going on the train ride (visible in the background) and the carousel. She still talks about the train going through the tunnel! I enjoyed seeing my friends Taylor and her daughter Prestley (on the left of this picture) and Kim and Grace (just behind Vanessa). But, I learned that I need to have a stroller with me to contain Vanessa should the following circumstances coincide:
1. Vanessa decides to try to sprint after a squirrel that has ventured onto a disc golf course.
2. I am carrying Elizabeth in a baby wrap, making it difficult for me to run after or pick up Vanessa.
3. Elizabeth needs to be fed, as she is loudly reminding me.
4. Dinnertime is imminent and Vanessa hasn't napped. A recipe for a tantrum!
A rather amusing situation now that I look back on it. Well, it was definitely worth the trip out to Burke Lake. Not just to see my friends and to give Vanessa a memorable train ride but to get some parenting experience in a situation where I have friends to help me if I get in a tight spot!
James and his parents took Vanessa to a water park on Saturday. Vanessa loved the huge shallow pool to splash around in. (Meanwhile, I enjoyed some quiet time alone with Elizabeth!)
The pool was shallow enough that Vanessa could sit down in places. Here she is concentrating on her pouring skills. The bucket is too heavy for her to lift when it is full of water! An interesting challenge for her to figure out how to pour the water out.
I thought since I posted pictures of Vanessa planting corn, I'd post an updated picture of our corn plot. There are also some strawberries in this picture. Vanessa and I have been enjoying eating sweet peas and strawberries straight from the garden!