Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Andrew and Elizabeth

Andrew and Elizabeth get along so well together which is wonderful.  For example, Elizabeth still prefers her tricycle over her bicycle at the park and always waits for Andrew as he follows along, pushing his little Fisher Price push and ride cart.  She is always encouraging him, giving him hugs and kisses, trying to teach him gentle touches (which usually results in one of the two of them crying from a slap to the face, scratch or annoyance) or their very favorite, the raspberries.  Andrew and Elizabeth do the raspberries at each other all day long and get each other laughing like crazy.  They also like to play tag and chase each other all over the house.  Elizabeth is very gentle and patient with Andrew and really has the ability to play at his level which is amazing to me.

Lately, we've been calling Andrew Godzilla.  He is in the yelling all the time for everything and at everything stage.  Jan says that he has lost more hearing from his kids than he ever did from his music!  It's really true as Andrew screeches so loudly and there is nothing we can do to stop him.  But despite his Godzilla moments, he is still the sweetest little boy and so happy and gentle.  His other nickname is Big Buddy Andrew.  Elizabeth has a song that she likes to sing, Little Bunny Foo Foo walking through the forest but she and daddy have changed it to Big Buddy Andrew.  Andrew just bee bops back and forth to the music and laughs.

Elizabeth's latest things are the Nutcracker and Pillow Pets.  We are going to go see the Nutcracker with my mom and Elizabeth makes sure that she tells that to everyone - the doctor, waiters and waitresses, store clerks, the librarian etc.  It is precious.  And then for the Pillow Pet.  One of her friends at school has a ladybug pillow pet.  Elizabeth came home one day and mentioned that she wanted to go to the store and buy a pillow pet.  We asked her if she had any money and she said yes, the money that she was collecting to" buy food for babies who needed food at church."  Well, after explaining to her about that for awhile, we suggested that she ask Santa for a pillow pet.  She talks about how Santa is making her pillow pet and that he is going to bring it to her house for Christmas.  She is quite the conversationalist.  She listens to us talk at dinner and will interject a "yes" or "hmmm" and then says to us "ok, it's my turn to talk" and she will try to make a comment about our conversation.  Her comment is usually totally unrelated but it amazes me that she is actually trying to follow along.  She also tries to have conversations with the waiters at restaurants.  The other day we went out for sushi and she said to the waiter "Hey waiter, could you please bring me a pen and some paper."   Her favorite "friends" as she calls them are Kitten, Curious George, Baby Doll, and the 2 Bears (all in caps because those are the friend's names).  They make their way all over the house all day long.  They start in the cradle in her room and then to the couch for some morning cartoons and over to the playroom for a tea party then back up to mommy and daddy's bed for a nap and usually end up in Andrew's room on the rocker by the end of the day.  Sometimes they get to go for a ride in the car or a stroll in the buggy.

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