Sunday, February 21, 2010

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Mother Goose

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
--Mother Goose

Elizabeth loves sheep right now. For some reason they make her happy. They're even giving the kitties a run for their money for favorite toys. She doesn't have any black sheep though. All of her toy and stuffed sheep are white (except for the new pink valentine sheep that Grandma gave her). So even though she loves this song (and Mary Had a Little Lamb), I usually have to sing Baa Baa White Sheep instead. And when we put some glow in the dark sheep on the wall of her room for her to count and help her sleep, I had to sing Baa Baa Glowing Sheeps for a few nights. She's such a funny girl. We love her a lot.

I know that not all of my blog readers are also facebook friends, so I thought I'd post some of the cute things Elizabeth has been saying here as well as there. If you are one of my facebook friends, then sorry, there's not anything new here in this post until the photos.

Feb 20: Somewhere upstairs, my mom just blew her nose. Downstairs in the basement, Elizabeth perked up and said excitedly, "That's Grandma!"

Feb 19: Overheard Lizbeth singing to herself: As Grandpa loves you love one another...'notherone likes you...Grandpa becca loves you

Feb 18: Putting Lizbeth down for a late nap, I said, "I need to go make dinner so you'll have something nice to eat tonight. She said, "Oh! That was nice of you."

Feb 17: Grandma tells me that Lizbeth waited in the bathtub, laying in the water, till it had all run out. Grandma asked if she was ready to get out since all the water was gone, and Lizbeth said, "No. I sleep here in empty tub."

Feb 14: On the way home after another long Sacrament meeting. Lizbeth: I love the church. Peter: I'm glad you love the church. I love the church too. Mommy, do you love the church? Karen (wearily): Oh yes, I love the church too. Lizbeth: No, Mama does not.

Feb 14: Grandma put some Valentines in Elizabeth's room, including a pink stuffed sheep, for her to find when she woke up. Elizabeth was suitably excited, and showed me the cards with Pooh Bear, Princess Aurora, Joel's red car (Lightning McQueen), and Woody and Buzz. When I asked "Where did the sheep come from? Who gave it to... you?" she said, "From the DI?" I guess she knows where I get all her animals!When I told her that the sheep was from Grandma, and that it meant that Grandma was saying "I love you" she pulled the sheep's arms out and made it give her a hug. So she did really understand after all

Feb 10: while addressing Valentine cards just now, I heard some suspicious noises coming from the playroom. Lizbeth had taken the giant box of Goldfish crackers and poured them ALL out on her little table and chairs and floor. Mama: "Don't pour them all out!" Lizbeth: "I'm putting dems on the table." Mama: "OK, but that's too many!" Lizbeth: "But I want to eat too many."

Feb 8: Last night, after Lizbeth's bedtime, Grandma went downstairs and heard her crying hystreically in her room. While being carried upstairs, Lizbeth said, "I'm cleaning my nose with the blue blinket." and demonstrated by wiping off some snot. I came to hold and comfort her, and asked what she needed. Lizbeth choked back a sob and said, "Kleenex."

Feb 7: in my last week as nursery leader, half the kids didn't show up. of the three that did, one crawled under a table and slept through the entire class, another slipped on a napkin and split his lip open (blood everywhere), and the last was Elizabeth, who had a complete breakdown in sacrament after nursery. sigh.

Feb 5: Peter: "Lizbeth, say 'I love you Daddy'" Lizbeth: "I love you...Me!"
The night before it was Peter: "Lizbeth, say 'I love you Daddy'" Lizbeth: "I love you...Grandpa!"
This morning it was Peter: "Lizbeth, say 'I love you Daddy'" Lizbeth: "I love you...Song!"
(She did say "I love you Daddy" a couple times later that week, so perhaps she's done with that game now.)

Feb 4: told Lizbeth to come put her shoes and coat on for a walk with Grandpa, then got her boots out of the closet. She looked confused for a moment, then said, "Boots are kinda like a shoe." then she nodded her head and let me continue.

Feb 4: Right now, she's especially interested in books based on disney movies like Winnie the Pooh, and Sleeping Beauty and Pixar movies like Finding Nemo and Toy Story. We got a picture book of Toy Story 2, which she hasn't seen, and she will often tell me out of the blue that Woody and Buzz were riding on the horsey, or that Woody's doggie came to help him.

Feb 4: woke up late to find Lizbeth up and waiting for me. The first thing she said was, "Oh, I need a piggie." that accomplished, she said, "I need a little bag to put the piggie in. Just the right size for the piggie." I found one of those too, and she put the pig in, and was satisfied. She abandoned the piggie and started playing with balls. I have no idea what was going through her mind, but it was important to her.

Feb 3: This morning Elizabeth told me, "I need to take off da clothes and be warm in da blue blinket." She managed to get her pants off, but no amount of tugging at the front of her jumper would remove it, thank goodness.

Jan 31: Today at church I was entertaining Elizabeth with a Bible ABCs sticker book. Angels, Bethlehem, Christ Deciples, Eve Fruit, Gethsemanie, Hands, Israelites, Joshua, etc. We were putting stickers on the Water and Wine page when Elizabeth said, "Go back to Gethsemanie. I realized after some confusion that the speaker was telling the story of somebody's dream of seeing the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemanie. It made me happy that she had been paying enough attention to the book to learn the new word, and enough attention to the talks to hear the word she had just learned. Kids pay a lot more attention to stuff than we think.

There's a lot more of this kind of thing on my facebook wall, if you want to friend me and go back and read older posts.

This is from New Years day. Lizbeth's friend Joel decided to throw a snowball at her head, and she decided to laugh at it. I'm so glad she has a sense of humor around him because otherwise his boyish energy could get intimidating at times. As it is, she loves going to Joel's House and while she's there they chase each other around and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Here's another one of them together. Elizabeth loves to pretend like she's sleeping, and wrap herself and anything else that's handy up in blankets to keep warm. Just as I was taking this photo she said, "I am sleeping with Joel." I just had to laugh.

More of the sleeping game. She will seriously spend hours doing this. She wraps herself, her stuffed kitties and sheep, her golf balls balls, Mama's head, Grandma's big Snoopy dog, or anything else within reach then snuggles for about five seconds before getting up and rearranging everything.

Here the poor girl is in the hospital with croup on her birthday. She totally lost her voice, and none of us got much sleep for several days, but she came through like a trooper.

Later that day opening a birthday present from Aunt Shirley. It's a baby that swims in the bathtub and blows bubbles. Of course if you turn it over so the air intake hole in the back of her head is under water, then she spits a magnificent stream of water all over the bathroom and makes your tired sick girl gleeful for the first time in days. Thanks Shirley!

I wanted to make cards with handprints on them for Valentine's Day, so here we are fingerpainting.

When Elizabeth made this smudge, she got excited and said, "An A'gator!" As she can talk more, it's easier to see that she has quite an active imagination.

Here she is at the park by the pond. She's so cute.

At the zoo with her cousin Anna. Heather's plane was late, and we stopped at Wendy's before getting to the zoo, so we ended up arriving something like two minutes before they closed the gate for the day. Luckily, they'll let you wander around for about an hour after that without bugging you to leave, so a serious crisis was averted.

Grandpa Randy went and bought more than a ton of coal to add to his emergency supplies and eventually run his steam engine with. He was very pleased when it snowed a few days later and he could make a snowman with two eyes made out of coal :)

Here are Lizbeth and Anna feeding the ducks with Grandma Becca at the pond. The girls ate almost as much of the bread as the ducks did.

Another cute photo of Elizabeth wearing a hat Marcelle made for her. Isn't she pretty?

Chapter 11 by Isaiah

Chapter 11
    1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
    2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
    3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
    4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
    5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
    6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
    9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
    10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
    11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
    12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
    13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
    14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
    15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
by Isaiah
Today while playing with blocks, Elizabeth decided that the arches looked like beds, and that it would be just the right size for her Little People lamb (one of her favorite toys). She put the lamb in, and put another arch on top for a "quilt" and was very pleased with the result. Then, out of nowhere, she said, "A lion! A lion! I need a little lion!" I got the Little People lion and handed it to her, but she didn't like him, and kept asking for a "little lion." I saw this tiny stuffed lion on the floor and handed it to her, and she put him into another arch bed right next to the lamb. I thought it was just to cute to pass up getting a photo of, so here it is.

I thought you might also like to see how she has been playing lately, so I took two long videos. She can go on like this for quite a long time, playing, talking to herself, singing snips of songs, narrating what she's doing, and giving praise like "Good job!" and "That's pretty neat!" Most of what she says is in complete sentences now (or at least as complete as the rest of us use in conversation), and it's really fun to see what phrases she has picked up.