Eliza didn't want to be fed tonight. She wanted to feed herself, and kept grabbing the spoon from Daddy. He decided to let her have a try at it, and everything went well at first.
But, it got much messier after this video...
We went on a little shopping excursion in downtown Portland the day before leaving, and Eliza loved riding the light rail and street cars. To our surprise, she even knew the proper safety procedures and grabbed the hand loops each time we boarded. She didn't want to let go when we reached each of our stops.
After a few days of endless snow and a constantly changing weather system, we decided to chang-up our plans and go to Eugene early. Eliza has been having a swell time with her cousins, and has loved ripping open her many presents.
Eliza liked meeting Santa Claus, but she didn't really show it. Not even so much as a smile, but she did talk to him a little bit. Luckily, Santa is fluent in baby talk. Mommy did her best to try and get E to smile, but it just didn't work.
Today Eliza is wearing her princess outfit from Grandma Cathy, along with her tiara. And what does such a fashionable baby like to do in her free time? Go shopping, of course!
Eliza loves playing with all her new presents, and had been having a great time walking around, pretending to shop with her baby grocery cart.
For her birthday Eliza got her own set of strawberry cupcakes (with pink vanilla frosting and pink sprinkles). We had a taste-testing session a week ago, so we knew that she liked them. But when it came time for her own cupcake...she DEVOURED it. I kinda felt bad for the cupcake. Poor guy.
Eliza loved ripping open the presents, but her momentum kept being interrupted. Whenever she'd unwrap a new book, or come across one she opened a few minutes ago, she'd take a little reading break. She got a lot of cute books for her birthday, so opening the gifts took a while.
It was "free admission day" at the zoo this past Friday, so we buckled Eliza into her seat and headed straight there. I didn't get any great shots of E with the animals (as they're kept far away in cages), but we did capture this wonderful shot of her out in the wild.
Just a few blocks away from Eliza's new Houston home is a really cool Obama mural. It's left over from his area headquarters back in November. E loved posing for pics in front of it, and it'll be another good snapshot to put into her time capsule.
E fell asleep on the sofa watching the Macy's parade this morning. One minute she was dancing along with the Rockettes and a few minutes later she was knocked out. Usually people fall asleep AFTER having the turkey.
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While playing in the kids aisle at Costco, I let Eliza try out all the various electronic riding animals until I finally found one her speed. It's this cute, rocking horse. She was having a real blast, but by the time I went to shoot this video, she had attracted a crowd of admirers, and got all shy.
We used to walk into Eliza's room and she'd be on her tummy, trying to peek over the padded bumpers in the crib. Eventually, she would be on her knees, clutching the bars and peering between them.
Today we walked in the room, when she was supposed to napping, to find her fully-standing and sorta pulling herself along the perimeter of the crib walls. Daddy sure is glad he lowered the bed all the way down a few weeks ago.
Eliza had a swell time at Saturday night's Houston Rockets game. She loved all the clapping and music, and would shout out during plays, "Rob-rob-rob-ra!" - which is baby talk, "Let's go Rockets!"
She had so much fun that she kept jumping up and down in Mommy and Daddy's laps. She probably would've crawled right down to the basketball court if we let her go.
Mommy and Daddy had an exciting morning making some fun meals from the local Dream Dinners franchise. We're glad to finally make use of the gift certificate that Kelly and Kensie got us. We put it to good use, making a ton of dinners and getting ahead on Thanksgiving side dishes.
Eliza had a lot of fun and watching all the fast and furious cooking action, occasionally barking out orders as we moved to each new food prep station.
Eliza had some crazy hair this morning. It was definitely worth taking a photo. And since she loves to pull Mommy and Daddy's glasses off their faces. They figured she'd love to pose with a pair of her own - which really added to her whole morning breakfast look.
It seems that Eliza had a favorite, new activity: crawling around and getting into whatever she can. Tonight she discovered the toilet paper roll while helping Mommy and Daddy hang towel racks in the bathroom.
It goes well with her new favorite thing to say, which is "Uh oh!" Any time you drop something and she knocks something over, she'll let out a little "Uh oh." Although sometimes it sounds like "Ohh Ohh" - still cute.
Today Eliza wore her hair in some adorable puffs. She wasn't happy during the grooming process, but moments later she was her happy, shrieking self.
And she loves hanging out in her very own piece of prime, living room real estate. She's the tenant of the lovely Hello Kitty home located by the arm chair. Inside her hut are a number of her stuffed animal pals and one of her favorite blankets.
Since it was such a sunny day, Eliza and Daddy went down to the park to hang out for a bit. Her favorite part was watching the fountains and the ducks. Everyone else must have had the same idea because the park was full of families and photographers enjoying the afternoon.
Doesn't she look like a little kid, instead of a baby?
Eliza stayed way up past her bed time because Daddy wanted her to witness history in the making. Someday he'll be able to tell her that she watched it every step of the way, got to push the button in the voting booth, and then stayed up late to watch a major event in American history.
(She's rubbing her eyes a lot. She probably won't make it long enough to see any speeches.)
Daddy and E braved the crazy crowds to participate in Texas early voting last night. The lines into and through the polling place rivaled any popular Disneyland ride, and reminded us of the post-Thanksgiving checkout lines in Best Buy and Target.
Daddy placed the votes, and Eliza got to push the big, red button at the end. Since cameras weren't allowed inside, we snapped this photo outside, away from all the chanting people passing out flyers and begging for our votes. This little baby's opinion can't be swayed anyway.