Eliza and Daddy sharing a toast to the New Year.
Eliza had a blast at the Houston Aquarium this morning. Fearlessly, she stuck her hand into the "touching tank" to grab a starfish and a horsehoe crab. She also loved climbing into the stingray tube, and checking out what it was like to hang out underwater.
Stay tuned! We're gonna have fun updates from our vacation (and new stuff) all week long.
We just got back from an adventurous trip to Oregon for Thanksgiving. Now that we're recovering from jet lag, food poisoning, allergies, colds, and coming off a sugar high, it's time to start posting some videos and photos. Starting with this timely piece of video...
Here's a quick clip from E's birthday party, held by Grandpa and Grandma when we went to Springfield. She's loving all the attention, and her Dora cake!
Eliza had a really fun time hanging out with her special buddy, Karey. They went to "Disney on Ice", the Nutcracker Market, a holiday tree lighting, and lots of fancy restaurants. But E's favorite place to hang out...is whatever room Karey is in at the time.
She shares this passion with her Daddy. Those two really love the popcorn. Eliza has been getting quite possessive with the tub, trying to block everyone from getting their share - luckily, she has tiny hands.
We got Houston Rockets tickets for Halloween night, so not only did Eliza go in her precious doggie costume, but she was still sporting her Yao Ming jersey (just like Daddy and her always wear).
She woke up from her nap and was rushed into this costume ten minutes before we had to leave, but soon woke up and had a blast. She cheerfully wore her costume until the 4th quarter of the game, and then decided that she had enough of the doggie hat.
Eliza had an eventful Halloween! It all began with a trip to the park for her friend Avery's birthday party - where she ran around in her fairy costume and had a fun time. Her favorite part s were chasing Mommy around on the grass and eating cake.
It's hard shopping with this kid when she's got her own shopping cart. We thought it'd be a fun distraction for her, but ended up distracting us - and all the other shoppers - as we chased her all over the store.
Eliza got into the Halloween spirit this weekend, running around the house in this adorable fairy costume that Grammy Lew sent her. She spent a lot of time twirling around in front of the mirror, pointing at her reflection and shouting "Dora!"
Expect to see some photos of this fairy princess out in "the wild", and get ready for some cute pics from another face-melting cute costume.
This weekend marked our second time at the Bayou Arts Festival since we moved here just over a year ago. But it also marked "first" as well: the first time it's ever been cold here in Houston. And to be fair, it was probably just in the 70's, but we've become accustomed to the high 80's to mid 90's every day so it was sort of a shock.
Eliza had fun listening to mariachi music and trying out all the various ethnic festival foods (Baclava was a big hit).
Eliza loves following Mommy around wherever she goes, especially when she's in the kitchen. So tonight Mommy put E to work! (Which was mostly holding non-essential cooking utensils).
Eliza also spent a great deal of time just looking through the cookbook, screaming at various food photos.
Not sure what's going on here. Eliza put her blankie on the living room floor and then laid down.
Side note - as you can see, she's dressed only in pull-ups and socks. Part of our potty training rountine to let her run around in diaper at home so she can go potty easily. This morning E's also been wearing her sunglasses which makes for quite a sassy outfit.
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While dropping of LuLew at the airport - after a weekend of fun in the Texas sun - we took the opportunity to have a brief meet-up with cousin Michelle and baby Isabella, who were on a brief layover in Houston (and coincidentally flying back to PDX on the same plane as LuLew). The babies had a fun time hanging out together, but both got a little stressed out when the mommies held each other's kids.
We now have a series of photos capturing Eliza trying on shoes - hers, ours, whatever's available.
This photo gives you an idea of what our mornings are like. As we try to get ready for work, Eliza runs around like a wildcat trying on shoes, throwing stuff in the toilet and screaming at the TV. She's only stops to eat or drink her "ilk" as she calls it.
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