This baby knows how to work a spoon.

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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...

Someone loves her Daddy!

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little stair climber

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Eliza can't walk, but she can tackle three flights of stairs with ease. Mommy was there to document her ascent.

Our little Max rider.

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.

Look at that stocking!

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It's bigger than Eliza.

Best Present Ever!

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Eliza has wheels and she knows how to drive. Watch out!

Getting into the holiday spirit

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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.

Over the interstate and through the snow...

To grandmother's house we go. Headed South to see Grandma Cathy and the Springfield kin. It's slow going!
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Look at all these cute girls!

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The Watkins family (about to go inside)

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The weather outside is frightful...

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..but Mommy and Eliza are so delightful.

I'm supposed to walk in this stuff?

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Eliza didn't know what to think of all the snow outside. She was REALLY bundled up, but just wasn't into the cold. You know she's a Southern girl, after all.

Baby, it's cold outside!

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What is this crazy, white stuff?

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Lewis Ladies in the Snow

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Eliza and her "fur cousin" Scout went out early this morning to play in the snow. She wasn't a fan of the chilly cold. But wherever Scout goes, Eliza is eager to follow.

We've arrived in PDX

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And we're ready for the cold. At least we think so...
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One Year Check-up!

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Here' Eliza's new stats:
Weight: 21.5 lbs - 50th %
Height: 31 1/4" - 95th%

She's gonna be a tall girl!
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Getting all bundled up!

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Eliza is gearing up for the cold Oregon weather later this week....and looking quite cute, as well.
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Sunday Night Silly Girl

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It's fun having little conversations with Eliza, now that she can sorta "talk". Although they all tend to be rather silly one-sided affairs.

Eliza wants a new car seat

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Holiday Shopping Fatigue

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Eliza and Santa Claus

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Wouldn't crack a smile

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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.

Eliza is not a Mavericks fan

While in Dallas last weekend, we went to the Maverick's NBA game at Victory Park. Eliza wasn't impressed and she just kinda watched or clapped occasionally. She's a Rockets fan afterall.

Chillin' Last Night in Dallas

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Literally chilling. It was freezing out as Mommy and Eliza enjoyed all the pretty lights near Victory park, but both their warm smiles made our little photo shoot worthwhile.

Playing around in Ikea

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She loves the little girl toys in Ikea Kids.
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The little Birthday Princess

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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.

Ridin' the sugar high

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After making a mess of her cupcake, Eliza just chilled on her throne while enjoying all the attention. Also, she was stalling as long as she could because she knew bath time was sure to follow.

Baby Versus Cupcake (round 2)

Happy Birthday, Eliza!

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Today Baby Eliza officially turns ONE YEAR OLD! After her breakfast, we let her have another crack at one of her birthday cupcakes. To help clean up the mess, she gladly wore her 'birthday suit' for the occasion.

Eliza versus the wrapping paper

Someone Loves Cupcakes!

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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.

Taking a Reading Break

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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.

Mommy and the Birthday Baby.

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Eliza is turning ONE YEAR OLD this week, so we had a little birthday celebration for her this weekend. Mommy and her got all dressed up for the occasion. Look at those two cuties!

Eliza's Day at the Zoo

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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.

Eliza at the Obama mural

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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.

She can only go one direction

E tried out this cute car walker today and cruised at high speeds all over the store. The only problem: she could only drive in reverse.
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Turkey Day napster

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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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Now she wants a pony for Xmas!

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.

Eliza the Dinosaur Tamer

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Too cute for words

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Fun with a capital E

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Found this while shopping and had to get it.
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Get Me Out of Here!

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Look Who's Standing (In Her Crib)!

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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 Loves the Houston Rockets

Future Rockets Fan

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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.

Dream Baby during Dream Dinners

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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.

Baby Einstein

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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.

Uh oh!

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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.

New hideout and new hairdo!

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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.

Sunny Day in the Park

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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?

The Baby Electorate Has Spoken!

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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.)

Wild Clapping Lion Cub

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Want more of the cute lion cub? Well, then enjoy this exclusive video of the happiest little lion ever to roam the grassy area outside of a Target store.

Picnic in the Park

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Lion Cub Out in the Wild

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Here's Little Lion Eliza as she stalks the urban tundra, hunting for Cheerios and Soy Milk. Lucky for this photographer, she's an herbivore.

Little Lion Cub

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Here's Eliza, all dressed up in her costume. She was kinda fidgety when we tried it on her in Target a few weeks back, but she loved wearing it this evening (and didn't even mind the make-up).

Happy Halloween!

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Here's Eliza in her Halloween Day outfit, as she roams around the house looking for treats. Tonight she'll be changing into her special costume! You'll have to check back for all the photos later...

Eliza has cast her ballot!

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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.