Taa-too is what "thank you" sounds like when Eila says it. She is very thankful. My guess is that if she were to list all of the things she was thankful for it would take a while, but here are a few of the tops: maman, papa, yaya, gramma (Karen & Kathy), joshie, ber, aunt nat, nana, (and all the other aunts, uncles, & cousins), cleo, grandpa Bill, milkie, water, buddy, set (her pacifier), bebe (her doll), shoes, tebe (tv), elmo, signing time, baa baa (music), books, and bon-bons (candy). What are you thankful for?
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We spent a lot of time shopping over the weekend while Aunt Amber and Aunt Nat were in town and Eila got to be quite proficient. She especially liked feeling the textures of the merchandise around her (with Grandma Kathy's help). Whenever possible, Eila also wanted to get up and walk around to do her own shopping - looking through the racks, pulling out shirts or anything else that she could. However, her favorite section seemed to be lingerie. This may be because she could easily carry several items at once and many of the lingerie articles are shiny or lacy, which attract her attention.
H & M was Eila's favorite stop of the weekend. They played great dancing music at H & M and have a large lingerie section right next to the fitting rooms (another of Eila's favorite spots with doors and mirrors and room to run and hide). She danced and danced and hid among the clothes and shopped for lingerie all at once. The staff was very impressed with her moves, and some shoppers even joined her for a dance or two.
Eila said "Car" close to 200 times as we were grocery shopping yesterday. She rode in a car attached to one of those special carts. The only problem was that there is no seat belt in these cars and Eila figured out how to work the doors very quickly. She enjoyed climbing in and out and pushing the cart into displays and aisles (fortunately, she didn't run into any people!). Eila also really enjoyed the freedom to move about the store as a whole and being chased down. She squealed and giggled with delight as she ran as fast as her little legs could carry her. It was a shopping experience that won't be repeated again very soon and Eila will be confined to the seat in the cart for a long while still.
This is something that Eila did without actually saying these words. She did say "Thank you" a few times and stopped to talk to a few other trick-or-treaters and somehow, got candy from one of them - very cool and sneaky. Eila did understand the concept by the end of the night and really seemed thrilled to have a bowl of candy sitting on the floor by the door. She enjoyed seeing the other kids in costumes and talking to them when they came to the door. And first thing this morning, she started asking for "treat" and hasn't stopped.