Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Edition

Claire loves Angelina Ballerina. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Angelina Ballerina is a picture book series, as well as an animated show, about a mouse who (wait for it...) loves ballet. So naturally, I looked high and low for a ballerina costume. No such luck, which I found strange seeing that PRIOR to my costume-hunt, it seemed that I saw tutus everywhere. Anyway, the night before Halloween, we braved the costume store and found amongst the highly age-inappropriate teenage girl costumes, a little fairy costume that had a tutu-esque skirt. It reminded me of a costume that Angelina wears in one of her books: So Adam fashioned some ears out of cardboard, some baby mittens, and a headband. I don't think Claire quite understood why exactly everyone was giving her candy, but she certainly didn't want to give it up once she got it. She was the cutest little ballet-dancing mouse around!

Fast forward 6 weeks. Claire still loves to wear her "pretty dress" (her words, not mine). She doesn't think she's Angelina when she wears it, though she does like to spin around and let us all know that she's dancing and/or that she's a ballerina.

She also loves the dress for it's fairy properties, namely, the wings. She likes fairies. And she has decided that she needs to learn how to fly. When Mom or Dad can't give her a lift, she takes matters into her own hands. She figured this one out all by herself. One day, while I was working in the kitchen, she announced "Mama, mama! I flying!"

She was so proud of herself!

And we can't forget the wand. She carries this thing around pretty much all day.

Did I mention that Claire wants to wear this dress every day? It's pretty much the first thing she asks about in the morning. Thanksgiving day was no exception. I am disappointed in myself that I took NO pictures of our feast or our lovely guests. But I did get one picture that I feel amply describes Thanksgiving afternoon. I call it "Anticipation":

It might be helpful to know that despite 2 full days in the fridge, my 12 lb. bird was not completely thawed. In fact, the neck and giblets, not to mention the flap of skin that covers the cavity of the bird, were frozen together. So after the turkey got a loooong cold water bath, we finally ate about 2 1/2 hours later than originally planned.

I was very thankful for the patience of my husband and guests, as well as the presence of a little fairy at my dinner table.


Glenda said... cute!

hooli said...

Well, this fairy is in love!

grandma GiGI said...

She's growing up so fast! I'd love to see her again.

laurel said...

She is so cute!!! I love how the oven is a mirror. Maylin was telling her friend about her cousin Claire, the other day. So cute. We miss you.

Melea said...

How cute that she already loves to dress up. I love the last picture of her staring into the oven.

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