We check new music CDs out from the library every week and a couple of weeks ago we were listening to one in the car when we heard an artist singing, in a lovely Irish accent, what appeared to be a song addressed to “Ellie Belly.” We couldn’t believe it. We call Elise “Ellie Belly” all the time, but we didn’t think anyone else used that nickname. Elise especially was so happy that there was a song with her name in it. We were a bit disappointed when checked the CD case and found that she was actually singing “Ally Bally.” The accent threw us all off. Oh well. We sing “Ellie Belly” to our Elise at bedtime now, even though Annika always reminds us that we are singing it wrong.
Elise is our most outgoing child. She is the least afraid of trying new things, and learns quickly. When we all went ice skating a few weeks ago it was Elise, not Annika, who ventured out on her own first and who insisted on doing it herself, without the aid of the walker. She is also our most athletic, and impresses us every time when we go hiking, snowshoeing, or rock climbing. She loves animals, and calls the neighborhood cat (who we find on our porch every night) “my favorite kitty.” Even when she shows an animal a bit too much love, and she gets nipped or scratched she’ll say “Hey! I think he likes me!” She also loves coloring, and carries around a little mini composition notebook and a pen all day, making notes and scribbles. Her artwork is abstract and bold – her hand eye coordination is as good as Lucy’s,but she is not interested in drawing people the way Lucy is. She loves Legos and Playmobil and sitting and reading books to herself. She gets along very well with Annika and is happy anytime she can follow the big kids around. She let me straighten her hair last week, and then kept going back to look at it in the mirror – she felt so grown up. She doesn’t like to cuddle the way Lucy does, but she is extremely attached to her thumb. We are working on breaking her of the habit, and she is doing pretty well. She is the least sensitive of our three girls, but throws the biggest tantrums. We love our spunky little (big) girl.
1. What is your favorite color? Blue.
2. What is your favorite food? Cereal.
3. What is your favorite toy? My stuffed animals.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
5. What is your favorite thing to wear? A twirly dress.
6. Who is your best friend? Daddy!
7. What is your favorite song? Ellie Belly.
8. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play.
9. What is your favorite movie? Brave.
10. What do you sleep with? Animals, Tiny (her little dog), and my kitty.
11. What do you want to be when you grow up? ….a grown up!