Good Morning, Emma! Your birthday is sunny and there is still snow on the front lawn from a recent snow storm. I am truly amazed that you are now a 1 year old. So much has happened during your first year, a leap year baby, and I will list some here:
While you were a big baby, you were center stage at the United Nativity play as Jesus. It was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; Pope Benedict XVI resigns his position making him the first to do so in 600 years; we had the London Olympics; Re-election of Barack Obama; the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and her baby, if a girl, will be in line for the throne thanks to Queen Elizabeth; Felix Baumgartner’s Live Space Jump; a meteorite crashed in Russia; Hurricane Sandy hit New York city and we felt its effects by way of wind and rain in Toronto; Facebook reached a billion users; we went to the Beach Boys reunion tour; and of course, Gagnam Style was EVERYWHERE!
Our Prime Minister is Stephen Harper and our Mayor is troublesome, Rob Ford.
“In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider ended a 5-decade-long search when they announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. This long-sought particle is responsible for giving all other subatomic elements, such as protons and electrons, their mass, and was the final piece in the Standard Model, which describes the interactions of all known particles and forces. While LHC researchers were cautious, only calling their results a “Higgs-like” particle until more data and analysis is available, the finding was widely hailed as the most important fundamental physics discovery in more than a generation.”
Reality tv shows still dominate the airwaves but Mom & Dad’s favourites include: Dexter, Downton Abbey, the Walking Dead and Mad Men. We have yet to watch Homeland which was the big winner at the Emmy’s, and sadly, 30 Rock finished its run.
Music that I will always remember around the time you were born: Somebody that I used to know by Goyte or as Ellie calls it, “The Tina song.”
Movies included: the Hunger Games, the Hobbit, Skyfall, Lincoln and Argo.
Celebrities: Jennifer Lawrence – Best Actress at the Oscars; Daniel Day Lewis – Best Actor at the Oscars. Ryan Gosling and Kate Upton are the “it” celebrities.
The book, February won Book of the Year on Canada Reads on the CBC.
We brought in 2013 – which is the year of the Snake – with a quiet night at home. Sarah, Paul and “baby Terry,” joined us for a celebratory drink.
Now, what is up with the photo? Well, as I spent a few minutes cleaning up the kitchen this morning while you were to have your 20 minute after breakfast nap, Ellie decided to smear Penaten diaper rash cream through your hair. My plans to visit the local zoo to see the new baby lambs was cancelled as we started the slow and difficult process of removing this thick messy cream from your head. I will add some more flattering photos soon! We love you, Emma!
Chris and Peter
Elizabeth came down to the living room with her bottle. She was twirling her hair. She gave us a coy smile.
Matt said, “You’re supposed to be in bed.”
She continued to float over to some of her toys across the room and said slowly, “Well, yes, that’s true,” and sat down to play very quietly.
Matt returned Elizabeth to bed rather easily and when he got up to leave she said, with her bottle still in her mouth, “Where are you going?’ and Matt said, “I’ve got work to do downstairs.”
Elizabeth said, “What’s that? Sleeping on the couch?” because before he put her to bed he was sleeping on the couch.