Here is my run-through of the exercise: http://www.patreon.com/ellenmillion?ty=c (With great apologies to the Irish - all I had for historical reference was one Wikipedia stub, and the toddler pushing on my knees discouraged spending a lot of time on research!)
Speaking of toddler, I had been deliberately NOT showing her how to stand on things to reach up. She's not a natural climber, and although she will stand up on furniture, she is cautious when she doesn't have something to hold onto, so she had not really put together the idea of pushing something to stand up on to reach things. Until yesterday, when we came home from the grocery store. She promptly bull-dozed the toilet paper package directly to the sink and did this:
She's SO pleased with herself.
Her memory continuously astonishes me. She was eating macaroni and cheese the other night, and said solemnly, "Macachee nose! Playdoh?" There was nothing up there - I checked with a flashlight. She just remembered clearly the things that had been in her nose.
I asked her to go find her library books before we went to storytime on Monday. She found three (of the four), and I went to her bookshelf to find the last one, scanning for the Berry Room stamp along the page edges. She grabbed one, and held it out to me. "That's not it," I was sure. It didn't have a stamp. But it WAS, on closer inspection - only given away by the Berry sticker on the back. She has probably a hundred books, and she can remember ALL of them. She has a musical player that does Twinkle, Twinkle, and I randomly sang it to her one day. She looked at me, made me sing it three more times, and then said 'Twinkle, twinkle!' and ran to her bookcase, where she found a Mother Goose book I'd never read to her and found the page with the Twinkle, twinkle rhyme.
Color me impressed.
Also, apple pie is even better with bacon. My new goal in life is to figure out how to bake one with a bacon-top lattice.