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February photos will go online later today; they're ready now but need captions and a quick once-over before I upload them.

Laurel was surprisingly well-behaved today, or maybe I just thought so because I'm in a better mood after getting some. *ahem*

She dressed herself except for her shoes after I told her we were going out today, although she was disappointed we didn't go to the library. (She has books due next week, but we have to find where in the living room she hid Once Upon a Potty so we can return them all at once.)

For the first time ever, she insisted we go to the grocery store before lunch because Himself turned into the grocery store parking lot before realizing we should have lunch first. It's probably the only time she hasn't immediately latched onto the idea that we *must* go to McDonald's every time we drive by one. (:

She behaved very well at lunch, even agreeing to let me return the extra toys (her meal came with _three_ of the same toy). We avoided a meltdown by the children's books by letting her carry a box of fruit snacks she picked out, but she lost them when she threw a tantrum at the checkout stand while waiting for Himself to catch up with us so I could leave him with the cart and take her to the penny horse ride.

Afterward, she was well-behaved again for the drive home and refrained from bolting through the snowbank next to the driveway to visit our neighbor's dogs like she usually does. Instead, she yelled "Hi Abby Gracie! It's very cold!" as she trundled inside. After watching us unpack the groceries, she helped me wipe things down when I tidied up. (The tempered glass shelves in my parents' refrigerator are *so* much easier to clean than the wire ones in our old fridge.)

We've been limiting her computer time because she's gotten very pushy about what games to play and when. To keep her from loading them herself (she knows how to insert a CD-ROM into the appropriate drive), we turn off Himself's computer when he's not using it. She informed us today it needed new batteries so it could turn on. (:

On a battery note, she keeps taking the rubber band off the digital camera she's allowed to use (the battery door doesn't stay on) but she's starting to take pictures where you can actually tell what she was trying to photograph. If anyone can recommend a sub-$75 digital camera that'll shoot without having to be focused first (the HP photosmart 315 requires the shutter button to be depressed halfway to focus before it'll capture an image by fully depressing the button), I'd appreciate it. I'm thinking about getting Laurel her own little camera to play with. Otherwise she'll keep the 315 and I'll buy my parents a newer camera after we get our tax refund.

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