She stood on a step stool and "washed" dishes for the better part of an hour, while I made dinner (she actually did a pretty good job). At one point I scooted over next to her at the sink to rinse a plate that had had raw meat marinading on it. Sadie used an empty bottle of barbeque sauce that she'd washed out to dump more water over it to help.
I turned to deposit the plate in the washing machine and turned back just in time to see her about to dump an entire barbeque bottle sized bottle of water on the steak I'd just finished cooking. I said "No!" and thought I'd caught her in time as she paused and looked at me with a sweet smile. Then I glanced at the steak and realized that, in the time it had taken me to put the plate in the dishwasher she'd already dumped one bottle of water over the plate (and steak). I drained it and was thankful it wasn't soapy.
A similar incident occurred a few minutes later. Feeling clever I moved all the cooked food over to the dining room table, including a large bowl of marinade I'd set aside, that I would use to coat the steak after it had cooked. I thought it was safe that far from the sink and the diligently washing little bunny.
I walked into the living room (which is connected to the kitchen) for less than ten seconds and turned in time to see Sadie standing with her barbeque sauce bottle next to the dining room table, finishing off filling the marinade with water.
I was very thankful when Paul got home and was able to distract her for five minutes while I finished throwing dinner together without any more mini-disasters.
At the dinner table she announced to Paul (with her arms held up in the air as if to say "ta-dah!") that: "I helped Ma make dinner tonight!"
Yes. Yes, she did.
After that the cuteness continued in a less mischievous manner. We were talking about kids growing up Catholic and I began to quiz Sadie. A couple of months ago we were reading a book about Our Lady of Guadalupe and I wondered if Sadie remembered it. I started there:
Me: "Sadie, do you remember who Juan Diego saw inside of the rainbow when he was on top of the mountain?"
Sadie: a long pause as she looked up, thinking: "Mary!"
Me: "And Sadie, who's on the cross on Daddy's necklace?"
Sadie: glancing over to see if the person on the cross has changed since the last time she looked: "Jesus!"
Me: "Who is Mary?"
Sadie: "The Mother of God!"
Paul: "And is Jesus God?"
Paul: "Do you love him!"
In Mae news, when we prayed two nights ago she copied her sister and clasped her little hands together! It made all of us smile!