Catherine has surprised me lately with some things that she has remembered.
When we walked out on the front steps yesterday in the dead of winter, she said "Where are the caterpillars?"
I think she meant the caterpillars that were there in abundance last summer, about 7 months ago. Like 1/6th of her life ago. I never expect a 3-year-old to remember that long ago, but they sure do!
A couple of weeks ago we were driving through downtown Easton and she asked "Where are the Christmas trees?". We happened to be passing a corner park (now empty) where they displayed some decorated Christmas trees in December, that we drove past perhaps once or twice. I tend to think that she's not that aware of her surroundings when she's riding in the car, but she doesn't miss a thing!
Then last Friday when we were driving away from picking up Elisabeth at school and heading towards Virginia instead of taking the usual route home, immediately after the intersection where I went the new, unfamiliar direction, she asked me "Mommy, where are you going?"
They're aware of a lot more than I give them credit for!! I can only assume that Elisabeth is aware of just as much, and remembers it, but just can't express it yet.