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April 21, 2018

Elizabeth said goodbye to her blue belt today and is now a brown belt. Grandma J would like to remind everyone that this is as far as Mrs Pollifax got :)

 

Auntie Janice came to watch and was duly impressed.

 

I should put something profound about how proud we are of Elizabeth (true) but mostly I'm a little mystified to find myself the parent of a brown belt.

 

Elizabeth said that her favourite part of karate was the kicks. She said she was going to say the senseis but other people said it first so she couldn't do that. We pointed out that no one said tournament team, which she has been saying she will say is her favourite part for a couple of gradings now but then keeps chickening out. This time it was because "no one will know what that is". Kids...

 

She did a pretty funky kick though. I had my hands full keeping Amelia sitting and quiet(ish) so when some of the other karate moms offered to keep Michael I passed him off. I was really hoping to avoid a repeat of that time I ended up playing trains in the waiting area instead of actually watching grading.

 

Elizabeth was very happy to get her belt. She made cupcakes to bring to grading as part of fundraising efforts for the team (and then bought one with her own money lol, along with a chocolate milk). Matthew and Amelia bought gummy worm cupcakes. Amelia ate just the gummy worm part.

 

After grading we were all set to go to Tim Horton's for our traditional timbits (doubly required since Erika and Maria claimed to not know what timbits were!) when Amelia crushed her finger in the door. We probably tell our kids that doors are not toys and they are not to play with or near them twenty times a day, but that didn't prevent Amelia from standing too close and then putting her finger in the crack while it was closing. Brendan says the finger was quite flat and deformed when it came out. There was much screaming. We were able to ice it immediately and by the time I got around to taking a picture it looks bruised and a bit bigger than normal but not too bad at all. We're hoping she doesn't lose the nail. Brendan thinks he'll have nightmares but Amelia says her finger is much better now, despite demanding more ice right before bed.

 

 

   

It was a gorgeous day so after we got home from grading we decided to play outside. Matthew biked up and down the block with Mila, Elizabeth and Noemie. Elizabeth scootered while the other two rollerbladed. Matthew very graciously allowed Amelia to use his scooter.

 

At the appointed time, we walked to the park with Mila and Elizabeth to meet up with Bianca for a sleepover at Bianca's. Matthew played with Bianca's brother a bit in the park and then Michael started getting fussy so I decided it was time to walk back home.

 

Simon was playing ball with Molly the dog and his owner (another Matthew) and my Matthew joined right in.

 

I ended up getting a mild sunburn! It may have snowed this week but for now it is Spring!

   

April 20, 2018

The Museum of Nature was having a special science night that sounded awesome, so when Janice couldn't drive Elizabeth to brownies we gave Elizabeth the option of what she wanted to do instead.

 

She nearly went to karate, because the BBM Thursday class is often pretty cool. After determining that it wasn't the last Thursday of the month (special leaders stuff) and they had done weapons stuff last Thursday, she decided that she'd go to the museum because it was something she could do with cousins.

 

Marit and Francesco's crew were going as well, so after doing some lichen yoga to get tattoos we joined up with them. I was very happy to have adult backup since I was slightly outnumbered...

 

The kids weren't quite sure what to make of the yoga (it was to teach them about survival strategies in the arctic but I'm pretty sure that was WAY over Amelia and Matthew's head at least).

 

Elizabeth was thrilled to find a wolverine (it's the kata she's currently learning, hence the karate pose). Maria didn't want to leave "her" bears. Elizabeth, Erika and Matthew literally climbed the walls in the caves. We played in the boat.

 

But the highlight was getting to dress up as a miner and have your photo taken on the green screen. The photo printed out on a super slow but pretty awesome printer. Then the kids all got an activity book and their very own amethyst to take home! Best part of a pretty fun night!

   

April 17, 2018

As predicted, Elizabeth got her red stripe in class today.

   

March 31, 2018

Douvris has started a book club and as soon as Elizabeth heard about it she really wanted to join in. As an enthusiastic reader myself, it's slightly bemusing that my reading aged kid is somewhat indifferent to books. I've apparently managed to keep my misgivings to myself as she describes herself as "a good reader" and "liking to read" (hooray!). In any case, the first month Elizabeth had a scheduling conflict but she was determined to go to book club for month number two.

 

The assigned book was A wrinkle in time. Grandma J had given it to her two Christmases ago and she had started it then but wasn't able to get into it. This time round she ploughed through it determinedly, but it was clear early on that it's still a bit beyond her English reading level, at least within the required time frame. I ended up reading about 3/4 of it out loud to her in the interests of finishing it before book club.

 

What did Elizabeth think of the book? "The author likes to go to church." When pressed for clarification, she explained that Madeleine d'Engle had written down many bible verses that Elizabeth knows as part of the story. Which is absolutely true! Elizabeth was not a fan of the ending. "But Meg saves Charles Wallace!" I protested. "I like to know how things end" she explained. "The book doesn't tell me what happened to Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which."

 

At book club they apparently had quizzes and prizes and got to wear awesome funny glasses. Book club is "amazing" and "great" and she was excited that her team won because she knew all about the book.

 

Next month they are doing Charlie and the Chocolate factory!

   

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