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This is what school looks like during the summer.

Matthew likes to do his "math" at the same time as Elizabeth. Usually he just scribbles or put stickers into his book but sometimes I let him use scissors. He requires a great deal more supervision doing this sort of thing than Elizabeth did at the same age though so I find it a challenge to occupy him while teaching.

We decided to do the cursive sheets from handwriting without tears again as Elizabeth hadn't been practicing for a few months and was a little rusty. I'm very pleased with her penmanship - she obviously didn't inherit mine!!! I remember in grade three or four the teacher selected a few kids with good printing to learn how to use a fountain pen (a highly coveted skill). I was initially not chosen, but the other kids put up a fuss so the teacher relented. But made it clear that I was being picked for my social skills and not my penmanship! Probably I should have spent more time learning to print because in middle school I had to redo reams of work as the initial take was considered too messy.


Adi came for supper tonight after much begging. They played very nicely with Matthew before supper. There was a lot of gymnastics. After Matthew went to bed the girls helped me feed the fish. Then they tried on every costume in the basement, even the toddler ones.

Elizabeth is already looking forward to the next play date.


Amelia has started smiling! This makes the increased fussiness much easier to take. It must be said that the increased fussiness is right on cue (six weeks is the average "peak fussiness" for babies) and that despite everything she's a pretty easygoing baby so far.

She's over nine pounds and still weighs more than cousin Theo, much to our surprise. Imagine if she kept down all that she ate!!! At our latest doctor's appointment we discussed the laundry issue. Since she is gaining weight nicely and producing epic quantities of diapers none of us are keen on trying meds for reflux. I could try eliminating dairy from my diet, but Dr Lynn and I both think that the real issue is one of excessive milk flow.

I'm going to try to see a lactation consultant to see if they have any suggestions. I'm already block feeding (two or three times on a side before switching) which I found was necessary with the other two kids and I try to avoid having her nurse during let down as the effect appears to be like trying to drink from a fire hose.


Our friend Sarah is visiting Ottawa so of course we had to see her.

Janice wanted to go to an Alice in Wonderland tea that was being held in a nearby park, so she made us all fancy hats and we went off in the 38C heat to play croquet and eat cookies. The kids were very suspicious of the edible paper (Sarah said she didn't blame them as the texture was rather paperlike...)

We'd promised they could walk in the wading pool afterwards but just as we were ready to do that the pool closed and the lifeguards drained it for liability reasons or something. So we hauled out the Octopus sprinkler and let the kids eat popsicles in the spray.


It probably says something about us that Amelia's first trip to Home Depot is considered a photography-worthy milestone...


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