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Since I'm likely to be slightly occupied at the beginning of next year, when I had the chance of doing an extra duty day for preschool in the fall term I decided I had better take it.


Amelia was quite pleased to show me all the things. We spent quite a bit of time playing with the train set. I even managed to more or less get the half dozen kids that wanted to play to work cooperatively to push the trains around the track for a bit. Amelia's certainly the only kid who can undress/dress herself to go outside and many of her classmates didn't seem to be in the habit of even taking off/putting on their own hats. Either their parents have way more time and patience than I do, or the kids are a lot younger than Amelia.


I brought rainbow fruit and muffins for the kids which was much easier to put out than some of my previous snacks while still satisfying my compulsion for all the cutesy.


Elizabeth has been toying with cutting her hair shorter for some time, and on Saturday she finally decided she was ready to do so.


I believe the final straw was noticing that she had to be careful to avoid dipping her hair in the toilet.


In any case she cut it approximately in half and donated the cuttings. She's very pleased with her new hairdo, despite an initial panic about whether she'd still be able to make a bun for ballet.


Annual first fire of the season day. Also notable because for the first time the kids were interested in details about Guy Fawkes and we may have discussed the whole hanging, drawing and quartering thing.


Elizabeth's take? "That's not nice." Matthew's take: "Blowing things up isn't nice either though".


We met Amelia's godfather Michael and Kaitlyn at the library for the Ottawa Storytellers Festival. First we heard some stories aimed at the younger set, then we listened to some told by other kids. Amelia and Brendan went out to play with other things because we were told that any kids in the audience had to be silent and that was expecting too much. I wasn't too sure about Matthew either but he managed to hold it together. The ones told by the other kids were slightly more mature themes than I would have expected but the kids seemed to enjoy.


Afterwards we explored a bit and then I supervised bookmark crafting with the kids while Brendan and Michael took a few minutes to try and catch some super amazing Pokémon (they were unsuccessful in their mission although it did provide much amusement). Then we headed over to Michael's for a fun rest of the afternoon.


It was Halloween dress-up day at skating. Matthew and Amelia both insisted on wearing their "real" costumes. Elizabeth had originally thought that it would be fine to wear wings and be a butterfly, but when we got into the car she suddenly decided she wasn't dressed up enough. "All I get are BABY wings", she said disgustedly. So I grabbed her way too small old tutu thinking I could pin it to her or something and off we dashed - just ahead of the massive Queensway shutdown for hydro wire replacement. (We had of course forgotten about this but luckily managed to avoid most of it - which was good as we were a couple of minutes late as it was!) Luckily Elizabeth was satisfied with my tutu and it was a snug enough fit that it didn't even need pinning - she just wore it as if it were a skirt lol. She was the only kid in her class dressed up aside from the teacher, but most of the kids in the younger classes had made an effort. Even Daddy was conned into donning a costume. I thought they all looked great!


After skating the younger two and I "napped" while Daddy and Elizabeth went to grading. Elizabeth was SO EXCITED because she wants to learn the new katas.


In the evening the older two kids got into their costumes ready to go to the "haunted dojo" karate Halloween party. Amelia got into her costume too for company but didn't have the meltdown she had last time she wasn't allowed to go to the karate party. There might have been screen time distraction involved. I confess I was not so sure that Matthew was ready for this; the maze last year was pretty scary, but it turned out that he just decided not to do that part and instead played out in the main area with the other younger kids. Even after I arrived he figured it wasn't "safe" to go into the dark. Elizabeth loved that part the best though.


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