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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.



   



The brownies got dressed up for Halloween. Elizabeth was very happy to try out her costume for the first time. Of course she's an elephant. Auntie Janice went as a painter.



   



Matthew got his second stripe on his white-yellow belt. Elizabeth got her red stripe on her green belt and is headed for grading.

 

Oh and Amelia insisted on wearing "her gi" to karate and then thought I was mean not to let her actually go into the dojo.



   



We had some brickwork done at the end of August, and the brick guys were nice enough to agree to cart away the pile of rocks we've had decorating our backyard for the last four years at cost. (It was clear that even trying to give them away on usedottawa and the like was going to result in our backyard being full of rocks for at least another decade).

 

So at the beginning of September they left us their truck and we piled about four and a half tons of rock into it. By "we", I mean that I sat by the pile and helped Amelia stick rocks into a bucket and Brendan did most of the lifting. I may have still overdone it. Oh well. It was pretty exciting to no longer have a safety hazard in the backyard!

 

The idea was that we'd put up the climbing structure Elizabeth and Matthew got for their birthday in place of the rocks. We didn't exactly rush to build it, but after Elizabeth wanted to know if she had outgrown the structure we finally decided today was the day!

 

Brendan had lots of help from our awesome neighbours, which was great because it would probably have taken the two of us several days to complete otherwise since I kept getting distracted by needing to wrangle children. It soon became obvious that the backyard isn't really big enough for it, so we moved it to the front, where I suspect it will get much more use anyway since the neighbourhood posse likes to play there. In the winter I'm hoping it will be an igloo. So far it's been a great hit.



   



Uncle Mark and Grandma came over tonight to help celebrate Grandma's birthday!

 

We had lasagna and carrot cake as per tradition, with corn on the cob. I made Mark a cheese-less tomato and lentil lasagna dish.



   

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