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Behold, the garden is sprouting!

 

When I went through my pictures, I was very surprised by some of the rather random ones. "Why did I take a picture of a dandelion", I wondered. Then I remembered. It's the same reason I have a vase full of weeds on my dining room table. I have a four year old...



   



Matthew is now able to sit up in the "ring of neglect" (exersaucer) and bounce in the jolly jumper. These are good for over half an hour of play at a time. It would be even better if only someone would show him how to get the fish out of that rolling thing.  

 

Elizabeth wants a "swing" in the house for her too, but is mollified by being able to share all the baby toys with her teddies.

 

 



   



Elizabeth's second music recital was better than her first. Miss Hannah and Mrs Shana's recitals are certainly the most organized and enjoyable thing of their kind that I've ever attended. They run like clockwork - starting on time, finishing on time and so far there has been none of the stress typical of a child's recital (you know, where the kid starts out real fast and then pauses and has to take several runs at it before completing the piece. If they complete the piece. Just think about James Herriot's brilliant description of his son's "soothing" music recital.)

 

The kids entered as a group in a "rhythm band". Each child was introduced before their piece, along with an explanation of why they selected that particular piece. The child played their piece (and after two recitals with hardly a pause or noticeable error by any of the participants, even the tiny ones - I'd say this is a credit to the instructors!) After every three or four pieces, there was a group activity of some kind.

 

This time, memories of lollipops made Elizabeth willing to climb onto the stage for every activity. She didn't exactly walk confidently by herself but I didn't have to sit on stage with my arm around her (progress!). When it was her turn she had to be prompted to smile, but smile she did. She was very proud of herself at the end.

 

 



   



We had lots of folks selling things on our lawn again this year. The ladies in pink had their books and baked goods; Auntie Janice was making her earrings; tenant Jesse sold some of his things in preparation for his move to Waterloo; Auntie Heather spent some time decluttering and had a huge van-load of stuff.

 

We wandered around admiring the guy juggling knives, numerous musical groups (guitar! harp! pan flute!) and lots of items that MUST have a story. I don't really like collecting stuff from garage sales, but I am an object-based history fan. (Do you like to know the stories behind stuff? Check out the Permanent Record blog!) Some of the things we saw: a Rolls Royce baby carriage from the early 1970s sold because all of the children that used it wanted "one of those SUV strollers" instead. Forty old pipes?!? I didn't even know they made pipe stands... I had that exact same model of coaster gear bicycle, and I sold mine at the Great Glebe Garage sale more than a decade ago. But I didn't ask (or receive) $150 for it!

 

Elizabeth was disappointed that she didn't find any plasma cars for sale. She's been saving her pennies for many, many months so she can buy one. And yes, I know we phased out the penny here in Canada but it's still legal tender and convenient payment for work time...

 

Elizabeth declared her intention to sell something ("maybe lemonade or hot chocolate") next year.



   



Grandma H, Matthew, Elizabeth and I went to the Sheep Shearing Festival to watch the sheep get shorn, the herding demo and dogs doing their agility course. Elizabeth threw a frisbee for one of the dogs to catch. She spent the rest of the afternoon pretending to be a sheepdog (again). This year we got to throw balls and frisbees for her to fetch.



   

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