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After being on antibiotics for 24 hours I was feeling well enough to visit my grandparents.

 

Grandpa showed Elizabeth how to do a little wooden puzzle and we had a great visit.



   



While we were in Toronto we had the chance to catch up with cousins Josie, Daniel and Ruth! They took us to Fantasy Fair, which is an indoor amusement park. We definitely need one of these in Ottawa...

 

Elizabeth had a ball hanging out with her cousins again, and she LOVED the rides. Matthew enjoyed the train and an old fashioned merry go round. Daddy went on a spinning ride and came off rather green, vowing not to go on another ride that went in circles like that. So when Elizabeth wanted to go on a roller coaster she went with Ruth! She had the biggest grin on her face the whole time. At the end it suddenly started to go backwards - Elizabeth said it was a BIG surprise and giggled the whole time. Josie and Daniel braved the "Drop and Hop" - they went way up into the air before plunging down to the ground. There was a lot of screaming associated with that ride!

 

Elizabeth wants to go back to the fair as soon as possible...



   



We had intended to leave town on boxing day and head for London to spend time with my Aunt, catch my family Christmas dinner in Wellesley and head back through Toronto on the 30th. But with Matthew and I both suffering mightily from the plague we stayed in bed instead. Elizabeth asked whether I was well enough to travel every single day. After a couple of days she suggested that maybe I could be sick in the car just as easily as at home. At least she didn't get as far as suggesting Daddy leave me behind!

 

Matthew recovered faster than I did, but by the 29th I figured I was on the mend and my daily fever of 39C seemed to have broken. So before Brendan could change his mind we hopped in the car and headed for Toronto. "Just what I've been wanting to do", said Elizabeth. By the time we arrived my fever was back for the fifth day in a row. Aunt Muriel took one look (and listen) and prescribed antibiotics.

 

Elizabeth was very happy to finally be visiting "her Muriel". "I'll tell you a secret" she whispered in my ear "I remember this place AND THERE IS A CUCKOO CLOCK!" Muriel gave her a wooden whistle that makes a sound like a cuckoo. So every hour Elizabeth went to the cuckoo clock to whistle along with him.



   



In no particular order, some pictures from last year (more or less) that I never got around to blogging about, but can't bear to just delete.

 

-Elizabeth made a boat just like the one Mommy sails on, complete with owner Mike.

-Riding a plasma car as an adult is a LOT of work.

-Elizabeth's friend Nora gave Elizabeth chemicals that turned her bath into weird goo. Elizabeth was not quite sure WHAT to think.

 



   



Merry Christmas!

 

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

 

Luke 2:10b-14

 

Matthew and I celebrated by coming down with colds and fevers - poor Matthew spent very little of his first Christmas awake.

 

But we had a nice Christmas despite it all.



   

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