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We said goodbye to my parents for three and a half years last July but mom is BACK ahead of schedule to help my grandparents with their looming transition to long term care. <Insert long rant about elder care in Canada here. Because although I don't really have a better solution to offer yet, I am not a fan of our current systems!>

 

Since my grandparents live in another city we aren't going to see much of Grandma unless we make the trip down to visit, but for one night kids and grandkids were thrilled to get to hug the three dimensional version of "flat" grandma. Xander didn't make it into the photos because we took most of them after he went to bed (before that he was moving too fast!)

 

Elizabeth had a bath at Xander's for the first time. She was very reluctant until Uncle Dave told her about the bath crayons... She wrote all the names of the kids in the tub telling me that these were "the people who are allowed to use the crayons and no one else!" I think her spelling for cousins "Zandr" and "Izbl" is ADORABLE. Speaking of adorable, Xander has started to call her "Biz".

 

"Flat Grandpa" woke up in Angola in the middle of the night and Skyped us - we were pretty surprised to get his call. His facebook status: "woke up, trying to be quiet so as not to disturb [Grandma] - it took a few minuets to remember she wasn't there!" Right away there was lots of teasing about the typo - "I can't figure out how you were doing those minuets without your wife.." said one friend. And that's when I learned that a minuet is not just a musical form, but also a dance. For the record, Grandpa says he doesn't dance at 3am. But his grandson Matthew does...



   



Auntie Heather has been staying with us for a couple of days during a sport conference here in town.

On Friday (okay, so I'm posting this a day early) we took an extended lunch and went skating on the canal to celebrate the beginning of Winterlude. It was just above zero but we bundled Matthew up warmly because he tends to get chilly feet.

 

Heather thought I looked very amusing wearing my helmet on the street but it was easier to carry ;)

 



   



Auntie Heather is lending Elizabeth some miniature cross country skis, and today she showed Elizabeth how to use them!

 

There was a lot of wild giggling. I didn't quiiite manage to get a photo of Elizabeth pretending to be a bug with her legs in the air as she was learning how to fall, but it was adorable.



   



Elizabeth was invited to a Mother-Daughter Princess birthday party and we were asked to dress appropriately. Elizabeth has decided that princesses should have curly hair, so Auntie Janice made her curlers out of straws and she slept with them in overnight. The resulting ringlets were AMAZING!

 

Janice made me a feather braid. Apparently her close study of Cute Girls Hairstyles on YouTube is paying off!

 

At the party there were many little girls of all ages and their moms, all dressed beautifully (but I only took photos of Elizabeth and food - not knowing enough of the moms to feel comfortable getting permission to post photos!). Mary Anna and her mom obviously put a great deal of thought into what makes a spectacular princess party. Elizabeth wants to copy many of the ideas for her birthday (although I pointed out that she wants to invite a few boys and perhaps they might not want to dress up as princesses...)

 

Elizabeth kept sighing and saying "Oh Mommy this is SOOOO lovely".



   



We're experiencing a cold snap, so I decided it was time for more cold weather science!

 

We showed Elizabeth what happens when we throw boiling water into cold air last year, but I wanted to see what it looked like if you added food colouring. The water wasn't quite as hot as it should have been due to timing concerns, but we were satisfied with the results nonetheless.

 

We did some frozen bubble blowing while waiting for the bus. Elizabeth's bus buddies were quite impressed - they tried popping the bubbles and were amazed that they keep their shape even with a hole!

 

 



   

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