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April 24, 2014

Now that he's walking and the snow has melted, Matthew has discovered the great outdoors and wants to spend -all- his time there.


He doesn't talk too much (what a contrast to his sister!) but he sure gets his point across anyway. The other day he picked up his shoes, put on his hat and pointed to the door. He's a big fan of chalk and riding on Elizabeth's plasma car. We may need to find another riding toy sooner rather than later... Elizabeth is big into hopscotch this year and spends lots of time drawing new challenges. She gets frustrated though because Matthew always wants to draw on her pictures - this unfortunately leads to a lot of bickering

   

April 22, 2014

"Dot a dot dot dot a dot dot

Spotting the windowpane.

Spack a spack speck flick a flack fleck
Freckling the windowpane.

A spatter a scatter a wet cat a clatter
A splatter a rumble outside.

Umbrella umbrella umbrella umbrella
Bumbershoot barrel of rain.

Slosh a galosh slosh a galosh
Slither and slather a glide

A puddle a jump a puddle a jump
A puddle a jump puddle splosh

A juddle a pump a luddle a dump
A pudmuddle jump in and slide!"


Weather by Eve Merriam

   

April 21, 2014

We went to the Agriculture farm for the annual Easter egg hunt. Matthew was not very excited about the large creepy bunny costume, but Elizabeth was thrilled to find all her camp counsellors from farm camp. Both kids were pretty happy about the chocolate prizes from finding all the egg clues.


We kept bumping into people I knew. Elizabeth uncharacteristically turned shy when we bumped into two good friends from her French playgroup and refused to take a picture (grr). But at least she didn't mind playing with Simon and Paul - I guess because she's a big play structure fan!



   

April 20, 2014

Easter Morning! Alleluia! He is Risen!


Matthew was nearly overcome to be allowed to eat chocolate for breakfast...


After church, Elizabeth was thrilled to be invited back to Godmother Rachel's Easter Egg hunt in the woods. She remembered hunting for eggs in the snow last year and was super excited for Easter to come so that she could do it again! The best part, she sighed happily, was looking for eggs with Rachel. Well, after actually getting to eat the chocolate...


Matthew was able to find a few eggs himself, though he was obviously a bit unsure about all the commotion. But he did approve of the chocolate (More, more, more, more, he said / signed)


Elizabeth offered Daddy all the candy that she didn't like (jelly beans, apparently - because they get stuck in her teeth). Mommy and Daddy may have indulged in some contraband when she wasn't looking.


Afterwards we headed to Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko's house for Easter dinner. The whole family was there, aside from the "flat" grandparents. But we made up for that by including Heather's boyfriend Mark and a friend of Yukiko's visiting from Japan ;) I made the trifle for the very first time!

   

April 19, 2014

I'm slowly getting the garden ready to plant. Matthew was fascinated by the rake and wanted to help. Eventually we compromised. I let him "rake" for a few minutes and then Mommy had a turn. I am amazed by how strong this little person is!


Today we went to the park for the first time in a while and it was warm enough that I let Elizabeth take her shoes off. She's decided she's ready to let winter go and have some summer. Apparently the idea of not needing a coat or boots is very exciting.

   

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