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Baby proofing is quite a bit easier when the baby isn't climbing the appliances. Working at home is also easier when baby isn't screeching in the background in dismay over the cruel, cruel parent who won't let him stir the hot pot on the stove even though he OBVIOUSLY is quite capable of doing so.

So Matthew has been getting out of the house more lately. This also seems to help with napping, which in turn helps with getting work done... In any case, Elizabeth's gymnastics camp is quite close to the train museum so we stopped for a bit and I let Matthew carry around foam blocks bigger than himself for a while.


Xander and Isabelle (Zee) came to play with Matthew (Elizabeth was at gymnastics camp) so I had three children under the age of three to keep me entertained.

Zee has just learned to walk. She and Matthew had discussions over whose turn it was to push the little stroller, though she was a little confused about how to push - mainly using only one hand. She gained undisputed possession of the doll, so Matthew made do with his beloved drill. He actually wanted to walk train around but Xander felt this was not the thing to do. "Me train play. My want to play train." he said.

After a little while we decided to go to the park. I made a train. I strapped Matthew into the stroller. Zee rode in the wagon attached to the stroller. Xander got to ride Elizabeth's plasma car. He isn't quite big enough to push it all the way to the park, so I got him to put his feet up and I bumped it with the stroller while he steered. There was one scary moment on Percy when Xander decided he'd like to drive into the street (Percy is VERY busy these days). I was luckily able to grab him before any unfortunate flattening occurred. Xander is not used to being told off by Auntie "Mo-ey" - BIG EYES while I worked on getting my heart rate back to normal. He was as good as gold after that!

At first I wasn't going to let them get wet because we didn't bring bathing suits. But it's summer and they are kids so I decided what the heck ;)


It was Auntie Heather's party so we all went to Kemptville to hang out on her deck (parents) and run shrieking through the bushes (kids). There was chocolate flourless cake.

I am pleased to report that there was no meddling with perfume this year.


Last day of school was a field trip to the local park. 60+ over excited 4-6 year olds romped in the water (whether they had swimsuits or not!), played on the playstructures and dug in the sand. There was watermelon. There were freezies. It was a perfect end to a great year.

Elizabeth's teacher Mme Francine (pictured with Elizabeth and Adi) and early childhood educator Mme Josee were wonderful right up to the last minute - wrangling the kids into and out of swimsuits and managing the porta-potty parade etc etc and all with a smile on their face. They clearly love what they do and have set a tough act to follow for next year!

Next year the kids are all going to be in a split jk/sk class so there will be lots of new kids to get to know (and the jk teachers have all moved to different schools for various reasons so we don't know any of the potential teachers... Eek!). But given that Elizabeth managed to maintain friendships with a good number of her Jeu d'ecole classmates despite not being in their class, I'm not too worried. I do hope that she and Adi stay together though because new class + new teacher + new classmates + no Adi would make for a rougher than necessary transition.


Maria had a really cute graduation cap out of cardboard, but she really didn't want her photo taken at all. But it was adorable, even if the concept of graduating from junior kindergarten seems all wrong to me!

She did put on a great end of year concert (singing! dancing!) which I'd be happy to inflict on anyone who didn't already see it...


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