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April 19, 2015

It  was "Marriage Sunday" at our church today, and Brendan and I renewed our vows along with 17 other couples. Together we represented 530 years of matrimony ranging from 1952 (I think, based on my hazy memory!) to 2012. They arranged us in order of marriage date - we were amused to discover that four couples celebrated their 47th wedding anniversaries this year. Brendan and I were one of the most recently wed couples! I very much enjoyed the sermon (which I live-texted to Brendan as he was stuck in the nursery). My favourite part was (single) Pastor Michelle's joke that she likes to tell people that Jesus never married and he's the only person to have ever lived a perfect sinless life...


Matthew flatly refused to sit in his seat during the vow renewals so as soon it became clear that the alternative would be a loud shrieking disruption he came along clinging to me like a petrified monkey. Luckily I'm pregnant enough that he could sit on his baby sister while I was holding Brendan's hands! He was so traumatized by the suggestion that he sit without Mom and Dad for five minutes that I actually wondered if he was not feeling well during the twenty minutes or so it took him to recover. But apparently it was just acute separation anxiety brought on by a change in a well-established routine.


Despite the less than cooperative son it was a really nicely done service and we very much enjoyed it. Elizabeth's friend Karis dressed up as a bridesmaid. Elizabeth thinks she would like a dress like that too now! The kids agreed that the best part was the wedding cake(s) at the end.



   

April 17, 2015

Our kids have their fair share of "sibling rivalry" moments, but they've been awfully sweet this week too.


We've had fantastic spring weather (above 15C! A few days above 20C!) and Elizabeth is now over the disappointment of no more snow and ice. Matthew has been spending more than an hour a day "biking" up and down the driveway. He's only interested in the plasma car when Elizabeth is around for some reason, but of course those have seen heavy use as well. Matthew would like to use the tricycle and the scooter too but to his immense frustration he is not quite big enough for those.


I was pleased to see my Forsythia bush blooming since it is getting dug up next week (we're having the lead piping replaced from the street to our house - apparently with gold plating judging by the cost... sigh...)

   

April 15, 2015

Elizabeth has had a wiggly tooth for a few months. Actually, when she went to the dentist a couple of months ago, he informed us she has four! Dr Jack gave her a "tooth bag" and she's been proudly telling everyone that when her tooth falls out, she'll put it in the bag and the tooth fairy will swap her for adult teeth that she can put in. This is not a story we told her, but she was pretty adamant that that's the way it works.


Anyway, weeks have gone by and while the gap between her bottom teeth has widened very slightly, the tooth didn't seem to be getting any looser.


The dentist had mentioned something about booking an appointment with an orthodontist. "It's probably too early", he said, "but might be a good idea to figure out the best time." He seemed pretty sure Elizabeth is going to need something done. Elizabeth was not amused by the idea. Apparently, she doesn't think they are "pretty". Now you have to understand that I've always had a fondness for braces - I thought they looked pretty cool and desperately wanted some. So I thought that was the most ridiculous statement ever. Brendan had a lot of work done - headgear, retainers, braces, teeth extraction and a plate in his mouth... In fact he still has a wire to keep some of his teeth in place, but overall he was glad the work was done.


In any case, it didn't seem terribly urgent to follow through with finding an orthodontist. Until Elizabeth started complaining first about a bump on her gum, and then something sharp. Turns out that she really doesn't have space for her adult teeth, so number one permanent tooth has come in behind the baby tooth. It's apparently really uncomfortable, and since it's no longer pushing at the baby tooth it's likely that if we can't get her tooth to fall out by itself it will have to be extracted.


Elizabeth has decided that she now is okay with the idea of eventually having braces because she really HAAATES having "shark teeth".

   

April 13, 2015

There's been a real increase in baby play since Evelyn came to visit us. Now, Evelyn didn't cry particularly while she was visiting, but Matthew's baby cries A LOT.


Then he has to cuddle it, feed it, strip it naked or throw it on the floor. As you do.


His baby doesn't seem to have a consistent name other than "Baby" but Matthew's quite possessive and doesn't like other kids to play with him. Baby is not very well-behaved and spends a lot of time peeing on Matthew. Or Mommy. Matthew thinks this is hilarious. Apparently Baby is potty training (the rocking chair has been declared a toilet), and spends much time going to the bathroom.


Baby is a Cabbage Patch doll and therefore has a signature on his bum. Matthew finds this extremely disturbing (and he does have a point!). He frequently tells me that someone was naughty for drawing on his doll, but I can tell that he's wondering whether this means he can get away with colouring on someone else's doll. I don't think he wants to draw on Baby though. All I can say is that whoever came up with the idea of putting writing on a doll's bum did not have a two year old...



   

April 12, 2015

Dianne dropped by and we got to meet twelve day old Evelyn! She looks so much like her brother did when he was a baby - ADORABLE!


Both Elizabeth and Matthew got a chance to hold her - Matthew was hilarious but was sitting on my lap so I couldn't get a picture.


Elizabeth is very jealous of Aidan and wants to know why he got his latest baby sister first.


Both kids want Evelyn to come back and visit. Elizabeth thinks she should bring her siblings next time because babies are "cuddly" but you can't draw chalk or ride plasma cars or "someping fun" with them until they are "quite big".



   

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