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One benefit of having cousins staying with us is that when we have stirfry for supper they can demonstrate how to use grown-up chopsticks.


Elizabeth was quite distressed that her "learning" chopsticks somehow got shattered in the drawer but Erika and Maria were good teachers and by the end of the meal even Matthew was occasionally able to get food to his mouth...



   



Big Brother is watching you... LOL


   



Amelia was baptized today and while I was hoping to go three for three on the not screaming front, with Amelia I was primarily worried that she not spew all over Canon Paul. We figured this was the earliest I would be up for partying after the c-section, but it was one of my parents' last weekends in Canada (what a whirlwind this month has been!) I am pleased to report she did not drench the clergy! And actually she didn't particularly cry either - just fussed a bit at the end when she was tired of being held by not mommy. We were greatly blessed by so many of our friends and family who bore witness to Amelia's official entrance into the church. We hope and pray that she will grow to love Jesus, so as to fulfill the promises we made on her behalf today. Auntie Janice kindly held the Skype device during the service so that godmother Lorianne could attend from Winnipeg. We'll have to repeat the photo of Amelia, godfather Michael and Lorianne once Lorianne gets to Ottawa in September! After the baptism we had a mini pizza and dessert party back at the house. It was a lot of fun!


   



Auntie Yukiko has been working extremely hard over the last few months since Uncle Chris left for Japan via Germany. As she put it, not only is she experiencing the single mother's working life (teaching Japanese) but she also was in charge of packing up most of their stuff and prepping the Sunnyside house for rental. Finally she has successfully emptied her house and since the school year has come to a close everyone has moved in with us!


Elizabeth was very happy to have an extended sleepover with her cousins. The first thing they did was to set up a rotating schedule for the apparently highly coveted top bunk of Elizabeth's bed.


Erika greatly enjoyed teaching Elizabeth how to finger weave. We had a watermelon seed spitting contest one day when it turned out our watermelon was not seedless. My kids at first weren't going to eat the watermelon but Erika declared the pieces with seeds to be "happy pieces" and after that everyone ate them. Maria didn't want to spit as she was apparently in the middle of a book.


Sadly Erika was not well during part of her stay so she had to move out of the party room for a couple of days. But at least she recovered without passing anything on and in time to not be sick on the long long long plane ride to Japan!



   



Elizabeth and Adi did gymnastics together again this week, and we came to watch the end of week show. Safe to say Elizabeth enjoyed it since she (and various imitating siblings/cousins) have spent a significant time since then doing somersaults in the basement and headstands off our dining room furniture.


   

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