Parenthood
  Home      About us      Links      Photos with Teddy  
 


Grading today for Elizabeth. I might be biased but I thought she did a really good job on her katas. She's pretty excited because now she gets to learn a new and fancier kata.

 

Amelia wanted to get up and do karate too, so we ended up watching from the outside once Elizabeth had done her main bit.



   



Matthew has been taking science class Friday afternoons, which he adores.

 

Last Friday they outdid themselves with a unit on the human body.



   



Remember Fred? We'd hoped that we'd seen the end of the sewer rats living in the flower bed but no such luck as three new entrances appeared as soon as the ground thawed.

 

We are trying many ways of dislodging these undesirable tenants.

 

The kids put our plastic snake at the end of the tunnel in the hopes that it might catch a rat (to the great consternation of more than one delivery person).

 

Brendan heard rats didn't like onions, so we shoved an onion cut into pieces down the tunnel and put chicken wire over the top.

 

I called the city. Actually, I called the city about a neighbour's dog that was roaming unsupervised with less than successful results, but since I was already on the line I asked the nice operator if he couldn't also dispatch someone to put poison into our branch line again. The exterminator was by less than twelve hours later, so I was pretty impressed.

 

Imagine my surprise a couple of days later to find a rat that had died right at the mouth of his tunnel. It HAS been raining a lot - could he have drowned? Was it the poison? Or did he have a heart attack when he saw the snake???



   



Elizabeth has been trying very hard to convince Matthew that he needed to sign up for karate, and finally we bowed to the inevitable. Mostly I think Elizabeth wanted the chance to spin the wheel for a prize. She won a dairy queen treat. I was hoping for a free month of karate lessons and relieved no drone or something equally terrifying. She's already trying to figure out who she can sign up next. Be warned.

 

Matthew is loving having his own gi and getting to go to karate too. So far I've been pleasantly surprised at how well he listens to the senseis. He's even been described as "focussed" (!) Hopefully this doesn't wear off as he gets more comfortable.

 

Elizabeth was very excited to be able to help in her brother's class. "It's the cutest one" she says, and she has a point. Something about the three and four year olds flailing around is adorable.

 

Today is a bit of a milestone mark in my adventures as a "karate mom" as I somehow got roped into scoring the karate nationals coming up at the end of the month. Quite the adventure from knowing nothing about karate less than eighteen months ago!



   



My kids were invited to help test a new climbing wall the museum of science and tech is planning for when they reopen.

 

Matthew and Elizabeth were not excited about the scent packages placed at various places to give a "sensory" experience while climbing. "All the things smelled bad and it got on my fingers" complained Elizabeth. It's true that the maple syrup package only smelled like maple syrup if you didn't stick your nose right in it. If you sniffed too close it smelled like burnt plastic. I guess in order to keep the scent over a few months it needs to be fairly intense.

 

All enjoyed climbing very much. Elizabeth would have liked to try going much higher.



   

 Previous Posts /  Following Posts

Recent posts:
*First stripe
*Mother's day tea
*Baptism Anniversary
*Ottawa Spring
*6 generations of quilters

Archives:
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
May 2008
Start at the beginning

Powered by Phibian Technologies Inc. Content Layout Engine  
Copyright © 2017