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May 9, 2017

We have received 112.4mm of rain since the beginning of May. That's the same amount that fell in all of April, May and June last year!


Spring this year has been very wet. Record-breaking wet with many properties along the Ottawa river flooding. Luckily we haven't been personally affected, unless you count the ants that are invading our basement through caulking around the drains looking for a dry spot.


There have been some truly terrifying photos from along the river, including some taken by my friend Mike who owns the boat I sail on in the summers. Britannia Yacht Club is fighting valiantly against the flood, although I expect there will be at least some damage. I've included a photo here that I took a few years ago around the same time of year (ie high water) to give an idea of how unusually high the water is!


Despite the deluge, my garden is beginning to show signs of waking up.


May 7, 2017

6 Generations of Quilters in One Photo!


Mary (Gerber) Wagler made the green & white top... and over 80 years later her great-great-great-grandchildren are putting their quilts into the OVQG Festival of Quilts 2017, which is this weekend! 


The green and white quilt top was made for my Grandmother. Emma and Mary Brenneman, my grandma, my great-aunt Vera, their cousin Cora and a bunch of other teens quilted it.


All three of these quilts are in the show- Mary’s creation will be among even older quilts (!) in the Heritage Quilting Demonstration Area, while Elizabeth and Matthew will be displaying their quilts with the other youth quilts.


May 6, 2017

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.


May 5, 2017

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


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


May 3, 2017

Twenty-three months is clearly the gateway to the terrible twos, or at least the tantrum portion. There have been some epic ones, mostly due to frustration that she can't quite do something the way she pictured herself doing it.


Amelia is very independent and likes to do things "by self" as Elizabeth used to say. She wants to put on her own clothes and her own shoes and climb into her own car seat. She does not appreciate unsolicited help "No sank oo". If she wants something she chants it over and over and over until someone notices.


As the weather has improved she's gotten quite obsessed with biking and scootering. She isn't super comfortable on the balance bike yet, so prefers her tricycle. But her legs are not long enough to actually pedal it. She's also not capable of using her siblings' scooters, to her GREAT frustration. So she's developed her own way of scootering on her tricycle.


Even inside she pretends to scooter on her little ride-on toy around and around the basement.


Lego is a favourite toy, I think mostly because that's what her older siblings are playing with at the moment. Amelia's idea of Lego is dumping it all over and then picking up each tiny piece to examine one by one. She loves reading stories over and over and over again. I think Daddy encourages this by varying the story details slightly in an effort to entertain himself.


Amelia's been a bit clingy around Mommy, often wanting to be held and otherwise getting in the way of doing things. She's quite happy to go on adventures with other people, especially if they offer to take her to the park. She loves the park, especially twirly slides, which I let her go down by herself as long as she slides on her stomach (since I can't guide her from the top and she still tends to tip over sideways if she sits). Turning on a vaccum cleaner is like activating an Amelia magnet that will draw her from anywhere in the house demanding to help. She likes to help Daddy shave in the morning. 


She's clearly getting teeth - drooling, complaining about a sore mouth, and still wanting to nurse. Night weaning is still not a thing here; I got serious about it and she started sleeping better. So I haven't actually cut her off but that and a move to her own room are both on the list of overdue items we haven't had the energy to make happen yet.


Amelia still isn't potty trained, although we've told her some things are only for big girls and she's thinking about it. She does like being like her siblings - she imitates what they are doing, demands "my kern (turn)" for piano practice and can expertly catch a pokemon creature on the way to karate where she too shows off her skills in the waiting area.


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