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December 26, 2017

We got to have a Christmas bunny again, which the kids are enjoying very much. I've been slowly working on getting them to do more of the work, which Elizabeth enjoys less...

 

Elizabeth lost a tooth and very nearly swallowed it. She was very excited to have lost the tooth so close to Christmas, until the tooth fairy was late the following morning. Then she was sad. Luckily it turned out that the fairy was just delayed (probably wings needed de-icing) and somehow the coin and glitter showed up during breakfast.

 

In the afternoon we went skating at the Ottawa 67s rink at Landsdowne - our neighbour Marit told me about the free skate there so we collected Grandma J and went to check it out; although we weren't quite organized enough to get there at the same time! I did not skate; just sat and watched (the seats are comfortable at least!). Elizabeth completed 28 laps while we were there. Matthew didn't count, but he was proud of lapping Grandma, Daddy and Amelia several times. He might have cheated a little, but he's really gotten quite impressively fast. I think Amelia went around about five times before she decided she was tired and ready to sit and watch with Mommy.

   

December 25, 2017

This was the first year that Elizabeth didn't exactly ask for any toys, so we didn't get her any. She was super excited at first to unwrap her books and especially thrilled by all the karate gear. And then she noticed she didn't get any toys and she was SAD. Elizabeth and I sat and played with a toy she got for her birthday last year (and hadn't even unwrapped yet, that's how much she doesn't need toys) and talked a bit and eventually it came out that she was mostly sad not because she was jealous (although that was part of it), but because she's in the transition period where sometimes she wants to be "big" and sometimes she is still "a kid" and she miscalculated how she'd be feeling about it on Christmas day. She cheered up quite a lot after this conversation but Brendan and I were left a bit dismayed.

 

Ironically, one of Matthew's most exciting presents wasn't a toy, but a REAL hammer and REAL measuring tape all his own. He was also very excited to get more snap circuits ("I get to build a bug that walks!").

 

Amelia received a code-a-pillar which is a singing caterpillar that teaches pre-coding skills, changing direction depending on what order you put it together in. She found it completely terrifying at first, but after a while was willing to watch Elizabeth play with it.

 

We had turkey dinner at Grandma Margaret's because with Dave and Karen away for Christmas we actually could all fit around her table! Auntie Heather brought Andre and Andre's brother and we had crackers and no one ate any of the pudding charms. The pudding was better than last year and people seems to enjoy but still rather dry according to my books. Not sure if I'm overcooking or under steaming but the solution is just to make (and eat) more pudding so there are worse problems to have.

   

December 24, 2017

Twas the night before Christmas, which meant we got to go to Church in the morning AND the evening.

 

The kids got new dress clothes and were pretty happy about it, although Elizabeth is showing signs of no longer thinking it's cute to match her little sister.

 

In the evening I helped dress the kids for our spontaneous pageant and narrowly escaped having to play the part of Mary. None of the girls want to be Mary - apparently the angel costumes are "better" and "Mary has too small a part". I was relieved when a willing Mary arrived about thirty seconds before the start of the service. The kids brought the crèche figurines down the aisle and while Matthew (of course) dropped one, luckily it did not break.

 

My kids were all angels. Janice had asked Amelia what she wanted to be in the pageant. She had told me “a Monster” earlier but I was having none of that. Auntie Janice got “I wanna be Airplane”. As Janice put it: "But Amelia, there are no airplanes in the story.” A: “Airplane, Airplane! I’m going to be an airplane!”. J: “What about an angel? Angels fly, just like airplanes?”
A: “okaaaaay” she acknowledged reluctantly. And then dived into her role with more glitter and pizazz than any of the other angels in the room. It was epic. She certainly had quite the stage presence. Grandma J thought it was quite funny to see Matthew as an angel. Angelic isn't usually how one would describe him, I must confess.

 

After church we headed home to open our Christmas pjs and have some GF tourtière that I bought from Pete's. I read the night before Christmas in front of the fire, but that sounds more idyllic than it actually was, since the kids starting jostling for lap space and eventually Elizabeth stomped off in the middle of the story. Then the kids took an inordinate time to settle down because they were too busy admiring the glow in the dark words on their pjs. It was nearly 10pm before the kids all got nestled into bed. Oh well!

   

December 23, 2017

Elizabeth has earned her first blue belt stripe!

 

We also had our "allergy-friendly" gingerbread reprise. Jay and Natasha made some pretty cute cookies, while Auntie Janice made BB 8.

   

December 21, 2017

This year's Christmas cards for the various and sundry teachers that bless our children.

 

We participated in the group gift for preschool but the kids made various candy and fudges for the teachers which we then sent to school (and music class).

 

Amelia made toffee, Matthew made chocolate coconut cranberry fudge and Elizabeth made a marshmallow chocolate fudge. They were very proud of their efforts...

 

I should mention that Matthew's teachers completely spoiled him in return, sending him home with a candle AND a new Christmas stuffy.

   

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