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January 8, 2018

The kids took this book about trolls out of the library. Basically this troll kept trying to eat a little boy named Oliver. Finally he succeeded but didn't like the way he tasted. So Oliver made him cake instead and they became friends. There was a recipe in the book for troll cupcakes and therefore my kids insisted that we must make them.

 

And we did, but Elizabeth had stomach flu immediately afterwards so we ended up not keeping the recipe. These things aren't related but somehow they lost their appeal after that.

   

January 7, 2018

Auntie Janice invited us all over to celebrate her birthday with bubble tea.

 

We made bubbles out of tapioca dough and then carbonated flavoured watered. I liked the blueberry juice best.

 

Of course it isn't a party without someone throwing up around here. I was a little dismayed at supper when Elizabeth picked at her food. She burst into tears, declared she was "too hungry" and then after I convinced her to come upstairs she promptly threw up.

 

 

   

January 6, 2018

Christmas is over (sniff) so it's time to move on to the next season. The tree came down, decorations put away and out came the magi! We might have lit the advent wreath and sang O Come O Come one last time. After all, Elizabeth hadn't had a chance to ring Auntie Janice's big bell yet!

 

For supper I ordered a Galette des rois from Olive and Chili again. We tried to have tourtière too, but had to settle for a beef pot pie instead when our local store was inexplicably out of tourtière. Sigh.

 

As usual, I forgot to find some frankincense. Our myrrh is still going strong though and I remembered the chocolate gold coins.

 

Matthew chose the piece with the fève and got to be king. We had crowns for everyone though because we decided to do a little parade this year. Brendan and Janice opted to be stars.

 

After supper we did a slightly abbreviated liturgy of the chalking of the doorway (it was already past bedtime and it was COLD out there!).  Then Daddy lit our sparkler and we all sang We Three Kings while marching around the "star". It was so cold the sparkler had a hard time staying lit.

 

As soon as sparkler was done we came in and (still singing) headed straight to bed.

   

January 5, 2018

Kaitlyn and Michael came by this morning to play which was very fun. We introduced them to dance parties and then had (gluten free) pizza together for lunch.

 

At four Janice and the kids and I went to the museum of Nature to see butterflies. Elizabeth was in a state of near panic as usual but calmed down considerably once I handed over my phone and allowed her to take photos (she needed a distraction).

 

Then we headed over to the neighbours' for their annual piñata party.

   

January 4, 2018

We really wanted to see the butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Nature but their online system wasn't allowing us to reserve tickets so we went to pick some up.

 

Since the kids (and let's be honest - mommy...) were getting squirrelly at home, we decided to spend some time at the museum while we were there.

 

There's a new arctic exhibit that I hadn't had a chance to see yet which was nice. The kids loved the ice part, although Amelia wasn't too sure about actually touching it. The most interesting part for me was the arctic camel, which I'd never heard of before. There was lots of seating for the first part of the exhibit so I didn't get tired until suddenly there was no seating anymore. After that I just sat - mostly near the beginning of each section - while super Janice wrangled the kids through the various other exhibits.

   

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