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February 23, 2018

Our friends Rob, Jill and their kids Rachel and Andrew came to visit us again as Rachel had a skating competition in Ottawa.


There was much baby cuddling. Jill says to tell everyone that Michael is even cuter in person than in his photos.


Elizabeth and Rachel spent a good chunk of Thursday evening showing off their flexibility. Elizabeth and Matthew demonstrated their karate. Not to be outdone, Rachel showed off her jumps (seriously impressive). There was a wee bit of competitiveness going on and I was relieved that we got through the evening without any injuries right before the competition!


Friday we had planned to go skating on the canal, but the weather did not cooperate. The canal is now closed for the season. Actually the weather didn't cooperate with our backup plan to skate on parliament hill either - by the time Rachel was done her competition it was POURING freezing rain and there were accidents galore on the highway. The school buses had been cancelled so we kept the kids home. Fridays Brendan has the car for his morning meeting and we would have wanted to get the kids before the freezing rain so there didn't seem much point in the extra driving.


Rachel won a gold medal and is going to provincials next month, which was pretty exciting. She and Elizabeth were so cute comparing medals (skating vs karate). The kids all got along extremely well. All too soon it was time for Rachel and Andrew to go. Elizabeth and Matthew thought they should have stayed with us for two nights instead of one, but since Elizabeth has ballet and karate Friday evenings and didn't want to miss any of it the lure of a hotel pool was too good to pass up. Actually we thought about joining them but the timing really didn't work out so we decided they just have to come and visit again :)


February 19, 2018

I thought we ought to do something exciting like snowshoeing but instead was responsible and rested, cleaned the house and nursed the baby.


The older kids had to finish their music compositions due this week and other than that I told them they could do whatever they want so long as they didn't interfere with cleaning. So they covered the living room in glitter glue (aka made crafts from yesterday's birthday loot bags), played outside in the snow and got some screen time. Matthew had the most screen time and felt he had the least exciting day. Elizabeth told him he should have spent less time with the iPad and more time cuddling the baby.


February 18, 2018

The older kids really wanted to do the Kids Kicking Cancer fundraiser this year so Janice took them to karate to do one thousand kicks while the rest of us went to church.


They were supposed to dress as superheros, so Elizabeth decided to be "Super Penguin" and Matthew went with "Max", the lesser-known member of Paw Patrol... Of course Amelia had to dress up too, which meant we found ourselves taking a purple dinosaur to church because if you think I had the energy to fight that battle you are sadly mistaken. Besides, purple is lent appropriate, right??


The other kids made it back in time for communion, which I'm sure was a bit amusing for the priests since everyone was still in costume.


After lunch we said farewell to Angie for another year and we headed out to neighbour Charlotte and Elizabeth's birthday pool party!


February 17, 2018

I was pretty determined to get to go on the canal this year so when we realized that this weekend was probably the last chance and the weather looked like it was cooperating I decided to go for it.


it was nice and warm and no one got cold. Michael’s hands and feet were still warm when we got back a couple hours later! Amelia skated with the help of Auntie Karen’s skate trainer from Patterson’s Creek out to the next set of steps going down to the canal. She might have gone further with encouragement but she was very slow without having mommy help drag the trainer along and I felt there was a limit to how far I ought to be dragging the trainer...


Elizabeth, Xander and Matthew went roaring around on the ice at a much faster pace than most of us could keep up with. I was pleased to discover that skating was easier than walking around. I was tempted to skate further but it was getting time to nurse so I contented myself with skating up to fifth for the last beavertails of the season and back.


February 16, 2018

Janice drove Angie, Amelia, Michael and I to the museum of History for a big outing to check out the Canada Hall replacement.


Frankly, I was underwhelmed. I can understand why they wanted to update things and the content has certainly changed quite a bit. There is a much bigger emphasis on First Nations in Canada as well as the various treaties. I might not have chosen some of the topics they chose to cover, but my main quibble is that it went from being a pretty interesting and different museum to one that is pretty generically trendy. My impression was one of lots of open areas and long corridors. It looked nice but I felt there was a lot of empty space that maybe could have been used to better effect. The presentation is one of standard glass cases with information, terrible lighting and throbbing dramatic *noise* everywhere. I would not want to take a child with sensory issues there. I don’t get why poor lighting is trendy in modern museums but Amelia was not amused. She really wanted to be carried because it was so scary but I’m not allowed to pick her up yet and I didn’t think Janice should carry her through the entire exhibit so we compromised on holding hands very tightly.


There were a few things to touch scattered throughout, with many interactive computer things which were very neat. That’s the sort of thing that tends to stop working and be useless after a year or so but I didn’t completely hate the screens - especially the mini artifacts of the Dorset peoples were interesting to see closer up using the computer images.


I had wondered what they were going to do about the Ukrainian church as it is a consecrated space that is still in use. Turns out they left it alone. I was glad to see it, but sorry for the reminder of how much less cool and engaging the presentation of the information is now. Oh well.


It was getting late so we decided to eat at the museum. I was pleasantly surprised to find things that I figured I could safely eat. Amelia opted for a peanut butter sandwich, chips and some red juice WITH a straw.  Then we attempted to go and see the winter version of MosaiCanada « Mosaivernal » which is responsible for winterlude slides mostly being eliminated this year. Turns out it only is open at night, so that was sad. But Amelia fell asleep during our stroll down to Jacques Cartier park so it wasn’t all bad :)


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