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April 20, 2018

The Museum of Nature was having a special science night that sounded awesome, so when Janice couldn't drive Elizabeth to brownies we gave Elizabeth the option of what she wanted to do instead.

 

She nearly went to karate, because the BBM Thursday class is often pretty cool. After determining that it wasn't the last Thursday of the month (special leaders stuff) and they had done weapons stuff last Thursday, she decided that she'd go to the museum because it was something she could do with cousins.

 

Marit and Francesco's crew were going as well, so after doing some lichen yoga to get tattoos we joined up with them. I was very happy to have adult backup since I was slightly outnumbered...

 

The kids weren't quite sure what to make of the yoga (it was to teach them about survival strategies in the arctic but I'm pretty sure that was WAY over Amelia and Matthew's head at least).

 

Elizabeth was thrilled to find a wolverine (it's the kata she's currently learning, hence the karate pose). Maria didn't want to leave "her" bears. Elizabeth, Erika and Matthew literally climbed the walls in the caves. We played in the boat.

 

But the highlight was getting to dress up as a miner and have your photo taken on the green screen. The photo printed out on a super slow but pretty awesome printer. Then the kids all got an activity book and their very own amethyst to take home! Best part of a pretty fun night!

   

April 17, 2018

As predicted, Elizabeth got her red stripe in class today.

   

April 11, 2018

Looks like Elizabeth may be heading to grading April 21st and getting her brown belt!

 

She was pretty excited to get her new team hoodie, but ecstatic to get the stripe!

   

March 31, 2018

Douvris has started a book club and as soon as Elizabeth heard about it she really wanted to join in. As an enthusiastic reader myself, it's slightly bemusing that my reading aged kid is somewhat indifferent to books. I've apparently managed to keep my misgivings to myself as she describes herself as "a good reader" and "liking to read" (hooray!). In any case, the first month Elizabeth had a scheduling conflict but she was determined to go to book club for month number two.

 

The assigned book was A wrinkle in time. Grandma J had given it to her two Christmases ago and she had started it then but wasn't able to get into it. This time round she ploughed through it determinedly, but it was clear early on that it's still a bit beyond her English reading level, at least within the required time frame. I ended up reading about 3/4 of it out loud to her in the interests of finishing it before book club.

 

What did Elizabeth think of the book? "The author likes to go to church." When pressed for clarification, she explained that Madeleine d'Engle had written down many bible verses that Elizabeth knows as part of the story. Which is absolutely true! Elizabeth was not a fan of the ending. "But Meg saves Charles Wallace!" I protested. "I like to know how things end" she explained. "The book doesn't tell me what happened to Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which."

 

At book club they apparently had quizzes and prizes and got to wear awesome funny glasses. Book club is "amazing" and "great" and she was excited that her team won because she knew all about the book.

 

Next month they are doing Charlie and the Chocolate factory!

   

Amelia is really interested in karate and often pretends she is doing karate at home. (Along with ballet and being a tiger).

 

Matthew has been trying to invite a buddy for buddy day at karate for quite a number of months now, but his choices keep falling through. So he decided to ask sensei Cody if Amelia could be his buddy.

 

She was extremely excited right until we arrived at the dojo. And then she refused to go in, no matter how much Matthew cajoled. Michael was sleeping so I agreed to come in with her and we sat and watched for a bit while the various black belt kids tried to make friends with her. No dice, until Cody came along to save the day (Amelia is already friends with Cody you see).

 

Didn't take long after that before she was bear crawling with the best of them. She had a blast!

   

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