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May 25, 2018

Tomorrow's the Great Glebe Garage sale, so we decided to take Matthew to karate tonight. I figured we could pick up Elizabeth from ballet (since it was pouring rain).

 

Of course her route goes the wrong way down a one-way street, so we actually somehow missed her and then were almost late to karate. Sigh.

 

Erika and Maria usually go on Mondays and Thursdays, but since they share the Friday class with Matthew, Erika decided she'd go for an extra class. She was glad she did since she got her FIRST STRIPE!!!

 

Matthew was pretty excited to get his red stripe, which means he is headed to grading.

   

May 21, 2018

Maria turned 9 and as she was living with us we got to inflict the traditional candles on one's breakfast routine on her.  She didn't seem to mind. There was much partying and many, many bears.  We also had the amusement of showing the kids how to change a tire as Grandma's car had mysteriously developed a flat. As this is one of the many skills we feel everyone should know and is on our list of skills to impart to our children we did our best to turn a nuisance into a teachable moment.

   

In a silly effort to convince an ever increasing number of small wiggly and easily distracted children to all look at the camera while not poking each other or making ridiculous faces in a picturesque setting we dragged the whole kit and caboodle to Dow's lake for the tulip festival.  There we lined them up and attempted to get a photo without the other 57 billion people who were all standing around doing the same thing in the shot.  It was perhaps not our finest effort but the kids will likely not need nearly as much therapy as the adults as once done we plied them with cotton candy and they came away thinking the whole thing was a grand idea.

   

May 20, 2018

Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen and Auntie Janice all came to Mary's for breakfast the morning after the wedding. The cousins had a marvellous time playing together, though we did miss Elizabeth and Matthew (back in Ottawa).

   

We got back to Ottawa in time for fireworks at Dow's lake! The girls were dancing to the pop of the explosions and generally acting crazy.

 

Daddy stayed home with the littles.

   

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