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May 28, 2018

It didn't take long before Maria too was sporting her first stripe!


May 27, 2018

We went to Xander and Isabelle's piano recital. It was Disney themed, so the kids all were invited to dress as super heros. Elizabeth discovered her frozen dress still fit, so decided to go as Elsa. Fifteen minutes later she decided she would still wear the dress but would be some kind of made up superhero because "kids my age don't like Elsa and I don't want anyone to laugh at me". Matthew decided to be a knight and Amelia went as a dinosaur, because that's basically the only costume she's interested in.


Matthew and Amelia started out fairly engaged, but the pieces were fairly long and not terribly recognizable especially at first and they rapidly started to lose the plot. In the interests of not having to take a child out to the car (again), I sent them to play together out in the lobby by the toys. So I guess having the toys in the lobby was ok this time lol.


The recitals do make me appreciate how well run Mrs Shana and Hannah's recitals are. The theme idea for Disney was creative and I suspect fun for the students, but all of the pieces seemed just slightly too hard for the kids. One kid quite literally ended up having her big sister mash her fingers into the keyboard in an approximation of the right notes since she either seemed too stagestruck and/or disinterested in actually playing.


Some highlights: the boy who had a light saber that he thrust at the audience prior to playing something from Star Wars; the other Star Wars player who announced his piece via Darth Vader mask; the ensemble pieces that they sang and played with rhythm instruments; and obviously Xander and Isabelle's pieces :) I might be biased but I thought they did better than most of their classmates.


Afterwards there were popsicles to share, which was wonderful!


Marathon day and Elizabeth only complained a little bit about being forced to bike downtown. Her ballet studio was signed up to do the cheer station for the adult marathon by Grandma's house so I sent Brendan and Erika and Elizabeth to meet Grandma there and they did a little bit of cheering for the other runners before the race while I wrangled the other kids.


Then they biked downtown, and raced. Erika took my admonitions to run their own races and do their bests to heart and finished well ahead of Elizabeth. Elizabeth was slightly chagrined I think but they both had fun.


On the way home they stopped by the cheer station again for more encouragement. Brendan said it was quite the production - I gather there's some kind of competition for the best cheer station and KV went all out!


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 19, 2018

My cousin Will and Melissa got married! Brendan and I abandoned half our kids to the tender mercies of Grandma and Uncle Chris. We stopped at the Big Apple on the way up which was pretty amusing. Michael wasn't super happy about the long trip. I even tried expressing some milk into a bottle but he was not amused.


Then we abandoned Amelia at Uncle John and Aunt Joanne's along with two babysitters and her cousins. She was quite happy to hang out with "Feo" and Isabelle. Xander's apparently in her bad books at the moment so she refused to discuss him.


We drove Auntie Mary to the ceremony. I hung out at the back with Michael and my parents on Skype, passing them off to Mary when Michael got unruly. Will and Melissa are musicians so they played in their own wedding, which was lovely.


Then we headed to the reception to play pass the baby, chat with loads of people.


Elizabeth and Matthew were quite indignant about being left back in Ottawa, but it was karate nationals and Elizabeth was expected to help out. I gather she was extremely helpful all day and stayed right to the end. Erika came too after Japanese school and the two of them acted as medal runners and fetched people coffee from Tim Hortons and whatnot. Elizabeth obviously enjoyed herself greatly. Matthew had a birthday party at a gymnastics place so he couldn't complain too much about not getting to go to the wedding either. He did comment that Uncle Chris is stricter than Daddy. "I guess Daddy is a softie after all", he sighed.


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