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July 6, 2018

As soon as Erika got her third stripe, I checked the grading schedule. Of course grading is when we're going camping. Too bad! Luckily she won't have to wait until next grading to get her belt...

   

July 1, 2018

It was my birthday and we decided it would be fun to do a repeat of last year; namely go to the fair, have supper with family and see fireworks.

 

It was hot. The heat warning decided our morning plans - it was obviously not a good day to walk to church, sit in an unairconditioned church and walk home - Michael and probably Amelia would have overheated and going to the fair later would not have been possible. So we picked up Erika and Maria and went to Dave and Karen's church, followed by lunch at Dave and Karen's and then the fair!

 

It was hot. How hot? The temperature in the shade outside our garage hit 39.37C. It felt much hotter than that in the sun at the fair and it was extremely humid to boot. The official humidex was over 47C! Even holding ice packs to Michael, keeping him in the shade and dowsing him in the misters stationed throughout the fair wasn't enough to keep him from getting slightly overheated in just under an hour (our agreed time limit!).

 

We didn't have to wait much for any of the rides, but even so most of the kids were showing symptoms of heat exhaustion as we were leaving - especially Erika and Michael. We were super glad that our cars were only a short walk away and so thankful for working A/C!

 

The kids were happy to alternate play in the paddling pool and handing out in the cold basement, with a break to watch the most recent SpaceX launch. We put Amelia and Michael down at Dave and Karen's and took the others to watch the fireworks where we narrowly missed a mini riot. Apparently the youths of Barrhaven were tossing fireworks into the crowd, swarmed a policeman and ended up with arrests and pepper spray - we wondered at the police cars that suddenly showed up but didn't find out until the next day what was going on. It was so humid that all the smoke from the fireworks was trapped low to the ground so it was pretty smoky, but the actual fireworks were very pretty.

 

All in all a lovely day.

   

June 22, 2018

Elizabeth's friend Samia invited her and a couple of other girls for a sleepover to celebrate the last day of grade three.

 

They decorated cupcakes, watched a movie and generally had a blast.

 

The era of sleepovers has begun!

   

June 21, 2018

Erika and Maria have received their second stripes!

   

June 10, 2018

At five months Michael is growing hair! He’s also probably teething. Certainly he’s chomping on enough!

 

Hes getting more talkative, cooing and laughing at his siblings. Still a flirt, though he’s obviously started recognizing certain people like cousins and siblings. He usually doesn’t mind going with people who aren’t mommy unless he’s hungry. He can sign for milk and Elizabeth at least swears he has a couple of words like Mommy and down (into the exersaucer).  He’s fond of the exersaucer, and if the other kids are around it seems to entertain them as well since they like to “show Michael how to play”. As a result Mommy’s fond of it too...

 

hes started playing with toys and can sit with us for meals trying to stuff spoons and his favourite toy (a silicone muffin liner with feet) into his mouth. After he turned five months we let him try Cheerios and gluten free Os. He seems to like them, although he’s only managed to actually consume about half of one. 

 

Today he was spotted playing peek-a-boo with a blanket.

 

He’s spending much more time awake and for longer in one stretch. Usually he wakes up around 6:30am, naps in the morning around 9am, around lunch (tends to sleep through lunch, which is usually between 11 and 12) and then around 3pm. He’s usually ready for bed around 6:30pm or 7, but since that’s Amelia and Matthew’s bedtime prep someone gets to deal with him wailing at them until I’m ready. Unlike his siblings he’s quite good at self-soothing and particularly likes soothers. He doesn’t keep it in his mouth long by himself but if he has a good grip on it with his hand that doesn’t really matter since he can chomp on it by himself (not that he exactly gets the right parts back in but that doesn’t seem to matter).

   

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