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August 30, 2018

Looks like someone is headed to grading soon...


August 29, 2018

Matthew is back to school today along with half the maternelle class. He'd rather stay home and build things out of lego, but he's pleased to be going back to his class.


He has the same teachers as last year and likes them (we do too). All his friends have moved to the big school for grade one. He says he doesn't need new ones, but we're encouraging him to try to make new friends anyway.


After school he said he had a good time and was pleased to be back, aside from it being a bit too hot. The school is having brickwork done so none of the windows can be opened in his class!


August 28, 2018

Elizabeth is starting fourth grade. I was a little dismayed to find out that very few of her friends or previous year's classmates are in her class, but she likes her teacher and is super excited to start upper elementary.


You get to join sports teams! Recess is different! You get more responsibility! You have to change for gym!


But most importantly (according to Elizabeth) you get to learn English.


July 17, 2018

Elizabeth and Matthew are at camps this week and Amelia was moderately sad she wasn't going to camp too. Not sad enough to agree to sit on the toilet, mind you, but sad enough that when she suggested that she could do "rainbow camp" at home I kind of went with it.


It was fairly easy to plan because I mostly just asked Amelia what one does at rainbow camp and it turned out that at rainbow camp we paint, we play with rainbow playdough, we do science experiments, and we eat rainbow food (the fish carcass is rainbow trout - I only thought to take a photo after we had mostly devoured supper). Sometimes we water the garden in the sunshine, scooter up and down the street, climb on the play structure and love our baby brother. Rainbow volcanos were probably her favourite activity, even though technically they were supposed to overflow (I couldn't bring myself to make that much mess).


I stayed away from baking and the candy experiments because Amelia is supposed to be on a low sugar diet but even so we had a great deal of fun. Elizabeth and Matthew were always interested to find out what Amelia had gotten up to while they were away and insisted on doing the homemade scratch art too.


July 11, 2018

Have I mentioned the school bank yet? There's a program in Ontario whereby students are invited to sign up for an account at the Desjardins credit union. They have extra education to promote financial literacy and kids with an account can make deposits at school every two weeks. If they make a certain number through the year they get extra interest in June. Anyway, Matthew won a gift certificate to the movies from the credit union and was desperate to use it. 


Incredibles 2 was the only movie that was even vaguely suitable and Elizabeth reckoned he would be okay (she'd already seen it at karate Olivia's birthday) so I agreed we could go to the movie theatre.


Grandma J agreed to play with Amelia and Daddy wrangled Michael.


We bought two large bags of popcorn and the staff obligingly gave me a couple of paper bags so I could split the popcorn into individual bags. Given that both Maria and Elizabeth had had stomach flu in the last couple of weeks I did NOT think that sharing would be wise.


The movie was very good, but Matthew did end up in my lap towards the end. I didn't find it as scary as I was expecting based on the reviews but Matthew clearly found it overly intense. At one point I wasn't sure he was going to make it through but he said he enjoyed the experience and wants to go back. His favourite part was getting to eat popcorn! We don't usually allow any food (or drink) in the basement even during movie times so this was a huge treat.


It was my first time at the Landsdowne theatre and I thought it was pretty nice.


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