October 20, 2018
There was theoretically an out of town tournament this weekend, but the Toronto version was cancelled, Matthew was grading and the Douvris Halloween party was scheduled for the Saturday evening since the world's are in Dublin Halloween weekend. So we told Elizabeth that she could either go to the tournament OR the party and that was that!
The girls kind of outdid themselves with the creepy costumes. I may have gotten a bit nostalgic for the days of the homemade robot costumes. Elizabeth is vowing to take pity on me next year and try something cuter.
The kids were so excited for the party that they got ready a couple of hours early. It was sensei Cody's birthday, so they all made him birthday cards (but I only got a photo of Matthew's - they were all very nice though).
This year the party was split into two parts by age, with Matthew's haunted maze being much less creepy, which was nice. Maria didn't appreciate the haunted maze. Elizabeth insisted on taking me through. I may have shrieked a couple of times. I think the maze designers were quite satisfied with themselves.
October 10, 2018
Michael at nine months is very active. He goes, goes and goes. In fact he goes so much that changing his diaper is getting to be quite challenging as he will flip over and take off the second it has been removed. Daddy has resorted to changing him by holding him down with his feet. Aside from displeasure at being restrained for such inconveniences, he is a delightfully cheerful little boy. Everyone still comments on how content he is and how beautiful his big blue eyes are. He is starting to make some more or less recognizable sounds ("all done", "mama") and certainly makes his desires understood. Sometimes he sings quite elaborate complaining songs (we don't know what he's saying, but he is clearly complaining about the state of the world). Usually this is in response to being strapped into the car or stroller, especially if it is cold.
He has started bear crawling much of the time (knees off the ground). He likes to play peek-a-boo and will pass you objects and expect to get them back. He can tidy up, but prefers to untidy... Putting things into other things is great fun.
He is napping less (roughly twice a day but much less predictable timing). He eats most things but in small quantities. Yogurt is still a bit hit and he definitely prefers to feed himself although he seems to tolerate being fed by Elizabeth and sometimes Mommy. He loves to explore and puts just about everything in his mouth. With three older siblings leaving small objects around it is a full time job making sure he doesn't swallow something he shouldn't. He is also at the opening cupboards and drawers stage aka finger amputation stage and very much enjoys putting things in and taking things out of said cupboards and drawers. He does not enjoy pinching his fingers. He is now quite proficient at climbing stairs (or anything else that is vaguely stair like such as mommy's computer), but still hasn't got the hang of going back down. His favorite thing though is playing with his siblings, which he will often do for hours. He leaps with joy when they come home from school.
October 7, 2018
Big family thanksgiving dinner featured Sarah (plus boy), Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen and family, Auntie Heather and Andre, Uncle Mark, Grandma J, Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko and family, Auntie Janice and of course our crew of hooligans.
We made a kid table for all nine cousins, even Michael and told Erika and Elizabeth they were responsible for feeding him. It actually worked for the main course!
Turkey supper with sweet potato and corn. Squash, salad with many toppings to be added. Uncle Chris brought his famous rolls and pumpkin pie - including one that was gluten free!
Mila and Simon from across the street came over to play before supper. Then we kicked them out, and they came back after we were done eating.
After supper the kids built a massive fort to sleep in and Erika stayed for a sleepover. Maria is not a fan of sleepovers, so she went home to sleep in her own bed.
October 6, 2018
Matthew has kind of been looking over his shoulder as Erika and Maria get closer and closer to passing him. All indicators are that they are headed to grading this month and so he was motivated to actually practice at home with his sister in a last ditch effort to grade as well.
It won't make a practical difference; technically they have already passed him since he's in the tyke "half belt" system and they are kids so he'll be staying in his current class and they'll be moving into the exciting "allowed to spar" intermediate belt classes, but with some hard work he might make it into intermediate before the girls graduate out of it.
In any case he was super excited to get his third stripe, so hopefully he can keep it together for that all important red one.
Auntie Janice here.
My dear friend Chantal told me she'd be visiting Ottawa with her husband Andrew and her son. They live quite far away, so I hadn't met Philippe yet... and so we decided to meet up somewhere he could run around. "Why don't you bring along some nieces and nephews?" she suggested. As it happened, Amelia and Matthew were the available ones, so off we went.
We arrived just in time for the tractor "train" ride, which included a delightfully incomprehensible 3 minute tour of the farm crops. Then there were animals to climb on. Then we went to feed the goats. Philippe was rather fearless and even went right up to pet a couple goats who had just been crashing into each other headbutting etc... Amelia and Matthew were predictably much more concerned about not being eaten. "Scary" came up a few times from A. After washing our hands, we saw some unusual chickens, and then found the "tractor" tricycles. Sadly Amelia was only *just* too small to make the pedals go around, but she was awfully attached to the tractors nonetheless. This is unsurprising. Amelia LOVES "her" cars. Then we took a look through some little museums with old things in them, and made our way to the play structures.
WHOA. THE PLAY STRUCTURES. There were so many of them. They were so well made! There was a house, a boat, a train, a fort, a ship, a tractor... My personal favourites included an airplane and a working grain elevator. You used little shovels to dump the sand into the trucks below... very collaborative, and I might have had more fun doing it than the kids did... though they enjoyed it a lot. To finish off, we decided to do the little walk in the woods, but "the big dark woods" were "too scary" for Amelia and it was starting to drizzle a tiny bit so I took her back to the play structures while we waited. More playing, and then we all went home. SO much fun all around. Great suggestion, Cha-chi!
-French class Halloween
-Snow, NAC, GNAG Halloween, dinner