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November 5, 2018

It's the fifth of November and the kids actually asked me when fire day was in November this year. It's the next exciting thing that happens after Halloween and switch witch, apparently.

 

Lorianne walked by and saw the fire and said "Oh it must be bonfire day" (or something like that). Apparently my excitement over Guy Fawkes has registered.

 

I was proud, even though the kids were more looking forward to the marshmallows than the fire. Michael didn't quite know what to make of the fire. Elizabeth reckoned he found it too hot. Yes, those ARE Girl Guide thin mints in lieu of graham wafers.

   

November 4, 2018

It was All Saints Day and we all duly dressed up for the annual procession. I was St Florian, Brendan was St Joseph, Matthew was St George, Amelia was St Audrey (I don't know why she carries a sunflower, but Amelia's primary request was to be a princess...) and Elizabeth and Michael were St Francis and his lamb. Elizabeth's friend Juno from church was St Mary, and she actually stayed overnight and came with us in the morning. Our junior church lesson was on Jericho. The kids had a grand time dramatizing it with the playdough and peg people.

 

We had grand plans for the afternoon - choir practice, an invitation to bounce on a neighbour's trampoline and schemes to go swimming...

 

But then Matthew was very subdued after coming back from Junior church and my "mommy sense" was pinging loudly. He said he felt like he might throw up, but that he could last until the end of church. Brendan and I looked at each other and decided we'd leave immediately, abandoning Elizabeth at church. Then I'd head back to church to join Elizabeth for choir.

 

We got home just in time to escort Matthew to the toilet. I tucked him in, took his temperature (38.5 under the armpit), set him up with Curious George and some water. Arranged lunch for Amelia and then I fled.

 

As Matthew put it, he "spent all the rest of the day throwing up" and because he had an "owie throat, it hurt a lot and was not much fun". He kept telling me he was hungry and I would offer him various options (mostly of the jello, soup and popsicle variety) but when it came to actually thinking about food he ended up decided he was too unwell to eat. He actually got to the point where he didn't want to watch videos or do anything but lie in bed and cry. Poor Matthew.

 

Aside from complaining his head hurt, everything else tallied with our kids typical strep complaints. Puking? Check. High Fever? Check. Sore throat (with pus)? Check. Strep smell? Check. Unfortunately Sunday afternoon is a terrible time to try to get a strep test, so not wishing to take him to emerg for a strep test we rode it out until the following day. Took the doctor about 15 seconds to reach the same conclusion I had and prescribe an antibiotic, to be taken three times daily for the next ten days. 

   

November 3, 2018

Switch witch duly came and removed candy. Matthew got a giant remote control spider because he adores RC stuff and spiders and we just couldn't resist. Even though we suspected that he might use it to torment his sisters. There was a lot of screaming the first day. On the plus side, Michael isn't fond of it either so we can put it near places that he's to stay away from and it's a bit like those invisible room dividers for the Roomba.

 

Amelia was thrilled to receive her first Lego set. "My very own!"

 

Elizabeth finally got a highly coveted fidget cube, along with a cover for her e-reader, both of which she's been wanting badly. A fidget cube is basically a completely useless hunk of plastic consisting of switches that don't work, toggles that do nothing and buttons that make clicking noises but not much else. Clearly I'm not in the target demographic, but Elizabeth thinks we're the best so I guess it was worth it. I'm betting the e-reader cover will have more staying power.

   

Margaret and I happened to walk through Confederation Park downtown on our way to/from our ballet yesterday, which is how I discovered the "Edge of Peace" moon garden exhibit.

 

Consisting of nine glowing orbs with images projected on the various screens, I decided it would be pretty cool to bring the kids (especially since there is currently free parking at city hall across the street!)

 

It's intended to be a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. We stayed for the entire 14 minute presentation despite the rather chilly evening. The presentation itself was more abstract and artsy than educational, but the kids enjoyed it and there were volunteers handing out free pins which the kids may have thought was the best part. That and the "song at the end" which we got to hear as we arrived and left.

   

October 31, 2018

I have to say I quite enjoy the creepy Halloween food.

 

I made Halloween themed cupcakes for preschool (I did let my children eat a few too) and a special Halloween lunch which I was QUITE proud of because I made three special lunches at the last minute. Okay, so I was not proud of not having had my act together the night before but at least I pulled it off!

 

The real reason lunches had to be done at the last minute was because I was slightly distracted by a frozen worm crisis. You see, I thought I'd try my hand at the "jello worms" using straws that I've seen floating around the internet for a few years. The only trouble is that when I started pouring the jello down the straws, it just came out the other end of the straw, which of course makes sense but was not at all as advertised. Clearly my jello needed to be a bit thicker so that it would stay in the straws - and having the jello at the bottom being firm so I could pour the rest into the straws would also help. So I stuck it in the freezer for "ten minutes"... and then went to bed. Oops. Good thing jello can be melted and reformed! The worms eventually did work very well.

 

I also made mummy hotdogs and chicken, ghost strawberries, monster eggs, green spaghetti, lentil and rice stuffed pumpkin, ghost cheese, and veggies. We forgot to take a picture, but we also had bbq mealworms. When else to buy the gourmet bugs? (I've been dying to serve them to my kids ever since I first noticed they were available) We invited all the neighbours to come and munch our spooky snacks before trick-or-treating. Some of them were even brave enough to eat the bugs!

 

Erika, Elizabeth and Bianca went trick-or-treating with Brendan. Matthew, Nico, Simon were theoretically in a separate group with Nico's mom and Richard because Matthew and Elizabeth insisted they wouldn't want to trick-or-treat together, though I gather they mostly stayed in one big group in the end. Amelia went with Lorianne.

Michael and I walked down the street with little Elizabeth and Charlotte, and back up the street with Maggie from a few doors down. Auntie Janice manned the door.

 

Much candy was acquired, so much that the girls ran out of space in their bags and Elizabeth started filling her hat and Erika stuffed her sweater.

 

On the way home to drop Erika off, Janice, Elizabeth, Erika, Matthew and I all went to the scary house on Fourth Avenue. It was quite something with all kinds of people hiding ready to jump out at you. Matthew wasn't sure about it at the last minute but since he's been talking about it for weeks I decided I would encourage him to go. He was very proud of himself. There was a very creepy man hiding in the bushes with a chainsaw and the kids weren't too sure about him until all of a sudden he said "Hi Matthew!" Turned out it was John, the older brother of the kids that share our bus stop! I don't think he recognized Elizabeth under all the green paint though.

 

Then Elizabeth and Erika went to a couple more houses on Sunnyside before calling it a day. My kids ended up with 8.4lbs of candy for the switch witch (after basically unrestricted access for two days) - yikes!

   

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