I'll admit it. March Break was very busy. But it was really, really fun!
We began with a quick overnight visit Saturday with cousins Lindsay, Anna and David (and Lauren and Donna). Church on Sunday but otherwise a quiet day.
Monday: Double playdates at the agriculture museum with Ruici in the morning, at the nature museum with Olivia in the afternoon, followed by karate.
Tuesday: Playdate at Olivier's house in the morning for Matthew, followed by great excitement with the arrival of Andrew and Rachel from the cottage (and their parents Rob and Jill). We went to Olive and Chili's followed by parliament and got to oogle the dismantling of Crashed Ice on the way. Matthew got super cold and cried because he was so miserable. I got a parking ticket when some parking inspector didn't know how to check electronic payments (it was cancelled but I was unimpressed). Then we went to the Children's museum, where most had a lovely time. You'll notice a lack of pictures aside from our "in case we lose you" line up because I unfortunately somehow managed to poison myself at lunch and spent pretty much the whole time in the bathroom throwing up. This was made more challenging as I had brought Amelia with me. So I was stuck in a busy public toilet stall with a curious toddler to entertain. I eventually nursed her to sleep on that pristine bathroom floor. Luckily Jill came to rescue me and Rob was able to drive home but definitely a low point. Even better Auntie Janice made us a pie crust for Pi day and we were able to suitably geek out, even if I wasn't up to actually eating said pie.
Wednesday we went tobogganing followed by swimming at the wave pool. Elizabeth had extra tournament team practice ("awesome") in between then I braved eating out again and didn't regret it.
Thursday there might have been some crafting and sad fond farewells. Luckily Lorianne was there to distract the kids - they went to university again and had donuts and hot chocolate. I picked Elizabeth up for extra karate. After karate we went swimming at Grandma's. Elizabeth enjoyed her extra class so much she insisted on doing her regular class after swimming.
Friday: Everyone went out to play in the snow. Then the kids and I met up with friends Aidan, Caitlyn, Evelyn (and Dianne) at the museum of Nature. I had thought it was busy on Monday... Playing in the cave was a definite highlight. Aidan showed off his parkour skillz. Elizabeth demonstrated her favourite kata. There were many echoes. We've been reading the Wind in the Willows at home, so the kids were very excited to find Otter, Badger, Rat, Mole and the bad guy weasels. Matthew was a little concerned that they had been stuffed. We went down to the basement and discovered a whole new world of play, including shadow puppets and a giant turtle whose internal organs you could investigate by flashlight. We had to leave sooner than the kids wanted, but luckily the neighbours were out and ready to build bad guy traps with our makeshift swing in the snow. Godmother Rachel showed Elizabeth her new fancy Texan car and educated her as to what a tape deck is. Then just as Matthew and Amelia headed to bed, Elizabeth went back to the dojo for (you guessed it) more karate.
Saturday was buddy day at karate and Elizabeth invited Matthew. Afterwards we went to the sugar bush with Dave and Karen. Then they fed us supper!
We wrapped up the week with some snowshoeing with Grandma on the SJAM trail immediately after church.