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June 29, 2009

This weekend was a weekend of many firsts - first time waking up in a different location, first time travelling more than half an hour from home, first time meeting many great-aunts and uncles, my cousins and of course her great grandparents on my mom's side, and her first time swimming and tubing...


June 28, 2009

Elizabeth officially turned four months old today.  She celebrated by getting up with the sun...


June 27, 2009

The retreat centre prides itself on being "environmentally friendly", so I decided that it would be too ironic to switch from cloth to disposable diapers while travelling.  I regretted this when we got to the retreat centre and discovered that the washer and dryer were coin-operated.  Each took a loonie; a challenge since I haven't carried cash for years...  More serious was the discovery that the dryer was completely ineffective.  I hung them up to dry, but they were still sopping the next morning.  We'd packed four backup disposables, but these were gone in an alarmingly short period of time.  Luckily it was warm and windy, so we improvised a clothes line (the owner had taken the one that was previously outside down for some reason) and told Elizabeth that she was to stop filling diapers until after the sun had done its work!


Uncle Dave is shown here after learning that the strange pieces of fabric hung out to dry were diapers.  He counted 19 and was heard anxiously enquiring as to the time period this represented :)


BTW - Elizabeth's record is 30 diapers in 14 hours.


June 26, 2009

We've been having lots of adventures the last week or so.  I got terribly busy helping Brendan, Grandpa H and Uncle Chris rebuild our deck at the request of our insurance company.  Okay, so mostly I looked after Elizabeth (and one day Yukiko and I had fun wrangling all three kids), but I did screw together a support beam all by myself while she napped.  We had less than ideal deck building weather - it was dangerously hot followed by dangerously hot and humid. 


On Thursday Grandma H, Elizabeth and I headed out on an epic adventure to Durham for a family retreat, via the Big City of Toronto.  This was not without trepidation as Elizabeth is not a big fan of the car seat.  We've had to pull over on the way to the South Keys Home Depot (less than fifteen minute drive), so we had visions of many, many stops.  The men stayed behind to work an extra day on the deck.  I was given strict instructions to turn around if we got to Kingston without a break in the crying, so we were pleasantly surprised when Elizabeth slept all the way there!  There definitely was some crying - she was done travelling by the time we reached the last service station before Toronto and was not impressed to find out that we expected her to get back in the car, and we've confirmed that travelling around bedtime is not a good idea - but all in all the trip involved much less screaming than we thought there might be.


We stayed with Great-Aunt Muriel overnight and Elizabeth enjoyed her garden very much.  Apparently she doesn't know that she's only supposed to look and smell (not eat!)  Grandma H and I went to Cloverdale mall on Friday and were quite impressed with their "nursing room", complete with swanky change table.  Their family washroom down the hall also had a swanky change table and a tiny seat with straps meant for parking your child while you use the facilities yourself.  So of course I had to take a picture!


June 20, 2009

Today was Maria's one month birthday, and we celebrated with a trip to the Mud Oven for all three cousins.


Erika made adorable handprint butterflies, braving the mess to have her hands painted in two different colours.  Elizabeth and Maria were both extremely well-behaved, sleeping until time to have their feet painted and pushed firmly against the plates.  This was Elizabeth's second experience making footprints on ceramic, and unlike the first time she didn't howl a bit today.  Maria hardly seemed to mind either, although I think she was asleep when they started painted her feet and the shock of the cold paint on the toes was a very abrupt way to wake up! I can't wait to see the finished product next week...


Uncle Chris expertly showed off his ability to manage two infants at once while the older ladies finished up our masterpieces.


In the evening we went to Grandma and Grandpa J's house to celebrate Father's Day and a belated Mother's Day with palatschinken and marillenknoedel. Or as Grandma J explained to Erika "dessert, followed by dessert".  And I learned that it is not a good idea to stick my tongue out at the camera, even if it is manned by a very cute three year old who asks you to make faces, unless I can delete the resulting picture before my husband decides it needs to go online...


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