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April 13, 2012

My Auntie Mary gave us an amaryllis bulb to plant. Despite confusing instructions on the package and dire warnings from Jesse ("this won't end well", he opined), it actually grew and flowered beautifully! It was timed perfectly for Easter. Brendan wouldn't let me bring it down to New Hamburg with us but luckily it was still going strong by the time we got back.


Thank you Mary!


April 11, 2012

Elizabeth has always hated lying on her back to the point that we did diaper changes upside-down on her tummy. The last round of swimming lessons wanted her to float on her back every lesson, which usually took every trick in my arsenal to accomplish (ie: M&Ms are magic). Even so, she'd often panic and try to sit up instead of relaxing on the water. A thin floating mat available at the pool was helpful but it was clear we still needed to work on this skill.


Turns out she also hates water being poured over her head at bathtime, so we negotiated a deal. She'd learn to rinse her own hair in her own time by lying down in the "water bed" tub, and I'd quit dumping buckets over her head. Now we just have to work on the floating part...


April 10, 2012

I wanted to try silk dyed eggs this year, but wasn't planning to eat the results. Since I'm not terribly keen on eating food coloured dyed eggs the idea of actually eating a random clothing dyed egg? So not going to happen! It's hardly likely that clothing manufacturers factor food safety into their dye choices...


What to do? Here's Brendan's account:


"Mommy came up with a frightening idea this year.  Blow out an egg and then... wait for it... fill it with chocolate.  Sounds yummy, but how to do it?  We tried a number of different approaches based on advice from the Internet.  First we soaked the eggs in cold water for ten minutes to soften them up a bit.  Then we tried drilling holes in them.  This worked alright for small holes but was a dismal failure for large holes.  Even with the drill in reverse it was just too prone to cracking the eggs.  We reverted the using a pin to enlarge the holes.  After blowing them out we then sterilized the shells in boiling water (holding them down with a steamer) and then somehow conned Janice into filling them for us.


She had WAY too much fun, using a small medicine syringe to put chocolate and peanut butter/raspberry ganache /blackberry ganache into the empty egg shells.  It worked alright until it came to time to eat them.  They were surprisingly hard to peel in order to get at the chocolate goodness inside.  An interesting experiment that probably requires some further refinement.  Mmm refinement."


April 9, 2012
We had the chance to have lunch with Great Grandma and Grandpa before taking off back towards home.  Elizabeth rode on both Grandma and Grandpa's laps while they whizzed around.  Grandpa is actually getting quite slick with his electric wheelchair now that he is feeling better.  After lunch we headed off to the tiny village of Toronto to visit with Ryan, Lauren & Donna and kids and great auntie Muriel (whom Elizabeth has been asking to visit ever since we told her we were going on a trip).  We had a great visit with Ryan and then all went over the Lauren and Donna's place to be joined by Muriel for dinner before heading back to Muriel's for the night.  We had a lovely visit with everyone and it was great to see the second cousins playing so nicely together.

April 8, 2012

On Easter morning we went to church in Crosshill.  Elizabeth was very well behaved and even went forward to be with the other kids for the children's time.  She was a little uncertain at first but then went right up without either Mommy or Daddy.  After the service Elizabeth again demonstrated that she has an exceptional memory by immediately asking to go play in the nursery.  Once we pried her loose from the nursery we manged to get her home for a quick nap while we waited for people to arrive.  She was so tired that she actually had a very long nap and only woke long after everyone had arrived for Easter lunch / supper / general lounging about and enjoying each others company.  We had a great afternoon with a good number of the extended family and a very friendly puppy being looked after by Mike.  Elizabeth was very interested in the puppy in theory but made very sure to cling to Mommy or Daddy and kept VERY close tabs on Dangle's location.  After supper Elizabeth biked all the way over to the local park despite the strong wind against her.  She enjoyed the attention of not one but two doting great aunts.  After some time playing at the park she even biked most of the way back home.  Needless to say she slept well...


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