We snuck in our annual visit to see the butterflies at Carleton university on Oct 11th in between breakfast and Nora and crew coming to visit at 10. Turns out that if you arrive just before they open you can avoid the lines. Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen tried to go fifteen minutes later and by the time they located parking the line was already over an hour and a half long!
Elizabeth alternated between begging me to "catch" a butterfly and having mild freakouts that a butterfly might LAND on her, but she was much less anxious than previous years. Her favourite butterfly was the green one. Matthew hardly registered the butterflies at all - he was too busy trying to eat the plants and staring at all the people! We did enjoy seeing all the beautiful insects though I couldn't help contrast Elizabeth's first time with Matthew's. I took Erika and Elizabeth, and we wandered *by ourselves* (!) through the greenhouse. I put Elizabeth down and she crawled around for a while. You'd never get a picture of a butterfly sitting on a piece of orange on the ground anymore. Even assuming that the hordes didn't trample the butterfly and the orange, all you'd see would be feet (and maybe three or four other telephoto lenses from aspiring photographers trying out their new bling).
Brendan hasn't been in years and was quite shocked by how crowded it has become. Still worth it, but I think the time has come to change venues or charge admission.
Auntie Janice gave me tickets to the Star Wars exhibit for my birthday and I finally managed to get organized enough to go!
Janice played with the kids at the museum while Brendan and I went on a date! (I know!) The exhibit was really interesting - I thought the concept sounded a bit gimmicky but the artifacts were cool and I actually quite enjoyed the use of technology. You wore headphones that automatically played sound as you moved into the relevant part of the exhibit. Every section of the exhibit asked you different parts of what was essentially a personality quiz and you made your choices by scanning your armband.
I was rather surprised to learn that Yoda (Frank Oz) is also Miss Piggy and the Cookie Monster. Really?!?
And of course I'm a sucker for personality quizzes, even if the result was rather teen magazine.
PS Mom & Dad - I'm leaving home at a young age to follow my dreams - what do you say?
A. Oh no you're not. Now go finish your chores.
B. That's a nice idea, Maybe when you're older.
C. Sure, Whatever. Whatever you want.
D. Good for you! We've packed you a lunch.
Brendan was fascinated by all the artwork showing the progression of characters. Chewbacca started out as a dog, apparently.
Nora came to visit today - with new baby brother Simon (well, okay - he's 11 months already!)
Nora introduced Elizabeth to the world of cool spinning board games and Disney themed video games. Elizabeth introduced Nora to the world of pedal bikes (popular) and fast bed slides (scary). They harvested some of what must be the Glebe's largest carrots. They ran. They jumped in leaves.
As is now almost tradition the kids partied at the park in the most adorable manner while their increasingly elderly parental units sat around in awe of all the cuteness and generally well behaved offspring.
The day went by far too fast and we're looking forward to our next visit.
Matthew is eight months old and very, very, very busy. Did we mention that he is busy? If not it is probably because we are too tired from chasing him around and trying to prevent him from doing himself injury as he attempts to explore the entire world. All at once. Right now. He is getting very fast and has developed distinct ideas of what he would like to do. Sometimes when thwarted at the last second he will throw quite the impressive tantrum in protest of being kept alive. He still loves to watch what his sister does and you can see his little mind trying to figure out how to do the same things. He is cruising around furniture upright and crawling on all fours (as opposed to army crawling). He has started to move from one piece of furniture to another and has developed some semblance of a sense of balance such that he can now occasionally catch himself if he starts to fall over. He eats like it is in danger of going out of style. He plays very hard and is skipping naps left, right and center. He is generally quite delightful most of the day and giggles and laughs at almost anything.
Oh and he fits in a sweater with ears. Daddy is very pleased.