Parenthood
October 28, 2013
Last appointment

Elizabeth had her last appointment with Dr Duncan today. I was too shy to ask for a photo (maybe we'll see her around another time), partly because we accidentally showed up an hour late due to a daylight savings technology issue. (GAH!)

 

Dr Duncan was very pleased with how Elizabeth's nose has turned out. There are a few "baby acne" spots on the scar still which will go away. Dr Duncan did offer to remove them with a needle but Elizabeth politely declined.

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October 27, 2013
Dow's lake

Our first attempt at a family fall picture for this year's  Christmas card was too dark, so we waited until the light was all wrong, the kids were good and cranky and off we biked / walked / pushed stroller to Dow's Lake for round two. Elizabeth's mood improved noticeably after I managed to stuff her helmet into her cagoule in order to keep her ears warm.

 

Despite ourselves we managed to have fun and get an acceptable, if not perfect photo, but I need your mailing address if you want to see it!

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October 22, 2013
Garden

This is a mishmash of photos that I took of my garden. If I'd been organized I'd have posted about the garden as it grew from first seeds haphazardly "planted" by my enthusiastic small helpers (Xander and Elizabeth) until last frantic harvest before frost. Since that frost held off until Oct 23rd, we had a pretty amazing run!

 

The cucumbers didn't get devoured by bugs this year, so we got to eat quite a few and we tried three different kinds of pickles. Not that I've actually been brave enough to try EATING any of those pickles yet!

 

I thought I'd taken a few more pictures of a daily harvest - suffice it to say that we had beans and tomatoes coming out of our ears as usual. The tomatoes were very, very slow to ripen, so by the time they were ready to can I was already sick of canning. I didn't end up canning nearly as many as I usually do - hopefully I do not regret this too much in February.

 

We tried carrots for the first time and they were an enormous success - probably the sweetest carrots I've ever hard.

 

But the big garden story this year was definitely pumpkins. Turns out third time is the charm! We could have had seven pumpkins, but one got knocked off the vine and one got eaten by slugs and other creepy crawlies.

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October 20, 2013
Pirates of Penzance

Elizabeth and I went to see the Pirates of Penzance, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa J. We were very happy to see Iain (of frog sitting fame), who was directing the children's choir.

 

Elizabeth wants to be a pirate. She wanted to know how come she couldn't be in the play, but was mostly satisfied with my explanation that someone has to watch!

 

Afterwards we checked out the cool robot art exhibit downstairs.

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October 19, 2013
Home Depot

Getting to go to Home Depot and drive the cart with Matthew is one of Elizabeth's favourite treats. Daddy doesn't mind one bit...

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