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February 26, 2014

We started a little project right before Matthew was born to help keep Grandpa H busy while they were home on furlough. But after Grandpa left, things .... stalled.


Poor Brendan missed Grandpa very much. Matthew doesn't like playpens and while he accepts the bathtub as playpen substitute, it doesn't last long enough as a containment device to allow me to be all that useful.


So we were thrilled when Grandpa came back to Canada to help again! After a long day, Matthew helped Grandpa relax in front of the fire. Matthew knows about fire only in the context of birthday candles, so when he saw the fire he immediately started huffing and puffing and trying to blow it out.

   

February 25, 2014

We took advantage of the Olympics to squeeze in a winter sports unit study. Every day we watched a different sport and I made related lunches for school. We took out a ton of books from the library to read too. I had hoped to focus more on the different countries but we ended up mainly looking at Canada and Russia (oh well).


It was the first time she saw real figure skating, and she thought they ought to have snowsuits and helmets for safety. Because "that's weelly dangerous, wight Mommy?". She did not "get" curling.


Elizabeth was mesmerized by slopestyle snowboarding. "Look Mom! They are flying!!!" "When I grow up, I'm going to do that!" (EEK!!!!)

   

February 24, 2014

Elizabeth wrote and illustrated another book. "Will you put it on MY blog?" she asked.


She needs to work on her plot development, but given that she refused all offers of help (including spelling), I was quite impressed by the result.


We were fascinated by some of the phonetics - she has a tendency to leave out letters "fed" instead of "friend". "ekuz" is exactly how she says it...


"Walking in the house Hello Kitty found a friend.

The friend played in the sandbox.

Hello Kitty loved the book to read.

Mama laughed you Hello Kitty visitor.

I love you Mom because I have a friend.

Dad I love you because I have a visitor.

The end. Hello Kitty."

   

February 23, 2014

Matthew likes to go for walks. Elizabeth has started taking him places. It is terrifying...


We celebrated National Aviation Day with airplane sandwiches for lunch. Then we all got together for the last dinner at Dave and Karen's that we'll have for a while as a family. Elizabeth isn't fond of taking baths, unless she can use Xander's tub. Maybe we need bath crayons too...

   

February 22, 2014

We gave Elizabeth a choice for her birthday party this year. She could have her own birthday party but with a very limited guest list outside of family, or she could have a combined "family" party with her brother and have a "friend" party later. Since she wanted to invite every single kid she has interacted with in the past year, she opted to combine parties with her brother. Especially since it meant she could choose TWO themes!

 

Anyway, she decided that "Matthew" would like a construction party. "Can we go shopping at Home Depot?" she enquired excitedly. Perhaps we go to the hardware store a wee bit more often than we should...

 

So with a little inspiration from Pinterest (of course) I put up some caution tape and balloons, made gluten free "paint brush" s'more cookies, served some nibblies in appropriately construction themed receptacles (toy dump truck, new paint tray) and decorated the table as a road. I was a little surprised that I could not locate any appropriate construction themed paper plates - everything construction related (including fake hard hats) around here is aimed at a later milestone and labelled with words like "old fart", "over the hill" and "turning 50". I was very pleased by the way the cakes turned out. Just a little digging into the side with a fork and all of a sudden we had ourselves a pretty decent looking construction site cake :)
 

Auntie Janice helped with the traditional "find the presents" scavenger hunt... with a twist. Each clue required the kids to do a construction related activity. She had them cleaning up a demolition area (ie toy room), set the table to feed hungry construction workers, rip a seam out of a cushion and "paint" with water to reveal the secret message.


Matthew wasn't quite sure about his cake but got into it once he tasted the chocolate. Elizabeth had no such qualms.

   

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