Elizabeth was sick with an ear infection so couldn't go swimming at Grandma's with her cousins as planned. I needed a distraction to occupy her while everyone else was in the pool.
Getting to write with a feather was the perfect distraction - she was so proud of being able to use the ink by herself.
There was a magic show at the library for March Break, so we went to Auntie Yukiko's for lunch and then walked over. The magician was really fun. I didn't see the whole show as I was busy occupying Matthew but the girls enjoyed it very much. He did a lot of neat tricks with ropes - knotting them together and then sliding the knots off so it was one continuous piece. Definitely quite a talented guy! The best part was apparently when he regurgitated a whistle. It was so gross (and that is why they liked it so much!)
There was a sudden snow storm on the way back - we were glad we brought the sled. Erika pulled the other girls by herself! I'm sure that combined they must weigh a least as much as Erika does!
Later in the day Brendan and I went to the NAC (a date!) while the kids stayed with Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko.
We went to the Aviation museum to see the Ottawa police tactical team rappel from the ceiling in a cool exercise that Auntie Janice told us about.
Apparently if they are coming down a building they need to come upside down to peer in through the windows, so they practiced that too. Sometimes they jump out of helicopters. I think they have a fun job (at least that part!)
Afterwards we met up with my cousin Sara again and hung out a bit.
The kids are learning some valuable life skills in our basement these days, and we've found a new distraction for when the bathtub / playpen has lost its appeal. The only problem is that Matthew can get out of a laundry basket on his own, but it is good for a few minutes anyway.
He can't get out of the sling though and although he protests for a while eventually he will even nap. But I've discovered that I can't do any final plaster coats with a baby on my back. Actually it's about all I can do to make sure that Elizabeth isn't getting too excited with the mud. At least this way I can blame the toddler for any excessive sanding requirements...
Elizabeth is thrilled to be at a point where she can actually help more regularly. She especially likes to put her pencil behind her ear "like Daddy".
I've been trying to convince my second cousin Sara and her husband Tom to come and visit us ever since we both got married way back in 2001. They have a farm so it's pretty tricky to get time off, though it is easier in the winter.
So I was thrilled when they came and brought their six kids with them. Elizabeth was over the moon happy to have so many visitors, even if she did have to give up her room temporarily!
I had warned them that the canal couldn't possibly still be open - but it was! We went on the very last day of the season for a marvellous skate!
Hopefully it doesn't take them another dozen years to come back for the next visit ;)