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May 31, 2014

Yeah - so remember how I was excited to get tulip pictures with the cousins?

Would you believe that they yanked those tulips out of the ground in the less than 24 hours it took us to return?!? I AM STILL NOT OVER IT! Darn NCC.

They did at least leave a few tulips standing in the perennial bed, so we made do. Then we walked around the lake to the Arboretum and practiced our tree climbing skills.

Kind of a busy day - Auntie Janice and Auntie Heather had a van party at our house in the evening. For once Elizabeth did not request to go to bed before Matthew - instead she stayed up and played homemade van themed Taboo and pin the license plate on the van. The van has now been taken for scrap metal.


May 30, 2014

This is how you know it's been a late cold spring: it's the end of May and there are still tulips. 

I immediately emailed my sister-in-laws:

"I was a little sad we missed getting a tulip shot with the kids but when I went to Dow's lake today I realized that there are STILL tulips! Most are finished, but actually enough to get a photo."

They agreed to meet us at Dow's lake for a tulip photo the very next day. Because it just isn't spring in Ottawa without a tulip picture, right?


May 29, 2014

Elizabeth was pretty excited to drag her bicycle out of the garage shortly after plasma car made its first appearance this spring. I noted last September that she was able to ride her bike by herself and shortly thereafter she was even convinced to give Xander her dearly beloved balance bike. 

She was devastated to discover that she had FORGOTTEN how to ride it over the winter. Mommy and Daddy were very surprised!

It wasn't just that she forgot how to get on and off - she seemed to completely lose her balance. Total panic. She decided she needed her balance bike back and refused to ride poor pedal bike. We did not go out and get a new balance bike, but we also didn't push too hard to try again because she was so anti-bike (heartbreaking given how much she loved it in the fall). Maybe some time would help, we thought. But when she decided she was going to sell her bike at the Great Glebe Garage sale we decided enough was enough. So we made her bike to church. (Well, okay, we drove part of the way - just in case we needed a plan B) There were tears and temper but by the time we got to church she had remembered how to ride and how to stop. A few more sessions and she remembered how to start again as well.


May 28, 2014

I am very very sad to report that Xander, Matthew and I will need to find an alternative French playgroup, because the awesome one at Marius Barbeau has closed. Apparently the school is reclaiming their space. I've been going for more than two years and there is really nothing else that's similar. Sigh.

Suggestions are welcome!


May 26, 2014

I volunteered at Elizabeth's school today - this month's outing was a field trip to the Children's museum. They made kites! They stamped their passports! They ran around like crazy people! We opted to eat lunch outside so that the kids could try flying said kites. We tested every single knot (and I retied several), but no kites were lost irretrievably. Then the kids spent ages rolling down the hill and being shooed away from the riverbank. No one went swimming, but one kid somersaulted down the steps (thankfully not in my group)... After lunch we were treated to an IMAX movie Pandas: The Journey Home. Elizabeth wasn't too sure about the movie theatre at first (too dark!) but once I let her sit on my lap she relaxed and had fun watching the movie. It was quite interesting and educational - I was particularly amused by all the panda suit wearing scientists. Quite the sight to see two grown men in costume, carrying a sedated panda on a stretcher through the forest! The baby pandas are ADORABLE, but I could see some folk finding this movie a little awkward to watch with their kids if they hadn't explained where babies come from...

The volume in the bus on the way home was deafening. I am truly impressed by the concentration abilities of school bus drivers.

After school I decided to take Elizabeth and Matthew to the splash park around the corner in order to preserve the rain barrel water for my plants (they were making homemade puddles to jump in). It was Matthew's first time playing at a splash park. He greatly approves of the concept.


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