September 1, 2014
Balance Bike Take Two

Maria has learned how to ride her real bike, so Matthew gets to try out the balance bike. So far he's more interested in the tricycle than the balance bike, but he really likes wearing his helmet just like his big sister. At least for thirty seconds at a time...

He isn't quite tall enough to pedal yet, but that hasn't stopped him from trying.

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August 31, 2014
18 months

At eighteen months Matthew weighs about 20 pounds and is 32" tall. Eighteen months is also more talkative. Matthew points at things and tell us what they are: frog, chicken, deer, duck, dog, canoe. There might be a cottage theme going on...

He's started shaking his head "no" and vocalising his pleases. Life now has a musical sound track. Matthew loves to sing, especially the ABC song which has a recognizable tune and even some of the letters. He also sings quite a few camp songs his Auntie Janice taught him. The great big moose ("waaaay-o waaaay-o" and "bringing home my baby bumblebee" are both quite popular.

He doesn't have as many (recognizable?) words as Elizabeth at the same age but is VERY good at communicating nonetheless. Eighteen months is also the beginning of what we call the "by self" phase. Actually, I find that Matthew is more likely to do something he doesn't want to do (eg climb into his car seat) if I ask him to do it himself ("can you clip yourself in?"). He insists on climbing into his booster. He does a lot of cooking and imaginative playing. Still loves his drill and cars. He loves stickers and drawing. Frighteningly, he has figured out how to take the lids off his own markers...
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August 30, 2014
Park days
Summer has come back with a vengeance - it's been well over 30C, but luckily the city hasn't turned off the water at the splash park yet. I didn't bring swimsuits because Elizabeth insisted they were just going to play on the structures, but I suspected that the water would prove irresistible. Good thing Daddy grabbed a change of clothes and a towel for us!
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August 29, 2014
Friday Fun Day: Luau
My friend Evelyn hosted a luau complete with red velvet pig cake for the last Friday Fun day. The head was Rice Krispies for brains - Hilarious. The pig was made by one of the other very talented homeschooling moms (!)
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August 28, 2014
Operation Little Glass Robin

Surprise!!! Auntie Janice brought a "perishable package" to my Dad for his birthday (Herself!) Cue shock, tears, and a lot of hugging...

On the other side of the Atlantic, there were a couple of small children who were very, very jealous and missing their Auntie. We followed her adventures by text and twitter with new pictures every bedtime until finally Auntie Janice made it to Africa. We were interested to discover that Facetime was MUCH more reliable than Skype - it seems to cope better with the difficult conditions. Auntie Janice stays up later than Grandpa and Grandma, so we got to connect nearly every day just around bedtime.

Elizabeth and Matthew had a hard time sharing the video session, mostly because Matthew just wanted to hug, kiss and generally cuddle "Auntie Janice" and "Grandma". At dinner time he offered pieces of his food to the screen. For the record, I do NOT encourage licking my phone - I've heard horror stories about toddlers causing the camera to stop working due to drool damage and I have no desire to test this.

I didn't take pictures of Elizabeth taking her own turn because she usually took the phone far away and holed up with it so as to have a Matthew-free chat! There were many virtual hugs.

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