It was party weekend and long past time to celebrate Xander's birthday which was technically last month. He's into Bob the Builder so had a construction theme to his party. Elizabeth approved, especially of the many chocolate options. The kids spent quite a while playing outside and were sorry when it was time to go home.
We gave him a sock monkey umbrella from the "store with the skunk" (aka the Christmas store in Huntsville). Elizabeth kind of thought she ought to have one too. Grandma H wrote Xander his very own book for his birthday! Lucky boy!
Erika did come too, but she spent most of the afternoon arguing with her dad so she's not in any of the photos.
We had the whole crew over to celebrate Brendan's birthday on the weekend. Lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad and homemade gluten free black raspberry forest cake. Of course the cake was too hot when I iced it as usual, so we had to get creative with chopsticks to hold it together...
Brendan wanted to go to Home Depot before the party and we were amused to discover it was fire safety awareness day or something. A real live fireman gave Elizabeth and Matthew fire chief hats. Matthew promptly threw his into the cart but Elizabeth would sleep in hers if she could.
Birthdays aren't birthdays without cake and candles, so we had lots of them for Daddy to blow out, including at breakfast! The kids helped blow them out. I cheated by buying a gluten-free store bought chocolate cake, partly because Loblaws only just started carrying such a thing and the concept was so exciting that we had to find out if they are any good (verdict? yes)
Before bed we helped Elizabeth prep for her big day tomorrow - it's the fashion show! She wanted Jamberry nails and curly hair. Matthew was fascinated by the straw curls and insisted on having some in his hair too but I took them out well before they had any lasting effect because he couldn't sleep with them in. Daddy was relieved, but I kind of wish we had the pictures for Matthew's wedding day...
A series of random photos - mostly on the way to or from the bus stop.
Notable: Elizabeth decorated her own banana and picked out clothes for Matthew (he's starting to veto some choices though, so they both go to the other room and then we hear "what about this one?" "no" "this one has your favourite bear..." "no" "You have to pick ONE of them Matthew" "no". But eventually they figure it out...)
Matthew has inherited Elizabeth's old backpack and insists on wearing it. He copies her at every opportunity.
The rock Elizabeth is holding is a piece of pumice she traded some bugs for at the museum of Nature. She LOVES that she can hold a piece of volcano.
Fall has begun - Elizabeth and Matthew are bringing leaves to the bus stop with them so they can play.
Elizabeth is enjoying school more now, though she still is happier on weekends. She's "used" to her teachers now. Frequent play dates with her friend have helped a lot.