October 26, 2014
Party day

It was a party day today. Church in the morning and then I took the kids to the Halloween party at the Glebe Community Center just before we headed to Chris and Yukiko's for Grandma J's birthday party.

Elizabeth described the Halloween party: "We had to sword sword sword and I DID IT! Matthew kind of did it. I was better at most of the activities but they gave Matthew his candy anyway. We made a cookie. Afterwards we got to go in the bouncy castle. Matthew didn't want to and he was too little. I got to go in and bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce." There was a "haunted house" that we wandered through (but opted for the tame little kids version which mostly consisted of bubbles and inflated animals). The kids enjoyed themselves greatly.

Grandma's birthday party was pretty exciting too - Grandma! Cousins! Cake! Candles! On the way home, Elizabeth demanded to know who had the next birthday and wondered how many days she had to wait for the party. "I AM invited, right Momma?"

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October 25, 2014
Cosmic adventures
Elizabeth, Matthew and Adi went to Cosmic Adventures today. We hardly saw the girls - they were too busy having fun.
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October 22, 2014
Mastering the umbrella
Matthew loves to hold Elizabeth's umbrella on the way home from the bus stop. Today he figured out how to hold it up all by himself while walking at the same time. This is trickier than one might imagine!
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October 20, 2014
Costume deliberations

As we approach Halloween, Elizabeth has started to wear a lot of costumes. She's quite adamant that she's going to be Elsa (like Adi and I presume nearly every other little girl her age given the difficulty in locating Elsa hair...), but I think she wants to try on all her other costumes just to make sure she's not missing anything.

So - that's how she ended up wearing a costume to the park. To the store. And to garden in.

Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen gifted us with two different monkey costumes for Matthew. (Do you think they are implying anything??) He wouldn't wear one of them because it had to be pulled over his head.

Elizabeth tried to convince him it was okay by putting it on herself.  Mommy was amazed that a 2 year old costume fit an almost 6 year old.

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October 18, 2014

Grandpa B April 16th 1920 - October 12th 2014

Favourite memories:

-Helping shovel dirt onto the conveyer belt he built himself to empty out the crawl space in the basement

-Getting a ride behind the tractor to go get milk

-The awesome way he laughed

-All the cool wooden things he made (puzzles, clocks, rolling pins, bowls, birds...)

-Grandpa playing volleyball and floating down the river in an inner tube even though he was eighty

-Clocks! Grandpa loved clocks - he must have had hundreds of them in various states of repair

-Driving the lawn mower (and later the golf cart!)

-That time we went to Niagara Falls and Grandpa bought Elizabeth TWO play cameras because he couldn't decide which colour she'd like the best.

-Grandpa giving Elizabeth a wheelchair ride on his lap

-Grandpa stealing toddler Elizabeth's stroller and taking off in his wheelchair so that she would chase him

I always think of Grandpa whenever I smell gasoline, even though he hadn't worked as a mechanic in many years.

We went down for the funeral and it was really great to see all the family.

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