April 25, 2015
Erika is 9

"Not quite double digits"

"Erika is Elizabeth's age upside-down..."

"Erika is OLD"

No end to the jokes but the bottom line is that Erika has somehow gotten big.

Since she is moving to Japan in only a few months, this may be the last birthday we will celebrate together before she's a teenager (eep!)

We thought long and hard about what kind of present to get a bookworm who is moving away and can't take much with her before deciding that she was responsible enough for a Kobo. We did not get the one with a backlight - although my memory of my nine-year-old self thought that might reduce the desire to set one's covers on fire when reading in bed we figured perhaps best not to encourage reading in bed at all...

We found the idea of potentially being able to gift virtual books in the future attractive too, and there is the hope that she'll be able to take (English) books out of the library here even when she's in Japan. She seemed to like it so hopefully it works out!

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April 23, 2015
Minus one tooth

So I checked with our dentist about Elizabeth's "shark tooth" and the long and the short of it was that we booked an extraction for this morning.

I had been trying to wiggle the tooth out with some vim but Elizabeth found it painful and it was not budging so I was fairly resigned. Plus I'd learned that the baby roots wouldn't dissolve any more once the permanent tooth isn't underneath. Brendan and I went to the appointment "en famille" because we suspected we both might be needed in order to deal with the freezing needles (Elizabeth is not a fan of needles in general). We left Matthew at home, figuring an extraction might not be the best first introduction to dental care.

Predictably, Elizabeth was fine with the idea of getting out the tooth right until dentist started talking about needles. I'd talked to them in advance, but he is very keen on teaching and I guess he couldn't help himself in his desire to explain the entire process. As Elizabeth put it: "First he put strawberry (numbing gel) on my tongue and made sure I liked the taste. Then he gave my teeth a needle. It was like a real one but tiny and pokier." She hasn't mentioned the part where Mom had to hold her down and help pry open her mouth. She did NOT like the sensation of the freezing going in, strangely. But at least she took the admonition not to wiggle seriously.

Once the freezing was in (two needles worth), Dr Jack gave her a mirror so she could watch. I'm a wimp when it comes to my kids and blood but Elizabeth seemed to like the idea of watching. There was a lot of blood, but at least it came out easily. There was a substantial root on the one side so that explains why it was not coming out on its own. She sobbed through most of the rest of the appointment, but managed to stop crying long enough to pick a bouncy ball from the treasure box.

The good news is that despite the dire predictions of Dr Google, the dentist says that it doesn't follow that her other teeth will all be shark teeth in his experience. This is good since $130 per tooth not including tooth fairy fees will add up fast. Not to mention that I found the whole thing fairly traumatic and it wasn't even my mouth.

Elizabeth was VERY subdued afterwards but as the freezing wore off the excitement and pride of being toothless started to overtake her dismay at the way it happened. Tooth was duly placed in tooth bag with great care. Tooth fairy left glitter dust on the dresser and a very shiny loonie in lieu of tooth, tooth being duly shined in the time-honoured fashion learned from my own parents (toothpaste!).

Now she's going around proudly showing her gap to anyone who will look.

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April 21, 2015

It was cloudy but the sun had just come out. We were thinking of going outside when all of a sudden it began to POUR hail. It was like a thunderburst of hail. Ten minutes later the sun came out again and the hail all melted. Apparently it was super localized because a friend eight blocks away claimed they didn't get any at all.

Spring in Ottawa...

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April 19, 2015
Wedding vow renewal

It  was "Marriage Sunday" at our church today, and Brendan and I renewed our vows along with 17 other couples. Together we represented 530 years of matrimony ranging from 1952 (I think, based on my hazy memory!) to 2012. They arranged us in order of marriage date - we were amused to discover that four couples celebrated their 47th wedding anniversaries this year. Brendan and I were one of the most recently wed couples! I very much enjoyed the sermon (which I live-texted to Brendan as he was stuck in the nursery). My favourite part was (single) Pastor Michelle's joke that she likes to tell people that Jesus never married and he's the only person to have ever lived a perfect sinless life...

Matthew flatly refused to sit in his seat during the vow renewals so as soon it became clear that the alternative would be a loud shrieking disruption he came along clinging to me like a petrified monkey. Luckily I'm pregnant enough that he could sit on his baby sister while I was holding Brendan's hands! He was so traumatized by the suggestion that he sit without Mom and Dad for five minutes that I actually wondered if he was not feeling well during the twenty minutes or so it took him to recover. But apparently it was just acute separation anxiety brought on by a change in a well-established routine.

Despite the less than cooperative son it was a really nicely done service and we very much enjoyed it. Elizabeth's friend Karis dressed up as a bridesmaid. Elizabeth thinks she would like a dress like that too now! The kids agreed that the best part was the wedding cake(s) at the end.

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April 17, 2015

Our kids have their fair share of "sibling rivalry" moments, but they've been awfully sweet this week too.

We've had fantastic spring weather (above 15C! A few days above 20C!) and Elizabeth is now over the disappointment of no more snow and ice. Matthew has been spending more than an hour a day "biking" up and down the driveway. He's only interested in the plasma car when Elizabeth is around for some reason, but of course those have seen heavy use as well. Matthew would like to use the tricycle and the scooter too but to his immense frustration he is not quite big enough for those.

I was pleased to see my Forsythia bush blooming since it is getting dug up next week (we're having the lead piping replaced from the street to our house - apparently with gold plating judging by the cost... sigh...)

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