May 27, 2015
Shark update

Elizabeth has a second shark tooth coming through so we decided to go visit the orthodontist sooner rather than later.

We picked the one that had the most recommendations (three different friends AND our dentist mentioned him) and headed off. It's a pretty swanky office and I was impressed by their little tour even if none of the staff was able to answer my only real question - namely HOW BIG IS THAT FISH TANK?!!?! (Yes, we are easily distracted...)

Elizabeth at first refused to open her mouth even though the orthodontist was careful to tell her that they do not have any needles on the premises. I have a feeling our next dental visit is going to be a challenge, even if it isn't another extraction. Sigh. In any case, we were very happy to hear that Elizabeth's jaw looks pretty good and we do not require any orthodontic care yet, though some work in the future is a near certainty.

Even better, it looks like the second adult tooth managed to dissolve enough of the root that we'll be able to wiggle it out before we need to get it extracted. We're now doing daily "tooth exercises". Matthew of course is super jealous and has been trying to loosen his teeth too. Let's hope he doesn't succeed.

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May 26, 2015

Matthew is enthusiastic, lively and full of beans.

He can be very very naughty so it is a good thing he is cute!

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May 25, 2015
Showing stuff

There's been a lot of "Quick! Take a picture of [x] and post it on my blog" lately. (Ahem - kiddos - it can become YOUR blog when you do most of the picture sorting and post writing...)

In any case, there has been a lot of castle building and a lot of food that cannot possibly be eaten until it is photographed lately.

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May 24, 2015
Vera, Astra and Magnus

Vera came to visit Ottawa and brought both kids with her, which was fun as Astra is just a bit older than Elizabeth and Magnus just a bit younger than Matthew.

Astra and Elizabeth played together really nicely for quite a while during the garage sale and Elizabeth was sad when Astra had to leave. The plan was for everyone to come for dinner and Grandma Margaret's on Sunday, but Elizabeth's friend Adi dropped by for a playdate and kidnapped Elizabeth in the afternoon and Elizabeth and Adi were having so much fun together that we agreed she could stay for supper at Adi's. Hopefully Elizabeth will have another chance to play with Astra soon...

The other kids - including Erika - not sure why no picture of her - had a lot of fun playing on Grandma's lounge chair. The little boys in particular delighted in piling onto the girls. They were quite adorable until the evening caught up with them and we all rushed home to bed!

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May 23, 2015
Great Glebe Garage Sale

This year's Great Glebe Garage Sale was CHILLY!

The forecast called for frost and a low of -2C (which we got!) so I frantically covered up as much of the garden as we possibly could and hoped for the best. Looks like we got away with it, but in the morning it still hadn't warmed up in the shade especially and poor Auntie Janice was quite frozen at points.

Our lawn still hasn't recovered from the digger shenanigans so we were very pleased that our neighbours agreed to help host the Breast Cancer Action ladies in pink. Auntie Mary and Uncle Dave took our kids around the garage sale with Xander and Isabelle (Auntie Karen was on a girl's trip in the States). This was just as well as I tried to walk around the garage sale but once I reached Clemow and Lyon it was clear this was about as far as I was going to get this year. I had to stop and rest every couple of steps - I wasn't exactly experiencing contractions as described to me but there was some concern and I decided I'd better behave myself for the rest of the day..

Elizabeth agreed to sell some toys in exchange for being allowed to buy a small knitted owl from the pink ladies and some cupcakes (win-win!)

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