Good Friday started with church and looking for 30 pieces of silver in the basement.
Auntie Janice made hot cross buns and helped decorate eggs with us. Even though she can't eat any of them (it was super appreciated!). Auntie Karen and Uncle Dave weren't feeling well so Good Friday ended up being rather low key and I didn't get around to making any of the resurrection rolls or cookies that we usually do.
I tried a different recipe for colouring the eggs in an attempt to avoid overcooking the yolks (cook eggs first, then put into cool natural dyes). That part worked, but I think the colours were less vibrant so probably we'll go back to our normal recipe next year. Elizabeth was not keen to draw with wax after burning herself last year. I was just as happy to keep this an "adults-only" activity since Matthew and fire is not a comfortable prospect.
Matthew and Elizabeth watched the StoryKeepers Easter story, with popcorn as a special treat. "That was WEELLY tarry" (really scary) said Matthew at the end.
Occasionally I get asked about what I make for Elizabeth's lunches, so I thought I'd take pictures for a month or so. I tried to take a picture even of the "boring" lunches to get a good sense of what I send. It's kind of fun to look back on it. I've been sending yogurt very often lately, must be winter (Elizabeth won't eat it for lunch in the summer as it goes "funny")
The Douvris dojo gives kids stripes on their belts to help measure progress so that they can feel encouraged between belts. The kids need to earn three black stripes, followed by a red stripe before they get a chance to test for their next belt.
Black stripe three came March 11th (lung infection and antibiotics notwithstanding; I did check with the doctor first about whether to keep her home!). Today she earned her red stripe.
We have had some discussions lately about not back-talking to Mom and Dad and generally showing more respect especially after Elizabeth was extremely rude to Auntie Mary while we were in Wellesley. In order to test for your belt, the karate dojo makes the parents and child fill out a form to evaluate general maturity. Is the child doing her chores? Homework? Listening to parents? Being respectful to those around her? Elizabeth burst out "but that has nothing to do with karate!!!". She was mortified to learn that the dojo takes her behaviour outside of classes as seriously as inside. After a very sober discussion, she's on notice to pull up her socks so that she is allowed to test for her white-yellow belt.
If all goes well, Elizabeth's test is April the 2nd. She is SUPER excited.
There were cool March Break activities going on at the Canada Space and Aviation museum while we were away. Janice told us we had better not miss them, so the kids and I headed to the museum to make playdough aliens and other Star Trek crafts. The crafts are Star Trek themed because the museum is getting a Star Trek themed exhibit soon which is going to be awesome. However, we haven't yet introduced Star Trek to the kids so they were a little bemused. "What's a tribble?" "Never mind, just throw the stuffie!"
Matthew has started referring to this as the "airport" museum. This drives Elizabeth insane "Are we picking anyone up? No. It's Air PLANE not Air PORT." Thus guaranteeing that it will be "airport" for a while yet...
Amelia had a great time pushing around her own little airplane - she's growing up fast!
The kids and I went to see the dinosaurs, mammals and bugs at the Museum of Nature with Uncle Dave, Auntie Karen, and cousins Xander, Isabelle and Theo.
It's the last week for the bugs exhibit but we're excited to hear about a new dinosaur exhibit coming in June... Elizabeth and Xander got to help the paleontologists chip out some real dinosaur leg bones from their field jackets again. I think this is one of my favourite activities at the museum. Matthew and Isabelle used their big muscles to lift a tail bone. Matthew reckoned he needed to "help" Isabelle because it was so heavy. They also got to see a leg bone. "Why is it broken?" Matthew asked. "Well, my answer for you is that probably another dinosaur stepped on it" replied the paleontologist, winking at the adults. (Real answer is that they don't know)