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March 30, 2016

There are flowers in the flowerbed and Matthew is consoling himself with thoughts of bike and plasma car rides.


But Elizabeth announces that she's asked God for more snow so she can build one more snowman. "Maybe we can go skating on the [ca]nal" says Matthew hopefully.


There's snow in the forecast.


March 28, 2016

We have a new toy! Elizabeth and Matthew received a Fort Magic fort building kit for their birthdays.


March 27, 2016

Alleluia He is Risen!


Easter Sunday was Amelia's first Easter egg hunt (she was very interested in what her siblings were doing but we could not get her attention in order to "help" find her own egg lol). Matthew and Elizabeth hardly ate any breakfast because they were too excited to eat chocolate. Amelia demolished her sulphite-free banana pancake in the shape of an egg and decided she approves of raspberries. She might have eaten more than Elizabeth and Matthew combined!


I found matching Easter dresses for the girls, which is harder than it sounds due to their age gap.


We had Easter lunch right after church with Dave and Karen and family, their friend Sarah, Janice, Lorianne and our family. We tried to make things as allergen-free for everyone as possible, so we tried lots of new recipes. Karen made bunny-shaped rolls and banana cream pie. I made sweet potato lasagna, corn and turkey (which I sadly overcooked, oh well). Janice made a really awesome stuffing substitute with squash and rice. And I talked her into making me a butter lamb...


After lunch we kidnapped Lorianne, Xander and Isabelle to go to godmother Rachel's annual Easter egg hunt. It was epic as usual and we had gorgeous weather - sunny and warm with a fresh layer of snow to have that magical contrast with the eggs. It's not the Easter weather I grew up with but I just loved it. Great company and a fun event!


March 26, 2016

Normally we clean the house on Saturdays but instead I took all three kids along to the dojo and left Elizabeth there with Adi. Matthew greatly enjoyed watching but there were great tears when he realized he wasn't invited to Adi's house too. So I promised him dinosaurs and bugs. He even finally got over his concern that touching the "dung" bean bags would be "melly".


Our piano tuner extraordinaire suggested we should be increasing the humidity for our piano, so we recently purchased a larger system to plug into the ductwork in the basement. Bonus: no refilling and Matthew can't play with the knobs. Since there were no kids at home, I told Brendan he should seize the opportunity to install it. "Are you sure?" he texted back. "I WAS cleaning our house..."


Elizabeth and Adi had a wonderful time playing together. They had no face paint, so made do with chocolate. I gather they ate some too... The resulting videos are marvellous.


After the museum I took Matthew and Amelia to pick up some groceries at the Isabella Loblaws. It's a very small store, so I was surprised to discover free food literally at the end of every aisle. Cake, coffee, raw veggies, little pizzas, ice tea, coke... And hanging out in the ice-cream aisle - a live band with drumset, saxophone, double bass and keyboard singing "O when the Saints" with enough vim to shake the building. Took us a while to get out of the resulting chaos but eventually we made it back to get Elizabeth.


When we got home the neighbours were all outside waiting to play. There is quite a hoard of them that play together now and they are conveniently the same age as our kids. It was lovely and spring-like and although we still had lots of snow from the last snowstorm it was disappearing fast. In short, a gorgeous day for playing in the snow.


The house was still a mess, but I decided I wouldn't let that stop me from throwing an impromptu cookie party. I texted some neighbours and dragged the posse from outside in and we had hot chocolate and cookies.


March 25, 2016

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.


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