April 21, 2016
Street Sweepers

We know it's really spring because the street sweepers have arrived. A posse of a half dozen or so went up and down our street today, not including the sidewalk cleaners - they went by a few days ago. Matthew and Amelia watched, wide-eyed.


Finally broke down and went to the doctor after Janice got antibiotics for ear/chest. Besides, my ear has been very sore for at least a week & I can't hear out of it well. "The ear is the least of your problems. You must have a really high tolerance for chest infections", said nice nurse practitioner after listening to my chest. It's apparently spectacular. Double ear infection too. Matthew coughed so hard he threw up the other day and Amelia is purring. So I thought maybe we'd better get their chests and ears checked too. Sadly no pediatricians available but random walk-in guy has prescribed puffer + antibiotics for Matthew and antibiotics for Amelia.

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April 19, 2016
Au Revoir to Lorianne

Lorianne is abandoning us all summer in order to work for a living...


Elizabeth was ecstatic that Lorianne got up to say goodbye AND walked with her to the bus stop. Amelia was not so sure about posing for a picture; she wanted to investigate the sidewalk!


I think that we photographed Lorianne's first experience with a wishbone - better luck next time!

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April 18, 2016
Spring in the park

It's finally warm enough that the first flowers are poking their heads out to say hi and I'm excited to go to the park.


Matthew is spending all of his time at the park zoning out in the swing. Amelia quite enjoys the swing too - just not quite as long as her brother! Elizabeth doesn't get as much park time (cuz school), but it's amazing how many of her friends we randomly bump into at the park. One of her fellow piano students has regular gym time at our local park. I was amused that the teacher told her off for "talking to a stranger without permission". Friend was quite indignant: "That's NOT a stranger, that's Elizabeth's MOM". Another of Elizabeth's schoolmates and good friend lives next door to the park, which was quite convenient when Matthew urgently had to pee...

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April 17, 2016

Our "new" (read: it can't possibly be ten years old already?!?) microwave was acting up recently after it got overheated making sweet potato chips. Long story short- a microwave should not run empty. A silicone tray of sweet potatoes is insufficient to qualify as "not empty". Lesson learned...


Anyway, the microwave was intermittently turning itself off mid-cooking. This was somewhat annoying, especially since it didn't always turn back on again. We looked up possible causes and it seemed possible that the door sensor was involved. Many things were tried; leaning on the door while it was cooking, opening and closing the door. They seemed to work for a while. Then we noticed that the tray would stop rotating right before it died. So we cleaned and rotated the turntable every time it died and that seemed to help too. Janice started taking her food to the neighbours. I was just patient as it mostly worked whenever we wanted it. It seemed risky to allow Brendan to take it apart while it was still working.


Then it died altogether. Since the alternative was to spend $600 to replace it, Brendan figured it wouldn't hurt to take a look. He quickly located the crumbling and blackened part that had fried. Ten dollars at the appliance store later and we were back in business and all wondering why we hadn't let my clever husband work his magic earlier!


Didn't I marry well?

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April 16, 2016
Happy Hearts for CHEO 2.0

55 models. 16 stores, including some local designers! Over one hundred and thirty silent auction items. Nearly $18,000 raised for CHEO!!!


Our Elizabeth did a really great job modeling her clothes (big smile, nice pose!) and thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show. Matthew had a great time too, especially dancing with CHEO bear. It was loads of fun to see a number of neighbours in the lineup, including three year old Elizabeth from two doors down. The wee ones were super cute again. I thought the older kids had more confidence generally. Lots more backflips and cool poses. Noemie sure has some athletic friends! 


The league of super heroes were a huge hit, though my kids didn't really know who any of them were and thought the Star Wars characters were pretty scary. "Mom!", Elizabeth said, pointing to Darth Vader "I think that one's supposed to be a bad guy!" Yup! I hope that she enjoys the movies when her mean parents finally let her watch Star Wars...


The Bears (and princesses!) were more approachable, though Matthew warmed up to Batman after discovering he was friends with Spider-Man. Pretty amazing costumes (and all the Heros were handmade!)


There were a ton of Beanie Boos being sold and I allowed my children to use their allowance to buy one. Because CLEARLY we have a severe stuffie shortage in our house... Oh well - it was for a good cause, right? 


A day or so before the show Elizabeth went over to Noemie's to help cut out decorations (and eat many many cookies). She was super proud of the end result and pointed out some of the hearts she had helped make. Amelia may have enjoyed eating a few of them. 


Noemie gave a polished welcome speech that any adult would have been pleased to give. Then they played a personal message from Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau!


Noemie was pretty happy. She's a pretty impressive young lady and we're pleased to have her as a role model for our kids living right next door!

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