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June 18, 2016

At one Theo is a SOLID little boy and it's a little hard to believe he's actually three weeks younger than Amelia. He weighs almost as much as my three year old!!!

 

Theo thrilled us all by taking his first steps recently. Amelia has been eyeing his prowess with awe. You can see the wheels turning as she watches him. He likes to follow her up the stairs but she's still working on teaching him how to go back down again. He seems to be a pretty contented little guy who is almost always up for a snuggle.

   

June 17, 2016

We signed Matthew up for a couple of afternoon drop off classes this year as he is an incredibly social little boy and has had a much harder time doing work time than Elizabeth ever did. So since his parents still need to get work done we thought he might enjoy bouncing around at the local community centre for "Sport" and "Tumbling Tots". We got off to a rough start with the tumbling class when Matthew flatly refused to go in. In fact, he screamed his head off and opted to go home and nap for two hours instead of the class. Which was discouraging. He did eventually make fast friends with "Miss Deanna" and Tumbling tots soon became the highlight of his week. He made especial friends with two little boys (Marshall and Lysander), and we heard a great deal about their antics week in and week out.

 

The sport class started out fairly promising with what looked like an attempt at actual hockey but quickly turned into mostly playing around and (weirdly) an animal show. Matthew was not into sport class. When pressed, he finally told me that the teacher was a "scary dragon with dangerous hair". Turned out she had a rather vivid dye job. I discretely let the teacher know that Matthew was afraid of her hair and got her to befriend him and after that he was okay. It helped that his friends took this class too.

 

As the seasons changed we all signed the kids up for more classes. Sport moved to Wednesdays but Marshall couldn't do Wednesdays so in the end we all registered for cooking class. Matthew was surprisingly psyched about cooking and whenever he was allowed he brought home something for Elizabeth to eat... Except he DID eat the gummy worms out of the "dirt pudding" and then tried to con me into buying some extra for Elizabeth. I was impressed he saved the pudding!

   

June 16, 2016

Not much to say about this except it's been SUPER hot here in Ottawa (30C and up). That's not unusual for this time of year, except that it is also SUPER dry. We're breaking all kinds of records for heat and drought.

 

I do believe this was Amelia's first popsicle. She certainly enjoys her frozen treats but five teeth in two weeks will do that to a person.

   

June 15, 2016

Elizabeth's godparents all came for dinner and cake to celebrate Elizabeth's 7th (!) baptism birthday. Not sure what we were thinking scheduling all of the baptisms in June but June is clearly party month around here!

 

Since Amelia's early baptism birthday I had discovered a liturgy for celebrating baptism birthdays (yay!) so I printed it out complete with a suggested reading (we used Romans, chapter 6 verses 1-7). We lit her candle, we retraced the sign of the cross on her head and then we ate much cake.

 

It was just right, even if I DID forget to get our usual photo of Elizabeth with her godparents.

 

Elizabeth might have stolen Rachel's temporary engagement ring (her real one is getting resized), but she did give it back.

   

June 14, 2016

It was Elizabeth's end of year concert! They have made significant progress with their recorder music and the singing was quite nice. There's a lot of emphasis on singing the solfège notes which ties in nicely to what she's learning at piano.

 

Elizabeth has been having great fun in playing her pieces at home on the piano when she thinks we aren't listening.

   

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