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June 27, 2016

Summer week one was short because of the Canada Day long weekend on the Friday, but Elizabeth and Adi decided to do gymnastics anyway. Since it was only four days, there was no show (sad face). And therefore no pictures. Elizabeth had an awesome time anyway.


Matthew, Amelia and I had "park and museum" week while Elizabeth was at gymnastics.


Matthew is also no longer allowed to do "his" math unsupervised (at least with the transparency pen) after he decided it would be fun to decorate himself as a clown. It's hard to see in the photo, but he even drew in his hair and coloured his nails and earlobes.


June 25, 2016

Lots of fun today at the Brewer park splash pad with Michael and Kaitlyn. Elizabeth showed off her monkey ways and was pleased to discover she's now tall enough to do the big monkey bars without being lifted up. And anyway she can climb up the poles.


Later that evening our immediate neighbourhood congregated two doors down for a lovely little potluck at which I dispensed much baby advice of dubious quality, the kids acquired about twenty temporary tattoos each and we all had a wonderful time. Love my neighbours.


Elizabeth has had two wiggly teeth since her last orthodontist appointment and she finally succeeded in liberating one of them. She was pretty chuffed and we were happy that the tooth fairy was well prepared for once (no need to borrow from piggy banks or anything like that. Not that that has EVER happened. Cough.)


June 24, 2016

We celebrated the first day of summer with a play date with Matthew's friend Lysander.


Then the kids and I grabbed a picnic and headed to the beach! We picnicked in the shade and then spent our allotted time on the water.


Elizabeth was quite upset with Matthew for chasing away the "eagles" (sea gulls) until her lunch was repeatedly stalked by a rather aggressive band of birds. After that she encouraged him to run after them!


The kids would happily have played in the water and sand all afternoon but I had no desire to deal with sunburns this early in the summer so we headed over to play in the sprinkler with cousins for the rest of the afternoon.


Amelia and Theo didn't quite know what to make of the sprinkler. They kept crawling into the wet zone and then wailing when it was cold.


June 23, 2016

Matthew was awfully excited that it was HIS turn to celebrate his baptism birthday today. Since we don't live in the same city as Uncle Ryan and Auntie Janice's new diet makes travel more difficult for her, it's harder to get together with his godparents. So we decided to mark the occasion on the actual anniversary and we'll visit Ryan a little later. Matthew figured out that meant more cake so any momentary disappointment vanished quickly.


Today was also the LAST day of grade one for Elizabeth. She's very excited to start grade two, but sad to leave her beloved teacher Mme Marie-Claude. It was a really great year.




June 22, 2016

Matthew had a slightly stuffy nose that he has insisted on SNIFF SNIFF SNIFFING in for the past few days. Elizabeth has been complaining bitterly about the aggravation of listening to him sniff at bedtime. We have tried very hard to get him to blow out instead of in, but "me not want to". Predictably, he has been complaining about his "owie" ear. After a night of no sleeping without Tylenol AND heat pack on his ear AND mommy to help hold his ear just right I decided enough was enough and packed him off to the walk-in clinic to see if there was anything else to be done. I was also motivated by Matthew suddenly peeing his pants every thirty minutes - wondered if he'd somehow picked up a UTI or something as he is normally able to use a toilet fine (though reminders required when he's into something more fun).


The wait time was allegedly ten minutes, but an hour later Amelia was done her nap and there were still three people ahead of us (down from seven upon arrival). I guess everyone else saw the ten minutes too! Of course I forgot diapers. Of course we needed one. Eventually they called us in to get weighed and wait for the doctor and I got very excited when they explained he would see us "soon". And then cranky when it turned out that by "soon" they meant I needed to entertain Matthew and Amelia in a small windowless clinic room for 25 minutes. All Amelia wanted to do was lick the floor (no), open the drawers (hmm) and unwind the paper (um no). Eventually I resorted to running the water in the little sink and letting her splash, because Matthew was complaining that her constant shrieking was hurting his ears.


I might have been a wee bit cranky by the time the doctor finally got around to us. Luckily he was extremely nice and even better it turned out that Matthew's ear warranted antibiotics. I guess my wallet was not so excited about the antibiotics but I was hopeful for a better night's sleep soon...


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