Parenthood
September 30, 2016
Rehearsal Dinner #RayCray2016

Do Elizabeth and Matthew want to be a flower girl and a ring bearer in Rachel and Creighton's wedding? But of course!  Ah, but that means they are going to be part of the ceremony and will need to be part of the rehearsal and that happens late at night the night before the wedding when they will be up until the wee hours of the night... Oh.  Yeah so that realization hit the other day.  Ah well said Daddy, they will be fine.  So much excitement the adrenaline will carry them through.  Let's hope so...

 

The rehearsal involved a real dress (not the dress - but Rachel's mom's dress), real rings (tied to pillows but still - eek) and some very cute if somewhat confused kids.  Then there was a short walk to a near by restaurant that has likely closed by the time this has been posted after having so many wild kids running around climbing on things that I'm sure were not meant to be climbed on and misplacing their food on the floor.  It was Indian cuisine which is not something we've particularly exposed our children to yet which added to the excitement.  In the end though they all did pretty well and there were no total meltdowns despite the late hour.

 

Now the question is will they be civil tomorrow, and perhaps more importantly will they do anything that will make their parents want to disown them as they lead the way down the aisle (sure hope that ring is well tied onto the pillow)?

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September 26, 2016
Orange Stripe

Elizabeth got her first stripe on her orange belt and she is proud (doesn't she look fierce!)

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September 25, 2016
Wedding Shower #RayCray2016

Aunt Janice and I went to Rachel's wedding shower - a British tea party theme. Rachel's cousin is an extraordinary gluten free baker, which was a real treat for me.

 

We played a few games - Rachel's knowledge of Disney and romantic films is an order of magnitude greater than mine, I discovered. There was much chatting and laughing and drinking of tea and eating of cookies.

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September 24, 2016
Xander is five

Xander's fifth birthday party had a superhero theme, complete with costumes made by Auntie Karen!

 

Much fun was had by all.

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September 23, 2016
Carp Fair

We went to the fair instead of going to school today!

 

It was Xander's fifth birthday, so his family, our family, Auntie Janice and Grandma and Grandpa Henderson all drove to Carp to check out their rides. So our whole family except Brendan, who had to work.

 

We saw horses (and buried some of them in our long-running car game). Uncle Dave had an amusing exchange with his kids "Are those really ponies? They don't have spikes on their heads" "Oh you are thinking of unicorns" "oooohhhhh"

 

There were many tractors of all vintages, which we admired in place and on (stinky) parade.

 

Auntie Janice thought the coolest thing was the steam powered boat and little people. "We got to see them put the milk in" said Elizabeth. "Milk?" I repeated, puzzled. "It's what makes it go!"

 

Elizabeth said her favourite part was "everything", especially the dragon rollercoaster and the ferris wheel. Matthew's favourite part was getting a new stuffy from one of the ridiculously overpriced exchange a duck for a flimsy stuffed animal booths. Elizabeth brought her own money and bought a big pig "Fluffy". She also lent Matthew and her cousins money. Matthew picked a sun he has dubbed "Hooky". Xander got a sun too and Isabelle had a butterfly. Auntie Janice attempted to win herself an owl but unfortunately there were insufficient participants and she got a big frog instead. Xander got to have him instead as it was his birthday!

 

Amelia got to go on the merry-go-round with me, Matthew, Xander, Elizabeth, Karen and Isabelle. She wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Matthew flatly refused to sit on a horse. Isabelle started sitting and then changed her mind at the last minute. Afterwards Matthew thought he might like to try a horse but we decided to go on different rides instead.

 

We went on rides until we ran out of tickets. Well - actually the adults mostly watched and reminisced of rides in years gone by but it was fun even if I should have worn my boots.

 

We went back to Dave and Karen's for birthday lunch from Swiss Chalet and cake. Uncle Brendan drove to join us, along with Auntie Janice's food.

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