I'll admit it. March Break was very busy. But it was really, really fun!
We began with a quick overnight visit Saturday with cousins Lindsay, Anna and David (and Lauren and Donna). Church on Sunday but otherwise a quiet day.
Monday: Double playdates at the agriculture museum with Ruici in the morning, at the nature museum with Olivia in the afternoon, followed by karate.
Tuesday: Playdate at Olivier's house in the morning for Matthew, followed by great excitement with the arrival of Andrew and Rachel from the cottage (and their parents Rob and Jill). We went to Olive and Chili's followed by parliament and got to oogle the dismantling of Crashed Ice on the way. Matthew got super cold and cried because he was so miserable. I got a parking ticket when some parking inspector didn't know how to check electronic payments (it was cancelled but I was unimpressed). Then we went to the Children's museum, where most had a lovely time. You'll notice a lack of pictures aside from our "in case we lose you" line up because I unfortunately somehow managed to poison myself at lunch and spent pretty much the whole time in the bathroom throwing up. This was made more challenging as I had brought Amelia with me. So I was stuck in a busy public toilet stall with a curious toddler to entertain. I eventually nursed her to sleep on that pristine bathroom floor. Luckily Jill came to rescue me and Rob was able to drive home but definitely a low point. Even better Auntie Janice made us a pie crust for Pi day and we were able to suitably geek out, even if I wasn't up to actually eating said pie.
Wednesday we went tobogganing followed by swimming at the wave pool. Elizabeth had extra tournament team practice ("awesome") in between then I braved eating out again and didn't regret it.
Thursday there might have been some crafting and sad fond farewells. Luckily Lorianne was there to distract the kids - they went to university again and had donuts and hot chocolate. I picked Elizabeth up for extra karate. After karate we went swimming at Grandma's. Elizabeth enjoyed her extra class so much she insisted on doing her regular class after swimming.
Friday: Everyone went out to play in the snow. Then the kids and I met up with friends Aidan, Caitlyn, Evelyn (and Dianne) at the museum of Nature. I had thought it was busy on Monday... Playing in the cave was a definite highlight. Aidan showed off his parkour skillz. Elizabeth demonstrated her favourite kata. There were many echoes. We've been reading the Wind in the Willows at home, so the kids were very excited to find Otter, Badger, Rat, Mole and the bad guy weasels. Matthew was a little concerned that they had been stuffed. We went down to the basement and discovered a whole new world of play, including shadow puppets and a giant turtle whose internal organs you could investigate by flashlight. We had to leave sooner than the kids wanted, but luckily the neighbours were out and ready to build bad guy traps with our makeshift swing in the snow. Godmother Rachel showed Elizabeth her new fancy Texan car and educated her as to what a tape deck is. Then just as Matthew and Amelia headed to bed, Elizabeth went back to the dojo for (you guessed it) more karate.
Saturday was buddy day at karate and Elizabeth invited Matthew. Afterwards we went to the sugar bush with Dave and Karen. Then they fed us supper!
We wrapped up the week with some snowshoeing with Grandma on the SJAM trail immediately after church.
In honour of our friend David's fortieth birthday, Brendan and I spent an afternoon flinging axes across the room.
After a number of practice throws each, we all got a chance to play three round robin games of five throws each. I won one of my games and came close with the other two. Okay, so one wasn't so close but it would have been if my axe hadn't first stuck and then fallen out, losing me all my points and rattling my composure...
In any case, I didn't make it on to the top eight, but Brendan started in the top three before getting eliminated by our friend John in an epic tie-breaking sudden death showdown with a double-sized axe.
It was a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Lauren, Donna and their three kids passed by Ottawa on their way skiing in Quebec, so they stopped for a quick overnight visit.
Elizabeth, Matthew and Amelia were delighted to play with Lindsay, Anna and David again. There were numerous games of hide n seek. David especially enjoyed the very large box we have cluttering up our living room at the moment.
My kids were very sorry to see them leave.
Elizabeth was invited to join the Douvris national karate team. Since the extra training commitment turned out to be far less than feared, after much hmm-ing and ha-ing and discussion with other parents (both who had joined but dropped out of tournament team and those who stuck with it) we decided to let her if she was willing.
The main negative from our perspective is that we will need to travel (yuck) a few times to participate in the tournaments, but at least there are a few that are near family (so we can combine a visit) and some that are close enough for a daytrip.
The extra training is also kind of late, but it sort of frees up Friday afternoon and early evening to play so assuming that Elizabeth can handle the schedule it actually works out better.
She really enjoyed her first training session - with new "super comfortable" uniform - especially when one of her teammates gave her a chocolate timbit at the end to welcome her.
Elizabeth's class gets to bring home the class bear for a couple of days. She had "Coco" from Monday afternoon to Thursday morning and had to bring him to all of her activities, photograph him and write about it.
She duly documented building a cardboard box fort, skating class, dinner with Michael, music class and karate. She also wanted to get a picture of Coco with her pets which she apparently classified as our turtles and Lorianne.
She also turfed all of her eight million stuffies out of their regular bed to make room for Coco (a week in advance). Except for two special elephants who got to be Coco's stuffies. Because even a stuffie needs a stuffie at night.
Matthew and Amelia spent the whole time scheming how to get at the bear.