We visited Petrie Island today for a program about turtles. The kids were pretty excited because they wanted to go to the beach but when we got there it was red flagged. They did open it up while we were eating lunch but the kids decided that they'd rather get to our campsite earlier than go swimming so instead they ran up and down the beach like wild things.
Matthew's eyes changed more than expected between last year's visit and this year's visit, so we were asked to come back in for another check mid-year.
He got to experience dilation drops for the first time. He was unimpressed. Elizabeth thought the temporary sunglasses were pretty cool though. I was just relieved that the final verdict was to keep monitoring as I have no desire to deal with glasses for my four year old.
After we went to Dairy Queen to use up some of the gift certificates we have from there through karate. Matthew decided to get the exact same thing as Elizabeth, and then almost immediately regretted it as it had no chocolate and the main thing he likes about ice cream is eating the chocolate part off. (He's not terribly fond of ice cream). I may have vowed not to go back to Dairy Queen without Daddy; it's so messy and I can't even eat the leftovers my kids don't finish!
Janice R and I went to the spa for a long overdue relaxation period sans enfants.
And then in the evening Matthew got his third stripe on his white belt!
Elizabeth got her first stripe on her green belt. She's pretty excited about it.
We spent the night at Muriel's in order to break up the trip back from the wedding. Normally we like to take a few extra days when driving that much but of course we had another camp (organized this time with neighbours) so we couldn't stay.
We went to Muriel's church in the morning, where the kids were amused by an object lesson involving turning off the lights and popping balloons with a fork. I went back up to church after the balloon popping so I'm not quite sure how it tied into the lesson. It was pretty nice to have the three kids go to Sunday school by themselves while Brendan and I got to stay in the service!
After church we celebrated Matthew's baptism birthday with both of his godparents. I think Matthew was most excited by the fire part. You might have noticed that we are a little flexible on the actual anniversary date - we figure that if we can get as many godparents together in the same room that's more important :)