Uncle Mark and Grandma came over tonight to help celebrate Grandma's birthday!
We had lasagna and carrot cake as per tradition, with corn on the cob. I made Mark a cheese-less tomato and lentil lasagna dish.
Elizabeth got two stripes in a single day! Let's just say that this was a LONG time coming (her last stripe was July 10th), with some not great communication and much parental biting of tongues as we want Elizabeth to practice advocating for herself where possible. We'd actually nearly decided to intervene as she was clearly getting overlooked, but things seem back on track so we're going to leave it for the moment.
She's really hoping this means she can earn her red stripe in time for grading at the end of the month as she wants her blue belt. Blue belt means two new katas, one of which has a fancy jump she's been dying to have shown to her "properly" (her attempts to reproduce based on watching have not been completely successful).
Elizabeth wore Auntie Karen's childhood dress to church! Karen thought it might already be too small but it is a perfect fit!
In the evening we went over to Dave and Karen's for dinner and cousinly shenanigans.
Jess, Daniel, Nora and Simon were in Ottawa for Thanksgiving and miraculously no one was throwing up! Elizabeth was so excited to see Nora she didn't even protest missing school, though she did ask for a rain check on crazy hair day...
As usual, Elizabeth and Nora got on very well, though Nora wasn't feeling super great. Simon and Matthew aren't quite as tight - Matthew is going through a particularly wild phase of play which overwhelmed Simon to the point of hiding in the closet. Matthew thought Simon was quite good fun, if overly fond of hide and seek. Oh well.
We played in the park and then went to the Works for burgers and now Elizabeth is asking me when she gets to go visit Nora in Boston. She wants a sleepover and was most dismayed to discover they weren't staying at our house overnight.
It's butterfly time again and this year I was smart enough to check to see if the other school boards had a PD day before deciding on a day to visit. Even so we still waited in line for nearly an hour, mostly due to rather endless school trip visits.
Elizabeth is still mind-bogglingly scared of butterflies (okay, so she's actually pretty terrified of most insects). I was quite worried she'd hit her head or trample someone dodging out of the way of the butterflies zooming around, but eventually after talking to her rather sternly she settled down. She even managed to screw up her courage long enough to hold a butterfly on an orange for a photo, which she wanted to do desperately but was clearly a struggle.
Matthew and Amelia weren't nearly as timid, but I could see that they were really unsure how to take Elizabeth's paranoia and it took Matthew a long time to decide whether he'd brave holding a butterfly or not, given that his older sister seemed to feel like it was risking life and limb. If we had stayed longer he probably would have been grabbing them off the leaves so it was probably best for all concerned that we had music class followed by Daddy's birthday restaurant to get to...