Rachel and Creighton are visiting Ottawa for a few days after Synod this year and we were very happy to see them.
Rachel and Elizabeth spent some time doing each other's hair, and Amelia's too. Matthew and Creighton and Brendan played Lego.
Then the older two headed out to karate. The kids weren't too pleased that we'd arranged things such that goodbyes and bedtime couldn't be dragged out indefinitely but we thought it was easier that way! Luckily the dojo was all decorated and "cool" so the sadness of parting was soon cured with some spider therapy.
It was Halloween dress-up day at skating. Matthew and Amelia both insisted on wearing their "real" costumes. Elizabeth had originally thought that it would be fine to wear wings and be a butterfly, but when we got into the car she suddenly decided she wasn't dressed up enough. "All I get are BABY wings", she said disgustedly. So I grabbed her way too small old tutu thinking I could pin it to her or something and off we dashed - just ahead of the massive Queensway shutdown for hydro wire replacement. (We had of course forgotten about this but luckily managed to avoid most of it - which was good as we were a couple of minutes late as it was!) Luckily Elizabeth was satisfied with my tutu and it was a snug enough fit that it didn't even need pinning - she just wore it as if it were a skirt lol. She was the only kid in her class dressed up aside from the teacher, but most of the kids in the younger classes had made an effort. Even Daddy was conned into donning a costume. I thought they all looked great!
After skating the younger two and I "napped" while Daddy and Elizabeth went to grading. Elizabeth was SO EXCITED because she wants to learn the new katas.
In the evening the older two kids got into their costumes ready to go to the "haunted dojo" karate Halloween party. Amelia got into her costume too for company but didn't have the meltdown she had last time she wasn't allowed to go to the karate party. There might have been screen time distraction involved. I confess I was not so sure that Matthew was ready for this; the maze last year was pretty scary, but it turned out that he just decided not to do that part and instead played out in the main area with the other younger kids. Even after I arrived he figured it wasn't "safe" to go into the dark. Elizabeth loved that part the best though.
Going to the bus stop often results in adorable kid moments.
The brownies got dressed up for Halloween. Elizabeth was very happy to try out her costume for the first time. Of course she's an elephant. Auntie Janice went as a painter.
Matthew got his second stripe on his white-yellow belt. Elizabeth got her red stripe on her green belt and is headed for grading.
Oh and Amelia insisted on wearing "her gi" to karate and then thought I was mean not to let her actually go into the dojo.