Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen and Auntie Janice all came to Mary's for breakfast the morning after the wedding. The cousins had a marvellous time playing together, though we did miss Elizabeth and Matthew (back in Ottawa).
We got back to Ottawa in time for fireworks at Dow's lake! The girls were dancing to the pop of the explosions and generally acting crazy.
Daddy stayed home with the littles.
My cousin Will and Melissa got married! Brendan and I abandoned half our kids to the tender mercies of Grandma and Uncle Chris. We stopped at the Big Apple on the way up which was pretty amusing. Michael wasn't super happy about the long trip. I even tried expressing some milk into a bottle but he was not amused.
Then we abandoned Amelia at Uncle John and Aunt Joanne's along with two babysitters and her cousins. She was quite happy to hang out with "Feo" and Isabelle. Xander's apparently in her bad books at the moment so she refused to discuss him.
We drove Auntie Mary to the ceremony. I hung out at the back with Michael and my parents on Skype, passing them off to Mary when Michael got unruly. Will and Melissa are musicians so they played in their own wedding, which was lovely.
Then we headed to the reception to play pass the baby, chat with loads of people.
Elizabeth and Matthew were quite indignant about being left back in Ottawa, but it was karate nationals and Elizabeth was expected to help out. I gather she was extremely helpful all day and stayed right to the end. Erika came too after Japanese school and the two of them acted as medal runners and fetched people coffee from Tim Hortons and whatnot. Elizabeth obviously enjoyed herself greatly. Matthew had a birthday party at a gymnastics place so he couldn't complain too much about not getting to go to the wedding either. He did comment that Uncle Chris is stricter than Daddy. "I guess Daddy is a softie after all", he sighed.
Mike Fahmy came to visit Michael for the first time. I'm not sailing this year so haven't seen Mike in a while. Michael tried out a swing for the first time.
Matthew is done his second year of piano and made a very sweet thank you card for Mrs Shana.
Managed to cross a big to-do item off our list before Michael's foot got too big to make a footprint picture frame (and leaving him the only kid out of four without one!).