Erika and Maria have received their second stripes!
It was the last day of school for my kids! Amelia's school technically goes another week but we're heading out of town so it was her last day too which wrapped things up quite nicely. For breakfast we tried out the many weird flavours of honey we got at the insect place.
Matthew got a photo with his teacher Mme Judith at the playground when they did their little party, but Mme Samia had disappeared by the time I remembered such things. He was quite pleased not to be taking the bus home the last day.
I picked Elizabeth up first and was quite amused by having to wade through hordes of wailing sixth graders. The school ends after sixth grade so it was extremely tragic and there were FLOODS of tears. On the opposite end of the spectrum the kindergartners were getting onto the last bus of the year amid dancing, tambourines and maracas. The teachers at least were getting ready for one big party and it was quite festive.
Matthew had a sortie to a farm with his class today and they got to pick strawberries. Apparently most of his class ate their weight in berries and didn't bring any home, but Matthew just picked and picked and picked. I was super impressed. Elizabeth commented "Oh yeah, I went there too and also picked berries" (I don't recall her ever talking about the berry part). Apparently she ate hers.
Matthew used his berries for jam. He was super proud.
Matthew finds using the tub in unsanctioned ways to be rather irresistable. He's our child that has flooded the bathroom floor not once but twice (luckily for him only the first one caused water damage). Lately he's been going through a phase where things magically end up in the tub whenever Matthew needs to go to the bathroom. He insists this is a coincidence, but bits of toilet paper, hairbrushes, copious quantities of toothpaste and nearly a full bottle of shampoo all found their way into the tub. This was less annoying than the time(s) he shoved an entire bar of soap down the sink drain.
Brendan eventually started insisting on a "bathroom door must be open" policy and even insisted on adult accompagniment for a few days. Eventually Matthew got bored and mostly moved on.
Matthew and I stumbled across the Ottawa Insectarium when we were downtown for Poutinefest and he has been bugging me (ha!) to go back ever since so he could see the insects and buy things from the gift store with his allowance.
Elizabeth does not like bugs, so she opted out. I picked Matthew up early from school and we went to check it out. It's quite small but the kids really enjoyed looking at all of the things on display. Matthew would have liked to buy all the things but eventually settled on a spider watch, a water game for Amelia and honey sticks for everyone else. Then he promptly "lent" the watch to his friend overnight and never saw it again but that's another story.
On the way home we bumped into Auntie Yukiko on the bus!
The kids were requested NOT to do breakfast in bed, so they decided to make a special breakfast instead of blueberry pancakes, sausages and fruit.
There was a special hospitality hour after church, so that's what we did for lunch. Father Jared, our curate, is leaving for his own parish. (He's pictured with Amelia choosing her candy prize for reciting her monthly memory verse)
We'd be sadder, except that Jared's replacement is Creighton!!! So Rachel is back from Texas and Elizabeth is ecstatic (although she's also mildly put out that we never actually sent her to visit Texas).
It was warm after church so we pulled out Amelia's paddling pool and spent some time jumping in and out. Elizabeth and Erika discovered that it was great fun to fling their wet hair in the air and spent an inordinate amount of time doing so. It was great fun to photograph too!
It was Father's day at the dojo but we completely forgot and I ended up being the parent taking Matthew to his 9am class.
Brendan was not sad that he got out of having to do pushups with Matthew on his back. Matthew was a bit disappointed but the class was so fun that he didn't mind too much. Actually I had a narrow escape having to substitute. Good thing I brought the baby!