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August 30, 2018

Looks like someone is headed to grading soon...


August 29, 2018

Matthew is back to school today along with half the maternelle class. He'd rather stay home and build things out of lego, but he's pleased to be going back to his class.


He has the same teachers as last year and likes them (we do too). All his friends have moved to the big school for grade one. He says he doesn't need new ones, but we're encouraging him to try to make new friends anyway.


After school he said he had a good time and was pleased to be back, aside from it being a bit too hot. The school is having brickwork done so none of the windows can be opened in his class!


August 28, 2018

Elizabeth is starting fourth grade. I was a little dismayed to find out that very few of her friends or previous year's classmates are in her class, but she likes her teacher and is super excited to start upper elementary.


You get to join sports teams! Recess is different! You get more responsibility! You have to change for gym!


But most importantly (according to Elizabeth) you get to learn English.


August 26, 2018

Annual ice cream party and we only got stuck with thirteen flavours of ice cream at the end (!) I neglected to keep track of how many flavours or guests but it was a fun party as usual. Elizabeth says it's one of the best days of the year "because you get to eat as much ice cream as you want". Matthew (our child who often doesn't eat ice cream) enjoyed filling his cones with toppings such as maraschino cherries, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.


Next year I need to remember to buy more bowls and spoons! I also might force everyone to eat gluten free cones as it got quite difficult to police the whole not putting cone bits into the ice cream with 2358939687456 children.


Janice is getting very good at making cones too.


August 25, 2018

We share our driveway with wonderful neighbours, and turns out they have a wonderful cottage not too far away so we drove up to kayak and swim with their water snake and have a little bbq. I got to play a little croquet and was pleased to discover that I could hold my own against the legendary Alex!


It was a gorgeous place on a private lake (well two lakes and 300 acres or something), all built by Trevor’s stepdad. The location was almost as fabulous as the company and we were very sorry to have to leave. The kids are planning to buy land adjacent so “we can be cottage neighbours as well as neighbour neighbours when we’re big”. Since a cottage is a lot of work to maintain, Matthew will live in a tree and Elizabeth will bring her tent. Not quite sure how this fits in with Matthew’s plan to live on a boat with Auntie Joanne on the Wellesley pond but I’m sure he has time to figure out a solution.


After we drove home we headed straight for neighbor party number two of the day - Joey and Mary’s Olivia turned four! Not only was their a bouncy castle but this year there was a face paint artist and balloon maker!!! Matthew at first wasn’t interested in getting his face done but Elizabeth talked him into it. “Ask her to do a poisonous spider on your cheek!” she urged!


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