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September 10, 2018

Michael celebrated turning eight months old by casually holding on to Daddy while playing with a toy standing up... and then letting go! So he's officially stood unassisted for a few seconds!!


Elizabeth keeps saying "I'm not ready for him to grow up" and "I still remember the day you were born". We're very amused, although we sympathize with the sentiment!


If seven months was locomotion, eight months is vertical. Now that he can pull to standing Michael spends a lot of time doing exactly that. Amelia finds his newfound mobility and height "'nnoying, Mommy". Daddy says Michael is showing signs of being as wild as Matthew. Michael certainly likes to roam about and get into all the things.


Michael is communicating more and more, especially with Elizabeth. He's also made a surprising amount of progress on the using the toilet front, to Amelia's great chagrin.


September 8, 2018

Elizabeth is now the proud wearer of a brown black belt. Or, as she likes to say "four stripes away from my junior black belt!!!!"


She sang "brown like tree, black like shadow" all the way to grading.


We told her this might be her last chance to do regular grading (it's her last belt before the special black belt grading) so that she should think carefully about what she wanted to say when she got asked about her favourite part of karate. Her favourite part is tournament team, but she's always been too shy to say so. Not this time!


Afterwards we went out for lunch at the "bear" restaurant (aka The Works) because Amelia has been demanding to eat there every time we drive past (several times a week) and it seemed like a good time to celebrate a little.


September 6, 2018

Elizabeth's parents were invited to visit her classroom and instructed in no uncertain terms to bring Elizabeth along as she would be responsible for doing the presentation. We got special permission to also bring Michael and left the other two to hang out with Lorianne.


The kids all had to show their parents around (using clipboard to make sure they didn't miss anything vital) and then there was an opportunity to talk to the teacher afterwards. It was a pretty neat way of doing it. Mme Annie seems to stress independence this year. Each kid has their own area of responsibility, which apparently change around every week (?). Elizabeth is currently doing recycling and takes great pride in her new expertise.


Elizabeth is also quite happy that they are allowed to eat at their desks, whenever they want. "Obviously not during special classes like gym, Mom"


Their class is doing a thing where you get to put pasta in the jar if you are well behaved. When they fill the jar, they give it to the office who gives them a ping pong ball. When they get enough ping pong balls then they get some kind of prize. Elizabeth seemed excited anyway.


At the moment they are learning to write autobiographies. For those of you who can't read french, in addition to the obvious details about birthday and family members, Elizabeth's autobiography says that she is "nice", "good at reading", "likes sports and cakes" and "wins lots of medals".


September 5, 2018

Just like that Elizabeth has her brown belt red stripe and is headed to grading.


September 3, 2018

We spent much of the long weekend in playing in various sprinklers...


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