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October 19, 2018

On the flower side, we found annuals in the right colours to more or less make our floral rainbow. Amelia was pleased.


I didn't thin the carrots enough, but there was SOME corn, some lima beans and many many tomatoes.


On the whole I was pleased with the garden this year despite the complete failure of the pumpkins and melons. We had a very good crop of currants - far more than we could ever hope to use so the kids had a good time picking and eating.


I managed jam and canned peaches too. Unfortunately one of my batches got left on until 3 am which meant that this is the year that I discovered it is possible to burn canned peaches if you cook them for six hours instead of thirty minutes.


October 13, 2018

Thanksgiving and Brendan and Margaret’s birthday all fall within a couple of weeks, so this year we decided to celebrate both birthdays at the same time!




October 10, 2018

Michael at nine months is very active.  He goes, goes and goes.  In fact he goes so much that changing his diaper is getting to be quite challenging as he will flip over and take off the second it has been removed. Daddy has resorted to changing him by holding him down with his feet.  Aside from displeasure at being restrained for such inconveniences, he is a delightfully cheerful little boy.  Everyone still comments on how content he is and how beautiful his big blue eyes are. He is starting to make some more or less recognizable sounds ("all done", "mama") and certainly makes his desires understood.  Sometimes he sings quite elaborate complaining songs (we don't know what he's saying, but he is clearly complaining about the state of the world). Usually this is in response to being strapped into the car or stroller, especially if it is cold.


He has started bear crawling much of the time (knees off the ground). He likes to play peek-a-boo and will pass you objects and expect to get them back. He can tidy up, but prefers to untidy... Putting things into other things is great fun.


He is napping less (roughly twice a day but much less predictable timing).  He eats most things but in small quantities.  Yogurt is still a bit hit and he definitely prefers to feed himself although he seems to tolerate being fed by Elizabeth and sometimes Mommy.  He loves to explore and puts just about everything in his mouth.  With three older siblings leaving small objects around it is a full time job making sure he doesn't swallow something he shouldn't.  He is also at the opening cupboards and drawers stage aka finger amputation stage and very much enjoys putting things in and taking things out of said cupboards and drawers. He does not enjoy pinching his fingers. He is now quite proficient at climbing stairs (or anything else that is vaguely stair like such as mommy's computer), but still hasn't got the hang of going back down. His favorite thing though is playing with his siblings, which he will often do for hours.  He leaps with joy when they come home from school.


October 7, 2018

Big family thanksgiving dinner featured Sarah (plus boy), Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen and family, Auntie Heather and Andre, Uncle Mark, Grandma J, Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko and family, Auntie Janice and of course our crew of hooligans.


We made a kid table for all nine cousins, even Michael and told Erika and Elizabeth they were responsible for feeding him. It actually worked for the main course!


Turkey supper with sweet potato and corn. Squash, salad with many toppings to be added. Uncle Chris brought his famous rolls and pumpkin pie - including one that was gluten free!


Mila and Simon from across the street came over to play before supper. Then we kicked them out, and they came back after we were done eating.


After supper the kids built a massive fort to sleep in and Erika stayed for a sleepover. Maria is not a fan of sleepovers, so she went home to sleep in her own bed.


October 6, 2018

Matthew has kind of been looking over his shoulder as Erika and Maria get closer and closer to passing him. All indicators are that they are headed to grading this month and so he was motivated to actually practice at home with his sister in a last ditch effort to grade as well.


It won't make a practical difference; technically they have already passed him since he's in the tyke "half belt" system and they are kids so he'll be staying in his current class and they'll be moving into the exciting "allowed to spar" intermediate belt classes, but with some hard work he might make it into intermediate before the girls graduate out of it.


In any case he was super excited to get his third stripe, so hopefully he can keep it together for that all important red one.




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