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January 6, 2019

The camels have made it to see baby Jesus. The galette des rois has been consumed and the fève located. Those kids not so keen on almond cakes (the girls) were mollified by the (re)discovery that our gold is made of chocolate.


We smelled our myrrh and actually borrowed Creighton's censer from church. Super cool!


Elizabeth demanded to see some real gold, so we showed her our wedding bands. She was then was horrified by our extravagance when we told her they cost hundreds of dollars. She thinks gold is "too expensive". 


Matthew is this year's Epiphany king and for once there was not too much whining by the kids who weren't so lucky. He was pretty chuffed and insisted on bringing his crown to bed with him. He declared today a "best day" because he got to see his number one buddy at church (even if her hair is different she's still his buddy, he's decided), he got to eat chocolate coins AND he's the king!


After supper we did the chalking of the doors and burned our incense outside - in our PJs. Then we followed the Epiphany king inside singing "We three Kings" laying down our gifts and heading right into bed.


School tomorrow! 


January 5, 2019

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we watched Saturday morning cartoons ("what's that?" my kids asked) after a sleepover in the basement.


Then we celebrated Janice's birthday with presents, GIANT dutch Blitz, multi-coloured cake, blueberry juice and popcorn.


In the evening we lit the advent wreath for the last time, opened our last Christmas presents and then bundled up warmly to go and see the Christmas lights on Parliament Hill!


January 4, 2019

We went sledding at the "little" hill near us and I was extremely happy to discover that Amelia is big enough to go up and down all by herself. This means I can potentially bring Michael next time...


Amelia was a little leery of sledding at first - last time she went down the big hill at Bruce Pit she was still recovering from surgery and her tummy started hurting after a couple of runs. So she started out by rolling on the snow with no sled. Then I helped steer her down from halfway up. Then she decided it wasn't so scary after all and was fine after that.


Elizabeth spent much of her time inventing new tricks while I fervently prayed that she didn't injure herself.


Unfortunately, Matthew managed to steer into a rock and utterly destroy his sled. He was pretty sad, although his sisters were very good about it and let him have rides on their sleds. Amelia even gave up her last ride for Matthew.


We were just glad that Matthew didn't hurt himself.


The kids were super excited to hear we had plans to hang out with Michael and Kaitlyn. They played with the light table and we had some fun dancing to Just Dance Favourite hit of the morning? "Beep Beep I'm a sheep"


January 2, 2019

We went to the aviation museum as part of today's Christmas adventures to participate in a couple of special programs.


Elizabeth insisted Michael needed to get dressed up and do all the things, so I let her since he seemed to be willing to play along. Amelia was sad that I didn't let them put on the space helmets (I'm still traumatized from that time when I was a kid and my sister got lice and I had to have the stinky shampoo). She was so sad, in fact that she nearly didn't participate. Luckily the guide's interpretation of getting into the rocket ship, blasting off, going into stasis and landing on the distance planet was distracting enough that she eventually forgot about the lack of helmet and got into the spirit of things. We got to see Kevin again and were given some pretty fun booklets (stickers!!)


The kids had to choose a career (biologist vs geologist) by picking up rocks or aliens and then they got to go into the bubble. When we came out there was a surprise sandstorm but luckily we could all hide in the little tents. Michael was not excited about that part.


Then we had about half an hour to wander around the museum before the candy drop tour (aka collect many many stuffies, then learn about Nunavut before a model plane drops candy on your head). Before the tour the kids decided to go play on the little planes and randomly met up with Kaitlyn and Michael (and Michael's brother Stephen). So we dragged then on the tour as well until they had to leave for a sightseeing flight.


Back home, Elizabeth completed one of her burning goals for the holidays "make a musical instrument out of recycling". We didn't quite understand why it was so thrilling but she was very happy.


We finished off the day with a formal New Year's resolution - to institute a weekly "Family night". We decided to try our new kid's version of ticket to ride. I was quite impressed as the older two were able to play completely independently.


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