Matthew had an outdoor field trip today that he was very much looking forward to but he spent the night throwing up so won a quiet day at home instead.
"The one day this year that I wanted to go to school I can't" he moaned. Instead he played games and did some painting.
My favourite flowers are orchids, so I am very pleased to report that not one but THREE of them are currently blooming.
As part of our family's winter bucket list this year Matthew demanded we have a winter feast, a concept enthusiastically endorsed by Elizabeth and Amelia. We've been discussing what exactly constitutes a "winter feast" ever since and finally settled on a menu.
Turns out that a winter feast is a fancy seven course meal as follows:
Starter (Hors d'oeuvre): Garlic Bread
Potage (Soup): Leek and potato
Poisson (Fish): Cucumber, cream cheese and smoked salmon bites
Entrée: Chinese fondue with chicken and beef
Sorbet as palate cleanser
Salades: Caesar Salad
Fromage: Pizza fondue
Dessert: Chocolate fondue and s'mores roasted over the fire
Matthew also wanted to have juice (a big treat here as we rarely have juice), ideally "the kind of fancy juice Amelia's godfather brought us at Christmas". We settled for Fruitopia and Lorianne's Sunrise drink (lemonade with grenadine).
Eating in front of the fire was deemed the ultimate in fancy but Matthew agreed we could eat some of the courses at the table with Lorianne's silver candelabra.
Elizabeth decided she wanted to dress up for the feast and put on her fanciest dress.
The kids thought it wouldn't be a feast if it was just our family, so Oliver and Lorianne joined us for the feast. Lorianne was able to put her etiquette knowledge to good use and told the kids many many stories during dinner based on story prompts provided by the kid. We heard "The Lady and the Tiger", "the girl that found a friend" (it was a duck, and she did not eat him at the end), "the tiger that wanted to fly" and "the scared kitten in the tree". I told them my grandpa's favourite Lady and the Tiger limerick ("There once was a Lady from Niger") and about the Jungle Doctor's monkey who tried to lift himself out of the swamp by his whiskers.
Matthew had a backwards day at school as part of carnival week and he was pretty chuffed about it all. "I'm pretty used to wearing my clothes inside out", he boasted.
Amelia and Michael decided to go to the Nature museum and check out the butterfly exhibit. Amelia's favourite part is currently the boat, although she's pretty fond of the little car outside the birds too.
The Glebe Association had a snowman building competition #snowphytrophy this year which we were quite keen to enter, mostly because Brendan took third place in a similar competition in the late 80s. When we discovered that we could enter more than once it was game on.
Elizabeth probably spent the most time on her creations "Igloo" and "super snow penguin" which were extremely cute if tiny. She got the most attention as her creations made it into the In the Glebe blog. We were quite impressed by Igloo as he was built on one of the coldest days of the year. It certainly wasn't packing snow so getting him to resemble a snowman at all was extremely challenging and required a lot of problem solving.
In the end we created or were responsible for at least eight snowmen which as best as I can tell was more than half the total number of entries for the whole competition. Auntie Janice made a giant one using snow and water to make packing snow. Our neighbour Catherine made a palm tree out of snow. Our part of the block looked fantastic and I was proud of our efforts even if after all that we apparently didn't even warrant an honorable mention.
In any case, I hope they do it again but if they don't I think we'll have to have our own friendly neighbourhood competition!