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September 22, 2019

We went apple picking at Mountain Orchard with Erika, Auntie Heather, Grandma J, my mom and Dave and Karen's kids. We brought lunch to church and left immediately afterwards. (Maria was at a birthday party). We thought Erika probably didn't want to come at first because she went apple picking the weekend before but it turned out that she actually went to an organic orchard to buy apples. So they didn't need anymore apples but she hadn't had the "apple picking experience" yet. As Elizabeth pointed out, the main point of going apple picking isn't taking home the apples. Matthew chimed in that it was probably the donuts (hahaha, priorities).

 

I am pleased to report that no one was injured, though we did temporarily misplace a few of our party in the corn maze.

   

September 18, 2019

Elizabeth has completed the requirements for her first stripe towards her full black belt (1, 2 and 3 break falls). These are now red because the black stripes don't show up on the black belts.

 

For the record, Elizabeth says that break falls are when you throw or toss people on the ground. 1 and 2 don't involve tossing though. And we aren't to worry because she doesn't actually punch or kick her partner when practicing this, "because that would hurt".

   

September 14, 2019

Elizabeth had karate so we didn't quite manage to make it on the first public trains but I did manage to talk Brendan into bringing the family to ride the rails on the very first day.

 

We were expecting Lorianne for dinner so needed to be back by a particular time, which meant we didn't quite have enough time to go from one end to another. Instead we parked at St Laurent and took the train until Bayview. Then we got out and took the train back to St Laurent. The kids thought it was pretty cool but Michael was mostly over the novelty about three stops in. This was the point that Elizabeth and I looked at each other and decided it would be more fun to drive to London at the end of the month rather than entertaining him for seven hours on a train. They also thought it smelled a bit like cows. They weren't wrong.

 

We travelled on a family pass which was confusing because it turns out you can't put a pass on the presto card. Oh well. There was an army of people in red jackets directing everyone. We were clearly not the only LRT tourists onboard - there was a festive air with many people taking selfies and just taking the train for fun.

 

We were impressed by how smoothly everything was running. The trains came when they said they were going to come and there wasn't much waiting.

   

September 9, 2019

Elizabeth enjoyed doing the upriver woman's race quite a lot and not only wasn't in the way but was actually useful. So she earned an invitation to crew on a regular Monday night race! Unfortunately there wasn't much wind but from my perspective that was a good thing as it meant I didn't have to particularly worry about her safety.

   

September 7, 2019

We're not quite sure if it should be allowed or not but somehow Xander has turned 8 years old.

   

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