Michael has reached the age of copying everything his older siblings do. Karate is of course included in this and is rather adorable.
One of our resolutions this year was to institute a "family game night".
Typically on Wednesday evenings - in between karate classes - we've taken to playing games of all kinds. Game night interferes with Michael's bedtime and the board games have often ended in tears - Matthew in particular almost always loses - but we persevere. Despite my feeling that these evenings are more trouble than they are worth apparently the kids think they are awesome and complain if we don't make them happen.
It was the first big snowstorm of the season so busses were cancelled due to snow. We had very long recess to start off our school day. Michael isn't quite sure what to make of it all. He doesn't seem to mind except for his mittens which he constantly removes. Elizabeth doesn't find it terribly amusing to keep putting them back on so he ended up coming in early.
In addition to regular schoolwork the kids got to observe the excitement of the last three windows in our house being replaced.
In the afternoon we went crosscountry skiing! Since it was our first time we took the advice of the guy at the ski show to go to our local park and get used to the skis before trying a trail. The kids were quite excited to discover the park has a little hill we never noticed before so we got to practice going up and down short hills as well as skiing around the flat part.
Matthew has his first stripe on his orange green belt!
At 22 months Michael likes to sing. His favourite song is "Baby Shark" (doo doo doo) but he will often sing to himself while playing and I recognize many of them from music and french classes.
We've had our first snowfall and while Michael does not love his winter gear he did think that shoveling was interesting. He adores putting on Matthew and Amelia's cache-cous along with his balaclava style hat. But the hat part always gets pulled off his head so it's more like he's wearing a million scarves. He doesn't quite seem to have the idea. He likes putting on mittens ("mitt, mitt, mitt") but takes them off again almost immediately. Elizabeth thinks watching him outside is hugely annoying because it's a constant dance of putting on mitts, him taking them off and then bringing them to you to put back on ("mitt, mitt, mitt").
He likes to throw balls around and in time-honoured tradition his favourite toys are those that belong to siblings (or "contraband" as we like to call it around here). The other day he got into Matthew's toolbox and was having a grand time with the hammer. Amelia's Barbie wardrobe is another great favourite as it has lots of tiny pieces and drawers to open and doors to shut. He's started building his own little structures out of fort magic, but needs a lot of help. He's got his own collection of stuffies now but loves ALL stuffies and carries them around the house. Then he likes to put them on the floor and cuddle them while rolling around with them. They are now "mahmahs".
He loves reading books. His favourites include Baby Boo, Fred and Ted like to fly, Go Dogs Go and Rocket Science for Babies.
It's not a secret that karate is a fairly significant part of life around here. So we tend to take a lot of karate related photos. Here are a few cute ones that we couldn't bear to delete. Some of them stretch back to 2018.
We've also almost managed to figure out how to display Elizabeth's old belts... Maybe...