November 20, 2019
Ice Cream for Breakfast

We had ice cream for breakfast this morning! A study that has been going around (and around and around) for a few years came to my attention recently.


In short, the claim is that eating ice cream for breakfast makes you more alert through the day. We decided we just HAD to put this to our own test and we invited our neighbours to try out the experiment as well.


Our conclusion? It was super popular with the kids, but we have insufficient data as to whether it improves performance. Clearly we'll have to try again...

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November 19, 2019
Bus stop fun

I think I've written before about how much fun the kids have waiting at the bus stop, but honestly it's a huge silver lining to the fact that the kids have to take a bus to school instead of being able to walk. I wish they could walk, but since they need to take a bus it's great that they enjoy playing with their friends while waiting. 

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November 18, 2019

Given how little Brendan and I like to do with our own hair, "hairstyles" are surprisingly popular among our kids.


Matthew mostly prefers shorter hair for comfort and ease of bathing reasons but he WOULD like to have "hair up to the ceiling" that could be styled into crazy and wild styles if it weren't incompatible with the aforementioned comfort and short hair washes.


Elizabeth loves to have other people play with her hair but usually she finds my attempts too boring. She's also much better at making a bun in her own hair than I am doing it for her.


Amelia only likes having her hair done sometimes, mostly preferring to have it loose (if allowed) or tied back in a simple ponytail.


Michael doesn't mind having people play with his hair, but won't leave anything in it for long, ripping out chunks of hair and scalp along with hair elastics. Luckily this is no longer an issue now that we've cut off the curls.

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November 17, 2019
Inhouse Tournament

Matthew got to compete in sparring for the first time today at the in-house tournament.  He was very excited about this.  So excited that he apparently forgot his kata.  His sparring was amazing though.  His complete lack of fear worked to his advantage.  Despite being up against kids 1-2 years older (and thus bigger) he was a force to be reckoned with and not only held his own but won three of his four matches.  His first match the other kid was literally running away form him.  Another match he managed to come back from being down 0-4 to win 5-4.  He was one happy little boy with his silver medal.


Elizabeth's teammate Remi decided to compete up as last in-house she had no real competition as Elizabeth had moved up a division since she was now a black belt.  So this time they were back to competing against each other.  No more free rides.  Elizabeth beat Remi in kata with probably her best rendition of nipaipo yet and Remi won in sparring so they were both happy.  The judges decided to spare the poor third kid in the sparring the pain of being beat up by both Remi and Elizabeth and decided to just have Remi fight her and then have Remi fight Elizabeth for the gold/silver.  They also let the girls go to ten instead of the 5 points that they were capping most matches at.  Elizabeth also competed in bo for the first time and came super close to beating Oliva which was a big surprise.  Her bo skills have clearly come a long ways in a very short time.  Another week or two of practice and we think she'll be serious competition for Olivia.  Elizabeth was very pleased with her three medals and decided that competing in bo was a good idea.


Erika actually had some real competition this time.  No easy medals for her.  She had a large tough group of more experienced girls in kata and sparring.  Overall a good learning experience but no medals this time.

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Muriel and Pat at Dave and Karen's

We went to visit Muriel and Pat again at Dave and Karen's. We *might* have brought along an extra kid (Erika) lol. We played ticket to ride!


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November 16, 2019
Muriel and Pat come to visit

My aunt Muriel and her cousin Pat came to visit Ottawa. They met Janice, Elizabeth, Michael and I at the Come Sing Messiah rehearsal. Amelia and Matthew were at skating, and afterwards Daddy swapped out boys. Elizabeth was quite relieved as she then got a chance to sing too. Auntie Janice even sat with her in the alto section so she could learn her own part!


After choir we had lunch and hung out at home while Elizabeth disappeared to her bo class. Erika came over after bo for a sleepover as the girls wanted to practice karate before their tournament tomorrow. The Teevens crew showed up in the late afternoon for supper. Then Maria said she wanted to come too so we had a full house! Amelia and Matthew were very excited as Maria had promised to sleep in their room.


We had a little impromptu cooking class as Erika and Elizabeth decided they wanted to make dessert and various others (mostly Xander) helped me make yorkshire puddings for supper.


Muriel showed off her photos from her recent trip to visit family out west and we chatted late into the evening in front of the fire. It was a pretty relaxing evening.

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