It's been a full semester of music and Amelia has learned all of her notes on the keyboard. She's enjoying learning to play and she has finally reduced her tendency to karate chop her baby finger notes. She especially enjoys all the little keyboard friends and stuffies that are used to help learn the notes and rhythms (panda is her favourite).
Since we do back to back piano lessons with Matthew and Amelia, I was worried that Matthew or Amelia would disrupt each other's classes but they have been quite well behaved. During Amelia's class there are a whole group of little boys that all cluster around Matthew's iPad giving him advice on his game (usually Pokemon).
We continued on with our Thursday morning Music Pups classes - some of the neighbours have gone on to school like Amelia but there were still enough around to keep going at home which is really great. Michael loves music and the classes are highly entertaining (if you have a kid 0-3 and live nearby, there is space!)
Not to be outdone - Elizabeth has now earned HER second stripe on her junior black belt.
Some of the resultant celebratory donuts were particularly adorable.
Yukiko, Grandma J and I have a subscription to the classical ballet series this year but Grandma is away so Auntie Janice came instead.
It was inordinately difficult to make the pudding because I wanted to have the maximum number of stirrers available but eventually I managed! There are five charms in the pudding, Hopefully we don't eat anymore...
Matthew has now earned his second stripe on his orange green belt
At twenty-three months Michael has a lot more words. He can say all of his siblings' names - Matthew is the most recognizable as Elizabeth is mostly "Beh" and Amelia is "Yaya". He likes to point to things and tell you about them and grabs your finger and pulls you to where he wants to go. If you don't go, he wails but it's fake crying because he can turn off the tears if you agree to do what he wants or present a more interesting activity.
23 months is also apparently the new two because he's started with temper tantrums. The other day he got upset so he charged upstairs to his room, slammed the door and lay down on the floor. I followed him to make sure he wasn't getting into mischief with my computer. I opened the door. He immediately stopped crying, got up, pushed me out of the room and slammed the door. Then he lay down on the floor again. It was pretty hilarious. Eventually I sent Daddy up and he got up, came over and acted like nothing had happened.
He likes to take a stack of books and get us to read them, but often we must read the same book four or five times in a row. He has memorized quite a few and there are certain things he always points out, like the cows in any book. He likes to say "KABOOM" at the appropriate time in Rocket Science for Babies.
Still throws everything on the floor at mealtimes, especially when he's done. He demands milk in his cereal. Elizabeth can't decide if this is amusing or really annoying depending on how recently she's gotten gooed before school. Generally she's good at removing his bowl before it gets flung. Once the puddling starts the bowl definitely goes away and he does NOT think this is right.
He just learned how to operate the door handle on his room. Luckily he can't open it reliably when he's sleepy so he hasn't come charging down the stairs. He has locked himself in the room (also a new skill) but was able to unlock the door when asked.
The sink is a favourite toy. He is still capable of making quite the mess but seems to have clued in that water all over is the end of playing in the sink. He loves to imitate his siblings. Occasionally this is terrifying if he takes it into his head to "help'. Like the time I caught him trying to put soap in the laundry machines.
Nutcracker time again and Matthew was invited for the first time, much to Amelia's chagrin. Amelia probably would have been ready but we thought that it wouldn't be fair to Matthew so she gets to wait another year.
It was the ballet with the bear and Matthew was captivated - at least by the first half. He couldn't stop talking about it.
Matthew decided he wanted to sing the evening service for Lessons and Carols this year, partly because FIRE! and partly because "I just love singing so much". He worked very hard and because he's starting to be able to read it was easier than last year. He still had to memorize most of what he was singing. Some of the pieces were the same as last year which was helpful but also sometimes that meant that Matthew was a little overconfident and I had to remind him to look at his music!
He did great at the evening service, not wiggling too much, following along and also didn't set anything on fire.
Matthew was happy not to be the youngest member of the choir this year - that honour went to my friend Jessie's four month old.
Amelia actually thought about joining the choir but after half a rehearsal she gave it up and went to play in the nursery.
We helped decorate the church today. For some reason the star this year looked like a hat from a garden gnome with a tiny star on the top. (Some of the decorations seem to have been misplaced during the renovations). In any case, Brendan helped put the garden gnome on the tree, but we did later stage an intervention and went to buy a real star on clearance prior to Christmas. The increasingly crooked gnome star was hilarious but...