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January 5, 2020

Elizabeth wanted to do a "theme" every day of Christmas but she couldn't really articulate what she wanted to do beyond getting dressed up. Actually what she really wanted was to wear a new dress every day but since her parents didn't volunteer to purchase her twelve new dresses for the occasion she was sort of at a loss. So we had a "wear red and green" day and a couple of "party" days but mostly we didn't really do the theme thing.


We did open presents every day and on the day we opened umbrellas (the gift the kids gave to each other this year) Elizabeth declared it "pretend it's raining" day.


Anyway, the last day of Christmas Elizabeth decided we had to do a dress up day so we all got dressed up and watched a Christmas movie. We watched "Elf" which I thought was a pretty terrible movie, but apparently everyone else thought it was enjoyable.


January 4, 2020

We celebrated Auntie Janice turning 33 at Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen's. There was giant Yahtzee (using dice Uncle Dave made!) and chili and cakes and presents!


January 3, 2020

We decided to go feed the birds this afternoon with Michael and Caitlyn. Brendan came for the first time and very much enjoyed photographing all the birds.


We also brought also Simon from across the street to enjoy his first time. He was a complete bird magnet - they kept landing on him in a steady stream! The birds were very cooperative and everyone got to feed at least a few birds except our Michael who kept trying to catch the birds instead of feeding them.


We brought a sled along thinking Michael would like to ride in it even though Sarsaparilla Trail is very short and quite easy even for an almost two year old. Silly us - he wanted to PULL not ride. By self. Luckily Matthew is a very indulgent big brother and figured out a way to push the sled so Michael could imagine that he was pulling Amelia by himself.


January 2, 2020

The kids spent pretty much every waking moment outside today. At lunchtime they refused to come in, instead asking very nicely if they could eat in the igloo. At one point I counted four different sets of neighbour kids hanging out!


Elizabeth and Charlotte were going sledding and the kids thought this sounded like a great idea so we tagged along (taking Mila and Simon with us).


We had a great time sledding! Afterwards we made slime and introduced neighbour Elizabeth to the joys of Curious George.


January 1, 2020

We started out the New Year by heading to the dojo for sensei Nick's annual workout.


Erika and Auntie Yukiko were supposed to join us but Erika was still not completely over her flu and Auntie Yukiko was ill by this point as well. We had fun!


After karate there was much playing in the snow outdoors and improving upon our snowman army. The kids built a second mega snowman - this time almost entirely without adult help. They built a snow ramp to support the wood ramp after the first wood ramp they used snapped in two under the weight.


We also helped build a very very tall one at Lauren and Ronnie's. Actually the first attempt was much wider but less structurally stable. Lauren said "Step back so I can take a picture as I don't think it will last long". So we did and before she got the camera up the whole thing collapsed to the great amusement of all. Ronnie and I (and Charlotte) rebuilt him as a very tall snowman with 7 layers.


There were quite a few other snowmen built on our street today - I tried to get a photo of all the snowmen!


Meanwhile Mila and Elizabeth were building a snow throne even as the sun went down...


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