Parenthood
August 6, 2020
Trotting

The exciting news in lesson number two was that Matthew got to try a trot. Trots are apparently very bumpy and a little bit scary.

 

Matthew fancies himself quite an expert on horseback now and is very much looking forward to his first lesson.

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Tooth fairy

Matthew lost a tooth! I'm starting to be suspicious that the reason that people don't talk so much about the trauma of kids losing teeth is that most kids don't make nearly the fuss that some elder sisters do...

 

He mentioned at bedtime that he thought his tooth might come out and then about ten minutes later got out of bed to put the tooth on the plate in the other room.

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August 2, 2020
Jello bath and peaches

The kids wanted to spend the afternoon having "fancy baths" and I suddenly remembered that we still had half a package of this goo that turns water into jell-o. Elizabeth tried it out when she was about Amelia's age but was NOT a fan.

 

The way this H2Goo stuff works is that you add the gelling agent to turn the water into coloured jello, and then later you add dissolving agent and it turns back into water. Unfortunately, it had been stored so long that the dissolving agent package had disintegrated and they were both mixed together. So it didn't really get as jello-like as I remember from the first time. On the other hand, this might have been for the best. Michael was not particularly excited by the textured water but Amelia loved it and wanted to stay in the bath "forever".

 

Matthew flatly refused to get in the jello tub but both he and Elizabeth did try touching the water before deciding this was not their cup of tea. Instead they grabbed a bottle of bubble bath and Elizabeth had a long bath with Matthew being her "guard" and fetching her things.

 

After baths Chris came over to help Brendan with Elizabeth's bed project. Erika tagged along, so she got to learn how to can peaches with the rest of the kids. It goes much faster with so many helpers!

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August 1, 2020
Horseback riding

When we asked the kids what kind of summer camps they wanted to try this summer, Matthew was really keen on horseback riding camp. Elizabeth was inclined to try and talk him out of it because she thinks it's really dangerous but he was adamant it was something he "always wanted to try".

 

We never got around to actually signing up before the pandemic hit and we had more or less assumed this wasn't going to happen. However, it turns out it never hurts to ask and we ended up finding a place that was offering lessons. There are strict hand washing protocols, they stay 2m apart, are outside and wear masks.

 

Matthew is over the moon.

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July 31, 2020
July food

I thought it might be interesting to capture what kind of suppers we ate during summer pandemic times (ok, so there is the odd breakfast and lunch in there. Typically we have cereal for breakfast and pasta or sandwiches for lunch) Some stuff is probably missing if I blogged about it elsewhere but close enough.

 

Seems like we eat a lot of dairy, especially cheese lol

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Summer school jul 27-31

After our big beach trip last weekend I was contemplating skipping adventure day. We went hiking at Mer Bleue. For some reason the road was closed leading up to the parking lot closest to the boardwalk (nothing on their website and Google showed it open), but P21 was open and not too crowded so we turned around and went back.

 

The trail was beautiful but very buggy. We walked along the trail for about half an hour and then turned around - the full loop is 7km or something so it was obvious we weren't doing that.

 

Highlights included:

  • Erika complaining that she wished mosquitoes ate plants instead of blood and Brendan pointing out that then cows might eat blood instead of plants. Then he moo'd and all the kids ran like wild things.
  • Garter snake crossing the trail in front of me.
  • Matthew pretending to be a moose.

We did manage a music class this week looking at different eras of classical music (Renaissance, Medieval and Baroque). We talked about Bach in particular. Then we made zucchini muffins as part of a cooking class focused on measuring skills.

 

Matthew is working on his two times tables. Elizabeth finished off her fractions book! Everyone did book reports (in french). Matthew was excited to "type" his on the computer. Amelia did a paper bag book report where you put things in the bag that were in the story and then explain why you chose each one.

 

Amelia and Michael's playgroup made fruit skewers this week. No one got stabbed. Elizabeth made BBQ hotdogs and steamed some frozen veggies for supper. Notable because it was entirely independent.

 

Elizabeth was away for a sleepover at Erika's house from karate on Wednesday until lunchtime on Thursday. They made cookies and had an "awesome" time. The rest of us went for a bike ride and stopped at a park for some play time.

 

Matthew and Amelia played a very elaborate game that involved building the great wall of China (later changed to the great wall of Ottawa). It had to protect the ponies from the Lego people apparently.

 

Elizabeth also finally finished her advertising project and did quite a nice oral presentation on different advertising techniques. She was amused because I set up a Google classroom for her but it does seem quite effective as an organizing strategy now that she can go and see what is due when. She even finished her required reading before I even told her I wanted it done because she could see the assignment online. I'm still playing around with rubrics etc. I didn't set it up for Matthew yet as I think it won't be as helpful for a single student at his grade level but we'll see as I get more experience with the software.

 

We started a new science curriculum this week. Amelia and Matthew are doing Elemental Science Physics for the Grammar stage and Elizabeth is doing Physics for the Logic stage. Elizabeth's class this week was mostly review because she did many of the activities in June with "real school" - it starts out with forces. Amelia and Matthew are learning about different kinds of energy.

 

For gym we biked, did karate, hiked and tried to play soccer. The most popular activity was Daddy's timed obstacle course in the basement for the younger three kids.

 

At the end of the week we had an impromptu distanced play date with Dianne and her kids.

 

All in all it was a fun week.

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July 28, 2020
Michael trap

I gather Michael has been annoying the other kids by coming downstairs too early, so they've taken to making what they call "Michael traps".

 

Outdoors I'm unclear on the purpose - I think maybe just having fun but inside the goal is to distract the baby long enough to get some more sleep in the morning.

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