May 29, 2021
Paint night 2

For our second paint night we decided to do cherry blossoms. Amelia decided that she could try to follow along. She did a great job for her first time.


Matthew "did the fun bits" along with some pokemon characters.


We all had fun.

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May 28, 2021
Virtual School: Week 35

Elizabeth's english class did a "passion project" in which they had to present a hobby. "But I don't HAVE any hobbies!" my ridiculous child lamented, and then didn't understand why we laughed at her. We ran out of fingers before she ran out of hobbies when we challenged her to list them out. Anyway, she decided to do her presentation on Lost in Space and it was apparently well received. One of her other classmates taught the class how to draw Stitch. Elizabeth was pleased with how hers turned out.


In art class they covered shading and shadows.


It's the end of year which means there are eight or nine multi-week projects all due at once. Elizabeth is working on a project about UNICEF. She apparently picked the topic because it had the word science in its description and she is very interested in science. Unfortunately it turns out that she is not at all interested in UNICEF as presented on their website. I have to agree with her - the websites her teachers linked to are all extremely dry reading and asking questions like "how does this entity relate to Canada?" just reinforces her impression that Canadian history and politics are as dull as dishwater.


In addition to Elizabeth's UNICEF and passion project presentation, she had several bee-themed projects and she had to write and perform a monologue. She was rather annoyed with the monologue since they had to invent a character, assign character traits and mannerisms and draw the person before it was explained they now had to become this person. "I would have come up with something quite different", said she. "I especially would NOT have given her a squeaky voice!" Elizabeth was pretty excited to get to go biking with Erika after the regulations here in Ontario relaxed to allow such things. She also completed her daily bike ride on her own one day this week when the rest of us had to go earlier due to bedtime and activity conflicts.


Amelia is learning about bees too and practicing reading and writing. She finds reading much more exciting but loves drawing. Daddy built her and Michael an airplane out of fort magic, by special request. There was also an incident that very much encapsulates Amelia right now. There was a princess story. The class had to think of a way for the protagonists to send a message and the teacher was sort of fishing around for some answers and getting very little back. The other kids were totally stumped. Teacher asked Amelia, who  launched into an elaborate plan involving a kite and a rock with a message attached launched out the window of a tall tower. Amelia went on and on and on while the rather bemused teacher rather frantically tried to keep up. Her french has really improved quite dramatically this year.


Matthew took a couple of kites to forest school and had a fantastic time flying them. In asynchronous school he is writing a "informational book" about bees, since both Elizabeth and Amelia are learning about bees and can give him lots of ideas.


Michael is in a very "three" sort of mood. He broke the glass in our back porch door and dumped dirt all over the living room. He likes to "tetend" that he is a robot or a dog or a superhero. Dogs unfortunately like to lick things on the floor. We've had a number of conversations about how the dog next door might do certain things but he may not imitate that particular behaviour. Good thing he's cute...

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May 27, 2021
Maggie's birthday pinata

We were lucky enough to be invited to hit our neighbour's birthday pinata over lunch today. Michael was over the moon when he hit the pinata and TWO pieces of candy fell out. Elizabeth practiced her tornado kicks rather than using a stick so as to not destroy the pinata right away (but then it turned out to be pretty sturdy in the end).


They enjoyed so much that Elizabeth deliberately didn't go to class on time. This NEVER happens, especially right now when they get points for showing up early and doing goofy things like sitting with their backs to the camera until their name is called, wearing various articles of clothing or bringing ice cream to class. (After the last ice cream Elizabeth told me "this is why I adore virtual school" LOL). Anyway, apparently the pinata was even better than being in class on time.

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Dr Guerrette Reprise

I decided not to try and schedule all the kids for eye doctor checkups on the same day, so today was Elizabeth's turn to visit Dr Guerrette. She does not need glasses either, and is also happy about this.

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Garden planting

All the kids have their own garden plots again this year, one for vegetables and one for flowers. Matthew planted a bunch of things at forest school and then promptly mixed up / lost the labels so we aren't entirely sure what is in his plot but we think he has some carrots, some beans and beets, as well as perhaps kale and melons.


Elizabeth has planted Brussel sprouts, a hot pepper, some herbs and marigolds. She has plans to plant corn, but I haven't actually acquired the seeds yet.


Michael and Amelia have both planted beans, basil and tomatoes. Michael also planted a marigold and some carrots. Amelia planted a sweet pepper.

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May 26, 2021
Dr Guerrette

The kids' eye doctor has moved to the Glebe! We decided that it was probably time to get a checkup since we haven't been since 2019. We walked to our appointment! Matthew does not need glasses, to his great relief. He does have a very "blond" retina and should be careful about wearing his sunglasses. This has been a challenge lately because he finds that sunglasses are not compatible with masks... Perhaps it is time to more seriously investigate some anti-fogging solutions.

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May 24, 2021
Pie Day

Amelia has wanted to make a pie with Grandma for a long time, so after biking today the girls picked some rhubarb and went to Grandma's house in her car! We decided that four kids making pie at once would be too much of a good thing so Matthew stayed home with Daddy to do a special project of his choosing, while Michael and I went to Home Depot to get some gardening supplies. The boys were quite jealous of the car ride but enjoyed their own special times one on one.


This long weekend the kids really wanted to do some backyard camping so after school on Friday we pitched the tents and the kids and Mommy slept outside for three nights in a row! The little kids are now able to settle in the tent all by themselves, but we didn't let them sleep outdoors by themselves all night. Our neighbour Horatio wanted to join the fun too and put up his own tent, although I don't think he slept outside.

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