June 2, 2021
20 years of marriage

To mark twenty (20!) years of marriage, we did this crazy thing and ordered in food for the first time since December 2019. Actually I can't remember when we last ordered in food that wasn't pizza, so this was quite the adventure!


I found a greek restaurant that was highly recommended for not poisoning celiacs even when unable to chat with the cookstaff due to delivery. It was also the first time we'd ever used uber eats. I still prefer going out to an actual restaurant rather than delivery but it was nice not to cook! We put the kids to bed early and then watched a movie and all in all it was a nice low-key evening.


In theory the 20 year anniversary gift is china or platinum, but we got a new bed with a new mattress and the kids got a new "trampoline" to jump on for a bit.

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May 31, 2021
Dr Guerrette (Ibid)

It was Amelia's turn to visit the eye doctor. She was a little nervous as it was her first time, but since Dr Guerrette is very nice she was soon at ease. Also Matthew had told her about getting to see a Christmas Tree or hot air balloon in the machine so she was keen to find out what that was all about.


No glasses required here either, so we were happy all around.

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1000 hours Outside

Everyone is getting close to the halfway mark - and Elizabeth and Matthew are on track to easily finish their project ahead of schedule. Matthew really slacked off because he'd rather be indoors playing minecraft than puttering in the garden, while Elizabeth was looking for activities she could do outside. Apparently this project has triggered her competitive side.

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May Food

More bbq-type food this month and we're starting to eat a significant number of our meals outside.


We were supposed to have gnocchi and sushi but those ended up getting pushed off as making gluten-free gnocchi from scratch was a bit too much to contemplate. I did make cabbage rolls and what we've dubbed "snacky salad" instead.

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May 30, 2021
Grandma J

One of the nice parts of the pandemic is getting to see quite a lot more of Grandma J.

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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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