Parenthood
June 5, 2021
Family birthday party

We had our family birthday party. I attempted to make an icecream cake but it was a bit too hot and the icecream didn't have long enough to set so it was kind of soupy. Oh well!

 

Amelia greatly enjoyed opening all her presents and started colouring her "purse" right away. I was impressed by how careful she was to stay (mostly) within the lines. Auntie Janice couldn't be there but dropped by afterwards with some pink "unicorn" candles.

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June 4, 2021
Virtual School: Week 36

Lots of biking this week, but tree climbing while biking has come to an abrupt end due to all the trees being absolutely infested with LDD moth caterpillars. Yuck. Instead we went to the spider park and jumped off stumps. At forest school apparently it sounds like it is raining if you listen closely from all the droppings falling.

 

Matthew is doing a science unit at school on simple machines. I got him to watch some extra videos and take notes because the unit otherwise consisted of multiple choice questions. It's unclear whether the other kids in school are actually getting real material but if I wasn't treating school as supplementary I'd be annoyed about it. I do know they had some field trips which he didn't get to do and basically meant he couldn't do the related assignment. As you might imagine, Matthew didn't mind. He does mind that his non-school french class assignments are not easy to fill out on the computer, which is the perfect excuse for doing extra handwriting. I, on the other hand, am thrilled!

 

Elizabeth is writing up the end of her interdisciplinary bee project this week. She showed me her most recent acro routine. In art class she's working on shadows and photorealism. She was pretty happy with how her painting turned out.

 

Amelia's class is talking about elves.

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Amelia friend party

Amelia wanted to invite mostly neighbours to her party, which got me thinking about whether we could do a partially in-person event.

 

We eventually settled on doing a neighbourhood treasure hunt with her friends Evelyn, Lillian (from church), Allie, Charlotte, Horatio and Maggie. Elizabeth went out to put around the clues, and then our visitors dropped by to pick up their treasure map. There were things to find and to do, including pin the horn on the unicorn. Elizabeth took Allie and Amelia around first and ended up going with three different groups. Matthew, Amelia and I all went twice as well - not with each other as we had to stay under groups of 5. By the end we were quite tired but it was great fun even if we couldn't do it as one big group. Amelia enjoyed getting to say hi to all her friends and give them loot bags to take home. In the afternoon they did a zoom and she opened presents, blew out her candles and they all ate cake.

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June 3, 2021
Now we are six!

At six Amelia is the most francophone of my kids. Often chatting to me at bedtime in french, she's interested in learning different languages and has gotten her siblings to agree that a summer homeschool focus will be learning latin.

 

Amelia likes playing outside but she loves playing inside by herself where it's never too hot or too cold and it's not dirty. She especially likes playing with toys that have lots of pieces such as lego, playmobile, shopkins or fisher price. Typically she'll use them all at once, creating elaborate sets and characters for little stories.

 

Her best friend is apparently next door neighbour Horatio, probably followed closely by other neighbour Charlotte. She still plays nicely with her brothers sometimes, but they often find her irresistibly teasable. Then she screams her head off and the reaction is so satisfying that it makes them worse. I asked Matthew why he is often so mean to her (he's the most empathetic of my kids so this seems out of character) and he said that it's because most of the time the screaming is just "fake screaming" so that is actually annoying. It's true that she is our drama queen. Life is either fantastic or horrible - there is NOTHING in the middle. On the plus side she doesn't carry grudges and is fairly quick to forgive offenses. She's a very affectionate little girl.

 

She can be a little shy in new situations, but once she has warmed up she's as chatty and friendly as the rest of her siblings. She's also our bravest kid - not flinching for things like splinter removals and shrugging off things like immunizations even though she's not a fan. "I don't like them but I'm not going to make a big deal out of it."

 

Amelia likes reading stories - her favourites right now are Tintin and Asterix. She's reading around GB+ level 6. She also loves watching Matthew play Minecraft and giving him ideas on what to build.

 

She can bike more than 10km and mostly keeps up. Her idea of whistling is to make hooting noises.

 

Her favourite foods are still sweets of all kinds and pasta with parmesan on it.

 

At bedtime she goes to bed without much fuss, but sometimes she and Matthew get chatty so we try to stagger their bedtimes. She always makes her bed (very nicely!) without being asked but sometimes after bedtime her bed transforms itself into a blanket fort.

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Amelia's birthday

Danishes for breakfast. Special party at virtual school. Dance party in the basement. A zoom with Lorianne.

 

We went to Pegasus Pizza for supper, which was a rainbow themed pizza restaurant with a fancy rainbow drink based on different colours for different densities of juice (sugar water).

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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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