June 24, 2021
Virtual School: Week 39

Last week of school for Amelia and Elizabeth!


Amelia's class did a series of "days" - beach day, crazy hair day, backwards clothing day... All of the classes had a "show" by Kalimba which was some kind of dance thing but neither Amelia or Elizabeth were too enthused and Matthew flatly refused to watch more than about five minutes. For her choose her own adventure day she decided to make pizza.


On the last day Amelia's class had an informal but well attended meet-up at the park near the school with her classmates and her teachers Mme Martine and Mme Hind. It was the first time her teachers met in real life! It was so, so nice for Amelia to see all these kids in the flesh and to get to play with them. Mme Martine led the kids in some singing and dancing and everyone had a blast. Sounds like all but one or two are planning to attend school in person next year. We all biked (in batches as Elizabeth had karate first) and it was such an easy ride that biking to school seems like it might actually be feasible.


The kids did a lot of gardening this week. Shop for Matthew was helping daddy with bike maintenance, while Elizabeth got to help repair the broken playhouse window under the deck.


Elizabeth's last week had a lot of the same theme days as Amelia, but (of course) on different days. Amelia had done part of her beach day in the sandbox but Elizabeth felt that would be "weird" so we settled for kinetic sand. In art class they did a painting that crossed two canvasses. There was allegedly some kind of graduation video but we didn't get invited and Elizabeth said there wasn't much point in watching it. Seemed like an anti-climactic finish to eight years of elementary school but Elizabeth didn't seem to mind. She was very happy that Sensei Cody is now doing karate in the park too.


Overall we were all ready for the virtual school year to come to an end. Elizabeth and Amelia said that overall they enjoyed the year and would be happy to do it virtually again. Matthew would much prefer to be home schooled, but virtual was better than in person. Elizabeth said her favourite part was how quiet it was, and she loved all the extra free time. Amelia said her favourite part was getting to eat what she wanted and all the extra time with Mommy and Daddy and her family.

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June 23, 2021
Matthew's baptism birthday

Matthew's baptism birthday was also over zoom, although we did inquire whether Janice wanted to attend outdoors. Matthew specially requested chocolate confetti as his baptism birthday cake.


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June 22, 2021
Karate Mats

We should have done this earlier in the pandemic, but we finally got tired of Elizabeth's karate bo damaging our floor and the floor damaging Elizabeth when doing her katas and ordered karate mats.


So now we have our own personal dojo and in addition to moving our furniture in and out of the living room on a regular basis we now also put together a floor. The main downside is that there is some kind of coating on the mats which makes the floor extremely slippery when we remove the mats. We're hoping this will settle down with time and in the meantime the living room in non-dojo configuration has been dubbed "the skating rink".

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We picked up a new-to-us display cabinet from our friends Iain and Renée today and you will not be surprised that I took the opportunity to quickly check out Iain's zoo. He's gotten into salt water aquariums so his collection has shrunk in quantity to make room (but not quality)! I hasten to add that covid rules in QC meant that we were allowed to go indoors, something that seemed very strange having not done so at all for many many months.


Matthew is doing a research project on blue animals right now so he was very interested to see my photo of Iain's blue frog!

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June 20, 2021
Father's Day

Father's day this year was very cheesy.  The kids all gave daddy a different kind of cheese.  We also had lunch with Grandma and the Sunnyside crew.  At the end of the day Lorianne and her brother popped to say hi.

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June 19, 2021

We got a new telescope through our buy nothing group and so Elizabeth gazed at the moon while Daddy took pictures.

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