We took Grandma and Grandpa H for a walk around Bruce Pit with Dianne and her kids. After our walk we went for one last swim of the season. The kids were all very keen to keep swimming outdoors all fall - especially Matthew - but a few minutes of the cold water swim was enough to make them realize that summer is fast leaving us. Michael wasn't too sure he even wanted to get wet but in the end everyone except Daddy got wet at least up to their eyebrows.
This year's ice cream party was very informal with various neighbours and friends coming over in small groups to eat ice cream and play outside together. Matthew wanted to go home with the Stickley's to swim in their pool so he wrangled an invitation for tomorrow.
It's back to school day, and new school (buildings at least) for both Elizabeth and Amelia.
Amelia is starting grade one, with Mme Marie-Claude. I nearly cried with relief when I found out that Amelia was going to have the same excellent teacher that both Elizabeth and Matthew had for grade one! Amelia's friend Josephine from last year is in her class. Amelia was relieved to have kids she knew and who were also in PAVE.
Matthew is starting grade three, with Mme Josée. She's unknown to us, but our violin teacher Mme Danielle says she's nice so Matthew is looking forward to it. His friend Leo is in his class so he's happy about that. Actually Leo was also in his online class last year too.
Elizabeth has the biggest change as she has graduated from elementary school and starts high school at De La Salle this year. They grouped students into cohorts by instrument, so her friend Bianca isn't in her class, but Samia, Olivia and Shaughnessey are! She's excited but a bit nervous to be biking solo with her friends.
Matthew, Amelia and I are also biking to school every day, and Matthew's friend Nico will be joining us.
August looks yummy.
It's been three years of violin lessons - including one mostly online - with Mme Danielle. Elizabeth has learned a lot and we are very sorry we cannot continue as Elizabeth now moves to a teacher through her new high school.
It would have been too many people to have everyone over in the backyard at Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen's, so we invited Uncle Chris, Yukiko, Erika, Maria and Grandma Margaret over to welcome my parents back to Canada and to celebrate Grandpa's birthday again.
Yukiko took advantage of Uncle Brendan's photography skills to get an updated headshot for her new company's website.