Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 10.165: Sidewalk Arts Festival

This morning, we stopped in at the Saco Sidewalk Arts Festival. It was rather hot and and Exile #3 was a bit sore from her exertions yesterday, so we did not stay long and the kids were happy to accept a sno-cone from the stall of one of the local churches.


Later, Exile #2, E5N1 and I were walking near our house when Exile #2 related that Exile #4 had "taken a movie here because ants were making a colony on the pavement".

E5N1 immediately complained about her choice of words. Thanks perhaps in part to this morning's reminder, I corrected her - "sidewalk" not "pavement".

"That's not what I meant!" corrected E5N1, "She meant 'video' not 'movie'!"

Life with multicultural children is a minefield.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 10.164: Big day

It was Exile #4 and E5N1's last day of school and a day of recovering from her friends' visit for Exile #3. In the early evening they all celebrated by participating in their main extra-curricular activities - a dance parade for Exile #3 and E5N1:


and a karate test for Exile #4:

Photo courtesy of the Karate school's Facebook page

They all did very well and ended the day in various stages of exhaustion.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 10.163: Sleepover

Exile #3 has some friends here for a sleepover tonight as part of her birthday celebrations. We just fed them and then E5N1 and Exile #4 have joined them for a game of "Mother May I?". E5N1 managed to take the role of Mother and is now bossing five teenage girls around.


I didn't think it was his birthday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 10.161: Zero to fifteen

Happy Birthday Exile #3!


Her favourite birthday gift was that today was her last day of school for the year!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 10.160: Bottom of the heap

The other Father's Day photo - me with all three kids piled on top.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 10.159: Exile #2's Sunday Column #181

Exile #2 writes...

Exile #3 was feeling pretty tired and sore today after dance show, so we left her home while we went to church. Actually, Exile #1 and I felt surprisingly tired too. I guess it takes quite a bit of emotional energy to get through a day of watching your offspring dance. We had only planned to go to the first show, but in the end stayed for the second one too - and we are so glad we did. Being shorties, we snuck up on to the bleachers second time, and got a much better view.

We had a multi-purpose celebration meal out afterwards. For, of course, Father's Day weekend has been somewhat swallowed up by yesterday's events, and by Exile #4 having her friends over this afternoon for a late party. Still, as Exile #1 is usually our household taxi/Dance Mom (except for the tricky braiding - somehow that falls to me!), what could have been more appropriate? Happy Father's Day Exile #1 - you're the best dance Mom! ...and a great Dad too.