Elspeth and I had a lot of fun baking this week. She made GF wild blueberry scones and banana chocochip muffins and helped me to ice the GF rainbow chip cake that we whipped up. Where was Katrine? Skating, where else.
What a way to start off with a BANG! Here is the skinny:
Glenn has been using time to build Katrine a box for her off ice. It still needs to be painted so that it reaches peak coolness but they have already had fun making it.
This past weekend we went to a birthday part for extended family member. Glenn got to get back into baseball and even had the chance to show Katrine the ropes. She really did pretty well considering that she has only played catch not swung a bat! Elspeth enjoyed her round of mini putt with Baba…as you can see. Me? I got to catch up. My favourite kind of party.
With Katrine off at skating, Elspeth and I have been filling the time with swimming, the park and rainbow looming. We have made bracelets, necklaces, octopi, bees and a penguin. I say “we” because she has done some and me others. (Thank goodness my new glasses came in, those elastics are hard to see sometimes.)
Yesterday we went to the beach with other extended family and both girls had a blast. After we came home, we broke out the henna. Here is some practical advice: don’t let your kids draw on your feet with henna. The results can be …. interesting.
A rainy Canada Day saw us at our community celebration with Elspeth’s band. The rain stopped while they were playing and the opening ceremonies conducted. After we had finished lunch, the skies opened up. Thank goodness she was done. We spent the rest of the day enjoying each other’s company and relaxing at home.
Either last year or the year before, Elspeth got a skateboard for Christmas. The warm days of summer have prompted her to get it back out and work on improving her speed and balance. In other news, she has begun to experiment with different places to sleep. One of her most recent options can be found below.
Okay, I have been slow to post updates with it being the end of the school year so you are going to get four in succession so that I am beginning summer break feeling calm and collected. Katrine is the first post; and it is about skating of course. (As an aside, she is really pleased with her report card , as are we, because she has worked really hard this year to try and balance school work, friends and skating.). Anyways, she passed her most recent skills and ice dance test and is in process of learning her new solo. A new solo brings with it a new dress which she is super excited about. I won’t tell you too much about it yet but I think that she and her coaches did an excellent job of combining some drama with youthfulness.