Elspeth has really been enjoying school this year (thank goodness).Â This past week had both a dance-a-thon and crazy hat day.Â The night before, she insisted on creating the masterpiece below.Â I think that she did a pretty darn good job.Â Don’t forget to look for the tiny gingerbread girl.
Elspeth began playing the ukulele a few years ago.Â She really wanted a guitar but was simply too small.Â Yesterday was the big day.Â She became a guitar owner.Â Now she will need to work up to the pink paisley guitar of her dreams but the cool red classical that she chose is a good start.Â Fingers crossed that it lives up to her expectations.
We have come a long way since we had Miss K’s very first birthday party 12 years ago.Â We had just been home about a month and a half.Â She was just getting settled.Â We marked the occassion by celebrating with our friends and their kids with an animal theme birthday party.Â This year sees her much more grown up but no less special to us.
The theme for her party was not animals but all things Japanese and pink.Â But I am getting ahead of myself.Â She marked her actual birthday with smaller celebrations with friends at school and skating before being taken out for pho by her dad.Â Then we had some green tea and red bean cake at home before presents.Â I can honestly say that the pillow Miss E sewed specially for her was her favourite gift of the evening.
The next day, I treated the girls to the Unicorn Frappucino.Â How magical!Â Since then I have found a recipe for a similar layered milkshake made with real fruit.Â It looks similar and I can’t wait to give it a try.Â Certainly much healthier and what a great way to sneak in more servings of fruit.
Today was her All thing Japanese party.Â She commissioned her sister to help paint some cherry blossoms and colour artwork to decorate the walls while I was asked to get pink supplies.Â She contributed some of her kawaii cuties.Â We made little take out boxes for the loot bags (I mean, a bit over board but it is likely the last mommy thrown party).Â The event began with sushi hand picked by Katrine.Â Then an anime movie followed by a variety of Japanese treats (okay, the Brownies were not Japanese but we did need to have something main stream) and gifts.Â She had a great time hanging out with her friends.
Elspeth?Â Well she got to spend all afternoon with Baba.Â They went for their own sushi and then hit three different parks before stopping at Cosmo to check out 1/2 size guitars.Â Yup, she has been given the green light to look for a guitar.Â Soon it will be good bye ukulele!
The weekend began on Good Friday with a fun breakfast before church.Â Then we had the privelege of seeing Katrine participate in the running of service at church.Â Really proud of her.
Then it was off to my parents for birthday dinner for both mom and Katrine complete with butter tarts and an exciting gift for Katrine…money!Â Saturday dawned with a rainy day for the Lion’s Club egg hunt but the girls got in the spirit of it and walked away with their first batch of treats.
This morning dawned to gifts from their grandparents, full baskets and an egg hunt.Â The Easter bunny was tricky this year and hid the eggs all over the house instead of just in one room.Â Took the girls a while to find them all but they were laughing all the time.Â I was enjoying the hunt as I am not sure how many more Katrine will agree to do for her sister.
My Nana Brown passed away right before the break.Â She was a wonderful woman and fabulous grandmother.Â Always had something tucked away for Scott and I to do when we visited….and the girls too for that matter.Â Always had some treats for us to, along with an ear to listen to our exploits.Â The day after the memorial, we went to may parents for a change of pace.Â The girls were lucky and got to explore the Marsh with their Grandpa.Â Too cold for the sap to be running that day but they did check.Â These were the last two days before I got ill.
It wasn’t all bad.Â We did mark Pi Day….with sugar pie!Â Unfortunately too ill to bother making gluten free pastry; but also too ill to care that I wasn’t getting pie.
Not much, well any, photos of Katrine from March Break as she skated.Â She has managed to get back to her double axel with some consistency!!!Â She is also excited to be working on her new programs for next season.Â This past week (okay not March Break) she also did some skating tests so she has been busy.Â Oh, she did end the break by singing in the youth choir for the very first time.Â Proud mom moment.
Elspeth kept busy despite the fact that I was ill with bronchitis (in fact, just getting rid of the last of it).Â She sewed up a storm, went to library programs and completing Brownie badges.Â Here is a glimpse into her week in photos.