Markus still not eating fruit

WARNING: As of next month I will put password on our blog. The password will be the name you get from first letters in our kids names.

We said goodbye to snow in style,

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Then we got to that weird season that is Spring in other parts of the World, but in our little zone it is just really hot and cold at the same time. We went sugaring off, but mostly we stayed indoors.

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Trevor is having fun in school this year. He said he has the best art teacher in school. He has been reading a lot. His favourite series are Jeronimo Stilton, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Big Nate series. He wants to build a lot of land and water robots and is trying to convince us to build a lab and helicopter landing pad on the top of our house. Here is the penny arcade he made in his Maker Jr. class:

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As soon as Trev came home with the penny arcade, Owen made his own. The younger brothers do not need to make robots; they ARE the robots:

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Owen is learning a lot from his older brother.

Trevor: No, no, dating is when you start going out for dinner with your girlfriend.
Owen: Oh my gosh!

Owen is working really hard to get good notes from school. That is not to say that he still does not get bad notes. However, the photocopy of the apology note he wrote shows really tidy writing and age appropriate spelling. His tree climbing and trampolining skills are equally improving. This weekend he has biked 15km two days in a row.

Here is us going for the first bike ride of the year:

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The problem with Trevor riding a road bike was that the younger brothers got exhausted and then cold:

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Yes, Markus is wearing my pants, hat, helmet and socks as gloves. This is because Markus is still ridiculous.

Me on another occasion: Here Markus, have some grapes with whipped cream.
Markus takes a grape, sticks it in the whipped cream and then his mouth. After he has licked the cream off the grape, he carefully takes it out and leaves it aside with some amount of disgust.
Markus: It is dirty now.

Or another time:

Markus: Mommy, do you know why I like cross-country skiing?
Me: No, why?
Markus: I don’t actually like cross-country skiing. Do you know why I like downhill skiing?
Me: No, why?
Markus: Because it is fun.

And that was our winter

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Nine already!

February started warm and dry. I had already begun to consider alternate plans for March break as I was not sure there would be enough snow to go skiing. It was only about the boys four day weekend (PD day on Friday and Family Day on Monday) that we got some serious cold. Lucky Trev – that was exactly when his Cubs Winter Camp was. So how do you camp at -30C? By being prepared, of course!

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The kids had to set up their fire pit on a tray inside the cabin and then quickly go outside to light it.

While Trev was recovering from Cub Camp, Owen and Markus went skiing.
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I think Family Day is at risk of becoming my favourite holiday.

And as soon as the weekend was over we got this:
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Half a meter of snow in a single day – a record!

Such snowfall asked for two bus cancelled days in a row – the kids went to school but snow days are essentially a joke – nothing but fun in class.
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This is how we get back from school when busses are cancelled.

On the following Friday we took kids out of school early and headed off to the yurt. Trevor was skiing circles around us, Owen raced and fell over over and over and over again. Markus refused to move until he saw the yurt and after he skied like it is nobody’s business.
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Downhill season was shorter than usual, but al the kids picked up some mad skills.
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Markus (almost) eating fruit

After dinner I bring out two oranges and start pealing the first. I cut the top off and slice the peel vertically.

Markus (points at second orange): I want to eat that.
Me: Can I give you a little bit of this one? I am almost done peeling it.
Markus: No, I want the other one.
I hand him the other orange.
Markus: I want you to peel it but don’t cut its top off.
Me: Are you sure, look at this one, I have already peeled it and it is in nice slices?
Markus: No, you cut its head off. Peel the other one.
I cut and peel the next orange but it is tricky to do it without cutting the top first and there is a little bit of peel left. I give it to Markus.
Markus (as he gives me back the orange): Remove all the peel and split it into nice slices for me to eat.
I split the rest of the orange. The orange is a bit tough and the slices split in half rather than along the skin. It is still nice, juicy and delicious so I give it to Markus.
Markus: What is this?! I am not going to eat it.
He leaves and I eat both oranges as I originally intended.

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Markus convincing us he was going to pull that blue pulk.

Leap Year

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On this morning they reached the record number of dishes to spread breakfast into.

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And on this morning the deal was: Same shirt, same pants, same socks, almost the same height.

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We’ve got radio signal.

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And our bathroom is fixed!

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At some point Markus decided to not get on the school bus. We walked to school and he liked it so much we walked to school a couple of other times. In fact, we do it whenever we can.

In other news all of Markus’ owls are sick because they have been eating their own snot. He told them not to but they did not listen. He also got a book about the circulatory system from the school library. Here he is demonstrating how the heart works:

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Owen got in trouble at school for being rowdy so we have been trying out different sticker systems. Markus also thinks he is on a sticker system (he is not). He caused reenactment of Munch’s “Thomas’s Snowsuit” at recess the other day but mostly he is good.

We are half way through both cross country and downhill ski lessons. In this picture it looks like Owen is doing skate skiing – he is not supposed to but I did not notice that his skis need grip wax for the first four classes. Oops.

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Owen is really excited about this being the leap year. He is now able to read picture books. His favourite is “Green Eggs and Ham”. When I read to him we either read Richard Scarry or Super Diaper Baby. Hi teacher is really impressed with how much he improved his French since he started school. If only he wasn’t so rowdy!

Watcher kids!

The kids are going to be really excited in the morning then they finally see some snow on the ground. In the meantime, let’s recap December.

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It was unseasonably warm.

Owen turned six. He got a book of word searches and was really excited about it.

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He is starting to read in English. He has successfully read Dr Suss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” out loud. He is starting to ask if he can help around the house. Usually he vacuums and occasionally helps me make breakfast. He can be really rowdy and needs to play outside at least for part of the day lest he drives me crazy. He is currently enjoying the “Captain Underpants” series as bedtime stories. He loves board games, but can get upset if he loses.

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Trevor is enjoying school more than last year. He is making progress with the violin and is the easiest of the three to get to practice. Today, after a few months of discussion, we had rearranged his room to a new configuration he asked for. We brought up my old writing desk from the basement. He bought some squared paper and technical pencils and is now planning on drawing a series of aircraft. He also removed most things other than Lego and books from his room. He attempted to remove Markus but was not successful. I think that works to Trevor’s advantage because he ended up snuggling with his brother anyway. Trevor is currently reading “The Guardians of Ga’hoole” series.