Percussion Island

Look what I just found on my camera!

At the end of the summer Dad, Scott and I took the kids, Blake and Erin, to Stratford to visit Tom Percussion Island – know as Tom Patterson Island for the rest of the year.

The kids had a blast. Although you wouldn’t know it by Blake’s facial expression in these first 2 pics. IMG_2230 IMG_2233 IMG_2236 IMG_2248 IMG_2252 IMG_2260 IMG_2264

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International Day of Peace

Today Blake’s class celebrated the international day of Peace. They sang, they read books they talked about peace. It was nice.

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Blake and I sit down before dinner each night to do his homework. And I thought, being a teacher, I’d be pretty good at helping him till at least the last couple of years of high school.


I was wrong. Kid, you’re on your own.IMG_1478See the first character on the 4th line. It’s a six. He tells me he loves to write 6 because it’s like an innukshuk. My little Canadian Chinese boy.

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Just back from the pool and time for a little chalk drawing.IMG_7998 (1)I want to improve as a photographer and I know that I have to actually take photos and lately I haven’t been. So… new goal, camera out every day.  Maybe you’ll see some of those pics here.



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Back to School Art

Tonight is our open night and the classrooms are shiny and clean and the halls are sparkling full of brand new student work.

Here is some of Blake’s…


I think this one says be safe, do not bite, do not kick and lastly, do not shout.IMG_1465

This one is so interesting to me.Kind of Edvard Munch-ish.

He came home from school covered in red splotches the day they made these. At first glance I thought he had come down with the pox.IMG_1450Finally, Blake’s self portrait.

I was surprised to see green eyes as Blake often talks about his BLUE eyes.  To me they are a blue-ish-grey colour.

But his favourite book character, Percy Jackson, has green eyes, so maybe that is the inspiration.

Can you also spot the thousand or so freckles on his nose?

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Circus is in Town

Last night was our annual Links Welcome Back Party.

There was a clown. He asked for volunteers and then this happened…

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First Conference of the Year

IMG_1442We had our first conference of the year last week.

We were able to share any questions or concerns we had and Ms Erickson wanted to share with us our child’s strengths.

We were told Blake strengths are:

  • Love of Learning
  • Teamwork
  • Gratitude
  • Kindess
  • Curiosity
  • Capacity to Love and be Loved
  • Honesty
  • Perspective
  • Forgiveness and Mercy
  • Social Intelligence

I took a picture, because who wouldn’t want to remember that sort of goodness.


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Back in Shanghai

It’s always hard to leave Canada, but it’s always great to come home.

We’re back in Shanghai now and starting a brand new year. There is always something so exciting about starting a new school new year. Freshly sharpened pencils, empty notebooks just waiting to be written in and renewed energy, excitement and optimism. This year is going to be the best year yet!

Here is our second grader on his first day of school. IMG_7509 (1) It’s going to be a great school year!IMG_7510 First up we met up with family friends…IMG_7514 (1) Then classmates. 1BE reunited as 2BE.IMG_7534 (1)Most of these 2BE faces are familiar, but there are some new friends to meet too.
IMG_7769 (1)Still the same career goal, apparently.IMG_7714 (1)

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Goodbye Everything

All good things come to an end.

This August we had to say goodbye to grandparents, cousins, friends (we miss you so much Erin!! your folks too!), the river, our perfect house, trivia Mondays, Little Reds, Hearns, Swiss Chalet, baseball, St Marys, and, hardest of all, my dad.

Goodbyes are tough and our lifestyle means that we say them a lot. Too much.

But we’ll be back at Christmas for fun in the snow and ice.

See you soon!
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The Pool!

Blake made the most of Grandma and Grandpa’s pool this summer.

It might be his last.

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