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This Little Piggy

Blake was in the Chinese New Year Performance yesterday. He was amazing. His grade retold the story of the Monkey King in a story called Journey to the West or Xi You Ji.

Blake was sooooo serious during the acting part. He was playing a big fat pig who fell in love with a flower (I think.)
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What I don’t have photos of is the bowing down at the end of the performance. It went on for quite awhile. Long after his classmates had left, actually.

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Lately…

Blake and his classmates have been getting ready to say goodbye to Mrs Erickson. Boy are we going to miss her!fair (1) gr2

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We’ve had a COLD snap! It’s jackets, hats, scarves every day.  Any day that it has warmed up in the last little bit, it’s rained. Sigh.IMG_0574
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100th Day of School

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And yet another birthday party

But this time it wasn’t for Blake.

This sweet boy is Hudson.

We’ve known him for about a year now. He lives with our good friends and neighbours the Rosens.

He is as sweet as can be. Just look at that smile!

IMG_0828 When we first met Hudson he had only lain on his back for most of his life in an orphanage. His head was flat and he was quite immobile. He has a very rare and horrible bone disease that has fused his joints in place. No one was quite what he was capable of.

You should see him now!

Here he is in his walker zipping along at an alarming pace. He is the best knee walker I have ever seen. No matter how hard anything is, his smile never wavers. He has the sweetest temperment and the warmest hugs I’ve ever known. What a joy!
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Party #2

We had a second party with Blake’s Links friends on Saturday morning. We went to play Laser Tag. I am kicking myself that I didn’t get any photos of the kids doing laser tag, or at least suited up for laser tag because they looked so freaking cute!

We had a terrific time.  It was so much fun. Fun for the birthday boy, fun for his younger friends, fun for his older friends -Gr4 and Gr8 kids, fun for me and Scott. It was a huge success.

I did get photos of them at McDonalds afterwards, so that’s something I guess…

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Party Time

IMG_0750 16 awesome second graders roller blading in the gym.
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Happy Birthday Blake!

Hey Blake,

It’s your birthday! Somehow eight years have passed since I cuddled this little peanut for the first time.

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Kid, you are kind, you are funny, you are interesting, and you are curious.  You sparkle with energy and enthusiasm for everything. You are, without a doubt, the greatest gift of our lives and we are incredibly thankful we get to hang out with you, watch you grow, and be there to cheer you along the way.

Blake, you have a gentle heart.  Your genuine concern and tenderness for others is an inspiration to me. There is so much we want to teach you, but we have so much to learn from you as well. The way you selflessly love others challenges and inspires me to do the same.

At the moment you love Minecraft, Lego,  Skylanders, rollerblading, playing with friends, cheese pizza, carrots, YouTube and baking. You have recently discovered chess, the thrill of independence, and are fascinated by robotics.

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With each passing year you grow and change, yet the awesome spirit that is Blake remains the same,  it just gets brighter and brighter. You are a truly great kid and Dad and I love you so much.

Happy birthday sweet boy.

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Christmas Vacation: Sledding – HOORAY!

We made the most of our 1 snowy day in Canada.

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Christmas Vacation: New Years morning

My first trip to Sunset Diner. Yummy breakfast. We’ll be back for sure.

The hot chocolate alone is worth a repeat visit.

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Christmas Vacation: And the snow finally came!!

Happy New Year!

On New Year morning the snow finally came.

Scott, Barb, Rich and I had a fun dinner at Little Reds on NYE. YUM!

The kids hung out with Pat, Larry, Beth and Barry and played Left, Right, Centre. Blake made it til 9pm. Erin made it til 10:30. She’s a trooper.

We made it til midnight – barely. Poor Barb and Rich have chosen lame friends in me and Scooter.
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