Water Park

A brilliant day at the Phu Quoc Water Park exceeded everyone’s expectations, but man are we fried!

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Happy Birthday to Scott

Happy Birthday to Scott!  We had a three day birthday extravaganza!

This past Wednesday was Scooter’s b-day.  We had our lovely Links Crew over for some delicious Thai food.

Thursday the girls on his softball team had a little surprise waiting for him.

Back when Blake was still in onesies our cousin Gaye gave us these awesome toques.


They might look a little goofy to you, but they are the warmest hat I’ve ever worn. I suggest you go to Pook.ca right now and check them out. Scott is coaching softball in February and he needs all the warm he can get, so he wears his to most practices. I told his softball girls about his birthday and they cooked up a plan.


They each attached socks to an SAS beanie in Scott’s honour and they made that amazing Sock Monkey cake. Such cool kids!

On Friday we had an Elementary function at Mr X. It’s a puzzle house! You get locked into a room with a group of people and have an hour to get out. There are different themes and lots of clues and LOTS of red herrings. I was in a high tech room called Area 51 and Scott was in a room that was made up of jail cells.  We had 6 different groups from our school and only one was successful in getting out of their room in time.  Scott’s, of course. He is so stinking good at puzzles like that!

Here are the winners.

Rae Ah, Scotty, Giselle, Ruby, Mike, Kev and Dana. Dana was Blake’s pre K Chinese teacher!IMG_1033I think the signs say “Winner, winner, chicken dinner” in Chinese.

Afterwards I arranged for us all to go to Bubba’s Texas BBQ joint in Shanghai and to meet up with our MS and HS friends.  The second part was meant to be a surprise for Scott, but some turkey from school blew it!  And then Scott messed with me saying he wanted to go somewhere else and I crumbled under the pressure of keeping a secret and told him all about it. It was still fun.  Loads of good friends and good food a just a few drinks too many = a very fun birthday almost surprise for Scott!

Here’s one more picture of baby Blake in his toque, because …. so adorable!


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Xin Nian Kuai Le – Happy New Year!

Many of Blake’s classmates dressed in Chinese costumes for our Chinese New Year Celebration. Don’t they look fabulous!?IMG_6476 There were lots of fun activities to try. He had a nice long go with the Chinese Yo-Yo. He also made dumplings, ate dumplings, played ring toss, ate frozen yogurt, got a tattoo and a bunch more stuff.IMG_6560 Some of the moms dressed up in elaborate costumes.  This is Chandra’s mom as Mulan.IMG_6569 Calligraphy. The character Blake is trying to copy is ai.  It means love.IMG_6573

We love the dragon and lion dances. They are brilliant! Hanging out with the dragon after the show.IMG_6626



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First tooth

20150203-204317.jpg He’s been waiting for a wiggly tooth for a long time and this evening it finally dropped out. There was some excited dancing and a few tears.

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Birthday Parties 1-5

It’s been a fun-filled month full of birthday goodness.

Party #1 – in Canada at Grandmas

Party #2 – Cupcakes in class

Party #3 – family pizza dinner with pressies from Mom and Dad

Party #4 – Big class party at the mat room

Party #5 – Links party at the mat room


As I type, the dregs of party #5 is still going on.  About 10 Linkers are still here, snacking on leftovers, playing with everything they can get their hands on.

Blake just burst in to my room shouting, “Mommy, we need some cactuses for the desert room.” Confused? Me too.

It’s been a great month, but we’ve got to wrap it up.  Scott’s b-day is coming soon….


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Spirit Week Continues

Tuesday was Looney Tunes Day.  Mario and Luigi, aka Blake and Scott, made a special reappearance for this day.IMG_6138Wild and Wacky Wednesday was a lot of fun.  I was Nemo, Scott went completely wacky and Blake brought out his wolf ears from Great Wolf Lodge.100th day2Thursday was Sports Day.  Blake sported some Blue Jays gear. Scott and I both wore Ice Blacks jerseys.
IMG_6244 Friday was SAS day.  It was also the 100th day of school.  Big day for our kiddos!100th day1 In this pic, Blake and his buddies are watching Zero the Hero do his presentation.  Zero was our friend Simon, and Blake did an excellent job of not spilling the beans until the very last minute when he couldn’t hold it in any longer and he blurted out Zero’s true identity.

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PJ Day

Today is the first day of Spirit Week.  Everybody loves pajama day!!

Recognize these jammies Grandma?  He chose them special because the pants are so soft.

Vishal and Francesco look pretty cute too.



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Blake’s Party

Blake’s Spy party was a huge success.  All 16 kids had a blast, especially this little boy.  Which makes me so very happy.
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Happy Birthday Dear Blake

Dear Blake,

Today you turn 7! SEVEN!

Kiddo, you are strong, you are loving, you are smart, you are funny and you are kind. I am so proud to be your mom.

These days…

  • Your legs seem to get longer every day.
  • The wiggly tooth you have waited so long for is finally here.
  • Your quick smile lights up your face, the room, my life and more.
  • Hugs are your absolute favourite thing.
  • You can not get enough books – stories to read, and always stories to listen to. Fiction, nonfiction, jokes, facts, you name it.
  • You love Minecraft and Stampylongnose.
  • You have a soft, warm, caring, sweet heart,
  • You run and run and run and jump and climb and roll with boundless energy and grace.
  • You love to build, create, and figure things out.
  • And talk.  Kid, you could win an Olympic medal in talking and I will always have time, find time, make time to listen.
  • You amaze me.

We love you so much and always will.

Some pictures of our amazing boy.

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Blake is one!

Blake is two!

Blake is three!

Blake is four!

Blake is five!

Blake is six!

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Poetry Celebration

Yesterday Blake’s class held it’s poetry celebration.

It was amazing!

Each child presented two poems and they were all so lovely.

Blake’s poems were called “December Days are Done” and “Nature.”

Brenda had a ‘poetry hat’ or beret for each student, Blake chose not to wear his, but I made him put it on to pose for a picture at the end, because how cute is this kid!
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