Blake’s Birthday Escape Room

We had a terrific birthday party for Blake on Feb 10 – only 3 weeks after his b-day. The kids met after school and had a huge snack then played on the playground for awhile. Gaga ball is always a hit.

This was the first year we let Blake choose his friends instead of making him invite his whole class (plus their twins and triplets.) Making the list was hard for him and it was nice to see how many children he genuinely wanted to invite. We narrowed it down to 18 (oy vey) and it was such a nice group of kids. In the past we, as teacher parents, had to pull out the teacher voice from time to time and redirect kids away from being goof balls. This party, though big, was full of really, really lovely kiddos. Easy.

We came back to the house after a big play and divided the kids into two groups. Scott and I had gutted our back room and turned it into an escape room. One group at a time went into the escape room to solve the clues and escape the room. We had run several trials in the days leading up to the party and it was taking adults and older neighbours about half an hour. We truly didn’t know how long it would take our third graders. It took them both about 45 minutes with few hints here and there. When the moms and dads arrived to pick up their kids they asked to see how it worked, so we ran it again. Then the bulk of Links children ended up at our door for cake, so we ran it again. So far about 10 groups have gone through it. Worth the effort for sure.

Blake’s group – Group #1

Group # 2

A redo picture with everyone who was left in the hopes that Blake would look at the camera this time. Maybe next year.

 

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BRACES!!!!!

We’ve known for years this was coming. Blake has a cross bite that his dentist noticed when he was about three. His molars are in now, so it’s time to begin the process of expanding his upper jaw to fix that bite. He was a trooper.

 

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Fantastic Beasts

During the CNY holiday the Links families got together to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the Black Box theatre. It was awesome!!!

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CNY @ Disney

It wouldn’t be a trip to Disney without some quality time in the Alice in Wonderland Maze.

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Happy New Years Day from Disney

Today is New Years Day in China. Which means that yesterday was New Years Eve, and NYE goes into the wee small hours, even for kids. We woke up around 5:30 and fireworks were still booming everywhere. After such a late night I was sure Shanghai Disney would be nice and quiet. I was wrong, very, very wrong. Still, I had a lovely morning with my boys.

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Blake’s Gr 3 Class Photos

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CNY

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

We are about to enter the Year of the Rooster!

We had an amazing Chinese New Year Assembly.

And an amazing CNY carnival.

Blake and Summer and Skylar

Blake and his class on Chinese New Year

Trying out the stilts.

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Homestay

We have three lovely girls from American International School in Guangzhou staying with us. They are table tennis players. We headed back to Disney for dinner. Burgers this time. 

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That day at SAS

SAS has an advertising campaign for social media called Every Day at SAS.

Blake was featured in one this week.

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Disney Birthday Dinner

A group of friends joined us for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Shanghai Disneytown.

It was lovely.

You can see all the yummy leftover bags in our hands. The Disney CNY decorations were delightful.

And we sang and we celebrated the sweetest boy in the world.

Coming soon – a b-day party over CNY with his Links pals – probably to an escape room.

Coming later, possibly on Scott’s birthday, a birthday party with school mates.

It’s the birthday that never ends.

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