A few recent pics from my phone

First day back. Missing a key person. Waaaa!

Friday afternoon pizzas for the neighborhood.

Kimbra’s b-day. I ran out of room at the end of the cake.

Lucky number 43.

A night out to the Chocolate Factory. WOW!!!

Days and days and days of rain. Coldest and possibly the wettest Shanghai in many, many years.

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Grade 1 so far

Blake is having the time of his life.  He has an incredible team supporting him of course!  He has four girl teachers and four boy teachers.  He’s known four of them for his entire life and two are new friends this year.  It must be pretty cool to be a staff kid.  Until you are a teenager then I bet it is horrible, but for now it’s great.  I was walking past his room today and spotted this little activity outside his door.  Blake plans to bring a big brain, his imagination and listening ears to school each day.  It’s going to be an awesome year!IMG_2652

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New Class Blog

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.14.32 AMBrand new year = brand new class blog.  This year Blake is in 1BE.  You can click on the picture or click on the link on the side of this blog.

From left to right, Ms Connie, Chandra, Lucas, Frank, Ava, Louise, Blake, Haohan, Francesco, Zoe, Neil, Ms Erickson.  Sophia and Vishal will be joining the class next week.  12 wonderful kiddos.


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First day of first grade

Here is my handsome little man all ready for his first day of school.  We left the house at around quarter to 7.  That’s a whole hour and a half before school starts.  I love his enthusiasm!IMG_1554There was lots of time to kill so Blake, Scott and I visited the nature reserveIMG_1601IMG_1588IMG_1604IMG_1609
Soon it was time to go out to play before school began.  Blake was used to this, but it was very new to the rest of little grade ones.  While they stayed pretty close to the equipment Blake went out to play four square with his fifth grade friends.

Then it was time to line up.  Ready to start a new year!IMG_1646
The next time I saw Blake it was time for the assembly.  Here he is sitting next to his wonderful teacher.  Once again, the Hossacks won the teacher lottery.  We have a strong group of teachers at SAS and the first grade team is no exception, but I am especially thankful he is with Brenda Erickson. She is, without a doubt, one of the most loving and positive people I know.  I just feel like he will be wrapped in a cocoon of goodness for his whole time at school.  Another reason I feel blessed is because the TA in Blake’s room is Ms Connie.  When I taught grade one, Con and I were a team.  She is very special to me and I love knowing that she and Blake are going to be together all day.  You might remember that Blake was born a few weeks early.  In fact, Scott and I had other plans for that day.  We were planning on going to Connie’s wedding on January 19th, but Blake had other ideas.  The day Blake was born and the day Connie was married are the same day.  Pretty cool!

IMG_1861During the assembly, Blake helped out his teachers by getting some props that rolled off the stage.
IMG_1873We finished the school day where we started, back in the nature reserve.  This time he had a good old splash with three of his buddies.  IMG_2019
Such a fabulous day!  I know he will sleep well tonight.

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Back in the swing of things.

For our first weekend back as a full staff, Scott and I invited all our Links friends and family for a brunch.

IMG_1513The kids ran around like wild things – there are at least four missing from this picture, but it was too tricky to get them all in one space.


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Hossacks Three Together Again

photo photo[1]It’s a blurry iphone picture, but I think you can see the love shining through.

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End of summer vacation wrap up

Summer flies by so quickly.  But every single day is amazing and I am very thankful for all the time we get to spend with family and friends.

Thank you St Marys for giving us another wonderful holiday!

We had a nice family lunch on our last day and I hauled these guys out front for a cousins photo.  We missed Erin and Taylor, but I’ll try to get them at Christmas time.

Last ball game of the year.  What a great season!IMG_1336We had a fire in Grandma and Grandma’s out door fireplace after ball.  Blake lit it himself using the bbq lighter.  That was a first for me.  I’ve never seen it in use.  Larry told me it was built in 1948.  The smores were delicious!IMG_1343 A few sparklers made the night even more fun.  IMG_1356 Blake has a retractable, rotating marshmallow roaster.  Pretty handy for summer nights.IMG_1371
His last day of the St Marys Library program was a visit to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  He really enjoyed it and the organizer told me he ran the bases like a pro.  My, it was a sunny, squinty sort of day.IMG_1312 Last swimming lessons.  A noodle seahorse race with Erin and teacher Sarah.  So fun!IMG_1315 Last mini golf game – glow in the dark in London.  Waaaaaah!  So many lasts.IMG_1331Just 5 months til Christmas vacation!  Yahoo!!!

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Duck call

Everywhere we went this summer we were serenaded by the not so soothing sounds of a boy imitating a duck.


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Trampoline Fun

These two had an awful lot of fun bouncing on our tramp in the last visit of the summer.

My favourite picture is the second one.  Blake is pretty high up there!IMG_1264 IMG_1269 IMG_1279

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Little Bear

We visited Little Bear with Kirsten, Erin and Kathy!  It was so fun for Blake this year.

The first year we went, five years ago, Blake was much more content to walk Little Bear than ride him.

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This year he had a good long ride.  Kirsten was kind enough to walk with him, and sometimes gallop with him, for ages!
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IMG_1095 IMG_1096 IMG_1100 IMG_1102Feeling brave, he tried riding backward.

IMG_1168 IMG_1178 IMG_1173It was a very fun morning at Jason and Kathy’s farm!

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