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.
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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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Blake has graduated

From Little Bear to Princess.

Blake loves to visit his cousins at the farm where they work and hang out with Princess. It was so incredibly hot this day. But Erin was a trooper and helped Blake with one of our summer traditions.
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Waterballoons!

Some amazing people invented this:IMG_2099 And it makes blowing up 150 water balloons quick and easy!

It costs a bit more, but it doesn’t leave your fingers aching for days, so I say splurge a little. We bought as many as we could and even brought some back to Shanghai with us.IMG_2110

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Splash Pads

Splash Pads did not play as large a role in our summer as they did last year, but we got there when we could. Before swimming lessons, Blake would often have a quick play in our own St Marys splash pad.IMG_2047 IMG_2043 IMG_2040

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Storybook Gardens

There are lots of fantastic things to do and play at Storybook Gardens in London.

Imagination Playground blocks, a massive sand pit, 5+ massive climbing structures, a brilliant splash pad, cool little houses to play in and the two activities below are a car race track (this track is turned to ice in the winter) and a giant inflatable lily pad.

 

We think Storybook Gardens is brilliant!IMG_2084 IMG_2082 IMG_2059 IMG_2057

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Baseball in the Park

It was super fun to watch Blake enjoy ball this year. It was also nice to see him grow and improve.  For the last 2 years he has had the wonderful Donna as a coach. We are very, very lucky!

After a great evening of ball we head to the playground or the ice cream shop, or both!

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