Visiting Authors

We have three authors visiting us from the USA this week, Eric Rohmann, David M Shwarz and Candace Fleming.

It’s always a fun and busy time in the elementary library.

Blake has seen the two gentlemen present thus far, both came and talked to me afterwards.  One said, “Your son is so awesome! He had so many great ideas and questions! I loved it!”  The other said, “Is he ever quiet?”

Obviously, I like the first guy the best.

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Eric Rohmann presents to the whole first grade.IMG_9535During a funny bit, Blake turned and flashed me a grin!

IMG_9570David presented to all of grade Kinder, 1 & 2.

IMG_9568During one part of his presentation he shows the kids 10 popcorn, 100 popcorn, 1,000 popcorn and finally 10,000 popcorn.

Here’s a close up of Blake’s face when he showed the kids the massive bag.

IMG_9568 (1)Here’s another picture of Blake not quite as engaged in the lesson.

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Blake’s Performance

Once again I find myself counting my lucky stars for my job and my position at SAS.  Today I was asked to come to the dress rehearsal to take some  pics of the dress rehearsal of our spring performance. I got to watch everyones kid, but more importantly I got to watch my kid. Blake is a cow in Click Clack Moo. Naturally he is the most gorgeous cow ever.

One of the songs they sing is sung to the YMCA music…. “It’s fun to live on the F A R M, it’s fun to live at the F A R M….”

Our music teachers are so freaking clever!!!
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IMG_9254 (1) IMG_9228 Oops! He was not meant to be on the stage here, but he was captivated by the fourth grade musicians.IMG_9178 IMG_9173IMG_9378IMG_9381Is there anything better in this world than watching your kid caught in a moment of pure joy? Whether that happiness comes from singing and dancing or playing sports or reading books, or camping in the woods or hanging out with friends or a million other choices. When you see that light shining out of your kids face, all is right with the world.

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A Great Day

Yesterday was our final Books to Eat entry.  Blake baked a chocolate cake.  He iced it.  After watching many youtube clips about making fondant, we’ve learned this important step is called a crumb layer. Together we made the fondant, almost reaching frustration level a few times. It was too sticky.  I think we didn’t add enough powdered sugar.  That seems impossible, knowing how many pounds we poured in, but I think that was the problem. Together we rolled it out and Blake placed the face and hair.  In the end, although I wanted this to be all Blake’s work (and so did he,) I did the eyes, glasses, scar and mouth. It was an all day affair, and late Sunday night I finished it off.

I am so proud of this guy.  IMG_8920 After school and lots and lots of cake we went to a school fun run where there was running and so much more. This bouncy castle captured Blake’s attention for awhile.IMG_9037

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Date With Dad

Our school held it’s annual Date With Dad tonight and it was fantastic. 350 dads and their kids having an absolute blast playing at school for 2 hours. It was a beautiful evening.  Lots of tired, sweaty, happy kids and their dads at SAS today!

Here are a lot of them, with Scott right in the middle, introducing a new game.

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Kites!

Yesterday was a perfect day for flying a kite! Lucky for us we have the perfect kite. Thanks Auntie Peg and Uncle John. It worked terrific! It got stuck on one roof, in one bush and tangled in one tree, but all was sorted out with the help from the neighbours.

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Hong Kong

Our friend Kathy met us at the airport. We were on our way to HK and she was on her way to Canada. Lucky us, we got to spend an hour with one of the most amazing women I know. IMG_8164The next morning Blake and I headed to Hong Kong Disney. We took the MTR and the last leg of the journey is on Disney’s own line. Check out the cars. Very cool!
IMG_8170Even the things you hold in the subway were Mickey!IMG_8173We had some time to explore out front before the park opened.IMG_8177 We both bought new shades. It was a super bright day.IMG_8201Our first stop was Tarzan’s tree house. Then it was onto Grizzly Gulch which I loved, but Blake found it a bit too much for his first ride. He didn’t even want to get in this prop car out front afterwards.IMG_8203 IMG_8204There were some fun geyser type water features near by.

IMG_8205 IMG_8209 We stopped for a snack in Toy Story Land.  Blake got some mango ice cream.  I ordered chocolate ice cream and got served HOT CHOCOLATE.  It was way to hot for hot chocolate, but we looked around and tons of people were drinking it. Crazy!IMG_8217 Toy Story world had all these amazing details.  Two of the scariest rides at the park were in this world.IMG_8220 IMG_8223 The CarouselIMG_8230 Blake had a blast on Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. These are some of my favourite pictures from the whole wonderful day.IMG_8232 IMG_8233 IMG_8234 IMG_8235 Tomorrow Land UFOIMG_8238 A nice break to cool down.IMG_8248 HK Disney was fabulous, small but fabulous, but this did make me crack up. Rather than building a full castle in Asia, Cinderella and Prince Charming painted one on a flat building.IMG_8258 We loved the Lion King show. Afterwards Blake met up with some of the cast.IMG_8271 IMG_8277Disney Land was brilliant, but it wasn’t the only thing we did in HK.

We took the tram up to the highest point on the island, The Peak.  It is a funicular railway built over 100 years ago. It is so steep the buildings look as though they are leaning on their sides, but really we are.
IMG_8296 Afterwards we walked down the mountain. I had several mini heart attacks as Blake skipped, ran and danced down the slippery, mossy paths. But we made it unscathed except for one rather dodgy public restroom I think we’d both rather forget.IMG_8306 IMG_8319 On to Stanley Beach. When we got there Blake just lay in the sand for awhile. This is a boy who loves to play in the sand!IMG_8321 IMG_8325 IMG_8329 There were lots of cool rocks to climb on, sea glass to collect, playgrounds to tryout and yummy cafes to enjoy.IMG_8340 IMG_8351 We finished up our weekend at Scott’s tournament. They came in third.  They had a brilliant season. Only one loss the entire year, but it unfortunately knocked them out of the final game.  In addition to having so much fun touring Hong Kong’s amazing attractions, we also caught up with some more brilliant friends Colleen, Karla, Chris and Brenna & Lawrence who are not pictured.IMG_8356What a fabulous weekend!  I really, really, really want to go back soon!

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Books to Eat

Blake’s first entrant into Books to Eat this year was Minecraft. It was a tough choice between Harry Potter and Minecraft, but he made it and it was very, very popular.IMG_7948

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Biking

We went for a bike ride this afternoon on Blake’s new bike. His old one made his knees hit his chin when he pedalled.  Blake is in a triathlon in about a month and he needed some time to practice on a new bike. This new bike has gears which Blake thinks is pretty awesome. We rode to the back of the golf course at top speed, then we turned around to get home and BAM rode right into the wind. It was a tough haul, but he did it.

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Love this boy…

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Robotics

Our Middle School held a FLL (First Lego League) tournament this weekend.  This little dude is VERY interested in robotics and programming and lego, so we spent our whole Saturday at the tournament.  He wasn’t interested in the competitions, he wanted to watch the competitors prepare for their round. He watched for hours.

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