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Monthly Archives: January 2014

First Day of the Vacation

Pretty great vacay so far. A lazy morning, followed by 3 hours in the mat room, then 2 hours in Steve’s classroom helping him take apart a motorcycle, followed by an epic game of Settlers of Catan, and we topped it all off with sparklers and firecrackers.

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Xin Nian Kuai Le

We’ve been in Shanghai for nine Chinese New Year Celebrations.  Our first year was year of the dog.  At the Chinese New Year assembly, our Chinese department brought in multi-coloured poodles to dance on the stage and do tricks.  That year, Scott and I went to the Bund with a group of friends and were … Continue reading »

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Birthday Parties!

Blake went to a birthday party on the weekend.  They went bowling and then played in a maze.  It was a cool hedge maze about the size of a football field. Blake and the others ran around the hedge for ages and had an absolute blast.  After the party ended Blake asked if we could … Continue reading »

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Gymnastics at Dulwich

Our third gymnastics session was our very best!  And now we have a two week break for Chinese New Year.  Bummer This one was in the large gym, a real gym, with real equipment.  Blake grabbed Allegra’s hand and they ran for it.He loves jumping on the spring board and tumbling with David.He went on … Continue reading »

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Writing

I just love kid writing.  Especially my kid’s.  This is Blake’s work from Writing Workshop today.  His teacher is teaching a unit on persuasive writing and his task was to encourage someone to listen to a song. He chose Katy Perry’s song Firework.  The illustration cracks me up.  You know how she sings, “Baby, you’re a firework.” … Continue reading »

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Caldecott Medal

As I’m sure you know, the Caldecott Medal is about to be awarded.  This is an annual award recognizing excellence in children’s picture books.  Our fabulous librarian and Blake’s fabulous teacher are right into the competition this year.  We have most of the books that are in the running for this prestigious award (NOT easy to … Continue reading »

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Running

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To Wii or not to Wii

We Wii-ed.  The only thing Blake asked for his birthday was a video game.  We hummed and hawed and eventually caved. Blake got a wii for his birthday.  It’s been fun for the whole family and a nice activity for days when the air outside is toxic. Last Friday night he and Bauer had a … Continue reading »

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Thank you Chris and Martin

Blake loves to spout facts and info.  Did you know that pigeons poop when they are frightened?  Did you know peregrine falcons are the fastest birds on the planet?  Did you know that kangaroos can swim but they can’t walk backwards.  And on and on and on it goes.  Some of this info comes from school and … Continue reading »

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Birthday Party Number 2

We had the Links families to our house for a second birthday party on his actual birthday. It was loud and fun and crazy and it lasted more than four hours!! When it was done every kid in the house looked like this…. And every floor of the house looked like this…. (0r worse, some … Continue reading »

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