Sunday, July 02, 2017

My Grade 2 Graduate!

Hannah graduated from Grade 2 this past Thursday! 

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She was in a 2/3 split and did so well!  Her teacher was absolutely amazing and brought the very best out in Hannah!  Mme N took an interest in each child in her classroom, learned what made them tick and focused in on their personal needs and how each student learned.  Hannah’s confidence in the classroom grew by leaps and bounds as she went from a little girl who sat back and observed others to one who fully participated.  It was an amazing transformation as I had watched Hannah be an observer for all of her earlier years in school. 

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I am blessed to have a job that allows me the option to work a little extra each day and then have every 3rd Monday off. 

IMG_5172On these Mondays I volunteered in Hannah’s classroom in the mornings.  It was neat to observe her grow as well as get to know her classmates and teacher too.  I often didn’t understand what was being said as everything in the classroom is done in French but it was amazing to see Hannah confidently fully participate in French and also make many new friends!

We went to the school fun fair earlier in June and Hannah enjoyed hanging out with many different friends from her class.IMG_4978

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We are both very thankful for Mme N and are hoping Hannah has her for a teacher again next year!IMG_5121

On the last day of school each child was presented with a ‘Classroom Award’ and Hannah’s was perfect for her!!  She has always loved digging through the recycling bin in her classroom and making creations out of what she found.  (Mme would tell me that she’d bury things down in the bin so that Hannah and he little friend B wouldn’t find them as they’d both pull them out to make their creations.  LOL!)

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Her award was accompanied by this adorable pic!

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For now, it’s summer!!  Goodbye’s are hard but the break is welcome! 

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I like to pick Hannah up little treats to celebrate her accomplishments on the last day of school.  This year is was Canada 150th Birthday Day Tic Tacs and water balloons.  I love how excited these little things make her!

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Have a great summer Hannah!!

Grade 3….here she comes!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Building Self-Watering Planters

A couple of years ago my co-worker Cory introduced Hannah and I to self-watering planters. 

At 5 he helped her drill holes in the top bucket!  She loved this!!IMG_7206

A little bit of hard work never hurt anyone.IMG_7215

This is h-e-a-v-y!!IMG_7221

Planting peas (which sadly the bunnies enjoyed before we could) with Bethie, Cory’s daughter.IMG_7212

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In the end the planter worked wonderfully and we had lots of fresh tomatoes later in the summer!IMG_8230

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Earlier this month we went back to Mr. Cory’s house with a co-worker and his nephew and built a new planter using bigger buckets that wouldn’t need to be watered quite so frequently.  (We won’t talk about the tons of rain we’ve had this year that is also helping out!  Yikes!!!)

Hannah was much more confident this year and jumped right in there.IMG_4986

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The bottom of the top bucket.  The small holes are for air circulation, the middled sized hold one the side is for the watering pipe and the large hole in the centre is for the cup that will feed water up to the plant roots.IMG_4991

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This year’s finished product.  Thanks Mr. Cory!!IMG_5003

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jump Rope for Heart

I am thankful to work close to home which allows me to attend some functions at Hannah’s school.  Recently it was their ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ activity.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the kids jumped rope at different stations for 2 hours…all for a good cause.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gymnastics Graduation

Hannah completed another session of recreational gymnastics at our local gym and as always enjoyed her time.  I had changed her lesson to an evening class so that she could be back with Coach Alla and it was a good decision.  Alla is a great coach who pushes Hannah to do better which is something she needs.  She did so well and all of her skills progressed this term.  We’ll take the summer off and then she’ll go back in September.

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Hannah was excited to be in this session with her good friend Riley!  (I was thankful to have her Mom Melanie to visit with each Monday evening too.)  I’m thankful for the friendship Hannah and Riley continue to share even though they are in different classes at school this year.  They’ll be back together in gymnastics next September and we’re hoping at school too!IMG_5118

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father’s Day 2017–Thankful

Hannah and I were extra thankful to celebrate Father’s Day with Dad yesterday.  He gave us a scare last week when he and mom needed to leave my piano recital as Dad was having chest pains.  (I teased him that he’ll do anything to avoid a piano recital!)  Thankfully it was quickly ruled out not to be a heart attack but he will be following up with a cardiologist this week.  So this Father’s Day we are extra thankful for Dad!

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We love you Dad!  Happy Father’s Day!IMG_5107

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