Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend activities …

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In an attempt to keep the TV-monster from spending every waking weekend hour in front of the tube, I signed her up for a bunch of extracurricular activities.  Last weekend Naomi started figure skating lessons with the Can Skate program.  Yesterday was her second practice and so far she is doing really well and loving it.  So very Canadian, eh?!

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This weekend was Naomi’s first gymnastics class.  She was soooooo excited and loved every moment.  She loves the new “leotard” and the fact that she matches with all the other kiddos.  My only complaint is that the gym only offers a window for parents to look through (the kids see it as a mirror) and all these parents are vying for a spot at the window so it is almost impossible to see what is going on.

We were happy to find out that someone from our adoption group was in the same class.  Even thought the girls hardly knew each other at first they were sharing hugs and “see you next week” wishes by the end of the class.  Naomi is at an age where she is interested in meeting other kids from China like her so this just worked out great. 

Next week swimming lessons kick in and I am still looking for some sort of music class as well …

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Moon Festival!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

the school bus

These pictures are from last Friday, Naomi’s fist day taking the school bus (oh the excitement). 

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Waiting at the bus stop …

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It’s coming! It’s coming! (jump up and down)

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Hello Mr. bus driver!

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Bye mom, I’m off to school! (She sat in the front seat beside her new friend Shea)

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Meanwhile: mom and dad race to the school to catch her before she gets off the bus at school …

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Me: How was the bus ride?  Naomi: It was the awesomest!  Bus driver: loud, very loud

I have to say that my biggest fear with Naomi starting kindergarten was the separation anxiety.  I was prepared for a lot of crying and meltdowns but I could not have been more wrong.  She was 100% ready.  I could hardly believe it when she got on that bus this morning (without her brother who was at hockey practice) with a quick goodbye and a wave from the window.  My little girl is growing up.  I am so happy that she is no longer so afraid.  Suddenly she understands that we will not forget her – she trusts us enough to let herself have fun knowing that we will be there when we say we will. 

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Kindergarten

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Today was officially the first day of kindergarten.  It was only for an hour and parents accompanied their kids.  While the kiddos played in one classroom, the parents filled out a mountain of paperwork and got to ask questions.  We even visited the outdoor play area and the kids got their first lesson on how to line up.  So adorable.  Naomi loved every moment.  I was watching for signs of hesitation or clinginess but there was none.  She is ready and that makes me feel better about the decision to start her early.   Tomorrow she goes in for half a day and may even take the bus …

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Francis started grade 5 yesterday!  It feels like yesterday when I was taking him to kindergarten for the first time! I didn’t get many pictures of the two of them this morning – it’s hard to think at 7am! I will try to snap a few more tomorrow!

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Here’s a little video from this morning.  She’s being a tad silly.  At the end she says, Good Luck Charlie, which is her favourite TV show.