Friday, July 15, 2016

Hannah’s Last Day of Grade 1

June 29th was Hannah’s last day of Grade 1 in Mme J’s class.  She was a wonderful teacher and helped my timid English only speaking 6yo to become a confident 7yo who is easily able to carry on a conversation in not only English but French too!IMG_1015

Hannah was unsure about changing schools last September as she really enjoyed her former school but I knew this would be a much better learning environment for her as well as she would have the opportunity to learn French which will be an asset to her future.  It probably took until March before she stopped asking to go back to her old school but I’m thankful we made the switch as she has made many wonderful friends at her new school too.  We visited my cousin the other day who speaks French and I sat there in awe as Hannah was easily able to hold her own in a conversation.  What a wonderful gift a second language is!

Here’s Hannah on the first day of Grade 1.  This year she chose to wear the same dress the first and last day of school.  I will say I don’t notice quite as much difference this year as we have in the past.  I think next year will be a big one as her baby teeth will become grown up teeth!

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We also had some fun taking some Mommy and Hannah pics together.DSC_2051 - Copy

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One of the neat things Hannah’s school did this year was on the second last day of school they moved to next year’s classroom with their new teacher and new classmates so that they could meet one another.  Hannah is really excited to have Mme N for a teacher next year and I’ve heard great things about her too. I teased and said she won the Grade 2 lottery as she’s in both a 2/3 split and in a portable but I know she’ll do wonderfully in her new grade!  She only has 2 of her current classmates with her and she’s not really close to either of them but I have faith that my outgoing girl will make new friends quickly as well as enjoy time with her former classmates at lunch and recess.

Congratulations Hannah!  You did so well in Grade 1 and I’m excited to watch you grow and learn more in Grade 2!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Big Day!! Hannah’s First Lost Tooth!!

Hannah’s middle teeth top and bottom started getting loose almost 2 months ago.  I’ve been shocked how long it takes these little chompers to fall out from the time they start to move!

This morning when she woke up she asked me to check out her wiggliest tooth…which is something she’s been doing no less than ummm…5 times a day for about….oh yah, 2 months! Winking smile

Today when I wiggled her bottom tooth on her left it was wiggly…really wiggly.  I asked her if she wanted me to try and pull it out, fully expecting to be met with a resounding ‘NO!’  Instead she excitedly said ‘YES!’  I grabbed a tissue but just couldn’t get a good grasp on that little thing so I asked her if she wanted to try.  She grabbed hold and ‘pop’….it was out!  I think we were both surprised at how easily it came out now that it was ready!!!  It bled for a few seconds and then it was done.   She looked at me with her little tooth grasped between her fingers and smiled her first gappy grin; well…her first gappy grin in about 6 1/2 years!IMG_5793

Hannah showing off her first tooth that she got at 11 1/2 months old.  I was told the later babies get their teeth often the later they lose them and this has proven true for Hannah as she’s now almost 7 1/2 and has just lost her first one.Hannah Teething 2010

I can’t believe the baby above is old enough to be losing her teeth!  IMG_1344

Ready for the tooth fairy to come tonight.IMG_1345

Congrats baby girl!  What an exciting day today was!  IMG_1343

Canada’s Wonderland Adventure

Each summer Hannah and I like to visit Canada’s Wonderland for a day of exciting rides!  This year we chose to go on the final PA day of the year.  Oops!  Won’t do that again!  Oh well, we still had a ton of fun!

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Hannah was a purple band again this year which is where she was at last year also.  Perfect for her!

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We rode a few rides and then went to one of our favourite treat spots for some yummy, fresh kettle chips!  In the pic on the left a little ant had crawled onto Hannah’s leg and she was feeding it a chip!  LOL!  Hope it likes salt and vinegar!

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Hannah was pretty excited that she was old enough to ride the train on her own.  (LOL – This is the only ride pic I took the entire day!  We rode a number of rides but were on them together this year as she enjoyed some of the adult roller coasters.  Woo hoo!!)IMG_1042

In the middle of the afternoon I mentioned to Hannah that we needed to go to the front of the park for a moment.  Michelle and I had cooked up a little surprise for our kiddos and this was their reaction!  Hannah and Benjamin were SO excited to spend time at the park together and she literally jumped into his arms!  They share a special friendship and I am so thankful for this!IMG_1045

Another dining tradition for our day at Wonderland is a funnel cake.  Mmm!  Need I say more?IMG_1052

I treasure the time I share with Hannah and these special days are gifts I don’t take for granted!IMG_1057

My girl….my heart!IMG_1063

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We had a great day with you Benjamin and Michelle!  Now that we’ve gone to Wonderland 2 years in a row, here’s hoping an annual tradition has been born!IMG_1047

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hannah’s First Piano Exam

Hannah has been taking piano lessons for almost 3 years and this week was her first Royal Conservatory of Music piano exam and she was so well prepared!  She works really hard each week to prepare for her lessons and I believe did well at the exam.  (I wasn’t able to be in the room with her and didn’t hear much of the exam….not for lack of trying! Winking smile).   She’s a normal kiddo and practice can be a challenge at times but most days it’s a good time together.  We won’t discuss the other days!

We took a moment to take a few pictures before her exam.  IMG_1092

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I snapped this one as she was holding her favourite stuffy and waiting to be called in for her exam.IMG_1102

Way to go Hannah!  Mommy is so proud of you!!IMG_1099

I asked her if I could record her pieces and it turned into this sweet little play-by-play of her thoughts.  Hmmmm….mommy can learn from this little video too.  Some things she is applying that we talk about…and yah, I need to watch how often I ask her to ‘hurry up’ and it’s definitely affecting her.  Lesson learned….and I’m working on it. 

Here you go.  Please enjoy Hannah’s mini recital!

Way to go baby girl!!!

Hannah’s Gymnastics Graduation

Hannah moved up to the age 7 & 8 girls class at the gym this session and her new coach was amazing!  Hannah always had young teen girls as coaches but this time her coach was an adult and she was awesome!  She paid attention to each of the girls and each of the details of what they were doing.  Literally within weeks of Hannah starting with Coach Alla I could see her improving on a weekly basis and she was enjoying her time in the gym a lot too!
Today she also mastered climbing the rope right to the ceiling of the gym and ringing the bell!DSC_1992
Here she was relaxing before the awards ceremony.DSC_1995 - Copy
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Thanks for coaching Hannah Alla!  We are both excited to know she will have you as a coach for the next 2 years!DSC_2005
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