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2nd bottom tooth fell out

It came out on the way up to bed as he wiggled it gently. There was no pain and no bleeding, he was thrilled. He is now missing all 4 front teeth, is fun to watch him eat. :)

Completed Red Cross “Level 1” Swimming Lessons

SwimKids 1 Advanced:    This level builds on a child’s previous swim introduction to floats and glides with kick. Children build their endurance by improving distance.

1st Bottom tooth fell out

Dean ‘helped’ pull it out. It’s the 1st tooth that hasn’t been yanked out early by a dentist! YAY!

Started reading BOB Books Set 3 “Word Families”

Cole has done really well learning to read phonetically with BOB Books Sets 1 and 2. Now it’s time for more reading practice and new consonant blends with Set 3.  :)

Bob Books Set 3 adds something new for young readers. Consonant blends introduce youngsters to the next level of reading. Consistent vowel sounds mean skill building continues at a comfortable pace.

10 books. 16 pages each. 8 stories plus 2 activity books.
Short vowels continue, adding blends and compound words.

Received “Effort” badge in Karate

Started Grade One

He is so excited to go be going to school and learn new things.  He is also looking forward to playing with his friends. :)

6 Years old today!

First broken bone

Waiting at the hospitalCole was playing in the playground outside his karate class. This is what we normally do after class on nice days, he loves to climb all over the equipment and go down the slides. He was sharing a spinning wheel (has replaced monkey bars in many playgrounds) with a friend and falls. This has happened before, but this time he landed on his arm instead of his feet. He complained that it hurt but there were no lumps or bumps and he could wiggle his fingers so I just took him home, gave him some advil and let him watch some TV. I figured it was a sprain or strain and would get better on it’s own.

When Hubby got home he took one look at Cole’s arm and noticed how swollen the elbow was. It was decided to take him in and get that elbow x-rayed.

First castAfter a few hours in the hospital it was determined that the humerus was fractured near his elbow and he would need a cast. The doctor on call in emergency was pretty confident that we would only need to leave it on for 2 weeks. Cole was pretty freaked, he had NO idea what a cast was, but he knew he didn’t want one! Once he saw what it was and noticed that it didn’t hurt as much now that he didn’t have to hold his arm up with his other hand he was a bit happier. Cole declared this his Worst Birthday Ever! We kinda agree, at least he had his pool party before he broke his arm

First time on the Ferry without Daddy

Mama and Cole did a day trip to Nanaimo for Great-Granny Bain’s 91st birthday party.

First time camping without Mama

camping rainDean & Cole went camping at Harrison Hot Springs with Catherine and Ryan Adam. Mama was happy to miss out on the rainy camping trip.

First time tubing behind a motor boat

Cole got to go tubing with his camping friends at the Fintry camp ground.

Completed Red Cross “Salamander” Swimming Lessons


Salamander 3-5 yrs
Children actively learn new swimming skills including floats and glides through games and songs. The fun includes learning to jump into chest-deep water.

Completed Level Three: Pedalheads bike safety/riding course

Level Three: Pedalheads™
These little riders constantly amaze! They have mastered the basics of cycling by starting, turning and stopping on their own — Pedalheads™ seem to tear around like experts.

In this level we concentrate on all of the safety requirements a competent cyclist needs to know. Further developing our balance, we ride with one hand so we can display hand signals. We work on control by riding in a straight line, even when executing a hand signal or shoulder-check. We talk at length about street safety, including signs, hazards and rules of the road without ever actually riding on the road.

Received 1st stripe on his belt in Karate

Started reading BOB Books Set 1 “For Beginning Readers”

BOB Books set 1

Bob Books Set 1 captures the hearts of kids just starting to read. They are fun and build confidence right away.

Using only the letters M, A, T and S, kids can read their first book. New letters are added gradually, until zip, zap, zam, by book 12, kids have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q).

Kids love the stories and funny pictures, and can’t wait to read them to everybody they know.

12 books. 12 pages each. 3-letter words. Consistent sounds. All letters (except Q) introduced gradually in this set.

When Cole grows up he wants to be…

A Policeman

Bottom front teeth are starting to wiggle

Started taking “Lion Cubs” Level Karate lessons

Cole has been asking to take Karate lessons ever since he saw “Kung Fu Panda” at the theatre in June 2008. We figured that if he was able to consistently ask for lessons for almost a year he deserved to take them. Finding Karate Classes so close to our home was a nice bonus.

Started to read a few Sight Words in his books

Completed Red Cross “Sea Turtle” Swimming Lessons

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle (Advanced) 3-5 yrs
Children build confidence while enjoying the water
through active water play and are introduced to
floating, gliding, bubbles and swimming skills.

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