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Red & White Karate Belt

Cole was presented with his newest karate belt tonight. He is now the proud owner of a Red belt with a white stripe. We are all very proud of how hard he has worked over the past months to earn this belt.

Final Eye Therapy Session

Cole is finally finished his Eye Tracking Therapy. He started in January of this year, the program could have taken as little as 10 weeks but we went slower to make sure that Cole had a good handle on all of the exercises and was confident before we moved to the next challenge.We did take a break in August for camping and his birthday and then again in September because of our family crisis, but we made it through and I couldn’t be prouder of all the progress I can see in Cole now!!

The final assessment showed amazing progress. During the initial exam and assessment he struggled to complete the tracking exercises and had real problems with copying a paragraph and writing from dictation. He was able to finish all the tracking exercises in 1/2 of his initial time and with only 1 or 2 mistakes instead of many. His written work was amazingly better, he completed both the paragraph copy and the dictation which he hadn’t been able to do the first time, and he did it with only 1 or 2 mistakes. I am so pleased!

The eye/hand coordination assessment which went over all the exercises we had done with him for his therapy showed great improvement as well. He now knows how to center himself on a line or to line up with a mark on the floor so that a ball with hit that mark using left or right hand. He needed so much coaching to do that at the beginning. He can slow down and focus on what he is doing and now his brain is trained to know where the objects are in space so he can consistently hit the swinging ball with his hand/wrist/fist/head, he can balance with no troubles on the wobble board and bounce a ball with either hand and always hit the mark on the floor.

Not only has his reading and writing been improved by this therapy but so has his play. This whole process has made a huge difference in his self confidence and his enjoyment of school.

Started Grade Three

Cole wasn’t sure about going back to school this year, but with Mama and Oma Anneke both with him he went. He was warned that he would go into his Grade Two class again this week and I am hoping that this will be a good school year for him.

Oma and I spoke with the principle to let him know what happened to Cole’s father on August 30th. I wanted to be sure that if Cole started to talk about “Daddy breaking his back” that no one would think he was joking or get angry with him. He was very supportive and said that he would let the teachers know what was going on and would keep an eye on Cole to make sure that he is doing OK.

Cole had a great time playing with his friends after school on the playground. :)

8 Years old today!

Purple Belt in Karate!

Cole did his belt test in class last week and we were so excited to find out today that he has moved on to his “Full Purple” belt in Karate! He worked really hard for that belt, he has been working hard for a long time to earn that belt.

Way to go Cole!

Moved up to the next Karate Class

Cole is happy to be in his friend Max’s class again. He was a bit nervous about all the other kids in the class that he didn’t know yet. It didn’t affect his performance though, his instructor said he had good focus and did well in class.

Lost an upper Lateral Incisor

I’m sooo glad that his upper and lower central incisors came in before he started loosing the lateral incisors or the poor kid would really have had trouble biting!

Lost a lower Lateral Incisor

Good thing we told the Tooth Fairy that we would be at Grandma’s for Thanksgiving!

Finally has both Front Teeth!!

Started Grade Two

Cole is not sure about school this year. He is expecting to have a bad time like last year. I am hoping that things will go better for him this year, now that he has his glasses to help him see the board and his writing.

7 Years old today!

New Belt in Karate Today!

Cole did his belt test in class last week and we were so excited to find out today that he has moved on to his “Half Purple” belt (Purple with a White center stripe) in Karate! He worked really hard for that belt, he showed excellent focus and remembered all the moved that he had to do to move on to the next belt.

Way to go Cole!

Getting His New Belt Bowing After Receiving His Belt

First Pair of Broken Glasses

Cole has pretty good timing I guess. He waited until the last day of camping to try his biggest stunt on his bike, he decided to change gears. This is a HUGE stunt for him as his bike does not have gears. He had been watching the grownups ride around the campground and saw the chain moving up and down as we changed gears. He thought that if he put his foot into the chain that he would change gears and go faster. What actually happened is that he came to a sudden and complete stop, flew to the ground, snapped the arm off his glasses, suffered a serious gash to just below his eyebrow as his glasses dug into his face. We were grateful to have Polysporin and a good supply of bandaids on hand. Never go camping without a First Aid kit, accidents do happen! Luckily the cut wasn’t quite deep enough or long enough to need stitches so Daddy was able to patch him up and we could continue home as planned instead of packing up and heading to the nearest hospital.

Plans for tomorrow include a trip to the Optometrist to get his prescription and then off to get new glasses. Cole is thinking that glasses like Daddy’s might be nice this time instead of another pair of thick round black “Harry Potter” glasses.

First Book Report

Cole worked so hard on this book report. He read the book and then carefully planned the pictures and what words he was going to write for each section. Mama did have to help a bit with drawing the house, but Cole did all the printing and colouring himself. He was a great supervisor.

First Burn

First BurnWe knew something was wrong last night when Cole put Daddy’s PSP down on the stove and then ran very quickly out of the kitchen clutching at his hand. I lunged for Cole and Daddy lunged for the PSP. It turns out that the burner was still hot and Cole had burned his finger. Thankfully the finger will heal, the PSP case is a write off.

We quickly ran his finger under cold water for much longer than he wanted, then put Poly on it while I sent Reiki to the burn. He had a pretty rough night but can play without thinking of it today, unless he looks down and sees the burn. He’ll think twice about touching the stove right after dinner is cooked now I”m sure!

First Brand New Bike

Cole was riding his bike at the playground today and I noticed that the seat was too low and the handlebars were too low. Daddy and I decided that we would take Cole and the bike to Cap’s Bicycle Shop and get it properly fitted. We knew he was starting to outgrow his first bike and had tried him out on a few 20″ bikes already. However, they all seemed too big, or had gears which he isn’t ready for. So we figured we’d just get his existing bike fitted properly and wait till next year for a new bike.

Well, that’s not exactly what happened. The sales guy at Cap’s was happy to adjust Cole’s bike for him and then he and I went into the little room with all the kids bikes to look at ‘the next size up.’ All I wanted was to get an idea of when Cole might be ready for the 20″ bike. They happened to have a very nice looking red 20″ bike just waiting for a test drive. Cole took it out and after a bit of adjusting we, the sales guy and I, noticed that it fit him better than his old bike. After a quick call to Daddy it was decided that Cole would be going home with not 1 but 2 bikes that day. Can we say HAPPY?!?!

Cole's New BikeHere he is back on the playground showing off his fancy new bike, gotta love his grin.

Busy Day and First Glasses!

Coles’s day started at 6:30am by giving Oma a cuddle in the guest room. Oma had spent the night and told him that he could come into her room anytime after 6am. As soon as his clock radio started playing at 6:40am he was raring to go. I told them that Cole needed to at least rest for a while longer so he spent an hour ‘meditating’ or at least sitting quietly while she meditated.

He had a healthy breakfast of 2 boiled eggs and then did some sword fighting practice with Oma. He rounded out the morning with a long bike ride while Oma ran along beside him. He had a lot of energy stored apparently, so Oma got a good workout!

At about 11:30am he got to go to the mall with Mama and Oma with the intent of getting a pair of glasses. Cole wanted a pair that looked like Harry Potter’s, dark and round. After going through about 10 pairs of glasses he decided on the 2nd pair he had seen, a pair of dark plastic round glasses that look so cute on him. My very own Harry Potter! The best news was that Lenscrafters said that they could have the glasses ready in about an hour. Just enough time to get some coffee and lunch.


Of course that lead to another first, his very first cup of coffee! Yes, my Mother, his Oma, bought him a ‘short, decaf latte.’ With just a little sugar was added he declared it “delicious, better than hot chocolate.” Since he only drank about 1/4 of it I’m not too worried about it being a permanent drink choice for him. At least as a decaf it had less caffeine than the Coke Cola that he drank at Karate Camp earlier in the year. :)

After lunch we picked up his new glasses and got them fitted. Once they were on there was no chance of getting them off again. So much for wearing them just for reading! He was thrilled with all the new details he could see with his glasses. He kept looking over the lenses saying “smooth” then looking through the lenses “not smooth” just goes to show how much he has been missing all this time. I’m glad that I made a fuss about his distance reading yesterday during the exam.

Cole happened to notice that West Coast Amusements had set up lots of rides and games in the mall parking lot. As a special treat we took him on the Tilt-A-Whirl ride and got him some cotton candy. It was a great way to end out trip to the mall. Of course the glasses stayed on the entire time. :)

Home with Spots

Cole with spotsWe noticed a few small spots on Cole’s shoulder Friday and a few more showed up over the weekend. A friend of ours mentioned on Sunday that the spots looked like Chickenpox to her. Since none of the spots had developed into blisters and weren’t open sores, I wasn’t worried about him going to school. I did look up the BC rules for sending kids to school with Chickenpox just in case that is what he had, this is what I found:

Since Cole had been listening on Sunday, when his teacher asked about the spot on his neck, of course, he said he had Chicken Pox. He was immediately packed up and sent down to the office to wait for me to come pick him up.When I got there it was apparent that the school staff wasn’t sure that it was Chicken Pox, one teacher said it looked like spider bites, another said that it looked like an allergic reaction. However the end result was that I still had to take him home.

The doctor appointment was inconclusive as well. Our family doctor said she wouldn’t have pegged the spots as Chickenpox, but that they are viral in nature. Apparently the spots aren’t presenting as Chickenpox normally would but then since he is vaccinated he wouldn’t present the same. We were advised to keep him home an extra day to make sure there are no new spot. We are allowed to send him back to school 24 hrs after no new spots.

We are now on day 5 since the first spot appeared and those first spots are fading without forming blisters, but a couple of new spots have appeared. This means that Cole gets 1 more day at home with Mama ‘just to be sure’ and to keep the other parents at the school from worrying. I’m still not sure what it is that Cole has but hopefully it goes away soon!

For the first time Cole insists on wearing Jeans with buttons instead of sweat pants!

All it took was refresher training on which to do up first, the button or the zipper. Daddy says button and Cole agrees. :)

When Cole grows up he wants to be….

A Boxing Nerf blaster guy because they have lots of Nerf guns that shoot out real lava.

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