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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

Busy Day and New Glasses… Again

We had a very busy day today. In the morning Cole and I went to the Naturopath for Allergy treatment, this was time consuming but not painful, Cole did say that it tickled. :)

We had a bit of downtime, then met Daddy at Karate to watch Cole test for his next belt. He already had 3 strips on his White belt so if he can show good focus and do the moves well he will move to the next level! We were pleased to see that he paid attention during the whole testing class, even when it wasn’t his turn. When it was his turn he did well, following instructions quickly and accurately. We are sooo proud of him!

After Karate we went to the optometrist for Cole’s eye exam. They had suggested that it would be a good idea to have his eyes checked before getting new glasses just in case the prescription had changed. I am full of respect for the optometrist, she spent a lot of time with Cole making sure she got the ‘real’ answer of what he could or couldn’t see with and without his glasses. Even though he was tired and just wanted to rest or play games with her, she kept him on track and determined his new prescription. I was pleased to see that one of his eyes had actually improved since his last exam.

After dinner at the mall we went to LensCrafters to order his new glasses. We had scoped them out earlier so they just had to pass the Daddy test before we ordered them. The glasses were approved and we ordered them and had them ‘pre-fitted’ so that I could come back later and pick them up while Cole was sleeping. We wanted him to be able to put them on as soon as he woke up in the morning. If they don’t fit quite right we can always go back in for a final adjustment.

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. :)

Eye Exam

Cole went for an eye exam today and it was determined that he now needs glasses. The optometrist had been watching his eye sight for a few years. It hasn’t been ‘perfect’ for a while and there has been evidence of an astigmatism, they were hoping that his sight would self correct. I mentioned that he has been having issues with reading from a distance and asked that they take that into consideration when doing the exam.

After a lengthy exam it was determined that the astigmatism was not improved and his eye sight had not self corrected. We left with a prescription for new glasses to be used first for reading and then, if he liked them, he could wear them for longer during the day. We found a pair of glasses that he really liked but he wouldn’t be able to get them in his hands until Tuesday-Thursday… much to long for a small child to wait for his first pair of glasses. One of the vision centers suggested Lens Crafters which might be able to make them in an hour. Now we know what we will be doing with Oma tomorrow!

Fun at the Movies!

After the ShowWe went to see “How to train your dragon” yesterday, it was a fun family film. Cole was enthralled by the idea of making friends with a dragon. I think he will be looking for dragons the next time we see a cliff or a few trees resembling a forest.

Imagine my surprise when I went into the theater, after buying coffee, to find the seat hubby and Cole had saved for me and saw my in-laws instead. They were taking in the show with their daughter, what are the odds? Hubby was able to surprise them on his way to get popcorn. Nothing like an arm coming from behind your seat to steal some popcorn in order to put a twist into the visit to the movies.

Cole and his cousin both look great dressed up for the movies. :)

Cabin Fever Solutions

Since Cole was home ‘sick’ this week we had to keep him entertained. This got harder as the week went on as we succumbed to cabin fever. Unfortunately for us Cole wasn’t really feeling sick; he just had a few spots up to 15 at a time, each day the oldest ones would fade and 1 or 2 new ones would appear. Since none of them ever turned into chickenpox type blisters we felt safe taking him out into the world as long as he wouldn’t have close contact with other kids.

sushi lunchmall trainOn Thursday I had a Career Transitions training class; so Daddy had the fun of entertaining Cole all day. Cole got to watch Daddy get a Chiropractor adjustment, had a sushi lunch at the mall, rode the mall train, and even got to visit his favourite store ever, Toys’R'Us! I wish my sick days were as much fun.

waiting for pancakesIn an effort to stay slightly sane today, Friday, I dragged Cole out on a walking tour of the local shopping mall. The tour started at IHOP for a pancake lunch. We then took the longest possible path to Walmart in order to look at, but not not buy, the toys and read a few books. Next stop was Coles Books to read more books, gotta love a kid that can spend an hour in Walmart and still spend 1/2 hour looking at books. After all that fun I took him grocery shopping. I’m not sure, but I think I may have worn him out a bit, he even asked to go right home and drooped a little in his carseat.

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. :)

Rocking the PSP

Poetry in motion

Watching my 6yr old rock Spiderman Friend or Foe on the PSP .. a father couldnt be more proud …… *swoons*

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.

First non-food eaten… that we know of

Had some excitement today. Cole swallowed swallowed a 1/2 inch chromed ball bearing from his Magnetix set. After calling the Heath Nurse we confirmed that swallowing a ball bearing isn’t a “Rush to the Hospital” thing unless he is having trouble breathing or can’t keep down water and food. So far so good.

On a side note, I discovered that if I really want to freak out Cole, I just have to suggest calling “911.” For some reason he thought that meant they might have to cut open his tummy or punch his tummy to get it out. We explained that “911″ was just a number to call if there is an emergency and we needed help.

I ended up calling “811″ the “not immediate emergency” number that links to a Public Health Nurse. The Health Nurse also told us not to induce vomiting as that could cause the ball bearing to come up from the stomach and go into his airway. This would have been helpful to know before we tried to get him to bring it up. *sigh*

Completed Red Cross “Level 2” Swimming Lessons

Swim Kids 2 – This level builds skills in front and
back swims. Children are introduced to deep water
activities and proper use of a personal flotation
device. Endurance is built on flutter kick and glides.

Detention Attention

Cole had his first detention yesterday. He didn’t complete his desk work during class time so he had to stay after school to finish. I went to his class at about 3:10 pm to pick him up. He was just finishing off his work when I arrived. I had a talk with his teacher about how things were going and helped him clean the garbage (pencil shavings, broken erasers, etc) out of his desk. This all seemed like a logical consequence to me.

I found out from his teacher today that some of his classmates have been asking if they can stay after school too. Apparently Cole really liked having the extra attention from his teacher and having me giving him attention after class. He was telling all his friends about it and making it sound so good that they all wanted to have a chance to get that ‘treat’ too.

Not quite the result that we were expecting. Today when he didn’t finish his desk work in the morning his teacher had him stay in at lunch. From 12:00-12:15 he did desk work, then from 12:15-12:30 he ate lunch. His teacher said that she had never seen him so focused, he finished his desk work faster than normal and ate all his lunch in record time so that he could get outside and play with his friends. We all agree that lunch time detention was less of a treat for him.  :)

Started Reading BOB Books Set 4 – Complex Words

Cole has had a lot of fun reading the BOB books. He chooses them first for reading to his class during Show and Tell. With all his practice reading the BOB Books at home and the Sunshine books from his classroom, it is time for him to move on to the next challenge.

In Bob Books Set 4, advancing readers still love being able to say, “I read the whole book!” ® The easy start in Ten Men builds confidence.

Longer stories and complex words gradually develop skills. Sounds repetition within words makes decoding easy.

4 books of 16 pages each plus 4 books of 24 pages each.
New blends, more sight words, and longer compound words.

Another New Word

Cole dropped the F-Bomb today. He didn’t actually know it was a swear word, up until today he had always insisted that “the real ‘F’ word is ‘shut up’.“   We hadn’t done a lot to discourage that belief.  :D

Received 3rd stripe on his belt in Karate

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