Friday, July 14, 2017

Swimming Lessons

We decided to put both kids into swimming lessons this year and so for the past two weeks we have been at the pool every morning.  Today was the last day of classes and they both passed their Level 1 (hooray!).  Thanks McKenna!
They'd both been in swimming lessons two years ago, but they didn't pass.  We did Swim Club last year for both of them and skipped lessons.  This year, Emma did Swim Club, but didn't progress very well.  We need to go swimming more often, but when our pool is only open for about three months out of the year it makes it interesting to be consistent and help them advance.  We're talking that we'll drive in to Lethbridge for lessons again in a few months so that they can keep progressing.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Candy Parade

We had so much fun at the Coaldale Candy parade!  We had our family, Shauna's, Melissa's, Mindy's, and Rachel's all sitting together.  Roger was a few blocks away (we're going to have to coordinate better next year!)  The kids had a blast playing with their cousins.
Candy bags make great hats!

Some of the gang waiting for the parade to start.  Good thing we had some nice shade!

The four musketeers.  Emma, Lauren, Mason and Gideon

...and with their moms!  Probably the last year we'll be able to pick them up like this!
Three musketeers

The other three born in the same year.  Sarah, Zach and Bryan
Family picture

The kids gathering up the CRAZY amounts of candy!

The kids and their loot!  Look at all that candy!
When we got home, I weighed the kids candy bags and they had 7 1/2 pounds of candy!  Yikes!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hangar Time

We spent the evening at the hangar again.  Lennard has got the baggage compartment wall built and temporarily put in place.
 And we finished riveting the skin on.
 The kids used their imaginations on how to keep busy... Sure do love these two!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!

We made our annual pilgrimage to the Raymond parade this morning and sat with Roger & Trisha (and all her extended family).  The kids had fun playing with their cousins.  Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room for Shauna's and Mindy's families, so they were across the road from us.

 As soon as the parade was done, we headed out and got ahead of the crowds heading out of Raymond.  We ended up at the airport and worked on the plane for most of the afternoon.
 Lennard is pretty excited to see progress being made!  We riveted another skin on and it's really starting to look like something!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Tooth!

When I took Ben to the dentist for a check up last week they found an abscessed tooth! He'd had work on that tooth before and it wasn't bugging him at all, but we were told the tooth had to be pulled.  Thankfully, it was a baby tooth!  So, today was the day.  I was more nervous than Ben was!

He had a couple other cavities that had to be filled first and they were worse than the tooth being pulled. Once the tooth was pulled they had to put in a spacer too so that the other teeth wouldn't move into the space.
 He was excited to see the tooth, but then was totally freaked out by it.  He wouldn't touch it!  He's just anxious to see what the tooth fairy will bring!

Update:  The tooth fairy remembered to come and brought him 20 dimes!  We know because Emma got up nice and early, snuck in to Ben's room to look and then sat and counted them out!  She then woke Ben up so that he could see!  Ha! Ha!  The more coins the more money... right?!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Plant a Tree

There was a free event tonight at the community garden where they were planting 150 trees for Canada's 150th.  The kids each got to plant a tree and label a stick with their name by their tree.  As the trees grow, they will eventually be transplanted all around the Town.

 They gave us hot dogs, chips and water for supper and even had prizes that were pulled from a coloring contest the kids entered.  Ben was so excited when he won this light-up ball.  Emma was very unhappy that she didn't win anything, but it was a good teaching moment... right?!
It was an easy FHE!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Last Day of Grade One

Emma was SO excited for her last day of school.  Ben and I walked her to school so that I could get a picture with her and her teacher.
 She started the year off with Mrs. Allred and then has had Mrs. Aipperspach for the last few months.  I was worried about Emma making a transition like that, but she did great and Traci has been wonderful.
 Since everything had already been sent home, the kids just got to play games all morning!  Ben was having such a fun time with the class that we just stayed.
 'Telephone' is always entertaining... and it got them quieted down for a few minutes!
 Half way through the morning they got divided up into their new classes and got to meet their new teacher for Grade Two!  Emma was assigned to the 'new' Mrs. Vornbrock.  She's a brand new hire for this year, so it will be fun to get to know her.  Ben and I popped in just to see who was in her class and then we headed home after this.
It's so nice for the kids to see who will be in their class and have a few minutes with their new teacher.  It helps so much with Emma's questions!

It's so hard to believe that she's going in to Grade 2 already.  She is so incredibly smart and I love seeing her love for learning.  We already have plans for 'homework' all summer!