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Matthew had his first day of preschool today. He was happy to walk to school and when we got there he gave me a big hug goodbye. There were no tears (this is pretty normal) and no clinging to my leg! Seeing as he had been making a bit of a production about me leaving unless I told him I'd wait "outside", I was expecting difficulties but so far so good. It helped that his summer camp was in the same room. At pickup the teachers said he had a good time and commented about how quiet he is (!)


Here's Matthew's take on day 1.


"First I played outside. Then I had to go into the classroom. I didn't get to play in the park and [accusingly] you said I would play in the park." (I reminded him I dropped him off and picked him up at said park) "Oh. But it wasn't a yong enough time, so I didn't count that." We agreed that next time I would come a few minutes later.


"At the classroom I had snack! I got cheese and muffin and cucumber. I 'membered to wash my hands when I was done but none of the other kids did. That's cuz I'm the biggest. And a fire doggy. [Ed Note: I asked that Matthew be required to wash his hands after eating; it's one of our strict house rules in a vain attempt not to kill off Janice, and me, I suppose] Then my teacher read a story. But not my story I picked out. Her story was about dinosaurs. No I been Joking. It been about school. And elephants. No, I be making that up. There was water. And playdough. And painting cept I didn't do painting cuz I was too 'cited about the toys. Then we went outside and you were there."


Back to school day and we now have a second-grader, with a better view of her new smile!


I was given secret information and was able to look up her teacher in advance on the parent portal. This reduced my anxiety levels quite a bit, especially since Elizabeth was very excited about her teacher who is "très gentille".


Elizabeth was not nervous at all. She banned me from going to school with her ("I'm too big for that!"). She's not in best friend Adi's class, but by now takes this very philosophically. She IS in the same class as her also very good friend Olivia and is pretty happy about that. She's also next door to her grade one teacher AND a water fountain. This is apparently a big deal. "Why?" I asked? "Oh Mom..."


Day 1 was deemed "super fun".


One of my favourite parts of the cottage might be putting together some fun activities for all of the resort kids. I've found that having something organized helps my kids make friends more quickly with the other kids and let's be honest - it's pretty fun to watch the kids run all over the place looking for clues.


This year we had three main activities:


"Mr Bear's Treasure Hunt": I've done a few of these now, hiding clues that lead to a piñata. This year I didn't make the clues into a puzzle map and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the kids. Lesson learned: don't mess with tradition. Luckily the piñata lasted through all the kids and there was sufficient candy to satisfy all. Amelia had her own fan club. 


Week 2 Scavenger hunt: I'm always amazed with what kids bring back when you ask for "a rainbow" (something for each colour of the rainbow). I took a risk in asking for something belonging to an animal - was not expecting the eggs, ham or yogurt! We ended up with a tie-breaker that was supposed to be whoever brought back the most different kinds of pine cones, but the kids interpreted as whoever could bring back the most pine cones. Fun times.


Elephant Birthday Party: Elizabeth's elephant is one of those stuffies that came with a birthday noted on the tag. Said birthday happened while we were at the cottage, so I promised to bake a cake and we took it down to the beach to share.


Elizabeth swam to and from the point (1km) both weeks and Matthew swam back.


Elizabeth wasn't even winded and finished well ahead of me both times. Matthew required significant towing assistance in order to go in the right direction but by week 2 he'd gotten much better. All that practice!


I think Elizabeth could have managed at least one direction without a life jacket, but she lacked my enthusiasm. Week 2 was COLD (we were the only point swimmers, and there was only one other swimmer!) so I felt that having got them into the water was enough.


I probably should have gotten a video of Amelia seed spitting. The cute factor was really high. Sadly, we practiced too much the second time around and she'd lost interest by the time it came to spitting on the line. Oh well!


We were all very happy that it had rained enough to lift the fire ban. Yay for bonfires!


Amelia thoroughly enjoyed her very first s'more.


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