Friday, May 27, 2016

School Olympics 2016

This year's school Olympics was held in the gymnasium on May 19th.  It rained  the day after that so the plan of having it outside was not possible as it was very wet outside.  It turned out  great because it was a bit chilly ou0t that day and it's more comfortable inside for all of us.
 EJ is very competitive so he always look forward for this event.  It is a nice  way of ending the school year, to have all the adrenaline  poured out by playing  games.  I am glad that the school does this.  IT reminds me of my childhood, we used to have an annual intramural in school and it was a lot of fun.  Our intramural  takes one week because we have so many  sporting events being participated by all students.  
 He reached the finished line  first on the 50 meter dash  but was disappointed that he was  named second lol.  I told him it is okay, as long as he had fun, that's all that matters.  
 He was on the top three of every game he participated into so he was very happy.
 Rylie just want to have fun  during school Olympics so she doesn't really care if she wins or  not.  Surprisingly, she won third place on the spoon race.  
 She had a blast playing with her classmates.  It's  fun to see smiling faces during the  Olympics.
The kids are now enjoying their school break.  We plan on going on long walks again now that they are off from school.  We started today, we went  to Starvaggi park and played tennis then came back.  So we walked 2.8  miles today.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Successful Volleyball Season

Yes, we are finally off  from school!!!  I am so excited to spend time home and  write some blog posts which I am only allowed on summer time when I am off from school.  This summer, I have something to look forward to, my tennis practise and decorating my own room, yes!  I can't wait till my parents are done working on the house so we can move in.  For the meantime, I am posting  the last two volleyball games that we had.  On May 3rd, we had  a game against  one of our own team, we played against the blue team which we won, sorry blue team!

 Then on May 5th, it was the gamer I was dreading because we were playing against  the team from St. Paul school.  They won against the blue team last time so I was kind of scared.  Mom and Dad kept telling me that we will be fine but I was still  scared.  
 Anyway, we had our pictorials before we  played against two teams from the  said school.  That was kind of a great thing that we had the pictorials because it relieved my stress a little bit.  We had time to goof around and  shook off our nerves.
 I never thought I would enjoy working with a team but I actually do, maybe because I love volleyball.  I like doing individual stuff but with volleyball, I love  working with my team mates.  Mom and Dad are right that I would develop sportsmanship playing this sport.  Teamwork rocks!
 As it turned out, we were lucky to won both games.  We were the undefeated team  this season.  Thanks to our great coaches who never failed to encourage us to be better.  I don't think our coaches get paid  for doing this so I admire and respect them for dedicating their time in  teaching us.  Coaches Doug and Julie are the best!
 Here are some more of the photos that my Mom  took.
I am looking forward to another  volleyball season next school year, I can't wait.  I am glad that  I have another  sport that I am beginning to love, tennis.  Piano lesson is also my regular activity this summer.  We just had our  recital yesterday and I will have to post about that next time.  Thank you for reading.  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Delight Your Children this Year with a Summer Holiday in France

As the summer holidays from school are quickly approaching, the kids are getting more and more excited about where you’ll go as a family to enjoy some much needed quality time together. Of course, the little ones aren’t quite looking at it that way. To them, it’s time to have mum and dad all to themselves in a new place where there’s loads to explore.

This summer, why not delight your children with a summer holiday in France? Close enough to home to spend little time travelling, child friendly holidays in France allow you to spend more time playing and less time en route. That extra time can be spent doing what a family should be doing on holiday – spending time together having fun.

The Joys of Making New Friends in France

Kids do treasure those moments with mum and dad but they are also curious by nature. They adore meeting new friends and will take every opportunity to chat with other kids their own age, even on family holidays. No matter where you choose to take your break, it’s sure to be different from home and kids will delight in seeing new sights, going on fun adventures as a family and of course giggling their way through trying to communicate with other kids who probably speak very little English. Many parents even start the fun weeks in advance by teaching kids a few basic words in French like “Hello” and phrases like “My name is…… What is your name?”

Quiet Time in a Self-Catering French Gite

If you are going to spend your entire summer holiday in France, you probably would have the best time by booking a self-catered Gite in some luxurious location in the South of France. Not only is the weather wonderful for outdoor activities but the accommodations in a resort like Mas de Thau where kids can play in fields of flowers, visit vineyards that grow the grapes from which some of the best French wines are made and enjoy facilities especially set up for children to play in and explore, are perfect.

What to Do with Younger Children and Infants Whilst You Explore?

Those families that have younger children who tire easily or are yet a bit too young to participate in some of the family’s outings will be thrilled to spend a bit of time in fun-filled crèche where nanny will see to story time, puppets, snacks and keeping the little ones entertained with age appropriate activities whilst mum and dad go exploring with the older kids. There really is something for everyone when you stay at a French gite so you needn’t worry that the little people won’t be having their share of fun. In fact, many parents come home from France looking for a crèche back home that is exciting as the one in France!

So then, whether you have one child or several in a wide range of ages, you can plan a holiday in France at a self-catering gite so that you have plenty of time for family gatherings and a bit of one-on-one time with each and every child. This is time your kids will remember always, and there is no place like France for a summer holiday. Yes, it is quite close to home but you’ll travel less and have more time with the family. What a wonderful way to strengthen those family bonds while having the time of your life. If you haven’t booked yet, now’s the time to do so. Summer really is just around the corner.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Race for Education 2016

Last year was the very first Race for Education fund raising  by the St. Joseph, the school where my kids goes.  It's a great effort and collaboration of the school and parents especially the one who  were in the committee.  They held the second Race for education this year on April 22nd.
I want to thank all of friends and family who sponsored our kids to participate in the event.  You guys helped greatly in achieving  the success of this fund raising.

Last year's mascot is from Wildthing but this year, it was from Mr. Rooter , the company is is also made a huge contribution/donation to the  event.
Our neighbor Don came and participated as well.  HIm and his wife were   some of the people who sposored our kids.
I hope that the next time they do this kind of event that it would be outdoors.  I think it would be more fun  than just walking/running inside the gymnassium.
The Race for Education was a wonderful event, it raises awareness  for a healthy  lifestyle and it helps the school  to get  extra funds.    This showcased the camaraderie between the school and the  parents/family of every students.  The students  learned  the value of supporting this kind of event to help the school.
This activity prved to be a great  way for health and wellness not only for the students and the faculty but also to the family.  What a way to burn calories with your friends. 
The total contribution from  donors this year is $28,799.80.  IT exceeded the amount collected last year.  So after  deducting all the expenses, the school had a total net  of $25,114.70.  This would help to maintain  the low tuition of the school and to carry out some of the projects that the school is planning to do for the benefit of the students.  As  private school doesn't get full funding from the governement, we have to be creative on how to  support  our school so they would continue to  provide quality education without charging too much for tuition fees.  This was a great collaboration  between the school and the  family  of students.  Again, a huge thank you for all the donors for your continued support to the school. Without you, this would not be possible.  

Balloon Fight and a Rain Shower

My daughter was volunteering  for the set up of the vacation Bible school in her school on the day of her birthday so  her little brother ...

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