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   You lost your first tooth in May 2017 at 7 years old! You went to the nurse because it was hurting and she offered to try to pull it out. You enthusiastically agreed and she wiggled it for awhile but couldn't get it. She told you to just keep wiggling it so you did and no sooner had you rounded the corner from her office but it felt out. You ran back to tell her, full of excitement, and she packaged up your tooth to bring home. (Your next tooth came out shortly after and you ripped ...

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Canaan opted for multiple small celebrations over a big bash. We decorated the table for breakfast and he got crepes. He also had a doorway "trap" which he loves. I walked him to school alone since Eden was sick and took advantage of the sweet opportunity to have 20 minutes to speak into him all of the amazing things I see in him and the beautiful ways God has created him. We talked about the sweetness and kindness he offers everyone, about how he naturally includes and welcomes people, about ho...

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1st GradeConfidentClassroom in the big buildingNo naps!Ready to learn to readTeacher: Mrs. BastidasExcited to have his sister join him at school   Add new comment...

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This year we gave Canaan the option between a big party with lots of friends at the house or the choice of 4 friends to take to Mr. Joy's. Mr. Joy's is all he can talk about so it was an easy decision. It was also an EASY win for Nate and I. We did almost zero decoration or prep. Nate picked Canaan, Justin, Micah, Mari, and Anapaula up from school where Eden and I were waiting. The kids attacked the slides and guns and pulleys with gusto while Nate and I talked. (I have to say, not having parent...

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We have a six year old in the house!! Incredible.  Canaan, you continue to be creative and live life largely and loudly all the time. The teachers in rooms across the hall comment that they can hear your laugh above the rest. You embrace almost anything with gusto, whether it be a simple trip to the local park or a new person. You are really interested in languages, particularly Chinese, and enjoy learning about different types of people, cultures and countries. You are full on fascinated w...

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You were no less excited for the start of kindergarten than you were for preschool. You were confident and ready to walk down the hill with me each day. Your teacher is Mrs. Quiroz and your classroom is full of alligators. This year you've got some louder, older voices in your classroom who came from English-speaking homes so you have to fight a bit more for your voice to be heard. Your biggest excitements are about now being full day as you can't wait to eat lunch with your friends and tak...

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Canaan started preschool 4 on September 1st. (And I started my 4th year at AAI, my first year as Department Chair). He was thrilled to be going to "mommy's school" and excited to visit his classroom. He had met "Miss M" the week before and was a little shy but excited to get to know her. He particularly enjoyed reconnecting with Martina and Lorenzo (from Allouette) in his class. He was talkative and independent, had no trouble separating and only gave us trouble because he wanted to stay when it...

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At four we took the safety lock off of Canaan's door and he now has the freedom to come and go from his room.  This led to some really short naps which led to some further training on his new freedoms.  But we've got it down pretty good now.  He wakes up around 5:45 and quietly goes downstairs by himself.  He colors or plays out at his yellow table until the rest of us emerge from getting ready, around 7am.  If he wakes from his nap and Eden is still asleep, he also know...

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Despite creative, pinterest-inspired activities, Canaan has shown little interest in letters and writing.  I haven't pushed it since he still has lots of time to learn it and he's excited about so many other things!  But a few weeks ago during his solo play time after Eden goes to sleep I just wrote his name on a paper and let him know if he wanted to copy it he could.  He sat by himself at the table and worked.  Here are his first attempts at his name.  For some reason ...

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Dear Canaan,   My sweet boy, the little guy who turned me into a mom, you turned four this past week.  I can't believe how quick you are growing up and how before I know it you'll be going to school with me every day.     Celebrating your life is very important to me because you are one of two very special gifts God gave to your dad and I!  We talk about your birthday for months before hand.  What started as a request from you for a "vanilla cupcake and a cracker" f...

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