Tuesday, November 27


Maddy had his first playdate yesterday with one of his friends named Arjit. Arjit and his family live in the same building block as us and we invited him to come and play with Maddy yesterday afternoon. They had so much fun playing toy fighting games, running around the apartment (yes I let them do whatever they wanted LOL), playstation games while snacking on biscuits and drink. He stayed for 4 1/2 hours and still didn't want to go home when his mom and younger brother came to get him.

This Thursday he is scheduled to go to Annie's house for a playdate. His mom just called me about an hour ago asking if it was ok for Madison to play at their house this Thursday. She said Annie has been bugging her to call me to make a playdate arrangement. When I got off the phone and told Maddy he jumped for joy and screamed (haha).

Monday, November 19

Kahlil's First Birthday

We were invited to Matt's friends son's first birthday over the weekend and Maddy made a few new friends. Even though they all were younger than him he had fun playing games with Michaelano and Marrick. We had loads of yummy, some spicy hot foods and yummy sponge birthday cake to eat and were so full and tired, we didn't have time to stop by and visit Fati to congratulate him for getting his PHD. Way to go Dr. Fati. :)

Sakib's parents, Lauren, Kelly, Kahlil, Sakib and Kelly's parents

The birthday boy, Kahlil Khan

Taking a well deserved rest after so much eating

Go Stenwood Stingers - On our way home

Friday, November 16

Fundraiser at Silver Diner

Avery, Annie and Maddy

We went to dinner at Silver Diner Thursday night as part of Madison's school fundraising event and it was a lot of fun. The teachers greeted us at the door, they waited on us and spent their time serving and clearing our dishes. The kids were loving it and I must say they did a great job.

The PTA gets a percentage of each bill which is a great idea for fundraising. Lots of families joined in the fun and ate lots of goodies too. As soon as Madison saw his fly girls Annie and Avery (haha) he was off. He only stopped by our table to take a nibble and sip on his drink and then he was gone.

Friday, November 9

Singing "America The Beautiful"

I tried to upload the video we took of Maddy and the kindergartners singing their song, but because it's so long, it won't upload. I did take a few pictures but they were not as clear because we were sitting far away from the stage. Even though we arrived 20 minutes early, most of the seats were already taken.

Maddy ended up not wearing his Samoan outfit. We received a notice in his folder today saying that those without costumes are to wear anything red/white and blue. Because Maddy's friends Michael and Matthew were going to wear these colors, he wanted to wear them too, so out went the Samoan outfit and on went a red skivvy, blue jeans and white sneakers. He did look cool though!!

The performance was wonderful and all the kids dressed up in their costumes looked beautiful! So many different nationalities were represented from India, Africa, Vietnam, China, Japan, Estonia, Iran, Palestine and so on. There was even going to be a Maori Stick Dance performed by the 5th graders, but we did not stay to watch it.
All in all it was a wonderful show and look forward to the next one in 2008. Hopefully by then Maddy will want to wear an outfit either from Samoa, Rarotonga or Japan :)

Vietnamese Students

Monday, November 5

Parent-Teacher Conference

Monday was Madison's parent teacher conference. We spent 20 minutes talking with Miss Weatherholtz about Madison's progress in school so far. According to her he is above average and is doing quite well. There are a couple of things he needs to work on but otherwise he is very well behaved, listens and follows instructions very well. He is also kind, considerate and has made a few special friends. We were both happy with his progress thus far.

Saturday, November 3

Japanese Hibachi Cooking

We went to have lunch at a Japanese Restaurant called Sakura to celebrate Daddy's promotion he got last week. It was the first time Maddy and I had experienced Hibachi cooking, where a Japanese chef cooks your food right in front of you (on a grill that is) and boy was it exciting and absolutely yummy!! Here are a few pictures we took of our chef and us :)