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October 3, 2015

First time at the circus: Cirque du Soleil.
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Thalia was worried about the acrobats: “That is not safe! She is going to die!”

Ellis alternated among staring in wonderment, safety concerns, and questioning performers’ motivation: “Why is he doing that?”
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Hoop Magnate

October 2, 2015

On the playground, Ellis likes to acquire as many hula hoops as possible. He doesn’t actually hula hoop with any of them, instead preferring either to build a house or to give one to each of several children and create a conga line train.
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October 1, 2015

A pair of menacing pirates.
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Very menacing.
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September 30, 2015

Sometimes Ellis shows extremely high energy, but he often balances those spells with focus and calm. At his friend’s birthday party at a trampoline center, Ellis preferred not-so-active activities.

Playing house.
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Squeezing into a tiny big rig (tiny rig?).
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Riding a dinosaur statue.
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Ok, maybe there was a little jumping.
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Paper Straws

September 29, 2015

First encounters with old-fashioned paper straws.
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Swimming Lessons

September 28, 2015

After attending a birthday pool party, we realized that Ellis and Thalia were long overdue for swimming lessons. Thalia was eager to start, but Ellis declared that he wouldn’t swim until summer. When summer solstice arrived, Ellis declared that he still wouldn’t swim since it involved short sleeves, short trunks, and no shoes. So, Thalia had her lessons alone while Ellis watched.
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Thalia’s swimming teacher is one of the teachers from school. Since starting to swim requires a lot of trust, Thalia really seemed to benefit from having someone so familiar. As a bonus, the lessons are in French. Unfortunately, we only managed a couple of lessons before the teacher went to France for the summer, but we will resume later.

5 Years 8 Months

September 27, 2015

In June Thalia started swimming lessons, and they started weekly OT (Ellis) and speech (Thalia) lessons.

Ellis and Thalia finished French immersion kindergarten.
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