We did a few different things this morning. Zahra did a cross-numbers puzzle and sketched a black-capped chickadee to add to her belted kingfisher drawing. Noah did some reading practice while Leila traced the sandpaper ‘e’ and glued a felt ‘e’ into her main lesson book. Then we sat on the couch and read a stack of Babar books. But we were really waiting for late afternoon so we could leave for the Botanical Gardens.

We packed a picnic dinner and joined friends to see The Great Pumpkin Ball and, after nightfall, the Gardens of Light. I took my mother-in-law and sister-in-law here a few years ago, but this was the first time the kids had been; and it was magical.

Photos courtesy of Noah.








Inside the garden greenhouses are pumpkins decorated by schools and other groups from all over the area. Here are some of our favourites.