Ducks and Turtle

Jon This just in: Here’s a short film that I made at the NFB.

(Note: Jon created a stop-motion animated movie at a downtown workshop at the National Film Board, then did post-production at home, adding sound effects and music in iMovie.—L)


Ripley’s Aquarium

Jon On Wednesday August 20th we went to Ripley’s Aquarium by bus. I saw Dory, Nemo, stingrays and sharks. I also saw some jellyfish reflections.

Right before lunch I went on Dangerous Lagoon, where I got on a magic carpet that took me across the ocean. As the conveyor belt moved, I got a chance to feel the movement for a long time. It’s very cool.

I didn’t have time to see a diving show. I checked out the gift shop, where you buy things. After that, we went back on the bus to go back to Bloorview. I had a fantastic, exciting day.



Merrywood 2014

Jon I had another great session at Camp Merrywood.

I did archery and crafts.

I played Pin The Nose On Olaf with Elsa from Frozen.

I played sports and games.

Here’s me with a bunch of friends from Maple cabin.



Jon Here is a video of me Krumping with my teacher. Krumping is a type of dance where you move your arms to rhythmic music.



Jon On Tuesday December 10th we went to the stage show of Aladdin. Just like the movie it started with the song Arabian Nights, but unlike the movie there were three men singing it, throughout the musical, to help the plot.

It had a lot of the same songs that are in the movie like One Jump Ahead, Friend like me, and Prince Ali, which were big song and dance numbers. It also had new songs like Proud Of Your Boy and a new song sung by Jasmine that they were trying for the first time that night.

My favourite song was A Whole New World in the second act. As the song started the actors floated on a magic carpet into the stars and planets.

I really enjoyed Aladdin and a big thanks to Grandma for the tickets.

James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie
James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie in Aladdin
(Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann, Entertainment Weekly)


Halloween 2013: Year of the Spider

Laura Jack-o-lanterns Jon announced in September that he wanted to be a spider, which struck us as a relatively straighforward* project to do. This was a good thing, since this year’s construction was a real race against the clock. Because of work deadlines, costume building wasn’t able to start until the last minute, so it was really down to the wire whether it would get done in time for the little trick or treaters!

So we assumed our usual spheres of responsibility: I covered the small amount that was sewing-related, while Peter took on the vast majority of costume construction. On the day before Halloween trips to office supply shops, art stores and Queen St. fabric stores ensued.

Mailing tubes
Mailing tubes and fabric.

Frame of spider almost done
The same mailing tubes, painted and shaped, and cardboard. As ever, hot-melt glue is your costuming friend.

Fabric carapace getting stuffed
Spider carapace glued on and starting to get stuffed with bubble wrap and plastic bags—a LOT of them.

In the meantime Jon got fitted with a tunic with a cape-like flap, sewn from the spider fabric. The spider then got hung over our front porch (no time to construct a web, alas) and the flap got pinned to the spider body so that Jon was attached to the spider as its head and front legs.

Spider hung and attached to Jon
Ta daah! One man-sized spider, ready to give out treats! We were going to make a hood with spider eyes for Jon to wear, but the night was so warm—and Jon hates hats sooo much—that we nixxed the idea.

Halloween show
Warm, but unfortunately rainy. The poor Riverdale Halloween Show players had to perform on a slickly wet stage in the pouring rain. But the show went on, and it was fabulously topical (the show creators couldn’t have asked for a better news tie-in thanks to the shenanigans of our mayor!

* It was also a bit of a relief, because earlier this year he announced that he wanted to be a Cyberman from Doctor Who, which is a bit more complicated.


Merrywood 2013

Jon I had another great session at Camp Merrywood. I went kayaking. I got wet in the water. During the ride I heard a Carly Rae Jepsen song. The song is Call Me Maybe.

At arts and crafts I made star jars which are jars lined with foil. When you shine a light in holes in the foil you get stars. I also made light sabers with Jackie. I like that.

I went on the overnight camping trip again. I really enjoyed it, especially the locks.

I saw a rainbow on day 7.

I went to the media program with Sam and made sock puppets. I performed a song for the sock puppet. As I was singing the song I recorded it. The song was about saying thank you and staying in touch.

Again this year, I told five funny jokes at the talent show on day 9.

We had the goodbye banquet on the last day.

It was another really good session this year at Camp Merrywood.


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