Monday, November 24, 2014


Today was Kiandra's very last callback audition for her very last high school musical. This is it. Musical has been such a huge part of Kiandra's high school life and it is so  surreal that today marks the last time Kiandra will sing for a role. 

So many things have made this audition process difficult. Bronchitis. New people in the audition selection process. Tired scratchy voice. Most of all knowing that this is the very LAST musical. This quote resonated with me this week and especially in the last few days:

Kiandra doesn't know what the audition committee has planned for her or what role she will get but I am so proud of her for giving her all today. She was asked to sing a VERY hard song and she is still recovering from bronchitis. She didn't know if she could do it....but she did. She pushed through and did her best. She felt good about how it went but we won't know what role she will get until next week when the full cast is revealed.

It makes me think of this new book that arrived in my classroom this week:

Sunday, November 23, 2014


...Kaden's team play

...and lose :(

what a disappointing 7-3 loss

...Mockingjay with Kaden, Conrad, and my nephew

while my SIL took her other boys and Kezia to see Big Hero 6.

Then we watched Kiandra sing and run her lines for her call back tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Game Day

The day began early on the sidelines of the soccer pitch this morning:

Which ended in a 4-0 loss for Kezia's team:

The middle of the day was all about Kiandra as she prepares for her call back audition on Monday. She's going to have to be "on her game".

The day ended with a late hockey game:

and a goal for Kaden!

but ended with a 4-2 loss:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Report Card Day

Kade had a good report card this first term. He earned a honours award for having an average over 80% with no marks under 75%. He was surprised that math was his highest mark:

Kezia also got another report card today. She was received her interim report for her driving component for Drivers Ed. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear High School Musical 3

Thank you for providing me and my
girls with some couch potato time
this evening. You reminded me what it
was like to be a graduate not so long ago.
You now make me glimpse graduation in a new
way as it is not so far away. Thank you for
the reminder that everything is just a season.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

23 Years

Or more specifically 8402 days.

That's the amount of time that Conrad and I have been a couple.  He officially asked me out on November 19, 1991 after my years of relentless chasing after him. I think he just got tired of running! ;)

I am reminded daily that I am incredibly blessed by having Conrad in my life. It has been an amazing 8402 days.

I found these pictures of us from 1991. I also found this oldie of us before we started dating. I know I was in Grade 9 because my friend Naren often came with me that year and we were in different schools when we started Grade 10. I also know Conrad cut his hair right before summer that year and as you can see, his hair is not cut ;)

This photo really takes me back to these early days of being head over heels with this guy.

23 years. Wow. It so hard to believe that my kids are almost exactly this same age. Where does the time go?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snapshots from 50s day

I have a class instagram account to let my Grade 1 families peek into our day. It teaches kids about internet safety (we have a strict no faces rule) and it gives parents a chance to see what we are doing. Here's what my Grade 1 families saw today:

making "records" for our 50s day decorations

records hung:

snippets of a "then and now" slide show:

Our writing activity:

Stations this afternoon:

floats and milk shakes:

50 biscuits:

math book:

Roll a Record Game:

money book:

50s day hats:

Always a good time in Grade 1! There is so much to completing 50 days at school! :)

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