Monday, April 14, 2014

Badminton Season

The season of badminton is short and sweet…usually just the month of April. It was during that sweet spot of winter sports ending and spring sports not quite starting.

This year, Kaden has morning practices from 8:00-8:45 Monday-Thursdays and then an after school practice on Mondays from 3:30-5:00. On Tuesdays, he plays with the Grade 7 singles and then on Wednesdays he plays with a Grade 8 partner on a Grade 8 doubles team.

He must enjoy it…or at least felt obligated…because today he gave up a chance to go to his hockey windup playing laser tag in favour of agreeing to play this Wednesday with his doubles team. I'm proud of his commitment to his teammate and his maturity in deciding this was important.

It's hard to believe we're half way through the season already...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

School on a Sunday

It was a short day on set today with Kiandra only having to go for a few hours of tutoring.

Her "school" was parked on the road surrounded by other trailers:

I got to sit with the other Stand-In's dad, the photo double's dad, and the boy star's dad. (The girl star's mom was in her trailer) Apparently, it was Dads day to accompany the minors, lol! I was able to get some school work done and visit with the other parents. The star's dad brought us all coffee:

Then the time was up and school was done for the day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Be there if they ask...

A few weeks ago, before Kiandra got the call, we made plans to have company for supper this evening. April is usually a slower time for  our family as the Winter sports have wrapped up and the Spring sports haven't started. Kiandra's call time this morning as 10:00 and so we were sure she'd be wrapped by the 6:00 time our guests

Kiandra doesn't technically need a guardian on set because she is older than 16. This works great because when Conrad and I are working or when the filming is overnight then she can just go by herself. However, because the waiting times are long, Kiandra does like it when Conrad or I can come with her to the set and hang out while she is there. We've gone to set with her whenever she has asked and we were available.

Today, with company coming over, I had so much to do but Kiandra asked if I would come with her and so I got up early to put stuff in the crockpot and make a salad and making a potato dish for Kaden to pop into the oven. We arrived on set at 10:00 and Conrad eventually had to pick me up at 5:30 and I left Kiandra with the van for her to come home when she was finally wrapped. (This finally happened at 8:30) would have been easier if I had just sent Kiandra on her own. It would have been easier to stay home and to not have to get up so early to get everything ready. But...Kiandra is 17. My time with her asking me to do things with her is running out. So, when she asks me to come...I come. Supper still got on the table, I spent the day being productive anyway, and I got to watch my daughter doing something she loves to do. It was a day well spent. I want to be there when my kids ask me. One day they won't. Today...she did and so I went.

Friday, April 11, 2014

bad news, good news

bad news--starting today with another staff meeting called first thing in the morning...
            with the news that for the second April in a row we'll fly our school flag at half mast

good news--a iced cap treat after school from a school family

bad news-- the flag football season's schedule has yet to be finalized because of all the snow still on the ground.

good news--the coach is a gym teacher and they can have indoor practices until the snow melts. Also good news...the practice was from 4:30 until 6:00 and Kaden could still go to youth. 

bad news--I'm a week late to finish Kaden's 13th birthday book.

good news-- I finally finished it and clicked "order" late this evening. I will arrive late, but it will be worth the wait!

bad news--Kiandra was thinking she may be able to go to youth because she had an early call time but then didn't end up being wrapped until 8:30.

good news--Kiandra had my van and I was able to get the other two kids to youth and so Conrad and I could still enjoy date night.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


It's April 10 and yet you wouldn't know it from my view on lunch recess duty:

...and speaking of duty...Kiandra did her "duty" on her job as a Stand In and got her first pay cheque! Yikers! It's going to be hard for her to take a "normal" job after this when a 4 day work week almost brings in a 4 figure salary!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Change. Yuck. I used to think I liked change. Nope. I don't.
Today I got some news that involves change. 
There were tears.
There was sadness.
I don't like letting go.
I don't like change.
Change is NEVER easy.
I'm going to miss the way it is right now.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Badminton Grade 7 Singles

Kaden is playing badminton twice a week. He plays with Grade 7 singles on Tuesdays and with a Grade 8 partner (there were not enough Grade 8 players) for Grade 8 doubles on Wednesdays.

Today was game 1 for singles and Kaden won 5 games and lost 3.

He said I was his "good luck charm" because he had won 1 and then lost 3 in a row and then I came to watch and he won the next 4 after I arrived. 

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