Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Triplets X 2

It's spirit week in middle school this week and today's event was Twin/Triplet day. Some of us decided to join in the fun by wearing our "magic" shirt!

I love the people that I work with!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello

hello Monday
hello new week
hello starting to look and feel like Spring

hello productive morning
hello exciting learning projects on the horizon
hello middle school spirit week
hello photographer duties at lunch hour events

hello after school badminton practice
hello starting up a school Instagram account
hello leaving the school later than expected

hello German pancakes supper with the kids
hello deposit cheque from the new renters
hello Bible in a Year post by moi

hello Monday

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Friends

It's been another busy weekend. What else is new around here?!

As I reflect on the events of the last few days, I am reminded again of how blessed my children are with their friends. Conrad and I have often prayed for our kids in the area of friendships. We pray for them to surround themselves with good friends. Our prayers have been answered abundantly. For that I am extremely thankful.

This weekend, I picked up one of Kiandra's friends after school (she lives near where I teach) and drove her to our house so that she could attend youth and sleep over. Kiandra met this girl when she attend the school where I teach 4 years ago and they have maintained a close friendship. The next morning, I watched Kaden celebrate the end of hockey season with his hockey friends. What a great bunch of guys! Before we headed off to the potluck portion of the windup, Kezia had a friend of hers over for the evening and the night and we ended up having a "family game night" together with this friend. After church on Sunday, we were invited to Kezia's friend's surprise 16th birthday lunch. I am so thankful for the friends that my children have in their lives.

 In our Bible readings, we've recently read through the book of Proverbs. Here are some things Proverbs says that makes me appreciate the people my children have surrounded themselves with:

 Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

 Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times...

 Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings...

 Proverbs 22:24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.

 I am so thankful for our kids' friendships!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Longest Hockey Wind-up Ever!

It was a beautiful day for an outdoor hockey windup party this morning. The boys met at 9:30 to spend a few hours at the paintball park. I had originally planned to drop and dash but the weather was so perfect I decided to stay and watch. I'm so thankful for this team and the boys and coaches that have made it one of the best seasons so far. What a great bunch!

I'd never actually watched a paintball game...it was less messy than I thought it would be:




We left the park just before 1:00 but then met up later for a family pot luck at the community centre. The boys ate and played ball hockey and ate and played more ball hockey. Nearly 10 hours after this long day began, it ended with the coaches handing out gifts for everyone and 3 awards. Kaden was chosen by the coaches as the "Most Sportsmanlike" on his team. 


I think this was well earned as Kaden is often the "cheerleader" on his team always ready with a fist bump or an encouraging word. He also was low on the penalty minutes--having served just one penalty all year.

A great end to a great season!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Fill-In

And...here we go! (Playing along with prompts from this blog)

1. Right now I'm catching up on the last 2 days of missing blog posts.

2. Asking people to "play a game" when I need something is my well known quirk.

3. Are you tired? I am. It's been a LONG first week back after Spring Break!

4. Be dedicated in eating and exercising habits first, then see the results!

5. That's why I'm wearing my smallest pair of dress pants capris today!

6. Just for Laughs Gags is one of my favorite tv shows ever!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging with my soccer mom friends, tomorrow my plans include taking Kaden to his hockey paintball windup and potluck, and Sunday, I want to go out for lunch and have a nap!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rented!


Conrad narrowed his list of potential tenant applicants by doing background checks and reference calls today. We have learned so much during our brief stint as Landlords and we know so much more than when we started. It's been an interesting time listening to stories and discovering what lies beneath them. We received many inquires this time for the house and our kijiji ad was viewed over 1000 times in the 2 weeks that we had it posted. Once we had made a decision about who we would get to rent the house, Conrad notified the tenants we chose and notified the others that we did not choose. We are praying for a good second set of tenants and the fact that the tenancies branch didn't know them by name (like our last ones!) was a good sign! If their deposit cheque doesn't bounce then they will be in the lead for our most reliable renters.   

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Badminton Doubles

After playing Grade 7 "Singles" last year AND Grade 8 "Doubles" Kaden is only playing Grade 8 Doubles this year. Kaden and his friend Braydon had their first matches today and ended with a mixed bag of results: some easy wins, some hard losses, and some really close games.



Badminton always comes during that "sweet spot" of the year when Winter sports are over, musical is over, and Spring sports are yet to begin. It also reminds me that Badminton season falls just before Track and Field and the end of the school year is right behind that...
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