Thursday, January 29, 2015

How can you not love Grade 1...

I totally love my job. Some days I love it more than others but every day is filled with this one that cracked me up today.

Each month I have my grade 1 friends work on a "morning job" book as they arrive and settle in and wait for announcements. It serves a number of purposes like giving them a focused task to begin the day to prevent craziness, reinforces different skills, makes me connect with each child to start every day because I check their work and "smiley face" their page before they read or partner read until everyone is done.

This month, my morning job is word families. I give them a word family and they fill in a few words that they can spell based on that day's family. For example if I wrote "If I can spell "at" then I can spell:" and I might see words like cat, bat, sat, chat, etc. This group of students has become very creative like adding "instruction" to the word family "in" (Instruction is a word on our wall and they copied it). They have added "Stella" to the "ell" family. I have seen  many creative things but today's topped them all:

Today's word family was "ot"

and one of my grade 1 friends wrote out our grade one blogspOT address as one of the words in the "ot" family! I literally laughed out loud at his creativity. Every day is full of surprises and I loved today's hilarious one. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the van...

Today was the kind of day I love...a whole lot of busy-ness and a whole lot of time with the kids. These days are becoming more and more of a rare thing in the last few years as the kids are spread out between 2 schools and we have added another driver to the mix. However today was like the old days...

The van was a little fuller as Kiandra gave up her last free day before semester 2 starts tomorrow to volunteer in my class. It was awesome to have her come on a full "no-prep" day where I could give her tasks that normally wouldn't happen because I'm teaching all day and not sending my kids off to music or gym or French or German. (Day 5 can seem kind of long sometimes, lol!)

After our busy day at school, Kiandra and I drove out to Kaden's basketball game to watch his team lose (unfortunately) before we picked up Kaden to drive him to hockey. After we dropped him off, we drove to grab a quick supper before I drove her to kid's club. I had planned to go back and pick Kaden up from hockey but Conrad didn't end up having the errand that he thought he did and so because he finished work at the same time Kaden needed to be picked up, he stopped by the area that is just down the street and picked Kaden up.

I did a bit of craft shopping at Michaels and then I went back to church and finished all my marking while I waited for the girls to be done. Kezia had soccer practice after clubs and so I drove her to practice. Kiandra had a clubs meeting so after dropping Kezia off, I went back to pick up Kiandra. Then we went back to the practice to pick Kezia up. On a usual Wednesday, I end up giving Kiandra the van before clubs and I never have to do this part. It's probably a good thing gas is sitting at about 79.9 right now.

I'm thankful for my kids. I'm thankful for these times in the van with them as we chat and I get to spend some time with them. I'm thankful for a reliable vehicle.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not really BSQ...

...but still a good deal on stuff that is not usually on sale.

I was at Lululemon picking up a gift card for a certain someone's birthday on Friday when I happened to notice some men's wear on sale. Conrad bought a pair of shorts from Lululemon a few years ago (also on sale) and they are still in perfect condition. I saw these on the rack:

With this tag:

So after a few pictures texts I bought them for Conrad (and they fit perfectly!)

I also found they had a selection of headbands on sale:

They are still a bit pricey at $7 but I've paid full price for a few before. I bought one for Kezia for her birthday, 2 for me, 1 for Kiandra (saving it for her birthday), and even 1 as a gift for Kezia's friend. I guess when I paid my final bill, including the gift cards, I didn't really feel like a Bargain Shopping Queen but I still think I got a good deal on the things I bought.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Hello Monday.
Hello 2.8 pound loss on the scale!
Hello motivation to keep going.

Hello day 87 of the school year.
Hello awesome day with Grade 1 friends.
Hello year that's flying by.

Hello after school basketball game.
Hello school van sent out for a broken bus.
Hello 4 extra boys in the van.

Hello super awesome team.
Hello baskets scored at every toss.
Hello practice on how to lose gracefully. :)

Hello early departure.
Hello outdoor hockey practice.
Hello dry land training.
Hello team photos.

Hello arriving home.
Hello 2 extra girls in the house.
Hello awesome friends to my girls.
Hello evening of laughter and creativeness.

Hello thrown together delicious supper

Hello still time for a run.
Hello faster time than my last 2 mile run.

Hello Monday.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Catching up

A few short months ago, I could lean in and hug my son and still be noticeably taller than him: 

Today, he is just shy of being my height!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Zero in Two

Kezia played soccer today at 9:00am. Her team has tied the last two games and was hoping for a win in this 3rd game of the finals.

Even with some great chances and some amazing saves from her team's goalie (including a hand ball penalty kick right in front of the net!) they didn't manage to pull off a win.

Final score: 1-0 for the other team.

Kaden's team played at 12:40 and it was a hard battle. Kaden had a few shots on goal and so did many of his teammates (including one that actually went in off a player's foot but was called a no goal).

First goal for the other team squeaked in during the second period on a power play. It was followed by a second goal on another power play.

Final score: 2-0 for the other team.

Some days are like that....

Friday, January 23, 2015


I have chosen the word "stand" as my word of the year and I've been spending some time thinking about it and adding quotes and other "stand" things to my Pinterest pin board.

Here are some quotes and photos I've found on instagram with the hashtag "stand":

Did you pick a word to focus on this year? Are you searching it out? What have you found?
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