Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Concert

The day started off pretty sweet! We always have a full dress rehearsal at the church where we have our concert on the morning of the concert. Due to a slight miscalculation on the number of kids and staff attending, there was no room for me on the bus with the Grade 1, 2, and 3 students! I was able to enjoy a teacher's dream by sending my class on ahead of me and getting to ride with some staff to the concert rehearsal...

I have to say it was the quietest ride I've ever had on a class trip! ;)


The rehearsal was long and rocky-but they always are and yet somehow it all comes together in the end and it was a wonderful concert.

Kaden played with the 7&8 band and also played with 3 others during the offertory. One of my Grade 1 told me that he liked with the big instruments played ...and he giggled and added "because it sounds like farting!"


The singers group also preformed and after all their practicing for their recent concert they really sounded amazing.


And then just like that it was all done...until next year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breakfast Spread

One of the things I LOVE about teaching at this awesome school is that the parents and the Parent Council spoil us like crazy! This morning was a before school brunch which happens to fall during one of the craziest weeks ever. What a special treat to arrive to the parent room being set up like this:

and then the lights were dimmed and we got to eat all of this:


Not to mention a whole table of desserts in the back corner that none of us saw until we had already filled up on the quiche, bacon, sausage, breakfast casserole, tall grass cinnamon buns, muffins, oatmeal, fruit, and special coffees and juice.

The "breakfast" became also recess snacks AND lunch because there was so much food. I think it's in the Mennonite DNA to make copious amounts of food!

Monday, December 15, 2014

family movie night

Today we were all home this evening and decided to have a Family Movie Night. It was not just any old movie...it was the movie "One Christmas Eve" which was filmed here last Spring and Kiandra had the chance to be the Stand in for Ali Skovbye. (Click here to hear how Kiandra got the part and here to read some old posts of "life on a movie set")


We weren't able to see the movie on November 30 when it aired in the US but last week we were able to get a copy of the DVD here. It was exciting to see it and remember all the things from the scenes that Kiandra helped set up. The movie was filmed out of sequence and that was kind of cool too because we could remember when the scenes were filmed. One of the last scenes was the first filmed and the first scene was filmed last. 

I was totally bummed to not be able to take actual photos of all the action on the set, however I did ...sneak a few as Kiandra was "standing in" and I think now that the movie has aired I can share a few of these:

(check out how many people are needed 'behind the scenes'!)





and just a few of the sets:




and Kiandra at work:


and walking to school (tutoring):


and with Talia (Ali's photo double) after they received their gift from Hallmark Hall of Fame. It's pretty cool to have a sweatshirt that is embroidered "One Christmas Eve-Cast and Crew". (You can see Kevin Daniel's photo double in the background)


Kiandra even got a few shots with the stars:



and even Anne Heche!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Philharmonic Choir Concert

Kaden got the chance to sing tonight with his school choir when they were invited to be part of the Philharmonic Choir's Christmas Memories Concert. 

Conrad, Kaden, and I started the evening with a dinner at a nearby restaurant with Kaden's friend and her family. Then we walked over to the beautiful church:


The concert was long...but the choir did great!

They sang some songs alone:



including a Charlie Brown Christmas song:


and they also sang with the big choir too:


The funniest thing happened this evening. After years of me running around getting stuff that my kids have forgotten, tonight Kiandra returned the favour and drove us the tickets we had forgotten on the fridge!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Good things

Finding this on my dash this morning as I drove Kaden to his 8:45am choir practice:

Finding out that Conrad is doing a 12 days of Christmas surprises for me:


Kiandra curling my hair (after not allowing me to go out with my "wash and wear" look)


Kezia's team winning their soccer game 3-2:



Dinner at one of my favourite restaurants with my 2 girls and their friend:


Watching a former student from our school preform in her high school's musical with Kiandra and Kezia and their friend. 


Good. Things. are. everywhere.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Date Night

Not Home Depot tonight...



... but IKEA! With our $13 supper because of midnight madness it was a cheap date!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Voicing her stuff

A few weeks ago, Kiandra's friend Chase sent her some information that he had received about an animated series that was about to film and they were looking for a voice for one of the main characters. Kiandra sent in her resume but she heard back from them quickly that she was too old for the part they were looking for. However,  they said they were interested in having her come down to their studio so they could meet her if she was interested in other opportunities.

Kiandra said that she'd love to and then they sent her this email:

Today was her studio day and unfortunately Conrad and Kiandra forgot to take a picture of the studio but I snapped this photo with Kiandra and some of the scripts she got to read today.

Conrad and Kiandra said that the process was pretty interesting. I guess Kiandra will have to wait to hear what they really thought of her demo, but it's pretty cool that she was given this opportunity...especially since the sting of the musical casting is still pretty fresh. (This might be the last lead that Kiandra gets from her friend Chase because he wasn't offered the same opportunity..."You're welcome!" was all Chase said when Kiandra saw him after school! :)

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