Friday, January 20, 2017

Teacher Feet Up Friday

Not my usual relaxing Friday night date night but it was nice to put up my feet and watch Kaden's team come away with yet another victory (5-1) and be able to watch Kaden score the 5th goal.
It is too bad the spectators got a little unruly late in the game and the game got a little vicious in the last period.  Sometimes people forget this is just 15 year old hockey and sometimes silence is golden...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday 13

13 things I did today:

1. I found a note from my substitute teacher yesterday that my class was good and respectful while I was away yesterday afternoon.

2. This instagram post from Kaden's band was a peek into his day:

3. It was soup day!

4. I was glad it was day 1 and I didn't have duty.

5. I brought French Onion soup and wondered why I don't make it more often.

6. I had an "I Love to Read Month" planning meeting after school.

7. I changed the bulletin board in the front foyer of the school.

8. I went to walmart and sobey's to find mozzarella pearls.

9. Kaden officially finished all of his after school commitments after having volleyball and Driver's ed 2-5 evenings a week since school started and my late night stays at school came to an end!
10. I went to Save On and found mozzarella pearls.

11. I was driven home from Save On by Kaden.

12. Kiandra started and I finished this recipe: (awesomely delicious BTW)

13. I helped Kezia review one of her units for her upcoming exams.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Afternoon Date

I had a followup MRI on December 18 and this afternoon I had an appointment with my neurologist to discuss the results.The results are the same as they were from my first MRI back in March. I am feeling good with none of the symptoms that I had a year ago but the doctor is still recommending me to see a specialist to hear what they have to say about what the MRI showed. So we wait....

But... since the appointment was at 1:30 and I had a sub for the afternoon AND Conrad switched his day off to today we were able to have lunch together before the appointment:
and finally take the trip to the spa that we had tried to take on Christmas break:

You really wouldn't think that someone like me (who hates the cold!) would enjoy an OUTSIDE spa but it truly is amazing. I love the heat of the hot tub, the sauna, the steam room, and this light supper wasn't too shabby either:
We arrived shortly after 2:00 and left the spa just before 9:30. It was awesome! Of course, the best part was that the experience was generously gifted to me by my Grade 1 friends.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On the table...

What a treat to arrive home from school (and after Driver's Ed) to dinner ready on the table:

Homemade Naan Bread (made by Kiandra)

Butter chicken, basmati rice, and butter chickpeas (made by Kiandra):

Monday, January 16, 2017

Closing time

Kezia was asked to switch her shift today and work the closing shift and she agreed. It was her first ever closing shift and so Kiandra decided she would go to the restaurant and give Kezia some tips and help. Kiandra asked me to go along with her to have some appies and wait for Kezia to finish. Although knowing that it would be at least 11pm (on a school night! :) I agreed to go with Kiandra to keep her company as she sat and waited for Kezia.

It's quite the role reversal when you reach a point that your daughter treats you and even tells you "You can get a drink if you want" (We usually just have water at restaurants!) While we dined on sweet potato fries and (not on the menu) spinach dip we talked and watched Kezia. 

Sometimes (ok .... often!) I spend too much time thinking that my own time with my kids is at its "closing time". They are becoming more independent, they are growing and changing and moving into new directions, and I feel like I am losing my kids. Today reminded me that it may be a closing time on one season of being a Mom, but this new one that is opening is pretty sweet too. I am blessed and lucky.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Cheese board for faspa:

Kaden's first hockey game of 2017 (he missed a few while we were on vacation!)

Matching fans in the stands:
(Me, Maddy, and Kiandra...Kezia was working)

an illness let Kaden play centre with a few scoring chances:

A close game until the end...

and Kaden's team is still undefeated! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017



  1. start or set in motion (an activity or enterprise).

    "she was launching a campaign against ugly architecture"

    synonyms:set in motion, get going, get underway, startcommencebegin, embark on, initiateinaugurate, set up, organizeintroduce, bring into being; 
So it was a big day for one of my Grade 1 friends' Dad today! It was the launch of his new (and first!) children's book. The highlight of the event was watching my Grade 1 friend read the book in front of the huge crowd of people in attendance. She did amazing! Books like "When We Were Alone" will help 'set in motion' a new way of teaching even young children about residential schools.

This book is such a great way to introduce such a delicate topic. I was glad to attend this book launch.

There was another 'launch' this evening as one of my children embarked on an evening adventure with a new friend..... :)

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