Sunday, March 31, 2013


My friend Melanie introduced me to this app a few months ago. I've been keeping track of what I have been eating and trying to stay within my calorie allowance every day. Even though I haven't been as faithful at recording everything lately, I know I am still careful about what I've been eating and it is working!

I literally threw out my scale a few years ago when I caught my girls starting to weigh themselves and so I don't have an official weight loss total but I quickly began to notice that my clothes were fitting different soon after I started using the app. When I had been in the States in January, I bought 2 new pairs of jeans and by Kiandra's musical, I didn't even feel good wearing them because they were so big. I bought a new pair on our trip and they make me feel so skinny.

I bought a new work out tank top and capri pants too since my old clothes weren't fitting right anymore. I know they are a bit snug right now but I have confidence that I will even be able to wear these in public one day and not just on the treadmill in my basement.

It feels good to be a loser.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I had planned to go to the school today to catch up on a few things. The number one reason for going is because iMovie seems to have been deleted from my lap top. I have promised a class of Grade 1 friends that the toothpaste commercials (demonstrating media influences) would be ready to be screened and I couldn't do it at home. Oh and the fact that the brand spanking new memory card I bought to tape those commercials did not work and instead the videos ended up being saved to the camera's internal hard drive instead (...will my techy computer issues ever end??!!).

I left the house around 11:00 and was a block away from the school when the van shook and felt like I had run over something. Then I realized I had a flat tire. Boo!

However, so many good things about this:

-it happened in the city instead of during our little getaway.

-it happened while I was driving and not Kiandra.

-it happened a block from school and so I could get stuff done while I waited for Conrad to get off work.

- it happened on a Saturday and Conrad worked until 5:00 (and not 7:00) and then came to rescue me.

- I have a husband to come and rescue me.

- I was able to take down a bulletin board, put together my "April" books, print out the invoice for a field trip I want  to take, AND edit all of the commercials I taped last week into one 20 minute movie...complete with bloopers and outtakes.

-Conrad was able to put on the spare and we could get home to eat supper as a family and bring home an DQ ice cream cake for Kiandra (her favourite!) because we didn't do it on her actual birthday because we were away.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good. Friday.

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross,
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;
"by his wounds you have been healed."
1 Peter 2:24

I teach at a Private Christian school, but it is is a Christian school and not a school for Christians. This means that you do not have to attend or be a member of a church or declare yourself a follower of Christ to attend our school. Staff and Administration at our school are all believers, but many of our school families are not. However, when you decided to send your child to our school, they will learn about the Bible, they will hear devotions, they will memorize scripture, and they will attend weekly chapels that talk about our faith.

I would guess that nearly half of the students in my class do not come from a Christian family background. Many of the Bible lessons and devotions are especially interesting to these students and they have good questions about what they are hearing for the first time. It was a journey to go through the Jesse Tree devotional with them during December and the Easter story was just as full of questions. 

Our librarian set out this video which I was able to show to the class last week and 2 of my students in particular were jumping with excitement after they watched it. They couldn't believe that "all that black sin was on Jesus" and that he died so that "the curtain could be ripped from top to bottom so that everyone could come in. EVERYONE!!" It was a reminder to me about the huge blessing it is to work in a school where parents are allowing us to teach their children about this very important message. We prayed as a class after watching and talked about how we all have the choice to accept the invitation to follow Jesus. 

Today, we used Good Friday to spend time with Conrad's side of the family, eating great food, hunting for Easter treats from Conrad's parents, playing games...

...and remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dress Shopping

Our school is a K-8 school and when the students finish Grade 8, the school hosts a "farewell" celebration...not really a grad...well, they do have Grad photos they put in the hall, but it's just a way to send them off to high school with a special ceremony.

While we were away, we shopped for a dress for Kezia to wear to this event. Since it's not a "real" grad, I don't want to spend a ton of money on it but it should be nice. We got a smoking deal on Kiandra's dress 2 years ago and I was kind of hoping we'd luck out again. But. no. such. luck.

There are 2 problems we encountered this year while shopping with Kezia. Number 1: She knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to say it. (not strapless, flared at the waist not fitted, a colour (not black!), and fancier than what she would wear to church. Number 2: I don't think a floor length ball gown (much to Kezia's dismay!) is appropriate for this celebration and all the short dresses she tried on...well...they were kind of....sort of slutty. Like barely - cover - your - bum - slutty.

Here are some pictures of just a few of the many she tried on:

We did end up buying one (less than $30.oo) but I'm hoping that I can find a way to add something to the bottom of it to make the skirt part longer. I might have to consult someone who can sew to help me out so that no one gets a glimpse of Kezia's underwear. Seriously, why can't the skirts be a wee bit longer. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sweet Sixteen

Not sure how it happened, but as of today at 6:37pm, I became the mother of a 16 year old. *gasp*

Since we were away from home, Kiandra was able to celebrate by doing many of her favourite things:

Eating pizza and ice cream for lunch (her two favourite foods!):


Picking out one of her birthday presents...see here!

More shopping!

Eating two different kinds of pizza for supper:

Pepperoni and Green Pepper

Birthday S'mores Pizza!

and finishing her day by swimming (her favourite thing!) in the hotel pool.

We are truly blessed to have a daughter like Kiandra. I have been blessed to be her mother for the last 16 years and I am thankful for each day I've had to do that job. I just wished it wouldn't be passing so quickly!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Getting Away...

Yes, we have so much work left to do in the basement...

Yes, it is rare that Conrad gets a few full days off to get work done in the basement...

However, since it is Spring Break here, it is also a perfect time to get away from it all. So. we. did.

We left this morning:

Stopped to meet friends for lunch at the Golden Corral:
This isn't my favourite restaurant to eat at
but the company was fabulous
and this giant chocolate fountain
was pretty sweet-pun intended!

Did some shopping at my favourite store:

Ate supper at my most favourite burger joint:

And enjoyed some great family time. The basement will still be waiting for us when we get home.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Today I salute Conrad as a Bargain Shopping King. We are at the point where we are looking at baseboards and he had his eye on higher ones that will a) look classy and b) cover the required spacing left between the flooring and the wall. We came across these nice looking ones yesterday but understood the price to be $7.00 a piece. Although they were perfect, we didn't know if we wanted to spend that much when we could get away with cheaper pieces that would not be as high, but still nice for about half that.

Conrad went back today and decided to buy the more expensive ones because they would cover the spaces more effectively and when he went to pay for them, they were on sale for $4.69 a piece! Awesome.

When he got home and realized the good sale, he decided to go back and buy two more bundles to use in Kiandra's room and her walk through closet too. He could have walked away with a super good deal because the cashier charged him for 2 "pieces" instead of 2 "bundles" and my honest husband alerted him to the error. BSK but not dishonestly so. 

Tomorrow, we'll pick up the sink and faucet I bought on ebay and some of the other things we need to finish off this LONG project. I can't wait.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Floor and Door - check!

The kids are excited about the new flooring...

...and how slippery it is...

...they even invented a new game...
"How far can you slide to the other side?"

So flooring is done:

Bathroom door is being put in...


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Check and Check

Sleep in - check...and a bit of a nap-sweet!

laundry - check

tidy the kitchen - check

get my hair done - check

homemade burgers and fries for supper - check

progress on the basement floor - check

Making it to Home Depot before they closed to look at base boards - check

Stopping at Walmart to buy Greek Yogurt and Butter - check

making a dent in the box of apples - check
caramel apple scones

Enjoyable first day of Spring Break - check!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting through the last school day before Spring Break

It's always a tough day...but I knew this one was going to be rough when I had two students complain about being sick as they arrived this morning. I didn't even make it through O Canada before two different students started puking. Seriously! Not the same two! After I rang for the custodian and herded my students away from the mess, I read them a book in one of our lounges before delivering them to music at 9:20...and then walked to the office to deliver one of the students who had complained 10:30 the other one (and her twin) had been picked up. Sheesh! What a morning!

However, I did finish taping all of my toothpaste commercials (except for one of my sicklies!) which rocked. I look forward to editing them all over the break and showing them off to parents and families the week we come back.

Lunch was catered by the Parent Association and was fabulous. It was awesome not having to pack a lunch today.

Easter Chapel was this afternoon and I was a bit bummed that my twins had to leave early because it was amazing this week as the Easter story was told because they had never heard of it before. It was so real to them and their excitement contagious. It reminded me that I am in the mission field and that I have the ability to share my faith in a school that is supported by parents. What a privilege and a blessing.

The visual as we left the gym was so awesome. That bag is the shredded remains of "confessions" that students had written before Chapel. Theses sins are nailed to the cross during Chapel and then shredded and bagged as a visual representation of what Jesus did for us on the cross at Easter. He took our sins and paid for them and now they are no more. Just a bag of trash at the foot of the cross. Sometimes we forget the magnitude of what that means. I pray that the students and families who came this afternoon were touched by what they saw.

We "packed and stacked" at the end of the day and said goodbye for the week. I think with all this snow and indoor recess this week, we are all ready for a week away.

Kiandra had a friend over (a German exchange student from her school) for supper and the girls were off to youth this evening. Kaden's watching the hockey game. Conrad's in his "office" (the basement) and I'm thinking of the many things I can add to my "to-do" list. The first day of break is always the most exciting day of possibilities when everything seems's the Sunday that is the let down when you realize that so few items were actually stroked off.

But for now...woohoo! Spring Break is here!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Basement Flooring Progress!

I came home from school today to see this:

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