Saturday, February 28, 2015

Life in the van

It started this morning with dropping the girls off at musical

then a stop to try and taste a locally made lemon meringue donut but they were sold out and I had to "settle" for this brown butter chocolate chip one:

The next stop was to drop Kaden off at musical where things are starting to come together:

I left Kaden at the school and then went to pick up Kezia for her soccer game.

What a nail biter! They needed to win or tie they were losing 1-0 when one of Kezia's teammate had a shot on net and was tackled by the other team's player. This gave her a penalty shot and she scored with 36 seconds left!

From soccer, I drove Kezia home and then went back to pick up Kaden. Since Kaden's friends were playing their first playoff game at an arena near the school we stopped in to watch their game. 

Finally, a stop at the grocery store and the gas station (yes for real!) it was finally time to return home nearly 10 hours since leaving this morning. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today brought to you by the letter "C"

C is for was my class's turn to host chapel today and they did a wonderful job.

C is for crowd...we had quite the crowd at our chapel--3 rows and some standing!

C is for was a cold one for my outdoor recess duty.

C is for was time to wrap up our hockey themed "I LOVE to READ" month with the winning classes getting a chance to have a shoot out with our principal. The whole student body was able to watch and cheer them off.

C is for cooking...or lack I ordered pizza for supper :)

C is for call back! ...Kiandra got an email with call back information for a movie she submitted a video audition for. Her friend Chase also has a call back.

C is for clear evening...with a youth convention this weekend and all the kids with plans tomorrow so they couldn't attend, all 3 kids were home for supper and the evening.

C is for catch up on PVRd shows...We had a few episodes of Amazing Race and it was a great time to just hang together eating pizza and watching a show we all enjoy.

C is for cuddle...on the couch with my husband with the fire place going and the kids within reach is a rare and enjoyable thing.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

decisions, decisions

Right after Kaden's basketball game it was off to high school Open House #3. Kaden is exploring a few different options for the fall. Tonight was the tour for our catchment school where the girls attend. It doesn't have nearly the options of the other two schools Kaden has already applied to (deadlines for those two schools were due 2 weeks ago) but it did have many familiar faces in the crowd this evening. Of course the commute will be a much shorter one too if Kaden decides on this school.

Having sat through other open houses lately, it was easy compare the presentations and style of the presenters. I have to say that this open house was by far the least enjoyable and did not even really try to advertise the school.

If Kaden gets accepted to the other two schools it may be a difficult decision of where he will plan to go to high school this fall. I guess we will see...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soccer Playoffs continue

Kezia's indoor soccer is winding down and they are playing their final games of the season. Today's game was so close and both teams had many good chances including a nail biting save in the last 20 seconds of the game. It ended with a final score of 0-0.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grade 1 and 2 Poem Party

Today was the final culminating activity for our Grade 1 and 2 co-teaching unit. We've spent 6 classes together learning about and writing poems. Today we had a gallery walk with the Grade 2 class and showed off our finished published pieces. Some students painted, some wrote in marker, some did word processing, and some even made a booklet of poems. This experience was better than I thought it would be.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Usually Kaden's basketball games are held right after school and with his school being so far from where we live and with most games on Mondays and Wednesdays Conrad has not been able to come out to any of Kaden's games.

Today's after school game was at 5:00 and because Conrad is off work recovering he was able to come out and watch Kaden play.

First he picked up the girls and so they came out too and it was a full crowd of bench warmers for the game. (photo here)

What better supper for a bunch of bench warmers? A stop at Menchie's!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Unfortunately, Fortunately

Unfortunately, Kaden's team lost all 4 of their tournament hockey games this weekend.
Fortunately, that means that they do not have to play this morning and we can begin the 2+ hour trek home.

Unfortunately, it was an eventful night last night for the girls when they arrived home after babysitting and the keyless entry appeared frozen shut.
Fortunately, a neighbour was able to get the lock open and get them inside on the frigidly cold night. 

Unfortunately, Conrad has not driven all weekend due to his knee surgery.
Fortunately, he was feeling well enough to take over for the last hour of driving so I could nap after a short night with Kaden being out past 2:00 with his hockey friends and the girls calling to saying they were locked out of the house.

Unfortunately, Conrad's knee is still on the mend and he is moving around slower than normal.
Fortunately, he is able to take the next few days off work and recuperate. 

Unfortunately, I still need to go to work and the kids need to go to school.
Fortunately, this means he actually won't be tempted to do more than he should.

Unfortunately, when I arrived home I realized that my laptop had been left behind in the hotel room.
Fortunately, a facebook status produced 3 possible ways to get it plan might mean I get my laptop on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, that means any blogging will have to wait until after I get my computer back.
Fortunately, there is the option of back dating posts so it can look like I posted on the right day. :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Still playing with all their hearts...

...but not seeing a win. Kaden's team played another 2 games today. The first came was a little better on the score board but still a huge loss.

Final score 9-4

The second game was exhausting for this hard working team.

FInal score 9-1.

Thankfully, even these disappointing scores, the boys still had a great time. They swam, they played mini sticks, they ate...and ate...and ate, and they watched a movie until almost 2:30 in the morning. It will still a winning weekend in their minds.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Playing their hearts out

Kaden's hockey team is playing in a tournament this weekend. Unfortunately, earlier this week we got the news that one of the teammate's moms had a stroke. What a shocker. She had had surgery but there has been no update today. The boys decided to honour the mom by wrapping their sticks in red tape (the colour of the heart and stroke foundation) and placing heart heart stickers on their helmets with her initials. 

The first game started off with a quick goal from the other team.

However, the boys played hard and managed to keep the score at 1-0 for the first.

They had some great chances:

and the score was still 1-0 at the beginning of the third period:

and then the other team kicked it into high gear and it didn't seem like Kaden's team could do anything to stop them:

even the pep talk couldn't help:

They ended the game with a 7-0 loss.

The second game of the day was another blow out even though the boys played as hard as they could:

Red sticks and hearts and a final score of 11-1 ended the game.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday 13

Thirteen things that happened today:

1. Conrad, Kiandra, Kaden, and I were in the van by 6:14 am.

2. We dropped Kiandra off at her friend's house (where she was heading to school for a 7:00 spirit week "voice your stuff" practice at 7:00).

3.  We were at the hospital to drop Conrad off for his day surgery by 6:45.

4. Kaden and I were at school by 7:15.

5. I was able to get prepping done for the sub tomorrow and switch around my gym class to allow me to leave early today.

6. Conrad texted me this picture from his "office" for the day:

7. Conrad's surgery for his torn meniscus (compared to a hang nail in his knee) is bumped and he got in earlier than expected. 

8. The surgery went as expected and Conrad was finally able to eat after fasting since last night:

9. I was able to leave school at 2:00 and graciously allowed to miss the staff meeting to pick Conrad up at 2:30.

10. After a quick stop for some real food and to fill the prescription for T3s we went home.

11. I picked up Kiandra and Kezia from musical at 6:30.

12. I drove two of their friends home after musical.

13. When we arrived home, Conrad and I got to hear about Spirit Week events and the very successful "voice your stuff" event that Kiandra was totally in charge of.

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