Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Crossing things of the Spring Break to-do list

On Sunday, I shared some of the items on my to-do list for this week. Today, I got to check off a few of those things.

In the morning, I cleaned up all the food items I bought yesterday at Costco, including:

*Freezing 4 Pork Loins for various dishes this month.
*making and freezing 25 burger patties by adding this and this to ground beef and ground turkey to make onion/bacon/maple flavoured burgers.

*making, baking, and freezing 12 mini loaves of this which I will top with sauce when baking

*making, baking, and freezing this pizza bread

*making, baking, and freezing a batch of ground turkey meatballs which I will use late this month to make sweet and sour or Hawaiian meatballs.

*cooking and freezing 2 pounds of ground beef for quick suppers.
*cooking and freezing 1 pound of ground turkey for quick suppers.

Then at noon, I drove my mom to a vet appointment for her cat. After that was done, I stopped by the rental house to douse it in febreeze and to open all the windows to get the smoke smell out before the first perspective tenants arrive this evening.

The remainder of the afternoon/early evening I spent at school catching up and getting ready for a busy final couple of months. It felt good to get all of that out of the way already. By the time I left 4 hours later, I felt ready for April to begin!

From the school, I drove to the rental house to be with Conrad as he showed the house to 2 out of the 4 appointments that he had scheduled. (Two didn't end up showing up.) We capped off the night with a little date night at Tim Hortons since neither of us had eaten anything for supper.

It feels good to check things off the do-to list.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Landlord Lessons

Our rental house is vacant again. It's been an interesting couple of months and Conrad and I have learned so much. We used to laugh at how naive our kids are and then we realized that they get it from both of us, lol! Today, we went through the house and we weren't quite sure what we would find. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the house spotless (except for an obvious smoke odour *grr!*) and in good shape. You never know what patience will do for you...

Conrad has set up nearly a dozen appointments for viewing over the next 3 days. Hopefully the right candidates stand out and we can rent out this house to honest people who will pay their rent on time and take care of this house. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015


It wouldn't be like me to begin Spring Break without a little to-do list. At our staff meeting last Thursday, the teacher leading the devotional challenged us to find a balance between doing things for ourselves, for others, for God, and for work. A balance between utter relaxation and not wasting a whole week.

Here are my goals in those categories:

*sleep! (I've been already catching up on this as I slept a bit later and went to bed earlier yesterday AND had a 2 hour nap!)
*catch up lunch with my friend Janice
*make Paska

For Others:
*Dress and shoe shopping with my girls and Kaden's friend Jen including a lunch out.
*Costco trip with my girls and their friend Alissa including a poutine lunch.
*register Kaden for ball hockey
*book hotel rooms for teacher peeps States weekend.
*help Kaden fill out Leader-in-training application forms for Day Camp.
*Shop for:
-graphing calculator for Kezia
-dress pants for Conrad
-cell phone plans for Kaden

*Catch up on my readings and postings on this blog.
*Good Friday and Easter Sunday reflection.
*Prayer for guidance for new rental house tenants.

*clean rental house to show perspective tenants.
*Spend a few hours in my classroom organizing and preparing for the final term.
*Clean out pantry.
*Donate 2 bags of stuff.
*Fill freezer with suppers and lunch items.
*print off final receipts for taxes.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dear first day of Spring Break

Thank you for being so unproductive.
Your welcome reprieve from an over scheduled
couple of weeks was so needed. It was great to check
napping, Full House binge watching, and private ukelele 
concerts off the non-existant "to-do" list.

Yours affectionately,

Friday, March 27, 2015

My last penny...

When I wrote this post 10 weeks ago, I knew that today would be the day I would take out that last penny from Kiandra's hypothetical jar. When you first become a parent, 18 years seems daunting and far away. And yet, now here Conrad and I are...the parents of a legal adult. 
From a bright eyed little baby to a bright eyed young woman in the blink of an eye...

Unlike many of Kiandra's high school peeps, Kiandra opted to spend her birthday with 2 of her closest friends and not at the bar getting drunk. She wanted to eat her favourite supper (pizza) and then have her favourite cake (DQ ice cream cake). As I headed out to pick up the pizza, I caught a glimpse of my phone that showed that Kiandra was 6 minutes past her official birthday. 

Happy 18th Birthday, Kiandra!

I'm so thankful for Kiandra's friends Kara and Alissa. They made the celebration exactly what Kiandra wanted.

Pizza, Ice Cream Cake, awesome friends, and a game of Quelf. 

Someone at school today asked me how I was doing with reaching this milestone. I responded that it was a bit sad but that last night someone (*cough* Lindsay! *cough*) reminded me that this is not the end but the beginning of a new stage. Having an adult child doesn't mean that parents aren't needed anymore but the relationship changes. I'm not too big on changes but I think it was exactly what I needed to hear last night. I think about the last 936 weeks and I realize that they have been spent well. The investment has been substantial but so have the rewards. 
I'm so thankful for the last 18 years and a big triple arm pump to Conrad and me as we have successfully raised one child to adulthood. :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Closing Night

One last show...

Kaden had some fans in the audience including Kiandra, Kezia, and Kiandra's friend Chase who played the lead in the musical last week.

It was also Conrad's first time seeing the show too

My Mom and my Aunt came out (but I missed a picture with them) and our family friends also came out, my friend Janice, and Conrad's parents too:

After a cast party at Boston Pizza, it was time to turn in for the night after so many weeks of crazy-ness! Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job well done. I wonder if this will be the last time we get to see Kaden up on the stage??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Opening Night!

All the practicing and rehearsals for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" have paid off! Tonight's show went amazingly well. What fun to watch these kids perform!  

One of my favourite scenes was with Kaden and his friend Jennifer. She walks by with a pile of Valentines:

and she drops one:

Charlie Brown picks it up:

 Charlie Brown asks her what these are:

She tells him that these are Valentines for all the boys in the class that she likes. 

Charlie Brown smiles and says "I guess you wouldn't want to lose this one with the initials "CB" on it?"

and she responds "...I guess you're right" and 

 then adds "Craig Bowerman would be very disappointed!"

and then she skips off...leaving Charlie Brown to be super depressed...

Charlie Brown announces that he didn't get a single Valentine even though he sent one to everyone he knows.

He says he gets about as many Valentines as the dog...when Snoopy walks by with an arm load of Valentines:

Poor Charlie Brown!

Violet and Charlie Brown posed for some pictures after the show. They are still trying to reach a consensus of who is taller:

Charlie Brown even got to sign some autographs for some young fans! ;) 

One show down....one to go!

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