Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday 13

Thirteen things I did today:

1. Drove to school in heavy traffic (again!) I'm not sure the reason but this year has been a terrible drive every morning and afternoon traffic wise. Maybe it's the construction in the city that is making people take my route but it's been bad every day since school started.

2. Had my best prep day of the week. Day 3 has 3 preps...and yet I still have a long to-do list. :(

3. Lectured my kids on appropriate recess play (again!). Every year social skills with kids get worse. They just don't know how to play with each other.

4. Planned to get lots done after school since Kaden was working until 7:45 and Conrad was heading out after work and wouldn't be home until much later.

5. Forgot there was an early years staff meeting after school. Used up an hour of my "get lots done" time to attend.

6. Met with a school parent about a classroom issue --another 20 minutes of time used up.

7. Realized that the girls volleyball team was all attending today's after school game and that this was a perfect time to take the yearbook photos--another 45 minutes of time used up.

8. Talked with a school parent for half an hour while creating my STEM bags for tomorrow.

9. Left my to-do list unfinished when I left the school at 6:30.

10. Made a successful stop to find Conrad the birthday gift I had planned for him.

11. Picked up Kaden from work.

12. Got these in the mail...the sympathy cards are still coming...undecided if it helps or hurts to get them.

13. Watched Kaden go off to Ball Hockey and when he returned he announced he was second place in scoring...he has a plan to take the title Conrad earned 2 years ago as scoring champion of the year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Boy's Club Campfire

Conrad is embracing his role as a Boy's Club leader. Tonight's job:

I love this man. (I love the fact that he washed out the campfire smell before bed too.)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Date Night

We relived the songs of our dating days at the Michael W. Smith concert this evening:

The nostalgia of the evening, 
spending it with my awesome life partner,
and the fact that Kaden could drive himself to hockey,
made for a perfect evening. 

Monday, October 9, 2017


We hosted Conrad's family for lunch today:

I'm thankful for family.
I'm thankful for the girls who are enjoying their time away.
I'm thankful that Conrad, Kaden, and I have jobs.
I'm thankful for our home.
I'm thankful for always having enough to eat.
I'm thankful for health and health care.
I'm thankful for friends.
I'm thankful for our church.
I'm thankful for all these things and the realization that although things are good, they are fleeting and that something so much better is yet to come. 
I'm thankful for that reminder.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Get a Job-part 2

Kaden went from zero jobs to two jobs in 1 week. He started his first training shift at one job last week Friday and then trained as a dishwasher for this job the next day. Today was his first solo time on the job. Since I can't stalk him at this job, I was thankful to see Kaden show up in the restaurant's instagram account for Thanksgiving. 

Kaden seems to be really enjoying his jobs. He is proud of being able to keep up with the pace and likes the people he works with. I love getting updates from him:

AND his favourite part of this job is that dishwashers get a free meal with every shift and Kaden has learned how to make wings all by himself:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Missing and Moved

The day started with an interesting message from Kezia. A group had ventured into Salzburg for the day and she decided to check out the lock bridge and find the lock Kiandra and I had placed there this summer. This was our photo from the summer:

This was the spot on Saturday: 

It's gone! SO bizarre! Who would take it? Even the mood of the day in the photo seemed disappointed. 

In the afternoon, I went with my sister to clean out Mom's apartment. Conrad and Kaden set out to work at moving our back fence in so that Kiandra can park her car behind:

Fence is down! Now to put it back up in the new spot...

Friday, October 6, 2017


23 pattern plans
5 colours
230 blocks
6 blocks repainted
10 blocks expertly packed in paper bags and put into back packs to go home
=Thanksgiving Pattern Block Project completed

only 1 set left at school because a student was away...all 22 other sets were sent home to be enjoyed!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Opening Program

I realized I didn't have a single photo from of those kinds of days...and then my friend (a school parent) snapped this picture from the Opening Program and I borrowed it for my blog ;)

It's hard to believe this was my 9th Opening Program as a teacher and that during my first one, this parent's child was in my first class. Now that class has moved to high school and with each year another class that I've taught moves on...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Treat for me

Hand delivered treat from Conrad as he is now off on Wednesdays:

and I enjoyed it while the boys were off at Boy's Club: 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Home Time

Another busy day at school, but still leaving in the daylight...barely....

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hello Monday

Hello new month at school
Hello new morning job book
Hello new calendar for the smart board
Hello 3 boxes of blocks
Hello excitement

Hello funny Grade 1 friends
"you know what's good about don't have to chew anything it just goes down"
Hello on task students
Hello settling into routines (finally!)
Hello I remember how much I love this job.

Hello canteen day
Hello more excitement
Hello everything is exciting in Grade 1
Hello awesome day

Hello ready to leave at just after 4:00
Hello grocery shopping on the way home
Hello empty house when I get home
Hello Kaden's second day as a dishwasher
Hello table for 2 for supper:

Hello catching up on the old blog
Hello catching up on life
Hello not feeling so far behind
Hello Monday

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Blocks-Year 9

I honestly thought Thanksgiving was 2 weeks away...

but I realized on Friday that it was just 1 week away and that if I wanted to do my annual block project then I would have to start on Monday.

So, we stopped at Home Depot after church to buy the blocks and then after hot yoga this evening my awesome husband cut me 230+ blocks for the Thanksgiving block project AND 23 sets of blocks for the Nativity set that I will do in December.

He is amazing! I hope the project goes well and that all 23 sets will be done and ready to go home on Friday. I hope no one is away at all this week!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

One Christmas Eve Reunion Lunch

A few years ago, Kiandra was a stand in for the movie One Christmas Eve. The actor she stood in for is back in our city filming another movie and her mom asked if we all wanted to meet up for a lunch date. So, Ali, her Mom, the photo double, her Mom, her brother, and I met for lunch today to catch up. It was a fun visit and I was so sorry Kiandra had to miss it. Funny story--Ali and her mom arrived just as Kiandra's plan was leaving when she was on her way to Australia.

We did include Kiandra in one of the photos, lol!

and we even took a Moms photo:
It was so nice of them to invite us to meet up with them between their hectic set schedule. With the move business really big here we may just be able to catch them again and *maybe* Kiandra will be home next time!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Get a Job--sha na na na, sha na na na

On the Saturday that Kiandra and I were out shopping for last minute things, we stopped at Old Navy and I found this at the bottom of the bag when I got home:

Since it had been awhile since Kaden had handed out a few resumes and had no responses I suggested Kaden submit his resume. If he really didn't like it then at least it would be actual job experience to add to his bare resume and when his time was over then his reason for leaving would be legitimate since it would only be a Christmas anyway. He dropped off his resume, had a very brief talk with the manager, and then was told they'd call him. On Monday, I was in the car when Kaden got "the call". Kaden was told that the manager was impressed with "his interview" (he didn't know that dropping off his resume counted as an interview!!) and that they wanted him to start on Friday! Today was his first training shift....of course stalker Mom had to check it out:

But I did not approach him but made eye contact once and he looked excited to be there. To make up for my stalkerness, I left this as an after work surprise ($1.99 pizza with a coupon expiring tomorrow and a can to drink):

And...since I'm back dating this post, Kaden also got hired at the same place where the girls work. (Kiandra is not impressed ;) Kaden had an interview yesterday. The front of house is fully staffed right now but they hired him as a dishwasher. He has orientation tomorrow and his first training shift on Sunday. 

From no jobs to two jobs in just 1 week! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bloom where you're planted

I've been passing this thriving plant during my drives home from school each day:

It's hard to tell from the picture but it's located in the middle of a boulevard right before a turning lane. It's growing in a tiny crack and it is surrounded with cement. The first time I noticed it, I couldn't help but wonder how such a thriving beautiful plant could grow in such difficult circumstances. the location indicates that no one planted it there but instead it grew anyway. It's tall and full of blooms and makes me smile each time I see it.

Big things have happened in my life in the last few weeks. There are even bigger challenges in the immediate future and also in the long term. I didn't choose those circumstances. These circumstances, like the plant, happened anyway. I couldn't plan for them or expect them or know how they would affect my life from here on. The plant took what it was given and bloomed in spite of its circumstances. I, too, want to bloom in my circumstances. When people see the difficulties I face, the "concrete" surrounding me, I want them to see that I can bloom anyway. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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