Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I love to Read month kick-off

This year's theme is "Superheroes of the Justice League of Readers" and we are encouraging our students to read and to act for justice. We kicked off the month with an introductory skit:

Here we are:

Me:  Wonderful WordWoman.  I have the power of positive language, of kind words spoken and the ability to change a situation with the words that I say.

The Kindergarten teacher:  Captain Underrepresented. I stand for people who don’t have a voice, who are treated unfairly, who never seem to have justice on their side.

The Grade 8 teacher: Justicewoman, the leader of things true and good.  I do the things I know I should.  I solve all problems with fair play, I work for change around me every day.

This is the phone booth that our principal made...of course our students actually have no idea what a phone booth is.....

It is going to be a great month!

Monday, January 30, 2017


And so we have another adult in the family.... Kezia turned 18 today. I'm not sure exactly how this has happened but she is all grown up. Again, I thought about the blog post I came across a few years ago before Kiandra turned 18. (Read it here) It sure doesn't seem like 936 weeks since I became the mom of this now grown up daughter. The days are long but the years are short. I am so thankful for the woman Kezia has grown into and I look forward to seeing all that is to come in her life.

We had a pretty low key celebration with her favourite supper-take out Chinese:

and an ice-cream cake:

I bought her this journal and a fancy pen (and we donated money to her grade dress fund since she didn't plan on spending so much on her dress!). I think it will be cool for her to record her moments over the next 5 years and see what big changes happen.

Conrad and I have successfully raised 2 kids to adulthood...yay us!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Chauffeur

It's still hard to believe that our youngest child is old enough to be behind the wheel.....

Saturday, January 28, 2017

End of the streak....

After an impressive winning streak with no losses so far this season, Kaden's team suffered its first loss today.

And it was a doozy....

...final score 9-3.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Date Night!

and it was just the two of us this evening! We went for wings:
and froyo:

I love date night!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Encourage your kids

One of the things I remember vividly about exams is the stress and the cramming. I decided that when my kids were about to write their exams that I would give a little encouragement for them. A little treat, maybe a new pen or eraser, and an encouraging note to let them know I am thinking of them. Today was Kezia's second last exam of the semester and I left her a little encouragement. Check out (some!) of her study cue cards in the back ground!

One of the things I love is hearing that other parents have started leaving little treats for their kids during exam time. How awesome it is for parents to let their kids know that they are thinking of them in the middle of such a stressful time. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Band Concert

Kaden had his Winter Band Concert this evening. First the Junior Jazz band played:

Then the concert band:

I was thinking Conrad wouldn't have made it in time to hear Kaden anyway so I went alone.  Kaden did a good job pretending he didn't know me ;)
Kaden is unsure of his desire to be in band next year. If he opts out, this may have been my third last band concert! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Veggie Girl

Kezia wanted to try some vegetarian eating this week and so I've been making some veggie options for her. I made this:


    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon butter 1 green pepper, diced
    • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken 
    • 1 1/2 cups salsa, divided
    • 1 (250 g) packages cream cheese
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
    • 8 large flour tortillas or 10 small flour tortillas


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fry onion, and green pepper in margarine over medium heat for approx.
  3. 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in chicken, 1/4 cup salsa, cream cheese and spices.
  5. Cook until thoroughly heated.
  6. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Spoon approx.
  8. 1/3 cup of mixture into centre of each tortilla and roll up.
  9. Place, seam side down in 12 x 8 baking dish.
  10. Top with remaining salsa and cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.

Then I left out the chicken, added some corn and rice, and made this for Kezia:

She loved it! I could totally eat vegetarian too!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello Monday

Hello Monday
Hello 2 kids away on a trip
Hello class of seventeen
Hello day 3
Hello spelling test
Hello morning flying by

Hello busy afternoon
Hello engaged learners
Hello favourite science unit activities
Hello I do love my job

Hello Kaden walking over after school
Hello supper for him at five guys
Hello and thank you gift card from Kiandra

Hello 5:15 arrival time
Hello rare Monday night hockey game
Hello playing forward:

Hello another victory
Hello 9-2 final score
Hello a few seconds too late for a hat trick
Hello hardest working player hard hat award:

Hello back to menu planning:

Hello supper on the table courtesy of Kiandra.
Hello mix up icing sugar for flour
Hello slightly sweet broccoli and cheddar soup.
Hello Monday...Hello

Sunday, January 22, 2017


I've been using my journalling bible during the church service to highlight key things that our pastor shares each week.

Today's passage really connected with a verse that was quoted in Sunday school last week: 

It's been a bit difficult to watch my kids struggle with living for Christ under pressures from situations and people around them. This verse doesn't say strong and dedicated Christians will be persecuted but that "All who DESIRE to live a Godly life in Christ". When you have the desire to live in a way that does not conform with society then you will be targeted. Just the desire to live for Christ can make you different and make people hostile to you. 

That verse has resonated with me all week. I think about the open hostility that Kezia has faced in her chemistry class with a teacher who does not believe in any religion. I think about Kaden and his peers and the pressure he faces each time he speaks out against what has become acceptable "locker room banter". I think about Kiandra and her desire to mentor teen girls as a youth leader and on the 7 sisters web presence and the reality that each of those girls, and Kiandra too, will face big problems as they choose to follow Christ. 

Today our pastor spoke about how society functions on the attitude: "Does it work for me?" and not: "Is it right or wrong?" Yet as believers in Christ, our will and desire to follow in His footsteps overrides what society teaches. It will not be easy. We will face persecution. But it will be worth it:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

She's on the move again...

Not even put away from our last trip a few weeks ago, Kiandra took the time to find her passport today. She has to bring it, and a few other things, to a meeting tomorrow at church about her next adventure.

Kiandra is joining a young adults mission trip to Cambodia. 

Most of the people going on the mission trip are from our church and they will be joining another group in Cambodia. 
In case you didn't know...Cambodia is very far away:

I've already been warned by my teacher peeps that wifi might not be as reliable as in France so I may not be able to "find my friends" her as easily. She is--as always--up for the adventure....and I just have to sit back and watch her go....

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.
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