Sunday, April 30, 2017

Heading home...leaving home

My usual last stop before leaving the States:
Cherry coke icee



and then when we arrived at the meeting spot where Conrad picked me up we took one last pic and were photobombed by 2 bikers!



I helped Kiandra double check her suitcase and then we were off to take Kiandra to the airport:
Kiandra and 11 others are heading to Cambodia to serve for 2 weeks:
Kiandra and her friend Kara were traveling together last year at this time too:
and then just like that....
They were off....
Her room was eerily quiet this evening ...a sign of times to come...
Their first flight arrived safely in Vancouver...where they will have a 6 hour layover before flying to Hong Kong.
What a blessing it has been to watch Kiandra embrace every adventure with an eager enthusiasm. It's exactly what you want for your children and yet it's hard to let them go.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shop 'til you drop!

First shopping stop of the day was Kohls...one of my favourite stores:


I found this dress to wear for Kezia's grad:
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and it was on sale:

and I had a shopping pass for an additional 15% off. It was a super good deal! My friend Janice gifted me a Kohl's card for my birthday because she knew I was trying to really limit my spending since I am heading to Europe this summer with Kiandra.


I was able to get 3 shirts and the dress for less than the amount of 1 shirt at regular price. My friend Jill and I considered getting these shirts:

They'd be perfect for those days where you just can't take one more request.
Lunch was Smashburger:
 

and supper was Ruby Tuesday...my meal was free with my birthday coupon. Their salad bar rocks:

Then it was fashion show time and I think my peeps did pretty good too! It was a successful shopping day and a good eating day too. I am so thankful for the people I work with.



Friday, April 28, 2017

It's Great!

Today was our school planning day. Our principal started the day with this clip:


He said that long meeting days can suck but can be great too. Making goals and missing those goals can suck but can also be great because the goals may be replaced with something more pressing or more needed at the time. Plans can suck but then turn out to be great. That is exactly what happened 8 years ago when I attended my very first planning day inservice.  I had been told that I would not be returning in the fall. It sucked. Each planning day since then I have looked forward to because I have the privilege of doing a job that I love, with people that I love, in a school that I love....and that's truly great.

At 3:32 I dashed off to pick Kaden up and rush home to get ready for the annual Teacher Peeps States Shopping weekend!

Five of us in this van, another vehicle with 5, and Janice (who had a head start being from our other campus) in her car. 

 

We seem to keep with tradition every year and start by a stop at TJMax and then a late night supper (half price appies) at Applebees:   

So. Great.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday13

Thirteen things I did today:

1. Drove Kaden to school. I am thankful for our commute together.

2. Filled in my field trip form and had the principal sign off on it.

3. Took my Grade 1 friends on the bus to a storytelling festival by myself because all of my parent volunteers opted to meet us at the museum.

4. Listened to 3 stories. My grade 1 friends were excellent.

5. Toured the outdoor trails of the museum for about 15 minutes but realized it was way too cold and so I texted the bus driver to come back and get us early.

6.  I got an email for a sale on luggage. Carryon luggage regularly $399 on sale for $99:



7. Found out Conrad had just bought me new carry on luggage for my birthday.

8. Had a concert practice for the last hour of the day. Showtime in 6 days!

9. Cleaned my classroom, changed stuff to May, photocopied new morning job books.

10. Was chauffeured by Kaden to Costco and then to pick up my Mom from Dialysis.

11. Watched Kiandra arrange the flowers I bought at Costco into arrangements for tomorrow's youth event:


12. Tried to help Kiandra figure out visa and international transfer payments for Capernwray. 

13. Packed for the teacher peeps weekend.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Another acceptance letter!

Seems odd to get an email on the evening of April 26th and the letter is dated April 27...but it is already past noon the 27th in Australia!

Kiandra has been accepted to Capenwray Australia:

Crazy. Kezia's acceptance to Outtatown on Monday and now Kiandra's acceptance to Australia.....That's a lot to handle in one week.  Our house will be a little empty in the Fall. :(

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ref for Hire!

Kaden passed his ref course! He didn't waste time signing up to be available for anything that he is eligible to ref. Look at that focused concentration as he double checks his forms:

I wonder if this means sitting on the sidelines for me again just in case those unruly soccer moms get outraged at the ref ;)





Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello Monday!

Hello New Week!
Hello cold temperatures :(
Hello 47 schools days left of this school year.

Hello and thank you Teachers Pay Teachers.com
Hello Dollar Tree surgeon masks 10 for $1.25
Hello new contraction surgery activity:
Hello busy day.
Hello lots of learning.
Hello year slipping by quickly.

Hello Safeway stop for Iced Java, Coffee, and breadsticks for supper.
Hello arriving home and having Ravioli soup on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Hello official acceptance letter in the mail:



Hello lease signed, deposit made, and move in date set.
Hello and thank you to word of mouth and not having to advertise.
Hello Rental House new tenants.


Hello Monday.
Hello. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Using up those boxes of fruit

Remember those boxes of fruit? We had bought a box of apples, a box of oranges, and half a box of grapefruit and today I used the last of them...

We gathered at my Mom's for a belated Easter lunch. My sister and her family couldn't make it but we did enjoy a quiet lunch with my Mom. Kaden also missed it as he completed his 2 day ref clinic. He will be a certified soccer ref if he passes his exam and results will be in sometime in the next week. I brought this cake for dessert:



Then for supper, Kiandra's mission team had a family BBQ to gather and share last minute details and to pray for the team. I brought this dessert:



I think there's just 1 apple and 2 oranges left and they will likely disappear in lunches tomorrow....


Saturday, April 22, 2017

City Harmonic Concert

Why is the weather never wrong when they call for snow?! We woke up to this this morning:

Kaden went to a soccer ref clinic, I drove Kezia to work, did some grocery shopping, I baked, and then picked Kaden up. Saturdays are always busy. This evening, Conrad signed 4 of us up to volunteer at the City Harmonic concert. We worked the merchandise table for the opening act: Brooke Nicholls:


We were in charge of selling her stuff:



and we even got a chance to take in the concert:




Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday!

Ahhhhh...Friday!

It was good to make it through the week:

and to finish the week with plans to celebrate my Brother-in-Law's birthday....AND it was awesome to have a gift card to the restaurant they chose:


It was even nice enough to wear capris and sandals: (but there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow so I'm going enjoy this weather while it lasts:

Since we arrived a bit early, we walked around the neighbourhood awhile:


and, of course, I snapped some pics:


I should really snag the pic my Sister-in-law took of the 6 of us who gathered to celebrate. It was a great night and awesome food. I think I ate almost a whole grilled pineapple by myself (!).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Passing the Trophy...

It's Conrad's second last ball hockey night of the season. Last year he was the scoring champion with 168 goals. This year, he is in second place due to a back injury and irregular attendance. The current scoring champion has just over 90 goals. Today Conrad polished up the trophy that has had a spot of honour in our basement for the past year:

and then walked it over to the church to give it over to be ready for next week's finale:



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Frog Prince of Spamalot

Our Grade 8 class was on stage this evening! These students were my very first set of Grade 1 friends. I can't believe that they are the oldest ones in the school now.

I helped take the cast photos and to make up the display board for the show and I also helped with this program:

This evening Kaden and a few of his WMEMS peeps were in the audience. It's hard to believe that it was 2 years ago that they were on stage. 


A couple hundred photos later....I think I will have enough photos for the yearbook :)

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