Monday, November 23, 2015

Creativity a bit stalled

I think Instagram has be cheating on this blog.  I'm going through a cycle right now where I seem to want to rather post on IG than write on my blog.  I am not sure why exactly but I think it has something to do with the instant gratification that comes from a "like."  I also think it is harder to get IG likes than FB likes, therefore when I get followers and "likes" it tends to feed something in me and I want to upload another photo.

Oh, social media is a funny thing, isn't it?

I think I am feeling guilty too for not scrapbooking, only taking a few photos, and just barely getting finished with my Banff photo journal without losing interest.  My Christmas card photos are done but my newsletter hasn't even been started yet.  This time last year they were already stamped and ready for mailing. 

The kids are keeping me incredibly busy right now.  With Sophie in Grade 6 and Fynn in Grade 3, they need extra support for school, dance, piano and hockey for Fynn (although Vic looks after that piece mostly).  The house d├ęcor needs my attention too, so trying to find time for that is challenging. 

The positive things are that I continue to read a lot (so I am not completely wasting time) and I still exercise regularly.

I hope "starting" will be my motto or matra for 2016.  I need to start a few things.....

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A little update

It's been awhile for my poor blog.  Life has been busy.  The kids, a federal election, work, ballet, hockey -- all so much.

Sophie auditioned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet professional program.  We know it is an unlikely chance she would be selected (I can say that) but we wanted the experience for her, and so did she.  It was challenging, a bit scary but rewarding.  All the elements of a good learning experience.

She is working hard on her piano exam preparation now (exam in January 2016) and of course her school work.  All the things that go into Grade 6. 

Fynn is settling into his routines too -- Grade 3, hockey (he's novice year 2) and just enjoying being a newly minted 8 year old.  I've hired our neighbour -- a very bright Grade 12 student to tutor the kids -- hopefully once a week.  She's fluent in French and a high achiever.  I love having them well-tutored.

Fall is moving too fast as always, but hopefully be writing about it, I can relish it a bit more.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Fall Fair

I have submitted photos to the SA Fall Fair for the past three years.  Last year I was fortunate enough to take home two ribbons.  I went into this competition reasonably confident that perhaps one of the photos would catch the judge's eye (probably because I did okay last year).  When I found out that none of them did this year, I must admit it does bug me a bit.  I suppose that is normal since whenever you put something of yourself into any endeavour and then to not do as well as you wish, it is disappointing.  You start comparing yourself and trying to dissect what you did wrong.  Ugh - such a cycle for me.

Better luck next year.  Here are the photos I entered.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Heading home

I'm writing this at the Calgary airport on the last leg of our journey home from Winnipeg.  We have been in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 2 weeks.  The primary purpose of the trip which we booked earlier this year, was to allow Sophie the opportunity to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive two week program.  The program is comprised of ballet, modern, character, jazz, conditioning and a bit of art and dance history.  She stayed in residence which is adjacent to the ballet school.  We thought this would allow her to have a more immersive experience, plus it would save us the hassle of having to drive her from a hotel to the school each morning (in traffic, etc) to get to her early morning class.

Fynn, Vic and I stayed in a hotel about 6 km away.  It was close enough that we were able to take her out for dinner the odd night and check in on her if she needed anything.  Generally she handled it well and was only homesick the first few days, as she adapted to having a roommate and managing her own schedule (including making sensible eating choices as a cafeteria/meal plan was included).

We say an enormous number of things during our two weeks in Winnipeg and area.  Our friends Bryan and Patti joined us for a few days on the second week and it was great to have a nice diversion from home.  We drove with them up to Gimli (on Lake Winnipeg), visited the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Manitoba Museum, and the Manitoba Legislature (Hermetic Code Tour).  Other highlights included Grand Beach, Aircraft Museum, Children's Museum, the Forks, Lower Fort Garry, go carting (a highlight for Fynn), waterslides (which Sophie also got to enjoy as it was an outing with her class), a trip to Steinbach, St. Boniface (french quarter) and Polo Park Shopping Centre for a bit of back to school shopping.

All in all a great trip.  Sophie would like to go back next year, but we wouldn't spend two weeks with her -- likely figure out a way for her to get there and then return home with her -- perhaps on Via Rail.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


August has been somewhat low for me.  Not sure why -- the month only started, but again I am feeling overwhelmed (prepping for our two weeks in Winnipeg that are coming up) with much to do and never enough time to do it in.  My neck started really acting up again and as much as I tried to self treat it, nothing was working so I headed over to my chiropractor.  She has been working it out and it seems to be getting better, but it didn't help when I left my amazing pillow at my parent's place over the August long weekend.  Thankfully mom shipped it up to me on the bus, so tomorrow night I get to sleep on it again!  Ah, the little things in life.

The kids have been immersed in summer camps the past few weeks: Epic Sports Camp, Shuswap Wild Wonders and Science

Camp (for both of them).  It has kept them busy, but also kept me busy with ensuring they are ready to go in the morning.  Ugh.

Here are a couple of my favourite pics from the August long weekend.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kids at camp

The month of July has flown by with many events and activities!

We had my 30th high school reunion in early July.  I felt like I planned and prepped for that event more than my actual graduation 30 years ago.  I guess that is somewhat takes me longer now to "put my best foot forward" than it did when I was 17. 

We stayed in Osoyoos for the weekend - which was lovely at Walnut Beach Resort.

In other news, both kids are in camps this week.  Sophie is in a partial day gymnastics / cheer leading camp and Fynn is in an outdoor camp.  He had a great time today doing a hike up to some waterfalls followed by a trip to a climbing wall and a tarzan swing :)

Here is a photo of us just before we went to my reunion dinner.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sophie's Grade 5 Graduation

Grade 5 graduation at Bastion Elementary today.

Sophie transitions to Shuswap Middle School in the fall.

Talk about a range of emotions. So proud. So thankful for her teachers, her awesome principal and the support staff. So happy she has such sweet friends. So excited for what's next for her.