Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fynn - hockey

Here is Fynn (#20) playing defense for his hockey team.  It's the PeeWee tournament this weekend, so lots of hockey for us.  Not relishing the early start tomorrow morning, but proud of how he is playing, working as a good team member, building his accountability (he packs his hockey bag, I don't) and giving him focus and something to do in these long Canadian winters.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas 2018

The weeks leading up to Christmas were the usual stressful gauntlet run that I typically do.  The parties, recitals, dance program,s, shopping, and decorating. 

A few things did help this year to keep the month of December a bit more manageable:

- we stayed in Salmon Arm for Christmas and didn't head down to my parents until the 28th.  They visited Salmon Arm which was nice.

- we bought a tree that, I swear, has not dropped a needle yet. It is a Nordman Fir.  It has excellent needle retention and just a light scent so if you have allergies, they are great.

- I did a lot of shopping on line.  It is just plain easier.  I did a bit of local shopping too, so I wasn't guilty of not supporting our local economy.

- I stuck to my tried and true routine for sending out Christmas cards. I get them in the mail early, so even if I don't do anything else, I feel very productive about that.

Here is a photo of a sleigh ride my aunt planned for the family on Christmas Eve. It was lovely.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

My Birthday

My 51st birthday. Mixed feeling about birthdays these days. While I enjoy the festivities, it isn't the most pleasant getting older.  I don't feel 51 however, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

Some of my workmates and I went out for lunch today.  Vic got me a lovely Jenny Bird necklace and the kids got me a new hair dryer and mine died a few months ago and I  have been using Sophie's.  On Saturday evening, we went out for dinner with our friends, Kim, Bryan and Patti.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sophie got a job!

I'm so proud of Sophie. Earlier this fall she had a goal that when cross country running club wrapped up, she would try to get a job at McDonald's.  A couple of weeks ago, we went on line and found out how to apply (including uploading her resume).  Within a few days she had a return email requesting an interview. She had her first interview this past Friday and then a second follow up interview today.  She got a phone call later today that she got the job!  She goes and picks up her orientation package this week.

I'm so excited for her. Such a big step in her independence.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Mid summer check in

Things I'm up to:

- I am so loving the BBC show Killing Eve.  Not only is the story about a sociopathic assassin addicting, but the clothing (i.e. Burberry, Mui Mui) serious eye candy.

- Vic and I are thinking about our summer vacation 2019.  Right now we are seriously contemplating going back to France (maybe the Loire Valley) or doing another Uniworld River Cruise.  The kids are itching to go back on a cruise.

- I bought these  from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  A bit pricey but the sale made it more affordable.

- Work is intense.  Our company just purchased a small insurance agency so the HR matters that pertain to the deal are keeping me and my small team busy in August.

- A photo from Paris close to the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Limping to the finish line

The last crawl to the finish line.

Sophie is finishing Grade 8 and Fynn Grade 5.  Somehow, we have gotten through 3 competition dance programs (in 3 cities), weeks of soccer games (several out of town), track practice for Sophie, a ballet exam, a piano exam (which was a real nail bitter, and thankfully she did pass), weekly dictee tests for Fynn (thank you Carson for being such a great tutor), and finally me advocating for Sophie to re-write an important year end math final. She needed to get a better mark and with a bit of pushing and support it happened (she got an A!).

Seriously, parents need an award of sorts for surviving the year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Track Meet

Sophie started running the odd weekend with Vic this spring and she was really doing well.  She could keep up to him, so when she said she wanted to join the Track and Field club at her school, we really encouraged it.

She practices a couple of times a week (a bit tricky as there are some conflicts with dance).  She had her first track meet this Saturday in Kamloops. 

The girls 4 x 400 metre relay came in first place!  Sophie also ran in the 1500, 200, and 800.