Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sophie, dancer

Sophie wrapped up her dance season with the year-end show tonight. She dances 4 days a week. I don't think we will know what to do with ourselves now that it is over for the year.

She did so well.  The poise and confidence she has on stage is lovely to watch.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vic's mom

In our hearts.

Joyce Hamilton, June 9th, 1927 - May 16, 2016


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Piano recital time

Sophie and Fynn's piano practicing culminated in their recital today at Piccadilly Terrace.  Sophie had two songs and Fynn had three (short) ones.

It was great to hear the kids play and showcase their skills and the residents of the seniors home seemed to appreciate it too.  We appreciate their teacher Jen organizing this.

Here is a photo of the 3 of us before we went in. Yes, that is Fynn in a polo shirt.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Sophie is babysitting

Sophie has been after me for months to help her find a babysitting job.  Since she turned 12 in February it seems to be on her mind, especially as she always seems to be in search of spending money on the weekend.

One of my co-workers has two young daughters who Sophie has gotten to know a bit better through her dance school.  Since today is the start of spring break it was the perfect opportunity for Sophie to watch the girls in the park for an hour or two while her mom ran some errands.  Sophie had a great time with the girls, gained some experience and earned a little spending money.

I must say, this feels like a real milestone for Sophie and nice to have that under her belt.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

2016 Intentions/Family Priority Goals

HerHere is an update on my 2016 Intentions/Family Priority Goals: is an update on my intentions or priority goals for 2016:


 Things that make me happy:

- learning new things (Learning to play the piano).  I have had two classes in piano. Certainly harder than it looks.  The kids are taking up most of the weekly piano lessons but I do intend to keep practicing.  Just learning where the notes are is hard enough for me right now.

 - taking photos of our life (Working on what this might look like.  I think I would like to take photos of birds in 2016 -- in addition to the usual subjects I photograph).  This is going along okay.  Nothing earth shattering, although I think I would like to save for a new portrait lens for this year.  The photo below is for a "green" assignment my photo club has going on right now.  Reminds me of spring.

 - telling our stories (blogging, etc).  This is slow going.  I was such a good blogger for years, and now if I blog once a month, I am doing well.

 - keeping fit (I don't know exactly what this will be, however, I have told Vic I want to do another 10 km in the fall.  I have also started to intentionally increase my weights in 2/4 weekly fitness classes). This is probably the goal that I am most excited about.  The running is not really coming along for me (weather is usually my excuse).  But, I have been keeping up with my 2 x a week CrossFit Lite classes and I love them!  I even have gotten Vic to come with me for a few of them.  I can see this being the biggest change for me in 2016.  I am actually started to get some arm muscle.

 - seeing new places
- seeing the kids achieve more than they could have imagined (this is ongoing.  Sophie has her Grade 1 Piano exam next week. The goal: to complete and pass the exam in January 2016.  So far that is the only goal set).  Sophie did complete her exam and did very well - honours!  Her piano teacher and I have decided that we will delay the next exam (Grade 2) until June 2017 to allow lots of time for her to really learn the material.

 - reading

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Family Priority Goals 2016 - update


A few weeks ago I wrote about these 2016 Family Priority Goals.


- learning new things (Learning to play the piano.  I have asked the kids' teacher and she is going to take me on!)
- taking photos of our life (Working on what this might look like.  I think I would like to take photos of birds in 2016 -- in addition to the usual subjects I photograph)
- keeping fit (I don't know exactly what this will be, however, I have told Vic I want to do another 10 km in the fall.  I have also started to intentionally increase my weights in 2/4 weekly fitness classes).

With one month of the year down, I wanted to report out on some progress! I started my first piano lesson this week following Fynn's lesson.  Sophie is currently on a break from piano following her last exam. She did well on her exam (75%) and needs to recharge.  In her place, I have started to learn some of the very basic fundamentals.  It's tough slogging as I have no musical training at all.  I have a new appreciation for what the kids are able to do.

With respect to my second goal - birds - Vic and I did purchase a second bird feeder so we can keep attracting more birds to our yard.  We've also managed to identify at least one of the birds that comes to our backyard.  The photo is attached. 

Finally, I am so proud of myself for braving a CrossFit Lite class tonight.  I asked a co-worker about it (she competes in CrossFit) and she was very supportive and encouraged me to take a class.  I had one of the best workouts ever!  Looking forward to next Tuesday's class.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Birds

One of our goals this year (well, mine at least) is to take more photos of birds.  The first step was to take out a book on birds of Western Canada from the library so we could get a little bit better at identifying them.  Some are so tricky to tell apart.  Then Vic and I went down to our garden centre and picked up some more bird seed and a new bird feeder.  The little feeder that he and Fynn constructed a couple of years ago is still functioning, but we thought it would be nice to have a second one.

The bird in this photo was extremely tame.  Without a telephone lens I was able to get within about 1.5 feet and take this photo.  I think it is a finch, probably a Pine Siskin.  According to my book the like black oil sunflower seeds and they are pretty feisty at feeders.