Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Starting Accutane

On Monday of this week I finally had enough with the cyst acne that I am getting along my chin and still super oily skin (even though I am well past teen years) and agreed to my doctor's suggestion that maybe it was time to try Accuntane.  Vic had been on it several years ago with good success.  It really did wipe out his acne cysts.  My skin was pretty good for most of my thirties with the exception of the odd pimple/cyst. But when I went off birth control pills after having my tubes tied, my skin went crazy and has been that way for about 3 years.  It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't also getting scaring. 

Anyways, after getting the required blood work, I was cleared to start.  I am on day 3 and so far I have had some face dryness and a bit of dryness on my chest.  I have had 2 pimples form, which is normal as the Accutane brings things to the surface.

This creme has been really good to keep my dry skin hydrated.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Have a lovely weekend

Here's the list for Friday:

- Sophie has embraced piano.  Yep, major corner turned.  With a bit of prompting from me, she is up to 30 minutes of practice a day.  Her teacher commented that she has noticed a difference. 
- I was interviewed for our local newspaper about the current math curriculum that is being taught at the elementary school level (more on that in a later post).  I have some very strong opinions on math. 
- Fynn scored 5/5 on his dictee today so he got to pick this movie to rent. He loved it.
- I had received my 15 year employee award last night.  I was allowed to select something from a local store.  I decided on a floor lamp for our living room.  It's pretty! (pics later)
- My camera should be out of the shop soon.  I miss it so.
- We are going to see this tomorrow night with our friends.  Can't wait!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

As I mentioned in the previous post, spring break this year was mostly spent at home, with the exception of the last 3 days when we decided to drive the 4 hours or so to Vancouver to visit Vic's mom (we stayed at the Sandman Signature again in Langley - the front desk clerk actually greeted Vic by name) and check out a few places that were on our list:  Science World Lego exhibit, sky train/shopping experience for Sophie and car show for Vic and Fynn.  I had also heard a few things through Trip Advisor about the Beaty Biodiversity Museum out at UBC.  Very low key place that has only been opened since 2010, but extremely cool.
Big Blue was the highlight.  Here is an exerpt from their website:
"Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on earth. They rarely strand on beaches, and very few skeletons have been recovered for research or display. Worldwide, only 21 are available to the public for viewing. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is home to Canada's largest blue whale skeleton, a magnificent specimen that illustrates the interconnectedness of all living things."
Other highlights were going to the new Muppets movie (thanks to some gift cards we got at Christmas) and eating here.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Break 2014

We arrived down in Langley, BC today for the start of our mini getaway for spring break.  We checked into the Sandman Signature Inn, took a walk around the park at the community centre and then headed over to Vic's mom's place for a visit.

I desperately miss my camera (which is getting cleaned at the Nikon cleaning place).  I borrowed a friend's camera for the short term.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

spring break

Ah, spring break is nice. Without school obligations and activities, it really does cut down on the stress in my life.

  • Lunches are easier as Fynn only needs a lunch (he goes to daycare).  Sophie is home most days and is able to microwave herself a chicken pot pie.  The odd day she has had a playdate (like today) and had lunch over at her friend's house.
  • It is also nice not having the daily routine of homework.  The only light homework is Sophie's piano practicing and some multiplication drilling.
  • After school activities are also reduced.  Just gymnastics this week.
  • A less rushed morning. Without having to get kids to school by 8:15, I can relax a little.  I am getting Fynn to school by about 8:25 - the extra few minutes are so nice.
  • Activities that we do have are a little more "free form".  Last week, I enrolled Sophie in some private lessons at the pool so she could brush up on her strokes.  It was nice and relaxed and she really enjoyed the extra attention without the added pressure of having to complete her badges.
Later this week we head to Vancouver for a little more of a break.  Looking forward to getting away.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In March

Here we are roaring into March.  I am intentionally trying to slow down, savour the days more.  I think it helps when I am able to re-arrange things in my schedule to allow for more time to not rush.  That sounds like a no brainer but it is surprising how I find myself repeating the same patterns over and over, and then when I make a positive change and realize how much better it can be - I want to kick myself for not doing the change sooner.

For example, I have moved my fitness time from 5:30pm to 4:15pm on Tuesdays. That change has impacts: it means leaving work a bit earlier, so that means being very organized on Tuesdays and prioritizing my workload to ensure I get everything I need to do accomplished a bit earlier in the day.  That takes a bit of juggling but the rewards are huge. It means I get to go to a class I enjoy much more than my old 5:30 class.  It means I get to be home earlier and spend some relaxing time with the kids before dinner.  This small change enabled me to read almost an entire book about birds to Fynn this week and spend some time with Sophie while she tried out her new recorder for school.

Another change is not being hesitant to try out new sitters.  For whatever reason, I had a mental block with asking for sitter suggestions from people at work.  I had run through all of my sitter options last Friday.  Vic and I had tickets to the Symphony and very much wanted to go.  The day before, I emailed a coworker and asked her daughter if she could fill in.  She did and she was great with the kids.  It was a big relief and an easy solution.  They say necessity is the mother of invention - and it's true.

Finally, I think I have gotten over my little "fear" of showing my photos at my photo club.  I have shown my photos once before but only because I thought they were the really "good" ones.  The theme this week was Motion - definitely not my strength.  But I went through my photos, asked Vic for his opinion on which ones he liked and put together about 6 that showed Motion.  I got some good comments on them and I felt strong about making an effort.  It is rarely as bad or as scary as I build it up in my mind.

Here are a few:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

moving the marble

We are committed that the kids will learn the fundamentals in the 3s.  Skiing, skating and swimming.  Fynn finished up his 6th and final skating lesson today.  He has come along nicely and Vic who has been taking him, remarked that he is really getting the "glide/push off" piece.

Yah, for Fynn moving the marble or making progress.

A bit fuzzy, but here he is.