Saturday, December 10, 2016

Lots going on

We got up early today for Fynn's hockey tournament. Fortunately this was a local tournament so we didn't need to drive anywhere, but Vic and I did need to be at the rink by 7am for his first game.  Fynn got a goal in this game which he was thrilled about.

Later I attended a celebration of life for a co-worker who's son passed away from cancer at far too young of an age.  It was tragic and my heart breaks for her.  I am reminded to count my blessings.

Later that afternoon it was back to the rink for another game, then the kids had their piano recital, of which we had to leave early to get Sophie to her dance rehearsal.

 This was followed by our final stretch of volunteering for the tournament and finally Vic's work Christmas dinner.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016 Edition

Halloween festivities are in high gear around here.  Thankfully the rain stopped this evening so the kids won't be getting too wet.  I drove the kids over to a neighbourhood they like to trick or treat in and now I'm just waiting for Sophie to text me when they are ready to be picked up.

Times have really changed since they were little.

This year Sophie is Minnie Mouse (a cute costume that only need a bit of taking in around the waist) and Fynn is Darth Vader.  For the last couple of years I have been purchasing the kids costumes online.  It is just so much easier, especially with work and all of the running around I seem to do.

Tomorrow afternoon I am off to Vancouver for a work meeting at Central 1.  I'm looking forward to it but it is just a quick trip (1 night) so no time to squeeze in any Christmas shopping.

In other news, I am taking an extension course through UCLA for Strategic HR.  It's a good course but like anything worth doing requires some focus and time.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hockey mom

Vic had a planning session for a volunteer board that he sits on, so I was solo hockey parenting today. Fynn had his first game of the year in Lumby, a small community about an hour south / east of where we live.  We loaded up his gear and picked up our Tim Horton's coffee and hot chocolate around 9:30am and headed out.  It was kind of fun just driving with Fynn on his own.  I let him sit up front with me and we played AC/DC almost all the way there (we both love it).

It was nice to be able to talk to Fynn without the distractions of other family members vying for my attention.

He is #12 this year for the Black Panthers.  All ready to go for another season.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Disneyland 2016

We just got back last night (late thanks to bad traffic in Vancouver) from LA.  We were in Disneyland for a week.  We had a great time -- good weather, crowds not too bad (except for the weekend) and a good hotel (Anaheim Marriott Courtyard).

We hadn't been to Disneyland in about 4 years (this trip makes it our 6th time with the kids).  We took  a break the past few years saw other places for a few years which was great (NYC, Chicago, the Grand Canyon, and parts of Canada).

Fynn is now comfortably tall enough to do all the "big" rides at Disneyland.

We were not too happy with Disney's plans to replace the Tower of Terror with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.  That seems odd, to me.

Other highlights included Balboa Park and visiting the Anaheim Packing District.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Back to School. My wishes for these two.

Today marked Sophie going into Grade 7 and Fynn into Grade 4.

It was a fairly smooth morning.  I was up early.  About 6am as I was having trouble staying asleep.  I went into the living room, ate my cereal and watched a bit of morning news.  Sophie came down soon after, fully dressed.  Not too long after, I woke Fynn up.  Around 7:25am or so we left for school.   Earlier than our usual departure time from the previous school year but I think we were all anxious and ready to just get to school.  Fynn was dropped off first...quite possibly one of the first kids at his school.  Sophie was next.  No issues or problems.

I headed down to work, grabbing a coffee and settling into my office before most of the others.

Here is a photo I snapped this morning before we got into the car.  I hope all mornings go as smoothly.

My wishes for you two (in no specific order):
- that you will eat the lunch we pack for you
- that you will reconnect with old friends and smile and be kind to kids you do not know (everyone is new at some point)
- that you will engage (say hi, speak up in class, ask questions) with your teacher
- that your teacher will love teaching
- that you enjoy wearing your new clothes but you will not judge others by what they wear or are not wearing
- that you will work hard, manage your time, and not see me as the demon at home when I ask you to do your homework and Kumon math
- that you will have fun!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Happy September

The kids go back to school tomorrow.  Sophie in Grade 7 and Fynn in Grade 4.  Part of me is filled with a bit of dread as it means my summer of not being a taxi will be officially over.  The kids have been mostly independent all summer....walking or using public transportation except for when they needed to be dropped off/picked up at summer camps.

Sophie is starting competition dance classes this fall so that means more taxi cab work for me.  I suppose Vic and I will survive with the "divide and conquer" approach that seems to serve us well.  He primarily ensures Fynn is at his hockey practices and I look after Sophie and her dance commitments.

On the personal side, I am looking forward to a senior level HR program that I am starting through UCLA distance this fall.  It's been awhile since I did a more formal program for work, so it will feel good to get back into something structured.  We also have a trip to Disneyland coming up.  Not ideal to take the kids out of school 2 weeks into the school year, but this is a "redo" of the trip we messed up last May due to Fynn's expired passport.  Eek.  Just thinking about that fills me back with dread.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Day tripper

I was literally a Winnipeg day tripper yesterday as I travelled via plane from Kelowna to Winnipeg and back in one day.  A long story, but we had planned for Sophie to travel to Winnipeg for her RWB summer dance intensive 2 week camp as an unaccompanied minor on Westjet.  Due to a change in their scheduling they were not able to accommodate this (a bit crummy from a service perspective).  We could either send her a day early or a day later as a minor on her own, or I could go with her.  I opted to go with her.  It actually was not too bad.  The hardest part was getting up at 4am so we could catch our early morning flight.  Apart from that, I enjoyed some quiet time with her, had a couple of good lattes at Starbucks in the airports I passed through (Vancouver, Winnipeg) and did a lot of reading.

I am really proud of Sophie for taking this big step of staying away from home for 2 weeks, half way across the country!  Nice that she could reconnect with her friend Faith whom she met last year at the school.  We will be heading out to Winnipeg via Vancouver to meet her in a week and a half.

Love travelling!