Saturday, February 04, 2017

So this is happening...

tomorrow Sophie turns 13.  How did this happen?

Her friend Hunter is coming over for a movie (LaLa Land) and a sleepover.  Tomorrow, I'm treating 7 girls to a lunch at Cafe Tasse, and then cake at our house.

Best mom over, right?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Quiet week

This week we started to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.

I've been really trying to focus on a couple of small, yet positive intentions to help myself for 2017.

1. Drinking more water.  It sounds so boring, but Sophie got me this beautiful Swell water bottle for Christmas.  I have been bringing it to work each week and taking sips of water throughout the day.  I seem to be doing okay with that.

2. Doing less.  More on that in the coming week.

3. Crossfit.  It was important to me to go to the 2 Crossfit Lite classes this week.  It felt really good to get back into this routine again.

4. Finally, less internet time, specifically less time on Facebook.  I really don't like FB.  I don't like the incredible time suck it always is.  I'm doing okay with that too.  I had to replace that with a habit.  For me that is reading.  So far, so good.  Vic is doing more reading too.  This photo is from the British Museum's bookstore during our trip in 2015.  Love all the books.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Update on 2016 Priority Goals

I didn't post about these too much in 2016.  I had them in my head, but for some reason, I wasn't wanting to commit them further to my blog.

Learning new things:  I did a couple of piano lessons with Jen.  It gave me some very introductory basics.  I'm in awe of my kids as they have much more mental apptitude
on this than I do.

Taking photos of our life - taking photos of birds didn't get too far.  I don't have a telephoto lens and when I made my Christmas list this year, a fixed prime lens (85 mm) was more what I was looking for.  Having said that, I have been able to identify finches that are in our backyard.

Keeping fit - while I didn't do a 10 km, I am super proud of sticking with cross fit.  I am a convert!  It was by far the best thing I did in 2016 for my fitness and stress reduction.  Vic got hooked too.  It was a win - win all the way around and I am much stronger now than when I started.

Seeing new places - yes, we took the train across the prairies in August so we saw some great sites.  Vegas was also new for us and it was great fun.  Balboa Park in San Diego was also a new destination for us when we took our trip to California this year.

Helping the kids achieve more than they thought possible - yes.  Sophie passed her piano exam last year and both kids are working on their next levels.  I have also been actively pushing Sophie (helping her with editing her work) for school.  Both kids also did Kumon for part of the year.

Reading - yes, I surpassed by Good Reads goal.  I need to raise my goal for 2017.  My goal was 20 and I read 29.  I think I need to increase my number to 25.

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.