Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Fall Fair

I have submitted photos to the SA Fall Fair for the past three years.  Last year I was fortunate enough to take home two ribbons.  I went into this competition reasonably confident that perhaps one of the photos would catch the judge's eye (probably because I did okay last year).  When I found out that none of them did this year, I must admit it does bug me a bit.  I suppose that is normal since whenever you put something of yourself into any endeavour and then to not do as well as you wish, it is disappointing.  You start comparing yourself and trying to dissect what you did wrong.  Ugh - such a cycle for me.

Better luck next year.  Here are the photos I entered.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Heading home

I'm writing this at the Calgary airport on the last leg of our journey home from Winnipeg.  We have been in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 2 weeks.  The primary purpose of the trip which we booked earlier this year, was to allow Sophie the opportunity to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer intensive two week program.  The program is comprised of ballet, modern, character, jazz, conditioning and a bit of art and dance history.  She stayed in residence which is adjacent to the ballet school.  We thought this would allow her to have a more immersive experience, plus it would save us the hassle of having to drive her from a hotel to the school each morning (in traffic, etc) to get to her early morning class.

Fynn, Vic and I stayed in a hotel about 6 km away.  It was close enough that we were able to take her out for dinner the odd night and check in on her if she needed anything.  Generally she handled it well and was only homesick the first few days, as she adapted to having a roommate and managing her own schedule (including making sensible eating choices as a cafeteria/meal plan was included).

We say an enormous number of things during our two weeks in Winnipeg and area.  Our friends Bryan and Patti joined us for a few days on the second week and it was great to have a nice diversion from home.  We drove with them up to Gimli (on Lake Winnipeg), visited the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Manitoba Museum, and the Manitoba Legislature (Hermetic Code Tour).  Other highlights included Grand Beach, Aircraft Museum, Children's Museum, the Forks, Lower Fort Garry, go carting (a highlight for Fynn), waterslides (which Sophie also got to enjoy as it was an outing with her class), a trip to Steinbach, St. Boniface (french quarter) and Polo Park Shopping Centre for a bit of back to school shopping.

All in all a great trip.  Sophie would like to go back next year, but we wouldn't spend two weeks with her -- likely figure out a way for her to get there and then return home with her -- perhaps on Via Rail.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


August has been somewhat low for me.  Not sure why -- the month only started, but again I am feeling overwhelmed (prepping for our two weeks in Winnipeg that are coming up) with much to do and never enough time to do it in.  My neck started really acting up again and as much as I tried to self treat it, nothing was working so I headed over to my chiropractor.  She has been working it out and it seems to be getting better, but it didn't help when I left my amazing pillow at my parent's place over the August long weekend.  Thankfully mom shipped it up to me on the bus, so tomorrow night I get to sleep on it again!  Ah, the little things in life.

The kids have been immersed in summer camps the past few weeks: Epic Sports Camp, Shuswap Wild Wonders and Science

Camp (for both of them).  It has kept them busy, but also kept me busy with ensuring they are ready to go in the morning.  Ugh.

Here are a couple of my favourite pics from the August long weekend.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kids at camp

The month of July has flown by with many events and activities!

We had my 30th high school reunion in early July.  I felt like I planned and prepped for that event more than my actual graduation 30 years ago.  I guess that is somewhat takes me longer now to "put my best foot forward" than it did when I was 17. 

We stayed in Osoyoos for the weekend - which was lovely at Walnut Beach Resort.

In other news, both kids are in camps this week.  Sophie is in a partial day gymnastics / cheer leading camp and Fynn is in an outdoor camp.  He had a great time today doing a hike up to some waterfalls followed by a trip to a climbing wall and a tarzan swing :)

Here is a photo of us just before we went to my reunion dinner.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sophie's Grade 5 Graduation

Grade 5 graduation at Bastion Elementary today.

Sophie transitions to Shuswap Middle School in the fall.

Talk about a range of emotions. So proud. So thankful for her teachers, her awesome principal and the support staff. So happy she has such sweet friends. So excited for what's next for her.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

10 on Tuesday

The month of June is always such a busy one with the kids.  I have been suffering with feeling exhausted again after having a stomach bug last week and I still don't feel totally myself yet.  Adding the kids' stuff into the mix and the usual work day to day things, it is just too much!

1. Sophie - piano exam tomorrow.  So glad when that is over.  She's prepared but I honestly am tired of the same 3 songs (bad mother, I know)
2. Fynn - the usual - allergies, coughing, eye rubbing and general complaining.  At least soccer perks him up.
3. Sophie - piano recital this Saturday.
4. Sophie - sleepover on Friday
5. Sophie - pool party on Saturday at a friend's
6. Sophie - dance (final) gala on Saturday (and rehearsal).
7. How I will be able to pick her up from her sleep over, get her to piano, than to the remaining couple of hours of the pool party and finally the Gala is all a bit of a mystery.  I am sure I should be a time traveller.
8.  Me....what about me!  That is rhetorical.
9. It's our wedding anniversary today.  Lunch at CafĂ© Tasse and flowers at work.  Nice.
10. This crazy week will end.  Yes, please.  Photo below of some quieter times a few weeks ago when we were in Vancouver en route to London.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sophie and Erika

Sophie's friend Erika came over yesterday and had a sleep-over.  I took a few photos of the girls when they were hanging out around the house.

I vaguely remember age 11 and not feeling particularly

good about my appearance.  These two are beauties.

Year End Dance Show

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy that Sophie's dance is over for the year.  She dances 4 times a week (two times on Monday, once on Thursday and Saturday morning).  Towards the end of the season it was getting stressful and we were already for it to be over. 

It truly was a happy evening as we got to see the culmination of her hard work as she performed during the show.