Sunday, November 30, 2014

Grey Cup 2014

I'm not really a Football fan, but I like going to parties where there can be the game playing in the background and good friends to chat with and good food to eat.

Not that I was really watching but red won :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Kezia's team started the day with an early soccer game this morning...

...and pulled off a 2-0 victory! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's a full Friday

last 6 parent/teacher interviews:

Lunch with Janice and some other teacher peeps:

University girls volleyball game watching:

selfie taking:

University Boys Volleyball game watching:

Followed by a van drop so Kiandra could get home after the birthday party for a friend. Sad to think I was already sleeping by the time she got's been a long day.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

That time I realized... daughter was more mature than I am. Have you ever been so proud of your child that you felt like your heart was going to burst? It happened to me today.

If you've been following my blog for any amount of time, you will know that it is musical audition time. Participating in musical has been the highlight of Kiandra's high school life and her excitement for it has convinced Kezia to make it part of her high school experience too.

Kiandra. LOVES. Musical. Period. She loves the practices, the fun they have, the cast, the mic checks, spirit circle, karaoke night, cast party at Boston Pizza, the costumes, the cue-cue 13-14 hour practice, really everything. As I posted last week, Kiandra has had a role in the musical each year that she has wanted (a small solo in Grade 9), A main part in Grade 10 playing the role of Gretl, and exactly what she wanted last year as she was chosen from 18 hopefuls to play a Folley Girl. This year is her last musical season. She decided this summer that she would try out for a lead role. Since lead roles have been in the past awarded to Grade 12 students, she knew she'd have a great shot. Her 2 best friends (C & A) decided which parts they wanted and the three of them were so excited about this year's show.

The Pajama Game musical has, according to Wikipedia, 16 "main" parts:

  • Sid Sorokin, the handsome new factory superintendent who falls in love with Babe, despite their being on opposite sides of the labor dispute central to the plot.
  • Catherine "Babe" Williams, the leader of the Union Grievance Committee, who in turn falls in love with Sid.
  • Myron "Old Man" Hasler, the strict head of the pajama factory who keeps a secret.
  • Gladys Hotchkiss, Hasler's attractive, quick-witted secretary, who dates Hines and is chased by Prez.
  • Vernon Hines, the factory timekeeper, who thinks Gladys flirts too much and, as a result is always jealous.
  • Prez, the head of the union and a skirt chaser, despite being a married man.
  • Mabel, the mother hen of the factory and Sid's secretary.
  • Mae, a loud-mouthed member of the Grievance Committee, who accepts Prez's advances, much to his surprise.
  • Pop, Babe's kind and agreeable father.
  • Max, A salesman.
  • Charley, a worker in the factory and the handyman.
  • Joe, a factory worker and Prez's right-hand man.
  • Brenda, A member of the Grievance Committee.
  • Virginia, a factory girl and union activist.
  • Poopsie, a factory girl and union activist.
  • Gus, an unhappy factory helper who Sid shoves.

But really, if you read the script, only Sid, Babe, Gladys, Hines, Mabel are main characters with lines and a song. The others have only a few lines to speak and a few lines to sing. Kiandra really wanted to play Babe but also thought Poopsie might be a fun character to play because the character is kind of ditzy. Kiandra's friend 'C' wanted Sid, 'A' wanted Gladys, and Kiandra figured she would be up against 'E' for the role of Babe because she wanted that part too. Kiandra thought 'E' would get Babe or Mabel. Kiandra has a friend in Grade 11 'N' who really wanted to play Mae. Excitement was high as auditions took place last week. The ones that did well at their audition got a call back on Monday. Kiandra felt her callback went very well and she felt confident in her performance.

Last year, I had teased my girls that they could not keep a secret. Musical is so exciting for them that they sing and dance around the house and by the time musical arrives, not much is a surprise on stage because I've been hearing it for the last 4 months. Kiandra and Kezia decided together that they would keep it a secret and the cast would be revealed on call back night. So when I posted this, I thought I'd have to wait 9 days to get the results. In fact, the girls were able to tell me Tuesday morning as I was getting ready for school:

"remember when you said we couldn't keep a secret, Mom?" they greeted me.

I looked confused.

"well we did" they told me "we know our parts for the musical. The email came late last night"

"AND???" I shrieked "Did you get it?"

"I didn't get Babe" Kiandra said.

(My heart sank)

"So, 'E' got it?" I asked


(I start to get confused)

Kiandra shared what they had learned last night: 'A' got Babe, 'C' got Sid, and we don't know who got Gladys...the part "A" really wanted.

"So what did you get?" I asked

"2nd Woman and Sara" Kiandra said.

"what does that mean?" I asked.

"Basically...I'm Chorus" Kiandra said.

(my heart sank and my eyes filled quickly)

Chorus. After 3 years of having a significant role, Kiandra got nothing this year. I couldn't believe it. Fortunately, I was running a bit late and I didn't have a chance to show her how upset I was for her. It just didn't make any sense. I kept hoping the news was wrong, that maybe there had been a mistake...but was true.

Over the past two days, the girls have learned that most of the significant roles have been awarded to students other than Grade 12. Even 'E' who we assumed would get Babe because she is in Vocal Jazz (an auditioned singing group) got the role of "3rd man and " Every other year, leads have gone to Grade 12 students because the other students have a chance in coming years to play bigger parts. This year, they do have a new panel of audtioners but the musical teacher is still the same and he must have approved their choices. It has been a confusing week as "seasoned" musical people have been left out of the main casting roles. Kiandra said that one good thing is that 'A' got Babe and Kiandra said it was much easier to accept because she knew 'A' would do a great job and she was so happy for her. Kiandra said it would have been harder if 'C' and 'A' would have both got the parts they wanted and someone else would have been Babe...unless it was 'E' because Kiandra would have been happy for her too. I admire Kiandra's ability to think positively.

Kiandra and 'N' actually went to talk to the musical teacher yesterday and it did not go well. The things he said like: "You should be happy with your role, I don't know why you are disappointed", "Maybe if someone drops out I can consider you for their part", "Your Poopsie reading was not what we were looking for" (even though Kiandra did it exactly how the movie and high school versions on you tube did it!), "You don't seem to take direction well", "last year someone got a minor part and then when we saw their level of commitment then when we had something extra to do we gave it to him"....As Kiandra told me these things I had tears in my eyes and I asked her if she had cried in his office because I totally would have. Kiandra said she was more confused than anything and that the things he was saying didn't make sense when you take into account her involvement and dedication over the last 3 years.

I am so disappointed for Kiandra and the rest of the cast members that got the shaft this year. This is their LAST year. Their LAST chance. The year they have been waiting for. Conrad and I both agreed that if we were in their situation that we would likely drop out of musical and end on a good note instead of spending the next 4 months bitter about such a minor role in the last ever musical performance. Conrad said if it were hockey and he was asked to join the team and then just had to carry the water bottles that he would just choose not to play. I know for myself, a seasoned grudge holder and expert grumbler, if I would stay in musical, the next few months of practices would be full of under my breath bad comments and lots of negativity. I know that it's not very mature but it is totally something I can totally see myself doing. I do need to grow up sometimes. ;)

But not my daughter. My amazing, beautiful, and mature daughter came to us last night and sat down on our bed and announced that she had been thinking. Kiandra told us that reflecting on the events of the last few days and talking with her totally awesome and encouraging friends has made her determined to perform her parts so incredibly well that they were going to wish they had made her the lead. She said she was going to do so well that she would "steal the scene" at every opportunity and make the show amazing. Kiandra said she was going to be the BEST "2nd Woman" that there ever was.

And that's when I realized that my daughter is more mature than I am.

I am so proud of the woman she is becoming and the person she is right now.

I've heard this song on the radio over the last while but it happened to be playing again today and I really listened to the lyrics:

"He Knows My Name"

Spent today in a conversation
In the mirror face to face with
somebody less than perfect
I wouldn't choose me first if
I was looking for a champion
In fact I'd understand if
You picked everyone before me
But that's just not my story
True to who You are
You saw my heart
and made
Something out of nothing

I don't need my name in lights
I'm famous in my Father's eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I'm not living for applause
I'm already so adored
It's all His stage
He knows my name oh, oh,
He knows my name oh, oh

I'm not meant to just stay quiet
I'm meant to be a lion
I'll roar beyond a song
With every moment that I've got
True to who You are
You saw my heart
and made
Something out of nothing


He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King,
His forever, held in treasure...
I am loved

I don't need my name in lights...
I'm famous in my Father's eyes...

How awesome is it that we are His. It doesn't matter if we are the star. It doesn't matter if everyone is chosen before us. It doesn't matter what the world thinks of us because He knows our name. It is in Him that we have our worth. My daughter seems to already know this but it's me that needs the reminder.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jazz Concert

Thanks to a last minute switch of concert nights, I was able to attend Kiandra's last Christmas Jazz Concert. It was originally scheduled for tomorrow night and with 17 parent teacher interviews, it would be impossible to attend. The switch to tonight meant I could attend. Conrad ended up having to pick Kade and Kezia up from hockey and clubs so I attended the concert alone. Fortunately, I arrived at the same time as Kiandra's friend Chase's parents and I was able to sit beside them. 

 Kiandra and her sax:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014


Today was Kiandra's very last callback audition for her very last high school musical. This is it. Musical has been such a huge part of Kiandra's high school life and it is so  surreal that today marks the last time Kiandra will sing for a role. 

So many things have made this audition process difficult. Bronchitis. New people in the audition selection process. Tired scratchy voice. Most of all knowing that this is the very LAST musical. This quote resonated with me this week and especially in the last few days:

Kiandra doesn't know what the audition committee has planned for her or what role she will get but I am so proud of her for giving her all today. She was asked to sing a VERY hard song and she is still recovering from bronchitis. She didn't know if she could do it....but she did. She pushed through and did her best. She felt good about how it went but we won't know what role she will get until next week when the full cast is revealed.

It makes me think of this new book that arrived in my classroom this week:

Sunday, November 23, 2014


...Kaden's team play

...and lose :(

what a disappointing 7-3 loss

...Mockingjay with Kaden, Conrad, and my nephew

while my SIL took her other boys and Kezia to see Big Hero 6.

Then we watched Kiandra sing and run her lines for her call back tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Game Day

The day began early on the sidelines of the soccer pitch this morning:

Which ended in a 4-0 loss for Kezia's team:

The middle of the day was all about Kiandra as she prepares for her call back audition on Monday. She's going to have to be "on her game".

The day ended with a late hockey game:

and a goal for Kaden!

but ended with a 4-2 loss:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Report Card Day

Kade had a good report card this first term. He earned a honours award for having an average over 80% with no marks under 75%. He was surprised that math was his highest mark:

Kezia also got another report card today. She was received her interim report for her driving component for Drivers Ed. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear High School Musical 3

Thank you for providing me and my
girls with some couch potato time
this evening. You reminded me what it
was like to be a graduate not so long ago.
You now make me glimpse graduation in a new
way as it is not so far away. Thank you for
the reminder that everything is just a season.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

23 Years

Or more specifically 8402 days.

That's the amount of time that Conrad and I have been a couple.  He officially asked me out on November 19, 1991 after my years of relentless chasing after him. I think he just got tired of running! ;)

I am reminded daily that I am incredibly blessed by having Conrad in my life. It has been an amazing 8402 days.

I found these pictures of us from 1991. I also found this oldie of us before we started dating. I know I was in Grade 9 because my friend Naren often came with me that year and we were in different schools when we started Grade 10. I also know Conrad cut his hair right before summer that year and as you can see, his hair is not cut ;)

This photo really takes me back to these early days of being head over heels with this guy.

23 years. Wow. It so hard to believe that my kids are almost exactly this same age. Where does the time go?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snapshots from 50s day

I have a class instagram account to let my Grade 1 families peek into our day. It teaches kids about internet safety (we have a strict no faces rule) and it gives parents a chance to see what we are doing. Here's what my Grade 1 families saw today:

making "records" for our 50s day decorations

records hung:

snippets of a "then and now" slide show:

Our writing activity:

Stations this afternoon:

floats and milk shakes:

50 biscuits:

math book:

Roll a Record Game:

money book:

50s day hats:

Always a good time in Grade 1! There is so much to completing 50 days at school! :)

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