Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shoeboxes delivered

We've been participating in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse for a few years. Usually the kids get involved but this year it was just me since the girls were gone and this morning Kaden slept in while I was putting these together. We usually collect things throughout the year as they go on sale and then we can put the boxes together easily.

I dropped them off at the mall where they were being collected:

In the evening, Conrad and I were invited out for supper and we decided to try it. We brought our own dressing, asked lots of questions about the menu, and settled on this:

It's kind of nice to know that eating out is still kind of possible. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good Things

FINALLY figuring out the new report card system!

Finishing all 23 reports by noon!

Having time to organize and tidy some of my classroom in the afternoon!

Finding that middle black basket (in the trash!!) that I needed for the front of my classroom:

Leaving promptly at 3:40!

Hot Yoga date night!

Being told by the yoga instructor that I look skinnier! -Even if I don't feel it :(

Supper ready in the crockpot when we got home! and it was even ok!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wise Words

It was a little bit of an emotional day.

I had not turned off my ringer on my phone and at 4:38 am my phone dinged with a long message from Kiandra. It was a good message, but a hard one to hear at that hour of the day. Kiandra has decided to get baptized.

In Australia.

We won't get to be there to see it happen. :(

I'm so incredibly thankful for this step in Kiandra's life and so incredibly sad that I won't get to see her do it. I had a hard time falling back asleep.

and it was probably good that I didn't fall into a deep sleep because just before 6:00am Kezia Facetimed us for the first time in a few weeks. She caught us up on her life out in Austria and let us know about new friends she has made and how she spends her days.

I am so incredibly thankful that Kezia is sharing these details about her life and so incredibly sad that for the first time I am living on the outside of her life not aware of the day to day details that I would get to be privileged to if she were at home.

Last night, Kaden was looking up Bible Colleges. He found a great one. It's in SOUTH AFRICA! What about if he ends up going there??!!

It was an emotional drive to school as I pondered this new role that I have been living as a parent to grown (and almost grown) children. Independent. Adventurous. Confident. Thriving humans. Not sure I like this new role...

After today's staff meeting (that included a mountain of snacks I can no longer eat) I came back to my classroom to see this message on my white board:

I have a tiny guess which former Grade 1 friend wrote this but it was exactly the message I needed to hear today. I am loved. No matter my shifting role as a Mom, my stressed out teacher self in the midst of report card writing, or my new eating habits. I am loved. God loves me, at least one of my students loves me ;), and my family loves me. 

I was so thankful for the timely reminder....

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


0 degrees...

....and 4 more report cards done! triple arm pump!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello Monday

Hello Monday
Hello new week
Hello Conrad's morning view:

Hello last week of assessments before report card writing day on Friday
Hello one on one interviewing
Hello lots done in this first term of Grade 1

Hello stop at the store
Hello score at the store

Hello getting the hang of this AIP diet.
Hello supper that was actually tasty:

Hello actually tasty dessert:

Hello report card writing begins!

Hello 5 down....18 to go.
Hello comfy bed
Hello and goodnight

Sunday, November 12, 2017


A missionary couple from our church is collecting glasses to take back to Africa with them when they return there later this Fall. I asked my sister if she was ok with me donating Mom's glasses and he agreed that Mom would have liked that.

I carried these glasses in my purse for over a week while my Mom was hospitalized. Even when we were told that she would not wake up I still carried them around with me so that just in case she did she would have them. (Her eyesight was so bad!) I didn't take them out of my purse until after she passed away. These were the new glasses my sister helped her pick out not too long before. Now somewhere across the ocean, I hope they bring sight to someone who needs to see. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

To Remember is to work for Peace

Our school entrance bulletin board:

My classroom art:

What a privilege to have this day to remember and be thankful.

We relaxed most of the day and then watched Kaden's team play their second game of the season:

and then, thanks to Kaden's coast to coast goal, his team tied up the game late in the third period.

He was pretty proud of that goal and their team was glad to have a tie instead of another loss. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

New Toy

Conrad and I are 11 days into our new eating plan and we've been starting each day with a fruit and veggie smoothie. Some fruits (like blackberries and raspberries) and veggies (like kale and carrots) are not very easily blended in our Ninja. After today's stop at Costco I text Conrad to ask if we should upgrade our blender and he said we I did:

It's first test run:

It works so well!

Kiandra has been asking for a VitaMix for years and she commented on my facebook post that she was so if only she'd be home for awhile to use it!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Slurring Speech

Conrad has always been a bit self-conscious of his teeth. He was really the one who was behind getting the kids braces because he never had the chance to fix his teeth when he was younger. Now that all three kids are done, I suggested that Conrad look into getting braces to get his teeth straight. This summer was just the right incentive as the clinic that we have had all three kids go through offered $1000 off for new clients. He began the process in late August but today was retainer day:

He is finding this appliance quite the speaking hindrance: 

Like with all things, the process is never easy but the rewards for sticking through are going to be worth it....

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Getting Ready

Even though school is just barely started, our school hosted a kindergarten information night this evening for parents looking for kindergarten NEXT fall. We had a great turn out with about 9 perspective families coming out to learn about our school:

and meanwhile, back at home, Kaden was getting ready for his first hockey season with glasses by trying out his new contacts that arrived in the mail today:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hello Monday

Hello Monday
Hello new week
Hello these flowers, received on Friday from a student, greeting me this morning:

Hello better start to the week than last week
Hello so glad Halloween is just once a year
Hello report cards on the horizon
Hello assessments
Hello writing report card comments in my head all. day. long.

Hello order arrived!
Hello thanks for asking me what I would order ;)
Hello Astrobright coloured paper:

Hello day 8 of cooking in a new way
Hello I made cheese from scratch!
Hello supper:

Hello Monday

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My week in B&W

A friend of mine invited me to do a photo challenge. The task was to take one black and white photo each day, no people, no caption, and post on Facebook. Here was my week in photos...posted here with captions:

My calm and peaceful classroom on an early Monday morning:

My evening spent here reading cookbooks and online recipes planning for this week of eating:

Wednesday's supper, I've spent sooo much time thinking and preparing food this week:

On Thursday, I did some housework--including 2 loads of laundry:

Friday night's date night was crashed by Kaden as he came with us to hot yoga because youth was cancelled:

Kaden's first game of the season was a 3-2 loss:

The empty view after church was totally full in this service this morning:

and we begin it all again tomorrow.....

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