Thursday, January 02, 2014

a new year

2014

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written anything since August.  It’s not that nothing has been going on, I’ve just been busy.  My readership is low and I was wondering if I should even continue this blog.  I do like to go back and read some of the older entries so I decided that I would continue for now.  My plan is to have this blog printed into books that I can give to the kids as a keepsake.  I know that a few other bloggy friends have done this.

Ok, so here is a quick catch-up from the past few months:

  • In November I was made permanent at my job
  • I’ve gained  10 lbs from our amazing cafeteria
  • Francis made the Pee-wee AA hockey team
  • Hs team is terrible and have only won 2 games
  • I didn’t pass out when I saw Francis’ report card
  • Francis went to his first high school dance
  • Naomi performed her first skating solo
  • Naomi had her 7th birthday party at an art studio
  • She has lost 3 teeth (bottom) so far
  • For Halloween Naomi was a Monster high doll (Cleo de Nile) and Francis was a banana
  • We renovated the 2 upstairs bathrooms and replaced the upstairs hall carpet (finally)
  • I learned that I can fit a hockey goalie bag in my Fiat
  • Stephan turned 42 (he’s getting old) :o)
  • He continues to play hockey several times a week but spent a few weeks on the injured list for a cracked rib

Well, that’s all I can think of for now.  I will do a holiday review and post some pictures soon so stay tuned!

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back to school – Grade 2!

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Naomi was all smiles on the first day of school – couldn’t wait to see all her friends!  Looks like she has the same teacher as last year (Mme. Stets) but only for French days.  New English teacher is Miss Dahlia.  She looks young and fun but I have not met her yet.  Naomi will have her for the first time today.

Not sure how it is that my baby is in grade 2 already but I just love to watch her blossom and grow through each of her milestones.

I think it’s gonna be a great year.

Back to school – first day of high school!

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Yesterday was Francis’ first day of high school (grade 7)

He wasn’t nervous at all, just ran to catch his bus at 7:15am.  Only the grade 7s started Thursday and the rest of the grades start today (and he is off).  Looks like we have a list of school supplies to shop for during the long weekend.

Can’t believe he is in high school already!  OMG where does the time go?! 

Saturday, August 03, 2013

6-year gotcha day

July 29th marked Naomi’s 6th year as part of our family.  As it turned out, this day fell on a very busy Monday so Naomi graciously accepted to have this special day celebrated on the weekend. We used to always go out to a Chinese restaurant but this time we told her she could choose any restaurant she wanted.  She chose an Italian restaurant and ordered spaghetti and meatballs! 

Here are a few pictures from dinner:

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Cayo Coco Cuba

The most wonderful and relaxing vacation ever!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Last day of school

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Let the summer begin!

We leave for Cuba tonight!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Braves win provincial tournament

What a great day!

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Francis is in the catcher outfit behind the trophy.

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I wrote a press release about the win and it was picked up in 2 local papers!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

‘Lil artiste

Naomi is taking an art class on Saturday mornings that she really loves.  The teacher is fantastic and I love that she sends us pictures after the class! 

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Since we’re on the subject of artwork, here are a few of her recent doodlings  masterpieces.

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IMG_5557The top one is a cartoon series that she draws. 

The one on the left is an attempt at using pastels …

 

 

some daddy love …

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Cabane a sucre

I am late posting this but here are some pictures from our sugar shack adventures.  We always go back to this same place because we like it so much.  The day that we went was absolutely freezing though!

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Les boys …

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Naomi loves pea soup … go figure!

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Brrrrrr …..

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maple taffy time!

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Well I think that is enough maple syrup goodness to last us until next year!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Trouble

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For Naomi’s 6th birthday last October, one of the gifts she received was a cute little diary with a lock on it.  For weeks she wrote and drew in it.  A little while ago I found this crumpled up page.  Hmmm … I can’t for the life of me remember what terrible thing she was in trouble for.  She is a kid that doesn’t get in trouble very often.  She tends to be overly sensitive sometimes and has a bit of a dramatic meltdown where she has trouble controlling herself.  Usually, she is sent to her room to ‘calm down’ a bit.  She really couldn’t be more MY daughter.

The first time I saw this note I was devastated (I’m quite obviously the blonde doing the finger-pointing).  Now that I have had a bit of time to think about it, I can appreciate the neat printing and details (hey, she even got my blonde/brown streaks in pretty nicely).  I love the random capitalization of letters, it’s so very grade-1.  When I was a kid, I remember drawing and writing all the time.  I kept diaries randomly too and would especially write when I was angry or frustrated but then when I would re-read it later I would rip the pages out because I no longer felt angry.  I am hoping that that is why she decided to rip this one out too. ♥

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A snowy morning

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It’s the last day of February and in true Canadian fashion we got quite a dump of snow yesterday.  I am so ready for spring to arrive but couldn’t help admiring the scenery this morning at the bus stop.

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I took this picture of our street this morning and I swear that my camera was not set to black and white. As much as I think this is a pretty view, I look forward to seeing the green grass, the colorful flowers, the trees in their foliage and kids on bikes and skateboards in the street.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Je présente

♥ Love this girl!

Naomi prepares for a French oral for school

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Skating competition

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Today Naomi participated in a figure skating skills competition.  Her team won silver – yay!

Monday, January 21, 2013

January morning

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It’s 7:20 am in the land of ice and snow,

Bundled up for school as it’s 25 below zero.

Off to the bus stop we go,

Our boots crunching the ice and snow.

Finally the bus gets here,

The promise of warmth is near.

It’s just another January morning.

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