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Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to work after another awesome summer. We camped, hit the coast, hit a little island, did the amusement park, swam in this river, swam in that river, and generally had a great time. Love those kids of mine. They get another two weeks off before school starts. It's going to be hard sitting inside all day knowing there are adventures to be had before the snow hits.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Novice Goal!

Declan scored his first goal as a Novice player last night. He worked so hard for it! There were some near misses, but right at the end of the game, he caught a rebound from one of Max's shots and in went the puck. Yay Declan! Proud of you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer of 7 and 9

The kids just want to camp and swim all summer. Works for me!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

weigh in

Mika is almost 60 lbs and Declan near 50. She's a decimeter lead on him for height @ 132cm.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Here we go again....

It's that time of year again - speech competitions. Mika heads to the provincial bridge competition tomorrow morning at the Confucius Institute. She didn't participate in the school event this year, but chose to do bridge anyway. I hope she has fun - she wrote her own speech based on the My Chinese Dream theme and is singing a song for the talent portion. Declan is too young for bridge, but competed in the school event and won 2nd place. Mika's dance recitals were last weekend and she was absolutely incredible as always. I'm looking forward to everything wrapping up for the summer and kicking back on the beach making sandcastles. It's been a busy, busy year and we're not even halfway through!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Today Declan asked me what would have happened to Earth if the dinosaurs ate God. I told him I had no idea and that it couldn't have happened anyway due to them living in different realms. He slowly nodded. I resisted the urge to make up stories about portals and stuff.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Declan had to wait at the school for about an hour and a half this afternoon while I was with Mika's class on a field trip. Kindergarten lets out at around 11:30 and we weren't due back until 1. Decky sat in the principal's office for the first while and ate his lunch. She gave him some lego and bristle blocks to play with. When the end-of-lunch bell rang, the principal let Declan know he would be going to room 10 to wait for a little while after lunch and that she had to step out for a minute to greet the students on the way to their classes. While she was gone, Declan spelled out the word "Love!" on her desk. The 'L' and 'v' were made with the long skinny bristle blocks, the 'o' was a lego wheel, and he made an 'E' from a flat 10'r and 3 standard 6'r bricks of lego. The exclamation point was a skinny-bristle/4'r brick combo. He went on his own over to room 10 afterwards - before the principal came back. Considering it was not too long ago that my darling kindergartener was in her office for total defiance of his teacher, I think it made it an extra special little message for her. Declan *is* a very sweet little boy, but he can also play the charm like a champ. Oh boyo.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Another year of parties done!

Mika had her 8th birthday party this past weekend at the community hall. We had about 20 kids present. The afternoon started with a screening of Brave, followed by supper. After the kids ate, we played some archery games. We hung hula hoops from the ceiling beams and the kids tried to shoot arrows through them. A few kids learned the Scottische with Mika. After the games, we sat back down for cake, ice cream, and cookies. 4 hours went by in a flash. A few kids said it was the best party they had ever been to - I think it was probably more like the first party these particular kids attended where the hostess provided personalized weaponry! Nana made quivers for all the kids' bows and arrows that they took home - they also took their reusable popcorn cup, a glow sword, and a wisp-pop (Tootsie Pop covered with blue tissue makes a heckuva will-o-the-wisp!)

Thanks to everyone who came out and made Mika's party memorable!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Yep, they're big alright...

The kids have passed another year - 6 and 8 now. Declan's day was kind of routine with school in the morning and gymnastics in the evening. In between those and after he was spoiled, of course. Declan and I played at Chuck E. Cheese for the afternoon and he chose Jungle Jim's for supper. After gym, Nana came by to have cake and watch him with his presents. He got his coveted Taylor Hall jersey. Not much mattered after that. Declan's party was this past Friday at the A.C.T. centre. We fed and sugared 20-odd kids in a smallish room then let them loose in a big gymnasium with floor hockey equipment. All was well with with the world. Mika's big number 8 birthday is today. She is mostly sad because she's not feeling well and doesn't like the idea of growing up. She's been asking how to stop the growing process and crying about why people need to age, anyway. Poor nugget. Despite being under the weather, she had a good day creating a stuffy at build-a-bear and having a quick dip. It was iffy at times if we were going to carry on or pack it in, but she trooped along not wanting a do-over birthday. She requested bacon and blueberry waffles for breakfast and Red Robin for supper. Mika's birthday gift was the build-a-bear trip and resulting accessorized teddy bears - she found a baby version of the one she originally picked and *had* to have it too. I'm surprised her gift cards went as far as they did. Mika's birthday party will happen in March when her bestie returns from Hong Kong. Both kids danced Saturday at the City Centre Chinese New Year show - Declan's first show outside the school and last. He joined in November and was told if he was going to sign up, he had to commit to at least the new years show. He did and announced his retirement from chinese dance. Too bad because he's a good dancer and a showboat on top of it. He's decided not to continue gymnastics either. Hockey and Soccer are it for the boy. Swimming lessons too in between seasons. He regularly performs for whomever is around where ever he happens to be, so the world won't miss out. ;) Mika danced beautifully as the centre because her partner was away in Hong Kong. Mika is already making Jr. High school choices based on who has better dancers. There is little chance she will ever drop a dance class. She told someone recently she plans on being a dancer and if that doesn't work out, she'll be a dance teacher instead. Sammi joined dance and made his debut performance. He did great!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy New Year!

Mika and Declan enjoying some new year's day playtime with friends at a birthday party.