Saturday, December 31, 2016


Out with the old in 2016 (old worn out register covers --this one was literally just placed on top of the vent) and in with the new!

I bought these register covers on a smoking good deal (3 for $18.99) and they look pretty sharp with our new flooring, paint, and baseboards.

May today be brighter.... what a fitting end to the year as we aspire to be brighter, change old habits, and begin anew. 

That's a wrap on 2016. I think this will be my last photo a day blog as this year was often a little tough to think of things to add to my regular blog and still have something to post here. I plan to continue posting on my main blog each day but have all the posts in one place instead of spread out between two places.

Thanks for following along!

Friday, December 30, 2016


Kaden shovelled the snow the plow left behind before he headed off to the Moose game this evening....

Thursday, December 29, 2016


How we looked when our plan to go to Thermea didn't pan out.....

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Kiandra was a cheerful helper as Conrad and I spent some Christmas money on a new dresser for our room:

Monday, December 26, 2016


I *may* have sat in the house and watched my girls attempt to get to work this morning after the blizzard. They have incredible team work and persistence and a funny story to go with this after they drove around the corner and out of my involves Kiandra driving and not wanting to stop for fear of getting stuck and Kezia running alongside of the car and hopping in as it was going...They made it to work with 3 minutes to spare.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Christmas Eve Service at church this evening....

Friday, December 23, 2016


First day of the Christmas break....and here's what I have to show for it:

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Looked at another house today...
...not a winner so we keep looking...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Like Father, like daughter...they don't like the Christmas crowds in the mall....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


My sister-in-law started a Family snap chat group and today Kaden added this to the group:
He's showing off his awesome Euphonium skills and the new hair cut he got last night...

Monday, December 19, 2016


When you leave your phone in the Staff Room might find this picture of the principal and the gym teacher when you look through your camera roll....

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Kezia has been pretty busy these last few weekends. Today was the first Saturday of "crew" as she works behind the scenes to build sets for the musical in March. She has shopping plans with friends after crew and then works at 4:30. Still, she manages to get it all done....

Friday, December 16, 2016


It was a different kind of date night tonight...Kaden and I had stopped to pick up the cabinets for the ensuite and then Conrad and I built two of them this evening. Everything is really starting to come together from broken to beautiful!

Thursday, December 15, 2016


My teacher peeps and I were dressed "Merry and Bright" for the second dress rehearsal today!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Kiandra is an awesome movie maker. After I had filmed all of the staff snippets for the Veggie Tales theme song that we plan to play at the Christmas concert tomorrow night, Kiandra put it all together into an awesome movie. She completed it in less than an hour. She is awesome!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Every year I tweak and change some of my activities to fit with my students and what they need. It would be much simpler just to do the exact same thing each year but each year brings a different set of skills and personalities to my classroom family. This was a new activity for this year using some of the existing cards I have from a different activity. We are working on learning our higher numbers (and writing our numbers the right way) and this helps them sort them in numerical order and then record them. I love my job.

Monday, December 12, 2016


It's official! This girl is a certified WSI certificate holder. She now can lifeguard AND teach swimming lessons!

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Third Sunday of Advent....Joy.

I loved the message of today's sermon today. Pastor Dan talked about the three reactions to the birth of Jesus as told to us in the Bible.

Herod: fear (afraid of being taken over by a more powerful King)
Herod's advisors and scholars: indifference (they knew but didn't care or desire to find Jesus too)
Wise men: Joy and Worship (didn't stop searching, fell down and worshiped with gifts)

He asked us to honestly consider our reaction to Jesus' birth this Christmas....

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Conrad does the big things on the house like the flooring and the building. I do the smaller things like the painting and the final touches. We make a good team. I chose, and hung, this toilet paper holder for our ensuite today. It's a radical improvement from the half holder we had before where we just stuck the toilet paper roll sticking straight out on the half part that had not fallen off the wall.

Friday, December 9, 2016


It's our school Christmas concert next week and we're presenting a Veggie Tales Christmas. There was an idea to film snippets of all the staff and put it together to the Veggie Tales theme song and then play it at the concert. I don't know what was more funny today....the fact that my friend Sheralyn and I waltzed up and down the produce aisle at Walmart with a sack of potatoes.....or the reaction of Kaden when I asked him to film us doing it....

Kaden (after walking over after school): What time are we leaving school today?
Me: by 4:30
Kaden: ok
Me: oh but we just need to make a stop at Walmart so you can video tape me and (Sheralyn) dancing in the aisles.
Kaden: (not even batting an eye) ok

He is a great sport and just always follows my lead without even questioning the crazy antics that I drag him into. :)

Thursday, December 8, 2016


I came home after school (and Kaden's Driver's Ed) to find my girls all set up doing a photo shoot in Kezia's room with the camera that Kezia had bought last weekend for $2. I helped hold the 2 lamps to get the lighting "just right" and they posted this picture to their 7_is_greater_than_Instagram account.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I worry.
Too much.
And lots of times without a really good reason.

Today, however, with all of the snow we've had in the past 2 days and the fact that school buses weren't running I worried about Kaden's first in-car driving experience. He drove from 3:30-5:30 and survived. I need to remember that God is in control of every situation. He is with me and I have nothing to fear....Easier said than done....

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


The time I was stuck in the school parking lot and the Principal's two daughters ( who work at the day care in our school) came to my rescue and helped push me out! Girl Power! *fist bump*

Monday, December 5, 2016


Kiandra lives in joy every. single. day. Today she received her gift for getting "Employee of the Month". Since they knew she had just bought a car, they gave her a gas gift card and a 'smile' paperweight that the manager chose especially for Kiandra. I'm thankful for Kiandra's joy and everything that she puts into her job each time that she works.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


That time my friend Tammy and I showed up to church in matching stripes!

Saturday, December 3, 2016


We've been working on the flooring room by room over the last few weeks and today we started in our bedroom and ensuite. The cats don't quite know what to make of these renovations....

Friday, December 2, 2016


Kiandra and Kezia were up an out the door early today as they set out with their friend Jenna to surprise Jenna's sister Kara who is attending Bible College 8 hours away.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Early morning ortho appointment for Kaden and Conrad sent me this snap...they know me well...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


November was a busy month at work for Conrad....

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Flooring (finally!) going down in Kezia's room! She's been sleeping in her bed in the living room since last week.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Driving home from school on the last Monday in November and it's 3 degrees above zero?!

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Kiandra completed her WSI (water safety instructor) course today and is officially a swimming instructor now! She is now eligible to apply to work at our city pools if she wants to.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


We have been in the midst of house renovations now for 2 weeks. We are creating a new space and wondering where God will move us to be....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Conrad spent his "day off" today working on the house. He is installing flooring on the entire main floor and has to move the furniture around to do each room. He is awesome!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Kaden bought tickets to a hockey game for Conrad's birthday and because we had a BOGO from the show and save coupon book he splurged on front row seats and this was their view....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


With the main floor of the house undergoing renovations, Kiandra had to improvise a table to eat her supper...


Today Kiandra offered to come to school to help in my classroom and she also was able to drive some of Kaden's volleyball team to the game after school. When she arrived, she brought me a surprise! I am blessed and lucky!

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Conrad makes things beautiful....flooring installation began tonight...

Saturday, November 19, 2016


It was 25 years ago today that Conrad first asked me out. Tonight we "celebrated" by putting in flooring (him) and painting closet doors (me). We've worked hard on home renovations AND our relationship and I am so thankful for the last 25 years and look forward to many more opportunities to work hard.

Friday, November 18, 2016


I was back at The Home Depot (again!) and found out that they were offering a $10 mail in rebate for every can sold this week....but I bought 9 gallons LAST week. The paint person said I should bring in the receipt and get it adjusted and I did...and they did! Woohoo! A $90 rebate is coming my way!

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Required parent night for Driver's Ed this evening. I couldn't help but smile at the truth of this PowerPoint slide during the presentation....

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Do my school families know me or what?! I also got 2 other cans from families of former students because they know how much cherry coke is my favourite.

Monday, November 14, 2016


I'm getting pretty good at Monday morning journals! ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Conrad started putting everything back together after painting and Jewlsey thought Conrad was making her a personal cat climbing gym.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


It's hard to believe Kaden's team has won 3 games in a row AND they've scored 9 games each game...2 of this afternoon's goals were Kaden's.