Thursday, November 13, 2014

New 'Do

The girls and I had hair appointments today. Sammy has been wanting to cut her hair for a few weeks now and Presley only wanted a trim. Well, she sure changed her mind quickly when she saw Sammy getting a cut! I kept my own hair the same length but experimented more with colour and tried an ombré do.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Remember

In Flanders fields the poppies grow,
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


I recently reconnected with someone I went to high school with. We weren't in the same circle of friends but I remember sitting next to her one year for Math and found her sarcastic humour fun. Her son and Sammy are in the same kindergarten class so we re-met again this past September. We hit it off and I found myself looking forward to pickups when I could chat with her. It became obvious quite quickly that she was battling cancer. Sadly, she lost her fight this past weekend. I won't claim to know her well but what I did know of her, I really liked. I know she will be dearly missed, most especially by her husband and sweet little boy. I don't really know what the point of posting this is. I guess to say it is weighing really heavily on my mind. This hits very close to home. Life is so precious and I know I often take it for granted. I am very grateful for my family's health and the idea of me leaving my girls before they grow up is terrifying.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tooth -1

The Tooth Fairy visited our house last night.  She was so sneaky and quiet, no one even heard her!  But did we get to the point where someone is losing teeth?  I very vividly remember the day she got that tooth at 5 months old!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

We had a great Halloween!! The weather was nicer than any other I can remember, including my childhood. Presley complained of being too hot and Sammy was fine in a long sleeved shirt. If you're from Alberta, you know how noteworthy that is! We grew up planning costumes around our winter coats!

The girls ready for their school parties:

Halloween night (P decided at the last minute on a costume change):
The haul (includes 7 full size chocolate bars each!): 
Our own leftovers:

So, the next time you see me, I may be 5-10 pounds heavier!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sammy's First Piano Recital

Sammy had her first piano recital yesterday.  She did such a great job! There were about 100 people there so we weren't sure how shy would she be.  She said she was embarrassed but we couldn't tell.  We're proud of her, she has been practicing hard and making good progress!

(It was a Halloween recital so she's dressed as Rapunzel.)

Monday, October 20, 2014

School Blues

We are well into Month 2 of school and are having some hiccups along the way.  Sammy is having some anxiety about school and no longer wants to go.  She has been crying when I drop her off and telling me not to go.  This has been really hard for her (and me!).  We never had this happen in preschool so I had assumed we were in the clear.  When asked why she doesn't want to be at school, she says, "I just want to be with you, I love you too much, I want it to always be the weekend".

I suspect that part of it has to do with an incident that happened the third week of school.  There was an assembly and the school was split into groups to do an activity.  Sammy ended up in a group without one of her teachers or any familiar faces from her class (she had another teacher from the school and kids from other classes and grades).  Apparently she cried and could not be calmed down by the members of her group (who sounded like they were trying very hard to make her feel better).  When we talked about it later, she said she was very worried that her teacher didn't know where she was, that she didn't know where her classroom was and was scared that I wouldn't know where to pick her up.  So, it was a pretty negative experience for her.  Ever since then, she has been nervous that there would be another assembly.  There was (and will be more), which I prepped her for the day before.  She did stay in her group and said that she smiled but had tears running down her face.  This is just the saddest!!  Now, since last week, the crying has started when we get to her classroom.  She seems fine on the way there, fine waiting in the hallway but when it comes time for me to walk away, it is no longer fine.

So.  Any advice?  Has this happened to you? How we can make this a better transition? I've already promised to stay for the next assembly.  I don't even know if that's what is causing this but it probably didn't help!