Monday, 24 March 2014

Fall 2013 Re-Cap

Understatement of the year... We've been a little busy these past 6 or 8 months. We had tons going on, and no time to write about it. My time was mostly taken up with school and work, while Jan was busy putting in a new bathroom for the kids, and the kids were busy with school and swimming and gymnastics, and all that jazz.

Aside from one little blog post about my trip to Chicago, I didn't have a spare moment to get any blogging done this fall or winter, and now here we are at the start of spring! So the least I can do is give a quick look back on the memorable times this fall, with hopefully a winter re-cap to follow at a later date (no promises).

First the kids went back to school...

Seriously, this was a big deal folks, my baby boy started preschool this year!! Not only am I out of the baby phase, I'm also out of the toddler phase - my baby is a preschooler!!
Starting school has been an easy transition for Levi, there have been no tears, he loves his teacher, and he always comes home with a smile on his face. Gavin started kindergarten this year with only a couple days of holding on tight when we left him at school, but nothing like the hard time he had with separation in preschool. Mikayla started Grade 2 this year, the year started off a little bumpy with some playground politics, but that seems to have passed, and she has settled right into things.

I had a birthday this fall, and it didn't even get missed in the shuffle of our busy life. Jan and I were lucky enough to have a date night while the kids all slept over at my parents' place. Then the following day I was surprised by a cake that Jan and the kids made for me.

Another "school first" this fall was Gavin's first field trip...
He and his class took a trip to Butterfield Acres Farm on a beautiful fall day, and I was able to come along as a volunteer with Levi in tow. The class had a pumpkin hunt, decorated the pumpkins, and looked around at animals on the farm.

Of course Halloween happened again this year, but a first for me... I actually dressed up to take the kids door-to-door. I haven't dressed up for Halloween probably since university days (a decade or so ago)

And with that, the post I started back in December is finally done! A very small snippet of Fall 2013, a time I will look back upon one day and say... "how did we survive that?" At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the course I'm taking right now will be done in a few weeks and I'm not registered for anything in Spring/Summer semester! Yippee!!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Mikayla's 8th Birthday Questionnaire

Even with the insanity that is our life right now, I couldn't let a birthday go by unnoticed. My Mika-moo turned 8 at the end of February, and it has been a year of big change for her. She has grown up a lot, and sometimes it makes me tear-up a bit thinking about it. She is no longer my little girlie-girl, gone are the days of loving everything pink or sparkly, the little girl I couldn't bribe to wear jeans now only rarely wears a dress. Now instead of playing babies when her friends come over she's playing "just dance" or listening to her iPod. Oh boy, my baby girl is now 8-going-on-16!!! Without further ado, I give you the 8-year-old answers to our birthday questionnaire.

1. Favourite Colour? Light Blue
2. Favourite Food/Place to Eat? Tacos. Home
3. Favourite thing to do? Hang out with my mom, hang out with my friends
4. Best Friend? Eva
5. Grade/Teacher? Grade 2, Miss Bever
6. What do you want to be when you grow up? Singer and artist
7. Favourite Book? Robert Munsch Aaron's Hair
8. Favourite Movie? The Lone Ranger
9. Favourite animal? Puppy
10. What makes you happy? Friends, Mom, Dad, Brothers
11. What are you really good at? Art, singing, dancing and playing nice
12. Where is your favourite place to go? School
13. What do you like to do with your brothers? Drawing
14. If you could have a super-power what would it be? Helping others
15. What do Mom and Dad do that makes you happy? Everything
16. What is one thing you've done that you are most proud of? Standing up to bullying
17. What do you like best about school? Everything
18. What would you like to learn to do better this year? To be quiet
19. What is the scariest thing you've had to do? To stand up to kids who bully me and my friends
20. What is you're biggest achievement/accomplishment to date? Making my very first diorama