Sunday, September 14, 2014

second place here we come

On Thursday Maya had her first riding lesson after the summer break. As she and Grandma Sandi were tacking up Maya gave Star a little pep talk...... "A second. We need to get a second on Sunday. That's a blue ribbon. A second. Okay, buddy?"

Yes, today was Maya's fourth and final horse show for the year. In the three shows previous she'd won a first, third and fourth, so obviously on Sunday she needed a second to complete her set.

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Grandma Sandi got to get in on the fun this morning and lead MyPie and Star to victory!

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They certainly did manage to bring home that much coveted blue second place ribbon and MyPie could not have been happier. First through fourth are currently gracing the lamp shade in our living room.

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So proud of our girl and can't wait to see what next year's shows bring us! Many thanks to Grandma Sandi for everything.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

funny thing happened on the way home

This afternoon, just around the time Maya should be getting home from school it started to rain like crazy. So I grabbed the big umbrella and headed out to meet her bus so she wouldn't get soaked walking home. As I waited three different people... who clearly weren't hugged enough as children..... came too quickly down the street and just like you've seen a hundred times on TV splashed me from head to toe under my giant umbrella with freezing cold, disgusting, puddle water. And so there I stood, soaking wet under my umbrella that I brought to.... you know... keep me dry. The things we do for love, am I right?

Maya, of course, was thrilled to see me and my umbrella, so we walked the long way home and as we walked we talked......

Maya: Look at those chickens! They're getting wet, but not those chickens under the tree. They are the smart chickens. The ones getting wet over there are the dumb chickens.
Me: Well you aren't getting wet either, so you must be a smart chicken too.
Maya: With a smart chicken mother!

and then...

Me: Hey, guess what happened to me while I was waiting for your bus!
Maya: What?
Me: Three cars went past me really fast and splashed me with puddle water. I'm soaked. Isn't that horrible?
Maya: It might also be funny.

oh that kid....

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

sunday randoms

This weekend was filled with almost too much awesome. There was surprise parties to attend where we all laughed until our sides ached.

There was cabinets to paint where we all marveled in awe at Poppa's mad primering skills.

There was to do lists to organize and have mini anxiety attacks about.

There was hardware-ish type things to order off the internet and then worry about whether or not you ordered the right thing. For the record he says yes, don't worry and I'm decidedly ignoring that advice until they get here.

There was birthday breakfasts to squeeze in amongst the chaos. Happy birthday Granny! You are the best ever! With surprise special guests The World's Cutest Nephew, Uncle Dave and Auntie Mel. Oh and Linda's world famous cheesy eggs. I could eat those every day!

There was cloverbuds to lead. Which was a bit like herding cats and/or caging sand, but it all worked out fine in the end.

There was volunteer barbecues to attend and super fun people to talk TV shows with. Apparently I need to be watching Suits and Lilyhammer. Which sure! As soon as I wrap up Breaking Bad ad get caught up with Sons of Anarchy.

The pay off for all of that awesome is my house is a disaster area my laundry is half done and the sink is full of dishes...... seems a small price to pay.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

first day

Well it happened... I am now the Mom of a brand new middle school student. That is just pure and simple craziness, yo! First day paper work came home along with instructions to subscribe to teacher blogs. Yeah I think this is going to be a huge learning experience for both of us. I think we both finished the day a little overwhelmed by all the newness, but otherwise okay.

As for the little one.... well she was highly offended when I asked her if she was nervous about her first day. Obviously not! Why would she be? Geez, Mom. Duh! She's very much a "this is where I belong and these are my people" kind of kid when it comes to school. I hope she holds on to that, because back to school anxiety can suck it!

Really can't wait to see what this school year will bring!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

my running buddy

It's no secret that I've been on the look out for a running partner, pretty much since I started running. I know lots of people that run, but finding the ideal running partner is not as easy as it may seem because there are a lot of factors at play. I have running friends who I have to rule out because of speed or stride or geography and then finally someone approached me. They wanted to start running, would I do the couch to 5k with them? I couldn't say yes fast enough.

She is my perfect match in stride and speed. Well actually she's a titch faster than me which makes me faster, so win win win. This afternoon we wrapped up the first week of running and she's totally in love with it. Which yay for me and her!!

Since she's just starting out I've loaned her some of my running gear, old race shirts, a pair of compression capris and such, but what she needed was new running shoes.

And here's where I take a moment to tell you how fabulous my brother is. Those who know me know I think the absolute world of him. He's been tremendously encouraging to me since I began running, sending me a care package of technical t-shirts and socks to get me going way back in the early days before I had any kind of running paraphernalia. He really is the best brother ever.

So today a box arrived that contained a beautiful new pair of running shoes to help out and more importantly encourage my new running buddy....

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because he is also the best Uncle ever.

And yes The Abster is my new running buddy. It's still early days, but for the moment she is loving it. The pretty new Pearl Izumis are helping to seal the deal, for sure, but it's also a great time for us to be doing this. We head out for a run and it's just the two of us. No distractions, no Dads, no little sisters, just time for her and I. And that's good. So if your friends with Abby on facebook feel free to shoot some encouraging words her way as we work our way through the next seven weeks of the program. So proud of that kid.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

fabulous family fun

My thumb hurts, y'all. Hanging endless pieces of art work on bulletin boards will do that to ya I guess. Yep, that's how I spent my evening yesterday. And for why? It's almost fair time folks.

It's a lot of work, but I love what I get to do at the fair. And what exactly do I get to do? I deal directly with art and school work made by kids from kindergarten to grade eight. I'm not going to lie it is a lot of grunt work to put it all together. The work that comes in needs to be sorted, judged, recorded, organized and then displayed. And we do two rounds of this. The first round (that I'm dealing with right now) is stuff that is submitted by the teachers and a huge thank you to the teachers out there that support us. Round two, which is due to arrive in mid September, is stuff the kids can put together themselves at home.

Why do I love it so much? Well once all the grunt work is done and we throw the doors open for fair weekend an endless parade of kids come through and they are all so excited to find their work and, more importantly, their ribbons. It's something I honestly never get tired of.

I would encourage my local peeps with kids to take advantage of this opportunity. You can check out the prize book online. It's free to enter and the kids win ribbons and cash. My girls have both been entering since they've been old enough and it's such a rewarding experience for them. I won't lie I get just as excited waiting to see what ribbons the girls are going to get on their projects. So really, it's fun for the whole family.

Monday, August 25, 2014

bringing home the gold

Yesterday was MyPie's favourite Sunday of the month... horse show day!!! And if we're friends on facebook, instagram or twitter then you know that our little horse show cutie brought home the golden fourth place ribbon!

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Most importantly she had an incredible time, smiled all day and had one heck of an awesome cheering section.

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Only three more weeks until she gets to do it again.