Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOST is back tonight!

I am not making fun of LOST. That would be rude. That was a pretty funny video though...

Oh - warning. This video starts with a swear. You've been warned, so don't blame me if you think you'll go to hell for hearing it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Corina is OUTSTANDING!

Corina got a very special citizenship award at school today. It was presented to her in front of the whole school, and the schoolboard superintendent and MLA Clint Dunford were there! (Oh la la...)

This is what her award says about her:
She always comes to school well prepared to meet the day, and demonstrates a positive attitude toward learning. She knows the routines and expectations at school and follows them, and sets a good example for others. She is always enthusiastic and ready to take on any challenge. She has a quiet confidence that demonstrates what a true leader she is. Corina always works hard and completes her assignments beautifully. Corina is a good friend to her classmates and is thoughtful, honest, and respectful to others, whether they are children or adults. She shows empathy and compassion to others and is always honest and trustworthy. Thank you Corina for being an excellent citizen of Galbraith School.

She looked so little and sweet in the assembly today. She didn't know she was getting the award, so the look on her face was pretty much worth a million bucks. I love her smile in this picture. She is so proud of herself, but she doesn't want to be a show-off about it, so she tries to hide the smile. CUTE.

I also like her New Kids on the Block necklace.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Kids on the Block, I love you. Get back together. Go on tour. I will go to all your concerts. Thank you.

This is what is now on nkotb.com. First it was just a little teaser thing, with an old fashioned tv and old pictures of New Kids, and it was all fuzzy. And then it switched to a flat screen tv, a video using old concert footage, and a new song! That site used to belong to a fan, but she was asked to give it back to the group a bit ago. True.

Okay, I have every New Kids cd there is, including ones that were only released in Japan, and I've never heard this song before. And the part that says, "To see me standing so close to the door" is Donnie! I think they recorded some new songs. I AM DYING!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I feel like there's a fire in me.

This was my bedroom when I was a kid. There was this group called New Kids on the Block, and I may have had a slight obsession with them, and particularly with Donnie Wahlberg.
Here I am with that very New Kid, Donnie Wahlberg. I love him so.
I have been hearing news of this, but I wouldn't let myself believe it. I don't want to get excited about something and then have my heart RIPPED OUT OF MY CHEST.

But...but...

I'm starting to believe it!

Look. LOOK!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!

"After months of speculation and rumor, the Kids are coming back. A well-placed source tells PEOPLE exclusively that New Kids On The Block are indeed getting back together.

The band's Web site, http://www.nkotb.com/, which had been dormant, is now back up and running in anticipation of the official announcement, which the source says will be made in the next few weeks.

The site currently features a television graphic with a fuzzy, flickering photos of NKOTB in their heyday, and a link inviting fans to sign up for info.

The boy band, which made legions of tweens swoon in the early '90s, selling more than 50 million albums, became a worldwide phenomenon before calling it quits in 1994.

Eighteen years later, they're still "Hangin' Tough." The oldest "Kid," Jonathan Knight, now a real estate developer, will turn 40 later this year. Since the band's demise, former members Donnie Wahlberg, 38, and Joey McIntyre, 35, have seen acting success, while Danny Wood, 38, has worked as a music producer and Knight's brother, Jordan, 37, has continued to record. "

Okay, if this is true, I am going to be peeing my pants non-stop. I am also going to regret moving to Alberta SO HARD. If I still lived in London, there would be concerts in Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo, and possibly London too. I could go to all of them easily. Living here...there may be no concerts at all! And then I will die of a broken heart.

Probably not much of a surprise

I stole this from Laura, because it's neat. I think this test just called me a bitch.

Take this test!
Your color is black. The color of night. Serene and mysterious, black conjures up images of elegant evening gowns, dashing tuxedos, and gleaming limousines. Traditionally a symbol of success, black also represents power and an uncompromising demand for perfection. Not surprisingly, you tend to set challenging goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve them — your strength of character is second to none. This unfaltering determination, along with your natural elegance, impresses people. But keep in mind that your personality might be intimidating to some. Try to temper your demanding side with a little softness — trust us, it won't kill you. Overall, though, black is the color of professionalism and achievement, which means it's clearly the color for you.
I've been told my whole life that I am intimidating. I've never known what it is about me that intimidates people, but it turns out it's these elegant evening gowns I'm always wearing. Always.
Do I demand perfection? Fine. I do. Do I do whatever it takes to achieve my goals? I suppose. But if I let you ride in my gleaming limousine, will you forgive me? OF COURSE YOU WILL. (I'm not going to let you ride. I was just wondering.)

Actually, you know what I've been doing the last few years? I've been tempering my demanding side with a little softness, and THE INTERNET is correct; it hasn't killed me. Some people have even noticed - both that I'm softening, and that I've not been killed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sad

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Remember the three little boys from next door? Their mom died. I am so sad for them, and I can't even help them because they moved back east and I'll never see them again. Poor little babies. I can't even wrap my head around it.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

My kids can do more things than I can.

Some exciting news...after further reflection, Max decided I am permitted to hug him at school after all! I'm just not supposed to give him kisses. I think I can handle that.

Here's Max with the bookshelf he made the other day in my sweatshop.
Somebody gave Corina makeup for Christmas. I won't let her wear it outside the house, but she is allowed to put it on and wear it for a bit if we just stay home. Here's my little glitter-faced girl after doing her own makeup for the first time.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I'll uncool that kid. I'll uncool him like a fox!

On Tuesday I start my 4th (and final!) practicum. This time I'm working at Max and Corina's school. I think that's awesome, and so does Corina.

Here's a story. In Sept 2006 on the first day of school, I spent a couple of hours with the kids, getting them all set in their classes. I mostly stayed with Corina, since she was just staring kindergarten. Max was starting grade 4. I left at recess, and as I was walking down the street, I heard a voice scream from the playground, "BYE MAMA!!!" It was my Max, in front of all his friends, calling out to his Mama. It made me so happy that he wasn't too cool to love me when other kids are around.

So, when I found out that not only was I going to be at Max's school, but that I was going to be only two doors down from his classroom, I asked him what he thought about that. Things have sure changed since grade 4. He said it's not cool to have his mom there, and he doesn't want me to hug or kiss him while I'm there.

I figured we should set some ground rules, so I asked him if it was okay for me to say, "Hi, Max!"

No. I can only say, "Hey, Max", not "Hi". Hi isn't cool.

I asked if I could wave at him, and I waved when I asked.

No. I can't wave like that. I have to wave cooler. He then showed me the acceptable way to wave at him.

I then asked him if it's okay if I rip off all my clothes and run naked down the hall, pointing at my vagina while screaming that MAX CAME OUT OF HERE!!

I bet it's hard having me for a mom sometimes.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Very shallow.

Well, so-and-so gave me a gift card for the mall for Christmas, and I used it at American Eagle. I got an outfit for half price. (I love Boxing Day sales!) I am way happier about my outfit than anyone should ever be. It's kind of wrong to get so excited about clothes. And to dream about the clothes. They just feel so good and look so good.

Here's my new sweater.
And these are called tuxedo pants. Words cannot express how much I love the back of them. Do you see that the pants look like a heart? DO YOU??? Adorable.

(If you're wondering where my waist is in that picture, so am I.)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

We do things all the time.

Well, I just completed my first week of school, and I didn't really care for it. My classes seem okay, but the being awake all day part isn't really for me. During the whole ear extravaganza, I napped tons. I long for the day I can do that again. I'm not sure I'm really up to being back at school. I'm doing it though. I'm tough!

This week we had an exciting adventure in furniture making. Max put together a bookshelf almost on his own. Good job, buddy! Now he has somewhere to keep all his chapter books. The pile of books on the floor made us look poor.

Last night we went to the mall so Max could spend some of his Christmas money. He got that Circa shirt in the next picture, and also the necklace. It was made in Kenya out of antelope bone. Awesome! He's very proud of it and cannot stop talking about it.
("Mom, do you think this is paint? Do you think there are black bones? Which necklace would you have chosen? Did you know sometimes children have to make these necklaces? Do you think a child made mine? If he did, he did a really good job!")

When Corina got into her jammies last night, she turned into Elvis. Magic!

Monday, January 07, 2008

It's my birthday today.

I usually blog more than this. I'm sure you've all been devastated by the lack of news about my life.

We had such an amazing time in Ontario and I hardly wanted to come back home. I visited with almost everyone in my family, and it was especially cool to hang out with my brother Brent and his wife Michelle. I hardly even knew Brent because he moved out when I was still little, but he's awesome to hang out with. And I love Michelle. I want to steal her for myself. This is a picture of Max with their daughter Winter. Winter sure loves him. This is how they watched tv. Cute!
I went to my family Christmas for the first time in 5 years. Only one of my 4 brothers (Nick) was there, but my 3 sisters (Dana, Katie, and Krista) and their kids came. Max and Corina loved all their cousin time.
Coming home was hard. I'm starting to think I might move back one of these days. Or one of these years, really. It wouldn't be any time soon. I'm not adjusting very well to being back in Lethbridge. I'm homesick and really overwhelmed with being back in school and doing everything all on my own. If anyone wants to come help me out, buy me a car, or give me lots of money, that would be great.

We always get a family picture done for Christmas, but this year with my hospital stay and all we were a little delayed in getting it done. We went to the photographers just before we left on our trip, so there were no pictures to put in Christmas cards. That's okay I suppose, since we didn't even bother sending out cards this year. I use my sickness as an excuse for that too.
We're so precious.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

And now we're home.

We had such a good time on our trip back home. We did many things, and I will probably write about some of them and put up some pictures. For now, here's a video of us goofing around on the plane on our way home. I love it. I love my kids. We're awesome.

video

Also, that video shows what I look like after a lot of crying. Airport goodbyes are really hard!