Saturday, May 31, 2008

Corina the Musician

That kid makes me laugh so hard. I love her.

The pre-concussion haircut.

Max has some pretty sweet hair. It's so thick and gorgeous that people are always complimenting him on it. But...last week, he was mistaken for a girl two times. We decided it was time for his first haircut of the year.

Yeah, it's a little long.
Just to get the full effect of how long it really is...
Ahhh. Much better. Still long, cool guy hair. Not cool girl hair. He's doing really well today after the concussion issue. He's just lying on the couch hanging out with Corina and me. Now we're going to watch So You Think You Can Dance. That's good concussion tv.

LOST - Sawyer's last words. (Not that he died or anything.)

Find Clementine! Do it! Oh my gosh, I love Sawyer. He sacrificed himself for his friends!

LOST thoughts.

The creepy whispering voices in Kate's dream were actually talking backward. They said, "The island needs you. You have to go back before it's too late." But then Claire says Aaron can't go back. I have lots of complicated thoughts about this. They are so complicated that I don't even understand them myself.

These are the alternate endings they made, in case news of who was in the coffin leaked out. The second ending they showed....NOOOOOO! I would have died too.

When Ben wakes up in the desert wearing the parka after the donkey wheel adventure, it is October 2005. That means he traveled about ten months into the future, you know. Yay! I was so excited when he said he was putting on a coat.

Crying? Not too much. Only when Sawyer jumped out of the helicopter and when Sun had a screaming fit when the freighter blew up. I'm proud to say I did not cry when Desmond and Penny were reunited. Way to be tough, me.

Okay, now I'm going to bed.

There were no bike helmets when I was a kid.

Guess which little boy got a concussion tonight? Or I guess that would be last night now. Poor Max. About a minute before I was going to get him to come in for the night, he fell off his friend's bike and landed right on his forehead. Thankfully he was wearing his helmet. He was unconscious for a few seconds though, and so off to the hospital we went. He's doing pretty well now except for a good headache. Tomorrow he has to lie down all day. He'll miss Scout Camp, not that he'll mind that at all. Next week he's not allowed to do gym or play soccer at recess. He's really looking forward to telling his friends about it though. He keeps saying, "I have a concussion!" as if it's a prize. Funny boy.

I'm proud of him though. His buddy wanted Max to try the bike out for just one minute, so Max started heading in to the house to get his helmet. The kid told Max not to get it because he was only going to be riding for a few seconds, but Max went in the house to get it anyway. Safety first! If he got a concussion with the helmet on, I imagine his brains would have fallen out without the helmet. Good boy, Max.

Now I'm heading off for 2½ hours of sleep. I have to wake him up every three hours to make sure he's still alive or something like that. Good times!

Friday, May 30, 2008


Max and Corina were very brave last night. They were also very gross, and they are no longer allowed to touch me after what they did.

I love how cute Corina was. She was obviously really scared, but she toughed it out. "Comfortable"! So sweet. She really didn't like it when it was slithering on her arm. The whole thing freaked me right out.

My Hands are Shaking!

I'm like an old grandma with these shaky hands, but it's from something even better than Parkinsons! (Hard to believe, I know.) I'm going to do something GREAT in about 32 minutes, but it's a secret until then because I don't want people to ruin it for me. They can go do it themselves in 33 minutes, but I'm first. I'm first! I'm so scared I'll do it wrong and screw everything up. I MIGHT BE HAVING A STROKE RIGHT NOW.


So, it's all done. I bought tickets to the Edmonton NKOTB show. Woo hoo! Now the rest of you may go buy your tickets. They aren't sold out yet, but they only have crappy seats left. The good seats were gone immediately! It's sick. We're in pretty good shape, right beside the stage. It was hard because if I was only buying one ticket for myself, I could have had a seat in the very front on the floor, pretty much. But with buying three tickets so I could share this life changing event with my kids, that pushed us off the the side quite a bit. I make such sacrifices for my children.

One of the girls from is sitting right in my row! She's a big freak too, so we can cry all through the show together.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Celtics Game on May 18

Look how handsome. Of course I love my Donnie, but Danny is nice to look at too. Hard to believe I knew him. Or whatever.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


We Found a Dog

A story by Corina.

We were heading out to the car to take Max to Brenden's, and on the way to the car we saw a dog. It was a big dog, and I got really scared. I was running, but I didn't know the dog was there yet. My mom said, "Corina, don't run. Walk." I looked behind me and there was a dog, and so I was so scared. I started walking, and I was walking really slowly, and my mom said, "Walk faster, Corina". We got in the car and the dog was following us. We could barely get out of our parking spot because he was sitting under and behind the car and we couldn't get out, so we had to wait there for a minute. Finally we got out.

When we came back from Brenden's house, we were searching for the dog to bring it into our yard so we could feed it and call the dog catcher. We searched and searched and searched until we found the dog. He started climbing under the car. We parked it and walked him home with us.

We were feeding him and calling the dog catcher, and finally the dog catcher came. The dog catcher said the dog had been out at Sobey's and Safeway and they couldn't find him, but finally we got him. He took the dog, and then we had to go get the car because we parked it far away from our house. We jogged there and then we came back in the car, and then we had warm feelings in our hearts that we did something good.

Max was really scared and worried about the dog. He doesn't know yet that we did that. We took some pictures and some videos so he could see them when he gets home from his friend's house.

Mommy is kind of scared of dogs, but then she got used to the dog. She was only a little bit scared at the end.

The end.

Friday, May 23, 2008

You always do that! You do that with girls!

I keep watching this. I do that because I like it. After watching it all this month, I figured it was time to share it with everyone else. Important message blah blah blah, plus Sarah Silverman!

I have a job for the fall!

After a killer week of exactly 25342 interviews, the decisions have been made. Next fall I'll be working at a northside school pretty close to home. I'll be working with severe behaviour and with FASD. Woo hoo! Now I can just relax, finish the contract I'm on now, and have a great summer. No worries.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Some more about the job search

Today I had those three interviews, and I must say...I am awesome. I felt very nervous, but somehow I managed to appear very calm, confident, and knowledgeable. I answered every question perfectly. I was asked a ton of scenario questions, and it felt as though I had my text book in front of me. I knew exactly how to answer everything! (Maybe that's because I prayed that I would remember everything I had learned in school and would be able to answer the questions properly. Hmm.)

So anyway, there were a total of 39 positions I applied for. I had to rank them in order of preference. Tonight the principal for the #1 ranked job called and offered me the position! I told her I'm going to finish my other interviews before I make a decision. (They know people are going to say that if they have more interviews with the board lined up. I didn't blow my chances or anything.) It felt weird not to accept the one I wanted most, but I could find out something in one of the other interviews that would make me change my order of preference. The one interview I have on Friday could possibly move to #1 if I find out some more good things about it.

So anyway, the GREAT news is that no matter what, I have a full time job for the next school year. Happy happy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Job Search

Today the interview process began for the next school year. Today I got calls from 7 schools asking me to come in for an interview before Friday. Seven! Do you realize how busy that makes me? It was nearly impossible to schedule them all in. And that was just today. Tomorrow more of the schools could call. There are not enough hours in the day. This is really super exciting, but it's also making my head hurt. I have the hugest tension headache. Blah.

But...I already went for one of the interviews straight after work today, and it went really well. (I come very highly recommended, you know. That's what they say!) Tomorrow I go to one before work, one during work, and then one right after work. Some of the positions I'm not too excited about, but I applied for them anyway in case the preferred ones aren't offered to me.

This is such grown-up stuff. Scary!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm heading to Salt Lake again. Officially! Yay!

Lots of people I love live there. Some used to live there and need to go back so I can see them.
It looks like we'll be heading down in the second week of July, and we'll probably stay for a couple of weeks. We want to at least stay long enough to go to the parade again. We had so much fun there with Jason a few years ago. I'm really excited about this. Yeah I am!

Memories...oh la la...
That certain smile - we almost peed. I think some of us actually did.

Brent, where did the pictures of us go? Did you delete them from my computer? Jerk.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Slaughterhouse Five

I'm reading Slaughterhouse Five. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, is unstuck in time. (Very Lost, very Desmond. Love.) Just before the flying saucer was to come, Billy was a little unstuck and he watched a movie about bombers in the Second World War. This tells how the movie went for Billy, and you can't tell me this isn't brilliant. Or you can, but then I'll know you're a jerk.

American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for the wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody good as new.

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby, Billy Pilgrim supposed. That wasn't in the movie. Billy was extrapolating. Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve, he supposed.

I love everything about this book. One thing I especially love is that it isn't Catch-22. Bleh. Every one of his books I've read so far has been perfect. If I were an author, I would want to be Kurt Vonnegut. So it goes.

(Do I match "has" with "one" or do I match "have" with "books" in the last paragraph? I did it the way I thought was right, but I'm only 87% certain. Thanks.)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I Got My Hair Cut Again

Since I got my hair cut in March, I keep wanting to get it shorter and shorter. Today I got a bunch more cut off the back and it's an asymmetrical bob. I sort of look like Posh Spice now, but that's okay. I absolutely love my hair and I love my hairdresser. Never before have people come up to me to ask who cuts my hair so that they could get theirs done the same, but it happens now. It's pretty cool. My hairdresser is quite happy about it too!

Friday, May 16, 2008

NKOTB on Today Show

Do you know what makes me cry more than Lost? How about a New Kids reunion? Holy smokes. I'm a total baby. "Danny, Danny, Danny....this music I hear...just brings many memories for me!" (Only the huge fans will even know what I'm talking about, but they SO KNOW.) Seriously, so much emotion.

If you wondered, YES I hate the half naked female dancers on stage with them. What the hell is that? Know your audience! New Kids fans really do not want to see that.

Today they announced some more tour dates. They're coming to Salt Lake and to Edmonton. Salt Lake is a 12 hour drive and Edmonton is 5, but one is south of here and the other is north. I would have to drive 17 hours to get from the Salt Lake show to the Edmonton show. And it will be November, so it could be a total blizzard. I might only be able to go to the Edmonton show, which is totally not enough. I don't understand why they wouldn't play Calgary. That would make so much more sense. I just hope they add even more dates. It's not looking like they're going to though.

What a day. So much emotion! All the (unhealthy and obsessive) feelings came back while watching their performance. Please let me not turn crazy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

LOST was awesome tonight

Tonight's episode started with a flash forward of the Oceanic 6 landing in Hawaii after being rescued, and then we saw them being reunited with their families. Well, except for Kate and Sayid, who have no families. (Sad.) Here's me during the first ten minutes of the show:
I can't believe how much this show makes me cry. I was actually sobbing. I'm such a baby when it comes to Lost.

And how about Sawyer coming out of the forest with baby Aaron in his arms? *swoon*

I just love Lost so much.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Max's Birthday!

Max turned 11 today. Time sure does fly by. He used to be so little. He used to be not even alive yet. And now look at him, all big and alive. It's amazing. So now my kids are 7 and 11, which we think is very cool. I told them I'm going to punch them in the nose to see if Slurpee comes out. (I'll let you all know.)
We went to Arby's (Max's choice) for his birthday supper, and then we went for cheesecake after that. I wanted mozzarella sticks at Arby's, even though pretty much nowhere has good ones that are actually hot and melty and food-like inside. These ones were good though, and the kids couldn't believe how much the cheese stretched. Turns out, now that I think about it, they have never had good mozzarella sticks in their life. I miss Cheap Charlie's in London. Jen Pryke and I used to go there every weekend for mozzarella sticks. That's how awesome we were.
Corina took this nice picture of Mommy and Max.
And then she wouldn't stop taking pictures. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks these pictures are funny. That's okay. I think they're really funny. She took about 10 pictures in a row, and after she took each one she would laugh and make fun of us for how we looked in it.

This is when Max and I started laughing at how weird Corina is. I love the bond that comes from making fun of someone else together. (We love you Corina!)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Jobs. Eyes. Handsome Boys.

Today I applied for 39 positions with the school board for next fall. I had to rank the jobs in order of preference, which took for-freaking-ever. I felt like my brain was going to explode. (It didn't.) I really hope I get a job in round 1. I don't want to have to do this all over again in a couple of weeks.

Corina's eye appointment went well today. Her surgery is postponed, and maybe it will be cancelled altogether. Next week she goes back in to see how things are going. The doctor was really impressed with how much better it has gotten in the last week with the new medicines she's taking. Yay!

Also, New Kids have been rehearsing. They are ADORABLE.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Sawyer Funny

And then he picked up the baby and every female Lost viewer’s ovaries exploded.
Because…omg BABY!!!!!!!!!1 ;lasdjf;lasdklf;kasld;

Meet the BEAST

No, not Corina, you jerk. The thing on her eye! Can you imagine having something like that? I dare you to click on the picture and look at it up close. It is AWESOME.
On Monday we go back to see the eye surgeon to figure out what we're going to do about this beast who came to visit almost two years ago but will not leave. Yeah!

Birthday cake time at Max's party

I can't believe my little Max will be 11 on Tuesday. I suggested he turn 9 this year, but he refused. Anyway, here's his cake that has so many candles I almost set my hand on fire.

For Nana and Papa

The rest of you can watch it too, though. This is Max opening his birthday presents he got in the mail from Nana and Papa.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

New Kids Tour

I know it's sick that I get so excited about this. I know. But I have to tell you...I get so excited about this! These little videos that keep coming out bring tears to my eyes.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Meet My New Husband

The man I have been in love with since I was a little girl did an interview this morning. There was news. Big news. He was keeping it a surprise for me, but he decided today was the day I should find out. Donnie Wahlberg is divorced. I just died. He has been with Kim since I was a teenager, but now he's single. And so am I. We are soon going to marry each other, just like God always planned it.

(That's my little step-son Elijah with him there.)

Saturday, May 03, 2008


It's spring, and that means we can ride bikes!

Yesterday I got a new bike that I love love love. Look how adorable it is!

The kids and I went for a bike ride around the neighborhood this morning. Corina is still getting the hang of riding her bike. She learned last summer, but today was only the second time she's been on it this year, so she has to get more confident yet. There were a few tears, but she did pretty well.
There's my handsome Max on his very cool BMX.
PS - I love my new bike.

Chuck E Cheese

We went to Chuck E Cheese on Monday. You think I'm lying? Well good thing I have video proof, jerks.

I love the video of Max on the baby toy. I started taping him because I wanted to embarrass him, but he totally didn't even care. He has such a good attitude. I had never taken the kids to Chuck E Cheese before, because it's far far away in Calgary. It was actually super fun though. With the coupons from their website the price wasn't too bad either.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A moment of bragging

I got my final marks from the last semester. I am feeling awfully proud of myself and I decided to publicly brag about it. I got a perfect 4.0 every semester. Every semester! And here are all my marks, just so I can brag to the fullest.

Field Placement IV

Inclusion Child Special Needs

Speech & Language Development

Positive Behavioral Supports

Intervention Strategies

Child Psychopathology
Field Placement III

Educational Trends

Technology in Education

Educational Psychology

Sensory Impairments

Health Issues in Education
Multicultural Seminar

Foundations of Human Services

Applied Behaviour Analysis

Family Systems and Development

Math Instructional Support

Language Arts Instruc. Support

Field Placement II

Diagnosis of FASD
Field Placement I

Interpersonal Communications

Observation and Assessment


Human Development

Children With Special Needs

Role of the Special Needs EA
Okay, now I promise not to brag about myself for at least 4 months. The kids though - I'll continue to brag about them every single day.

Corina the Brave

Corina had her first singing lesson tonight and she was so adorable I almost cried! She had been feeling very nervous about singing in front of someone she didn't know. We went into the little tiny room with her teacher, and right off the teacher asked her to just start singing so she could hear her voice. Corina's face went redder than red, and she got her "I'm going to bawl right now" face on. She looked absolutely terrified. I was sure she was going to cry and want to go home. I sat beside her and held her hand, and then she started singing through the fear. I was SO proud of her! By the end of the lesson she was sitting on the piano bench with the teacher, singing her favourite High School Musical songs. She did a great job.

Afterward when we were walking to the car, Corina said that her armpits were sweaty. And then my tiny little 7 year old, only in grade one, lifted up her arms to reveal MASSIVE pit stains. What the heck?? I didn't even know that could happen to someone so young. But that just goes to show how huge her fear was, and then how very brave she was to push past the fear and start singing.

Yay sweaty Corina!!!
(PS...her sweat smelled sweet as candy.)

On a completely different topic, here is a funny video about what it would be like to live Facebook-type lives in reality.