Sunday, June 29, 2008

Waterton Trip

Yesterday we spent the whole day in Waterton to celebrate the end of the school year. We decided we would do every single thing we wanted to do and stay for as long as we felt like. Awesome.

First we threw rocks in the water for about an hour. Funny how that doesn't get boring. There was a family right by us who had 5 kids. We tried to stay sort of near them so we could hear all the kids' names, but we ended up only hearing 3 of them. They were Sariah, Esther, and Ammon. Poor, poor Mormon kids.

I love Corina's broken arms in this picture.
Next we rented a surrey and drove all around the town site. It was actually pretty hard work. I'd have been toast if Max wasn't there to help me peddle.
We hiked up a mountain again! I gave Corina the award for best hiker. She was always leading the way, and she never got tired. I was very impressed. As you can see by her stance in this picture, she believes hiking is very serious business.
Max and I, on the other hand, are fat lazy slobs. We huffed and puffed while we complained about the heat the whole way up. Every ten minutes or so we had to sit down to rest and drink pop. We're great. I really noticed we're getting out of shape now that we have a car. I think we need more hikes.
Even though we're lazy slobs, we made it to the top. Yay for us! We found a sweet little chipmunk who was eating someones litter. Luckily the litter was right at our feet, so we were able to become best friends with him. We especially liked the melted chocolate all over his head. Video to come soon!

Did you know the water in Red Rock Canyon is painfully cold? Well it is.

Did you know Uncle Barry is a waiter in Waterton? Hehe. I never noticed him until now. That guy looks just like my brother.
Before we left we decided to knock down a couple of trees. And then we set a forest fire.
On the way home we barged in to Mike and Melissa's house and made ourselves at home, even though it was the middle of the night and they really wanted to sleep. But deep down, I'm sure they were glad we came. And stayed for hours.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Max's Grad, and Report Cards

Max graduated elementary school yesterday! NOOOOO! I hate that he's growing up. Breaks my heart. Now it's off to middle school in September. They had a really sweet graduation ceremony for the grade fives, and they gave academic awards for the core subjects. Max won the award for excellence in Language Arts. (That's what they used to call English in the olden days.) I am very proud of him! Here is his teacher presenting him with the award.

Max's teacher was SO awesome. He had just come to grade five from grade eight, so he was always making the work way too hard. It takes a bit of time to get used to a new grade level. Some of the kids probably hated it, but it was perfect for Max. It was the first year he wasn't bored at school. Mr A is the one who invited Max to be on the Robotics team, too. Totally awesome challenge work. Great teacher.
Each grade five teacher put on a slide show of the students in their class. For Max's class, it showed a picture of what they are interested in (basketball for Max), a photo of them in September, and then one of them in June. It really showed how much they've all grown. Of course I cried through the whole thing. You can't see really well how handsome Max looks in his June picture, but believe me, he's handsome. I like this video because you can hear all the kids scream when his slide comes up. Mr Popularity, that kid.



AND...report cards! Such a nice time of year when you don't have kids who suck. For those of you who are interested, here are some of the comments from their report cards:

Max is a wonderful student and truly excelled academically this year. He always was able to complete his work accurately and before anyone else, and would do well next year to have extra higher level thinking questions to stretch his mind as a supplement while he waits. I would encourage Max to continue to look for new challenges and push himself to his limits. I would also love to invite him back to Robotics to further develop his inquisitive nature and his great ability to synthesize and create. (And so on...)

What an incredible little girl Corina is! She is a model student in every way possible and it's been such a joy to have her in my class this year! She sets an example for the other children and has wonderful work habits. On the recent testing that we did, Corina came out at grade 5.6 - incredible!! Way to go Corina! Corina's writing skills are well developed and she loves to read her own stories to the class. Corina is always looking for ways to improve even though she is already doing so well. She will be able to handle any challenges in grade two with no trouble. (And so on...)

The end.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No, I'm not making him get a job. He's just a baby!

Look how excited Max is:
And no wonder. In his hand is an application for "THE BEST JOB YOU MAY EVER HAVE".

At Burger King.

If the best job you ever had is at Burger King, then I imagine you're poor. And homeless. And like to murder people for drug money.

But really, if your applications are so stupid they even make eleven-year-olds laugh at your company, then you're doing something wrong.

Here's my Corina playing with one of her best friends. I was watching them make a book together, and I had a thought. If someone had shown me this picture ten years ago and told me one of these kids would be my daughter, I sure would have guessed wrong which one it was. The other girl looks just like me when I was little. (Yes, I used to tan. I don't know what happened.) I never would have guessed I'd have a little girl who looks like Cinderella.

I had a meeting with Corina's teacher about next year. They did some assessments for Corina a bit ago, and she's at a grade 5.6 level. That kind of sucks for her. She's 4 grades ahead of where she should be, which means that even if they skipped her, she'd still be bored. They're creating a modified program for her for next year, and the teacher suggested she do some of the same work Max brings home from middle school next year. Hilarious. She's going to be Doogie Howser. And she's going to make lots of money for me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Kids as Daddies

It's pretty awesome to see them like this. They played this video before their House of Blues show. Also, I love that song at the end. They've only released part of it so far, but I bet it will be my favourite on the album.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer things

Friday was Sports Day at my kids' school. I ran one of the games, but it was on the little kids' side of the school. I didn't get to watch Max play at all this year! Boo hoo. Anyway, Corina was very cute and had a blast playing with all her friends.

Did you know I'm a grandma? Yeah, that is one of the two games Corina wants to play all the time. It's either "Mommy, can you be the grandma?" or "Mommy, can I take your order?" as she holds a pad of paper and a pen. Lately she works at East Side Mario's.
But here are my adorable grandchildren. Corina needed a picture of us today.
No, those aren't white straps on my back. Those are the only pain-free areas above my knees. I'm officially a moron!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Donnie's Reebok Commercial

I only needed to hear half a syllable to know that was my Donnie. His voice is like a familiar smell from childhood, bringing me back. I smell old coffee grounds and I'm back at my grandparents' cottage. I hear Donnie's voice and I'm 14 again, listening to cassette tapes of Donnie interviews while I fall asleep...until the tape ends, noisily snaps off, and wakes me up. That's when I would flip it over, listen to the other side while I slept, and then flip it again half an hour later. All night long. I didn't say it was healthy, but it should help you understand why his voice feels like home.

He is so freaking adorable.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Great Kids of Alberta - mine.

Remember that big award Corina's teacher nominated her for? Corina got the Honourable Mention award today. She's a good little girl.
Your leadership, generosity, compassion, and strong will to make a positive difference are an inspiration to all Albertans. The Government of Alberta is proud to recognize you for your outstanding contributions and achievements.

Your nomination was one that made a significant impact on the Committee, and we wanted to recognize this with an Honourable Mention plaque and certificate acknowledging this special accomplishment.

On behalf of the Government of Alberta, thank you for your outstanding contribution to your family, school, community, and the province. You are truly an example to others, and you should be very proud of your accomplishments. We are pleased to have you as one of our Honourable Mentions of the Great Kids Awards 2008.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mean Mommy

Today Max and I were fake-arguing about candy. Corina came over to us, snapped her fingers once, and pointed at us with a serious face. She and Max then burst out laughing. I had no idea what was so funny. It was a in-joke that I wasn't in on! How rude.

Anyway, apparently that is exactly what I do when I'm cross. Snap once and then point. The kids were dying laughing, acting it out over and over. It was like I had grown children. (That's the kind of thing we do as adults, right? Talk about the funny things our parents did and make fun of them.)

I told them they're pretty lucky that's all I do when I'm mad. When they grow up and their friends are talking about the beatings their parents gave them, all they'll have to say is their mom snapped her fingers and pointed. Oh, and once...one horrible night in June when they weren't getting along about sharing the sink and it got to be too much...mommy didn't sing them their bedtime songs.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Yummy! I'm so drunk!


One of the samples at Costco yesterday was Mr & Mrs T mix. The guy gave us samples of Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Pina Colada. They were so good that I bought all three. We made Margaritas and Strawberry Daiquiris this afternoon, virgin durr, and they are SO GOOD! Way yummier than Slurpees, and if I bothered to do the math I know I would find out they are waaaaay cheaper than Slurpees, too. I think we'll be drinking a lot of these over the summer. I wonder if they'll make me fat.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Queen of Trade - Me.

I have made a discovery. Pawn shops are awesome.

There was a time when I would not consider buying anything used, because that's what poor people do. Also, it's disgusting. (I'm still trying to get past the disgusting part of it, but I'm almost there.)

A few years ago we got a used washer and dryer and saved about $500. It grossed me out a lot at first, but now they're just my washer and dryer. I don't care anymore. My car is used, and I saved a buttload buying a used car.

As for pawn shops, I totally love King of Trade. Today we bought a girly Gameboy game for Corina and a portable dvd player, both to make the ride to Salt Lake more enjoyable next month, and they hardly cost us anything. And after being chatty with the guy for a bit, he even gave us 10% off the already super low price.

Also, pawn shops are good for pawning things. Yay! Money! I have too much stuff anyway. It's good to purge.

So, here's what it is: I got over my snobby "Everything must be brand new", and "Someone else might have touched this" problem, and now I can buy awesome things for less than half price.

OCD, I laugh in your face. Ha.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Max's Carl Trick

Max made up this cute little thing today when he was at school. I love it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

We're famous!

http://www.canada.com/globaltv/lethbridge/video/index.html
You'd have to REALLY want to see us on the news to bother with this. If you click on that link, then click on the left where it says "Global Lethbridge Stories", then click "Top News June 11" (even though today is the 10th, so maybe they'll fix that)...it will bring you to a newscast from tonight that showed us.

But...you have to wait until 6:11 for our part to come on. And then you'll see the three of us standing there at about 6:30.

So yeah, it's a bit of a pain to get to, but it's a nice little news story.

Citizenship Dinner Thing

Remember those special citizenship awards Max and Corina won a few months ago? Well, tonight all the kids in the city who won the citizenship award were invited to a dinner where we could celebrate their awesomeness.

Corina's on the left in pink, and Max is hiding behind the podium. That's the mayor beside Corina, and then there's some bearded man who was probably someone important but I forgot to remember who.
This is Corina with a prize she won in a draw:
And this is a video of Corina getting that prize. Probably the video should come before the picture, but Blogger wouldn't do it that way. Corina won a coin set (boring) that she loves (great!), and she won a $30 gift card to Costco. She decided to split it 50/50 with Max. How nice is that?? They're thinking of buying $30 worth of candy. YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

That was the mayor who high-fived Corina. He gave a little speech to the kids and wanted to impress upon them how awesome it is to be good people. His way of doing that was to do double thumbs up Fonzies at them while saying, "Being good is COOL! You're COOOOL!". The kids totally eat that sh** up.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

New NKOTB Video - Summertime.

The song is the guys reminiscing about fun in the olden days. Did you know that 1988 is the olden days? I wish that for the beach part of the video they had dressed as they did back in 1988. It would have made more sense, plus it would have been hilarious. And then the rest of the video could have been them all snazzed up in their grown-up clothes.



I can't wait for the concerts in the fall. Woo hoo!

Exciting news: New Kids are performing at the Much Music Video Awards next weekend in Toronto.

PostSecret

I didn't make this one, if you can believe it.
But I sure can relate.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Froggy Time.

Today we went out to observe frogs. We were looking for leopard frogs, which have recently been reintroduced to this area. They're at risk, you know. I care about them SO MUCH.

Max was up to his knees in dirty swamp-like water. Good show, brave boy.
There's one of the poor little gaffers.
That's not me touching the frog. I didn't touch any frogs. I did wear the gloves though. Anyone who knows me at all would know how much I love to wear Mr Clean latex gloves. They make me feel pure.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I Really Love The Ack Attack

Click this if you want to laugh about 17 times.
It's about Lost, so if you don't know anything about that show you may not laugh as much. Whoever writes those recaps is one of the funniest people on earth. I LOVE.

The Great Debate with Jack and Locke is funny...because it's true.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Guess who's going to another New Kids concert!

They're coming to Calgary too! I didn't blog about it because I'm selfish, and I wanted to wait until I had my tickets before some random person saw my blog and got in line ahead of me. This morning we got our tickets! Shannon and her cousin are coming with us. This show is the day after the Edmonton show, so we'll just hit the second show on our way home from the first. It's going to be SO AMAZING!
Some crazy news - they just added a 3rd date in Toronto. They're playing the Air Canada Centre 3 times in a week. That place seats 20,000 people! Two of the shows are sold out, and the third just went on sale. It's just like old times. Even I can't believe it, and I'm their biggest fan. It's a good thing I don't still live back home, because they are playing a ton of concerts in that area and I would go broke.