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The Benefits

Let me introduce you to my new friend, Stay. First you need to know that I LOVE makeup. I love looking at people's makeup, shopping for makeup and recommending my favourites to my friends. This past weekend in Vancouver I picked up a bottle of Stay, by Benefit
Makeup 8am
Makeup 6pm For 30$ I have bought myself my new favourite magic eye potion that keeps my eye shadow exactly where I put it, brightens the dark circles and is anti-aging. It doesn't get much better than that! P.S I bought Stay at Sephora, but most Shoppers carry the Benefit brand. FYI.

Ah. Hah.

It's amazing what 3 days away with your girlfriends can do for your perspective.

Being a fulltime teacher, mom & wife can take it's toll: corrections and planning occupy my time when all I can think about is Willis, then when I'm concentrating on Willis, my mind is always consumed with the list of to dos for a teacher. Throw in maintaining superwife status and bam, I have a headache. I'm pretty sure that getting rid of my job would solve everything.

That's why I treasure so much the chance to step out of my life for 3 days and take off with my friends. It's almost like taking 10 years off my life and journeying to a time when our worlds revolved around our friendships and our quest for love and social domination at that narly bar. Granted, much has changed in those 10 years, but it's so very easy to slip back into that frame of mind, especially when the laughter has reached a fevered pitch. Not all of the girls made it this year, but they were definitel…

Confessions of a Friendoholic.

"Carmen, you're embarassing me."
"That is a shitty cupcake!" "Seriously, did you see all those people doing Tai Chi?!" "Christy, stop touching my butt"
Every year since 2006 we've gotten together for a girl's weekend in Edmonton. This year is year 5, hense the more adventuresome trip to Vancouver. One day down, one day to go.
Here are our highlights:
Carmen: riding the skytrain and the escalator. Her inner child has taken over her body in more ways than one.
Candace: Our fashion show of our daily purchases in the condo after 4 gruelling hours in the mall.
Christy: having to tap out after hitting the jackpot in Smart Set, of all stores. Especially excited-Christy style, jumping up and down- about her leggings.
Deena: becoming fashion consultant at the stores for the girls because she's too large and in charge and can't fit normal clothes therefore significantly reducing her ability to buy clothes.
Smoking green beans. I'm…

Give me a break.

I think it's safe to say that I get easily over-excited for events in life. That might not be a bad thing...returning to that childlike wonder that fills your mind when you're awaiting something exciting: from Santa Claus, to the fair during the summer, sleepover parties with your friends, important tournaments, first list could go on. Growing up, I would feverlishly prepare for these events. Santa Claus would have my list, and I would get so excited on Christmas Eve to the extent that I'd get nosebleeds. Summertime fair preparation would include handmade, coloured books depicting the rides I'd go on. Sleepover parties had hours of secrets to whisper about, tournament usually invovled plotting the other team's demise with teammates and dates had an entire day devoted to the beautifying process.

I love having something to look forward to. Every year come spring, whoever can manage to in our galgroup gets together and usually hits the road to Edmonton for …

The pineapple upside down cake of life

This week has been both enlightening and troubling. We're in our World Religions unit in Éducation Chrétienne 30, which is by far my favourite class, not only b/c of the subject, but also b/c of the students. They are fabulous and make me want to keep teaching forever.
Anyway, Monday we visited the University to have the resident Muslim Chaplain give us a brief overview of the Islamic Religion. He was explaining the 5 pillars and the role that prayer has for them. You likely know that Muslims pray 5 times a day, which seems tedious if you ask me. Sorry, if you asked me before Monday. Now I see that in an entirely different manner. He likened it to being able to take a step out of the chaotic mess everyday can be and centering yourself. I like that and I thnk I've also forgotten what a blessing a prayer can be, pardon the pun? Talking to God should be a relaxing time, not a chore.
Then today a wonderful teacher at Cross led us through the basics of Aboriginal Spirituality and …

Sunny day

Today was filled with many little moments that made me feel like it was springtime in my soul:
1- I just spent an entire unit in my Christian Ethics 10 class on talents and the goodness of each person. Their last assignment was to write a compliment or a warm fuzzy on a piece of paper for each student and then I put them together in an envelop and we all had our little moment to feel good. While screening these notes to make sure they were appropriate and uplifting I came across a simple piece of paper that someone had wrote to a boy in our class. It said: "Your faith is inspiring." The TA and I were almost in tears. How sweet, simple and beautiful is that? It's cool how 1 compliment of the 400 we read can make you smile inside.
2- Lunch with the girls from work. I've been at Cross for 4 years and I'm finally starting to find my place. We have an awesome group of youngish gals who lunch together. What a breather it is to be able to laugh so hard you snort every…


While some people capture life's most precious moments in photographs, I am obsessed with my video camera. I love being able to relive the moments that I cherish through video. I only wish I had one growing up so that I could see how I acted, what I sounded like, hear my Grandpa's voice again, see Kelly smile, laugh at my crazy/immature younger days and high bangs. I hope Willis will be able to treasure the priceless footage we've captured over the past couple years. Speaking of which, here's the latest:
password is willis

Edmonton from Dee on Vimeo.

Those magic moments

It seems like every single day is becoming more and more enrichened with those moments that make me realize just how great being a mom and having a family is. These are the moments that make you want to freeze time, or forever etch it into your memory. They are little, fleeting moments that make my heart skip a beat and fall in love that much more with my men. Dan and I spent a good 30 minutes today, cuddling on the couch while watching Willis assemble a taxing 48 piece 4+ puzzle. He's becoming quite good at the puzzle and it was thrilling to watch him solve his problems and figure out where the pieces go. When he finishes his puzzle Dan and I were both showered in hugs, high fives and kisses and then he looks back at us, sees us sitting on the couch together and says: "Us all together?" and proceeds to snuggle up on the couch between us, giggling that infectious laugh that can't help but melt your heart and make you smile. It's during moments like those that I k…