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A breather

Today is the much anticipated, greatly talked about and seriously needed day that I take off to Edmonton for the annual trip with the girls.  This is actually the first time that we return to Edmonton from a two year break because of les bébés.  Lucia accompanied us to Calgary 2 years ago and Amelia did last year.  This year it is 10000% sans kids.
Note: they will be missed and thought about and talked about all the time.
But these Mommas need to get away.  We need to invest some time into our very important relationships: with each other.
Friends are gold.  And like all relationships in life, whether it is with our husbands, our kids, our parents, our siblings, our work friends...time is required.  You can only give so much before a relationship bites the big one because they are very much a two way street.  And that's what this weekend is about for us (and the obvious shopping).  It's about giving time to the women who grew up next to you and have become more like sisters.  …

For Sale

Our home is officially for sale.  MLS and all.

Last time we did a move, we bought and sold in a week.  I have a feeling this one won't be as quick and painless but I'm sure it'll happen at some point, some time.  Patience will be key (and is something I don't usually have).
I guess my house at least gets to stay clean while we're showing it?  Silver lining, right?
And once it's sold, we'll have to worry about where we'll live in the meantime, if there is a meantime.  Wow, are there ever many variables in this game that we play.  Enough things to think about that knots are building up in my neck. Sometimes don't you just wish you could have a crystal ball??......


Although I'm not feeling super refreshed from a weekend, I am feeling great having been crazy productive.  Mom and Dad came up to help us out with our kids while we got our yard into tip top selling shape, but they ended up doing much of the work, gotta love them.
I think I'm finally at the point where the house can not get any better and now except for the odd packing job, we'll just be keeping it tidy in the hopes of an onslaught of showings and quick sale.
It wasn't all work this weekend though, I did get some time to go for fondue with some good friends which  was a nice break.  And even in the madness of our clean, we did take some time out to enjoy the weather and headed to the Berry Barn with the entire family- and it was beautiful.
I guess when it comes down to it- balance is necessary.  Work a little, play a little, fraternize with those you love and get some time for you in order to truly live the good life.
Have a great week! Here's our weekend in phot…

Observations en français

Willis has been in French Immersion Kindergarten for 2 weeks now.  And for two weeks he has excitedly asked every day: Mommy, when do I get to go to school again?
I gotta tell ya, that is music to my ears.
Also music to my ears?  Him coming home with french words, french songs and french sayings galore.
In just two weeks.
Which makes me wonder....what happens in an English stream classroom?
Now, I grew up in the immersion program from elementary right through to post secondary and I teach in immersion, which makes it the only academic culture I know.  I'm not trying to belittle English stream schools in the post, but rather answer a few questions that I just can't seem to wrap my brain around.  And there are many things I have never grasped: Bunsen burners, periodic tables, polynomial equations, algorithms and really anything math or science related.  But I'm not going to deny my kids the chance to study that just because I don't understand.  And that seems to be the m…

the house

I'm not gonna lie, as stressful as this whole prepping our house for sale has been, there have been parts that have been quite enjoyable.  Like throwing away boxloads of stuff.  I think Kyla was beyond shocked when she ventured into the basement to see how much stuff I hadn't really touched since we moved here.  There was a lot of "why do you still have this" happening.
Also- I am thrilled beyond belief to have a reason to keep the house in tip top shape.  I love that it has to remain clean for potential visits.  Muahahah. The cleaning God has won.
As for our future home, they are currently pouring the basement with the framers ready and raring to go.  I've been putting in tons of hours trying to visualize what this house would look like and I have to say that the website/app houzz has been HUGE in giving me ideas.  So, without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to our main floor.

Now these are just ideas, nothing has been set in stone yet....which is…

My current faves

Food: sushi or cheeseburgers.
Beverage: red wine or a non fat, 1/2 sweet pumpkin spice latté
iPhone app: houzz...insanely obsessive especially when you need decor ideas
TV show: The Office, but that changes daily
Colour of shoes: blue, but really right now I'm obsessed with boots.  But not blue ones.
Online shop: or
Restaurant: anything on, obviously.  We ordered from Rock Sugar this weekend. The Kung Pao chicken is INSANE!  You gotta try it.
Song: Somebody to Watch Over Me by Eva Cassidy.  Jazz is the only thing that plays here in the fall.
20 minutes of me time?  A hot bath, wine and a book.
Book that I'm reading: BossyPants by Tina Fey
What I'm cooking batches of: Salsa for the freezer...inspired by Sara.  We have WAY too many tomatoes for only toasted tomato sandwiches this year.

I seriously feel that I've been so slacking in everything that I thoroughly love doing.  No videos have been made, no new photos to update my blog hea…

You are missing out

I don't know why this book isn't in the hands of all my students and why we don't have more than one copy in our school library.  Have you heard of the Divergent trilogy?  You've likely seen it in Costco or Walmart, but still, there are so few people who have read it and I recommend it every day to my students.
I devoured Divergent and the second book, Insurgent in a matter of days last week.  The third comes out in the fall of 2013, I can hardly wait.
 Jordan had recommended it to me awhile ago and I was a little hesitant.  Sci-fi is not my fave, but I have gotten braver.  She was actually reading it on our trip to Toronto in April and she could barely put it down.  So when I saw it at Costco, I bought both and shelved them for the summer.  Kyla and Robbie both read the series before me because I was being a slowpoke, in fact, I think Kyla may have even read it twice.   She also loved it.  My teacher friend, Monique who really got me reading in University (for fun, n…

Musings of a broken heart.

I went back and forth on doing this post but in the end I decided that it's an event that, although sad, I will want to remember and look back on.
Last week we had to say good bye to our beloved cat, Sniper.  Our hearts are broken.

She hadn't been eating for a couple weeks and I didn't see her bouncing back.  She was hiding under our bed most of the hours of the day and only really coming out to drink.  It was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make, but it was the right one.  Fortunately for us, our vet is also our sister in law, Marina.  So it was almost more reassuring knowing that she would be the one dealing with the good bye.  I have never seen a vet/sister more compassionate and loving to animals and to the animal's family.  Marina, you made a very hard time so much easier simply by the love in your eyes and the warmth in your words.  Thank you.

Dan got me Sniper as a "welcome to Saskatoon" gift about 9 years ago.  She has lived …


Let's just start this off by saying that although I have high expectations for my son's schooling, I do realize that things never go as planned.  It would either be a great thing, or another painful transition to endure.  With questions like : Mom, don't you want me during the day anymore? I knew that I had to prepare myself for my son not liking school. Granted, he is the kid that also, within the past two days has asked me:

Why did Jesus get nails in his hands?
Can we fly in heaven?  
What if I can't find my family there?
Why don't I have boobs?
Does Lucia have a weiner too?

Kids are random, unpredictable little monkeys.  I knew that Willis' first day yesterday was up in the air and could come down as anything.  And man, did the gods know I needed something in my favour, because it could not have been more of a success!

Sunday night he slyly made his way into bed with Dan and I around 11, "claiming" to have a sore arm.  He was WIDE awake and needed some…

The day everything changes.

Today is the day that my little boy takes that big step into the world of learning.
Today he officially joins the life long learners club, and I'm sure he'll wear that badge with pride, enthusiasm and a relentless thirst for knowledge.
Infinitum quaerendum scientiam
We've been talking this day up for days, months and maybe even years.  He's been counting down the sleeps  and practicing his few phrases in french.  I want him to be excited and  I want him to know how important school is.  As you can see, starting kindergarten around our house is a pretty big deal and we're going to give this event the celebration it deserves.

For him, a world of opportunity opens its doors today.  He'll meet friends who will likely be a part of his life for many, many years and be hugely influential on the type of boy/adolescent/man he becomes. I did, afterall, meet my BFF on my first day of kindergarten when she asked if I wanted to play blocks with her.  He will disco…

Don't SKIP this post.

I mentioned earlier this week that we have a new addition in our house, well in our basement to be more precise and when I say addition what I really mean is a built in babysitter or kids energy user, or something like that.  That's right, Uncle Joshy, affectionately coined by the kids, is ours for the time being!

What you need to know is that Uncle Josh was out globetrotting for a couple years; working here, interning there, so on and so forth.  I would love to see his resumé from all his adventures because he covered some ground.  And seriously, we thought he was never coming back when he had settled in London, England to do his banking thing.   Skype filled the void and daydreams of trips out to see him, but that's never the same.

Eventually, things would work out in our favour when he started dreaming up a start up company.  And if you know the Simairs, you know they have vivid imaginations and tons of success in what they set out to do (but that's another post).  So…

My fall.

These are a few of my favourite fall things:

Crunchy leaves under my feet.
Fall fashion! Boots and sweaters and dresses with tights
Baking sprees on the weekends
Watching You've Got Mail hundreds of times
Cozy pajamas
Warm slippers
Crisp air streaming through the open windows
The return of our T.V shows that we love to watch together
Red wine
Going for walks in the sunset while the crickets chirp
Driving to P.A and seeing all the beautiful colours on the trees
Celebrating Thanksgiving with our families
Getting excited for Christmas
Cuddling on the couch while reading a good book
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
OH! Reading great books on the couch, in front of the fire while sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Long weekend musings

Time with the family is always a good thing and an extra day off of work when I'm just not ready to quite yet, makes this an even better long weekend.  Plus I think the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back today, so really, we can't go wrong.
We had a jam packed weekend of: purging the house, baking borscht (authentic recipe from Jody was huge hit with the brother in laws and Marina, thanks Jody!), having a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa, hitting up the Corn Maze in Rosthern with both sets of Grandparents (if you ever visit it, go for tea and scones at the red barn theatre/art gallery/ tea room on Rosthern's main street...super quaint and yummy), visiting our build site (which now looks like a cross between an ancient burial ground and a race track for gophers) and then lastly, acquiring a new roommate...more to come on that Friday.
I have to admit, I love the feeling of fall in the air.  What are you most looking forward to this fall?