M's first band concert! She plays flute - and plays it well! She's so good about practicing regularly with no reminders. Wish I had a better picture to post (my best shot of her had too many other children in it).
My coworkers and I suspended our daily walks for winter (too cold and windy, of course!), but we still wanted to have breaks from work. Last week, we started a game of Trivial Pursuit - a different kind of exercise. When all 4 of us are available, we play for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. It's been fun!
Ringette settled down temporarily (fewer ice times) while volleyball (S only) played a bigger role... Practices, playoff games, and evaluation for Queen City Volleyball Club (season is January to April).
Finally started thinking about Christmas, too! (I can't seem to do it any sooner.) At this point, a few gifts have been purchased, the Advent calendar is out (and filled with YummyEarth lollipops - a treat we reserve for this; the girls love 'em), and I started reading The House of Wooden Santas to M and G (second time reading it). It's a start!
New jackets for G's ringette team, Edge. Nice wind breaker with a hood, several zippered pockets, and thumb holes (a favourite feature among the girls). And the same logo as her oldest sister's team last year.
My parents were in town for the Canadian Bison Association annual conference and Dad was judging bison at the Western Canadian Agribition. We visited Mom at their hotel and the younger girls went swimming. This is the view from their room (north-east of downtown Regina, SK).
I let the girls use this "make your own trail mix" station at the grocery store. They never like all the contents of a ready-made trail mix, so this is better (less wasteful), but we'll have to get the ingredients in bulk so they can make their own mix at home instead!
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson