Sunday, March 05, 2017

Long miscellaneous update

After my 30-day blog challenge, I thought I’d try a 30-day blog-free challenge.  I only made it ten days though. I’ll try harder next time.
Things have been busy lately. I can’t remember exactly with what, so I took a look at pictures I’ve taken lately. I’ve been doing well at taking WAY fewer pictures than I used to, but there’s still a pretty random assortment. Here goes:
We had The Chamber’s annual luncheon with the mayor last week. I help organize a program where we invite students and teachers from various high schools to the luncheon, as well as a Q&A session with the mayor afterward. He really is a nice guy and is good with the kids. He’s also very accommodating when everyone wants a picture with him at the end.
Neve had a gymnastics competition in Beausejour last weekend. She did well but not nearly as well as the last two competitions. She was kind of disappointed because she knew she could do better. I had to dig deep and pull out all my wise motherly advice to make her feel better and move on. My personal favourite is that it builds more character than winning all the time (not that we win all the time).

On a sunnier note, guess what finally arrived this week?! Neve is now the proud owner of not one, but two mermaid blankets. I guess I should contact the company to let them know that it arrived but it's like opening a whole can of worms that I thought was already empty so I don't know if I'm up for that.

Neve often lays out her clothes for the next day. This is what I saw when I went to wake her up for school.
(I really shouldn't post this because one of you might be getting it as a birthday present.)

My niece Bailey had an awesome wedding social last Sunday. It wasn't your typical social; it was at the little ski hill where her fiancé works. It was so much fun; there was skiing/snowboarding, delicious nachos and sweet treats, hot chocolate, and tons of great prizes. Neve especially loved the skiing, as did Bella & Lexie who skied for the first time and nailed it! Interesting side note: there was a reporter there from a Quebec magazine (newspaper?) who is writing an article about Manitoba socials. She was at a traditional Manitoba social the night before and then came to check out this one the next day. Would be an interesting article to read; the only problem is that it will be in French.


Now things get really random. I was snapping pics at Superstore. I cannot tell you how much I hate the meat counter. Burn's Bung Bologna???  Seriously, what is that??

And $11 wash cloths?? I can understand that if this was the Ralph Lauren Home collection but it's Superstore! Those should be like a buck. You'd be better off buying the bath towel and cutting it into six washcloths. I'm not actually that passionate about the price of wash cloths and am not sure why I felt I had to take a picture.

Neve's final birthday celebrations took place yesterday. The party was partly at Springers Gymnastics, then back to our house for pizza. Since Springers can accommodate a large number of kids, I told Neve she could invite her entire class. She always gets stressed out when she has to decide who to invite and who to leave out, so this was perfect. She loved being able to talk about it at school without the fear of offending anyone. There were 18 girls invited and only one couldn't come. Eek.

The gymnastics part went well which I was relieved about since most of the girls aren't into gymnastics. I'm pretty sure Neve chose the venue as a way to showcase her skills but everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.

Tia came to help with the driving from Springers to our house, and Bob & Jan and Bailey came by later. I had made pizza dough earlier in the day so we shunned the party Pizza Hotline pizza and waited for the gourmet versions instead. Well, some of us had both. Some days you need two dinners. The whole week was super busy and I felt such relief after the party. It was a big success and Neve was really happy with the whole thing, and it was so, so nice to just breathe deeply and relax and have no more obligations. The moscato didn't hurt either.

Today was my day of rest. I slept in, read, watched Gilmore Girls, and went for a long walk with Dale. It felt like spring today and it was amazing. I felt like a new person. Melting snow is my love language. I don't care that it's messy and soggy and brown and mucky. I love it with all my heart.

And what's this, you may ask? It could be either a close-up of an icy sidewalk or a faraway drone pic of the Antarctica. If you guessed a view of the river from the Maryland St. bridge, you would be correct.

Tonight we went to Jim & Sabrina's for Bella's family birthday party. I can hardly believe that she's 9 already. It seems like yesterday that I rushed to the hospital to see her; poor Sabrina was still in the recovery room, drugged up from her C-section and not up for visitors. But apparently I just had to see baby Isabella within an hour of her birth.

Opening presents ... from underwear to a racetrack that appears to be mostly for Jim, and everything in between.

A fun time was had by all (except Spencer who stayed home after TWO consecutive unprecedented nights of going out with friends until all hours). Sabrina's delicious lasagna and ice cream cake (two separate things) was a pretty great way to end the weekend.


someone said...

Yay!! A blog post!!

I loved the randomness of this. Kept me in suspense!! And as always, I laughed out loud several times.

I love the birthday party pictures (Neve's). the typical preteen covering of the face because "I hate getting my picture taken!". And Tis and Chloe look like they are about to do reiki on what I can only assume was a loud and overly excited bunch of girls.

Bella looks so satisfied with being 9 in her birthday cake photo.

Spencer has a social life?? Wow!! Way to go, Spence!!

Miss you guys!!

xo Sio

someone said...

Forgive those typos up there...

xo Sio

Anonymous said...

I hope I get the mermaid blanket for my birthday.


Anonymous said...

The randomness was definitely interesting! Great pics! Jim