Monday, 25 February 2008
Carmen's birthday present from Ken and I was a bonus private riding lesson today before her usual group lesson. She was thrilled with the extra lesson, and I was thrilled to give an experience rather than a product, especially with my recent clean-out-the-house rampage!
Emma, ya wanna come?
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
Michelle A. saw this vintage horse stamp and thought of me out here in the wild west. Carmen loves, loves, loves it. I'll share. Really, the lip smackers are for my girls, and this time around I did share the chocolate. Thanks!
Today is my mom's birthday. A few weeks ago we celebrated along with my niece who turned 5 and Carmen who is turning 9 this month. How creative was my sister in law with the cupcakes?
Milly next to Carmen = Grandma!
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
I caught this picture with my little old point and shoot camera! I was so surprised and happy with how well this picture turned out when I uploaded it to my computer. Too bad my total eclipse photo didn't work out - the blood moon was beautiful. Orange. It looked like I could have reached up and plucked it out of the sky.
We went to the UofC RAO (observatory) to watch the eclipse. It was interesting to see the big telescope (we didn't stay late enough to look in the telescope, Chloe was tired and losing it). Jaclyn talked to the astronomer operating the telescope and learned that it has a special lens that will divide the light spectrum of a star, which gives information about the nature of the star. I'm sure Jaclyn will comment if I didn't get that quite right.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
. Wednesday night Chloe requested waffles with whip cream and strawberries for Valentine's breakfast. Good thing I was ahead of her on that one! She was so funny in the morning, though, with her separate dipping spots for strawberries and whip cream.
Valentine's Day is a busy holiday if you are a jr. high student. Our school sponsors Box Lunch Socials on both the 13th and 14th. The first day the boys make and bring a lunch for two, and the girls bid on them. Then the second day the girls bring the lunches and the boys bid. The school hires a professional auctioneer, and the students get carried away donating lots of money to the school. They don't know who made the lunch until it is bought, so they are bidding purely on the contents. Jaclyn bought an amazing lunch this year from a boy in 7th grade, and what is great is how everyone is such a good sport and happy to eat lunch with whomever that day, and the positive culture just continues to be passed down to the new 7th graders each year. So Jaclyn's lunch that she bought came with pink roses, sparkling cranberry apple juice, strawberries and a can of whipped cream, lots of chocolate, and a deli tray of wraps and california rolls. The lunch Jaclyn brought to school on the 14th was a Surf and Turf lunch with steak sandwiches and sushi. She also brought Haagen-dazs chocolate icecream, pop and chips, and an i-tunes gift card attached to her Valentine ballooon. These kids go all out and really know how to get a high bid on their lunch. The highest selling lunch this year included a pair of Flames tickets and it sold for $250. I don't know who is letting their 14 year old bring $250 to school! (The money all goes right back into extra programs for the students.)
If it's good enough for Christmas, it's good enough for Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
For the most part Jaclyn continues to press forward exactly as those who know her can imagine. Once in awhile she surprises someone like her uncle who returned one of Ken's books, Titan, which Jaclyn immediately picked up to read. That surprised her uncle a little, even knowing the way she reads. The way I explain her appetite for learning is that she has her dad's breadth and my depth. Ken has broad interests - he knows a little about a lot of things. Jaclyn has his curiosity. I know a lot about just a few things. Jaclyn has my desire for mastery. Not that I'm completely uninterested in the world around me, or that Ken is Jack of all trades/master of none. But Jaclyn has Ken's breadth and my depth.
So besides continuing to consume information and file it away efficiently for retrieval, what is Jaclyn into?
Jaclyn is into piano. She is both studying it herself and teaching it. She's preparing for the Kiwanis Music Festival in March. She will play in a recital class (3 pieces of music): Nocturne in e- Opus post. 72 #1 by Chopin, the first arabesque of Deux Arabesques by Debussy, and Sonata Pathetique by Beethoven. She's not writing a piano exam this year, but she is writing a music history exam with the RCM. I recently ordered an official copy of her RCM transcript so that next year when she is in high school she will be awarded 15 credits in music without taking any high school music classes. Not taking band in high school has been a difficult decision for her because she loves playing the flute and the piccolo. But academically, she isn't challenged at her grade level - she finished 12th grade music theory through the RCM a year ago. Ken and Jaclyn simultaneously and separately came up with the solution: buy a flute, continue to play it, enjoy, but give up band.
Giving up band is a good choice because it frees Jaclyn up to take two languages in high school. Jaclyn has been studying French for 5 years. She wants to continue to take French in high school, but she is also interested in studying Spanish. No band, no problem. It will also be easier to fit in two languages since she is going to go straight to French 30 (12th grade level). Her teacher is confident Jaclyn can handle it. Most students from our jr. high skip 10th grade French, Jaclyn will just skip 10th and 11th grade. That's the plan for now, anyhow.
So planning for high school has been a big thing lately.
Currently at school Jaclyn is taking Outdoor Ed. They're doing rock climbing and she's really enjoying it. She wants to register in some rock climbing classes privately when she's done climbing at school.
Tonight was teen night at the YMCA, and Jaclyn went with her locker mate, Maddie. They met up with 3 boys from school (I was diligent in ensuring it was not boy/girl group date even numbers before she left). They swam, played games in the rec. room, shot hoops, walked across the street to Tim Hortons. Jaclyn is into having a social life, but I am still into her babysitting on Friday nights. We'll have to work out some kind of balance.
Jaclyn is into hair, makeup, clothes. I'm sure she wishes I was more into that stuff too, because she might have more of it if I shared the passion (and my money to feed the passion).
She finally learned how to peel a banana :-)
She's very into her ipod. It's loaded up with Mika, Green Day, The Fray, 'random' songs. Random is her word.
I almost forgot. Jaclyn is in the school play again, but something more lighthearted than last year, thank goodness. If you can call The Legend of Sleepy Hollow lighthearted. I think you can.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
There's also a Yugioh card generator.