Tuesday, 5 May 2009

How preoccupied I've been

I was going to try to write a post this afternoon, but blogging got bumped by napping. Blogging's been bumped by a lot of things lately.
Like trying to decide if I should buy myself a second copy of my current favorite t-shirt so that when my belt wears a hole in the one I have now, I'll have another one. It's a blue baseball shirt with navy blue sleeves. No photo today, but I'm sure I'll get a photo of it sooner or later. Especially if I buy another one.
Or on Tuesday how I spent the afternoon doing ironing, mending, and alterations. I bought this really cute girls' dress that was on clearance at Winners, but it was size 16. I managed to take it apart and cut it down to fit Carmen. I'm so proud of myself.
I've been working more. We're short-staffed right now and I keep getting sucked into taking on extra days. (I'm trying not to complain about it too much considering the economy.) My general attitude when I agree to extra work days is that I'm doing my office a huge favor - then I remind myself that they are paying me.
Jaclyn had an opportunity to accompany a friend of her's in a music festival. Maddi competed in a solo vocal class and was awarded a 90. The adjudicator took the time to praise the use of a pianist rather than recorded accompaniment, which was nice for Jaclyn to get some recognition on the side, considering it wasn't about her. Maddi expressed her appreciation with a $50 i-tunes gift card which I'm betting has been completely redeemed by now.
Steven finished school badminton season. He and his doubles partner, Mitchell, made it to quarterfinals for their division which Steven was mildly disappointed to lose. Worse yet was that with badminton over he was once again without a sport. The boy needs exercise, competition, and male companionship. He needs sports. So we bought him a junior membership at the golf course near our home and now he can walk over whenever he wants, which judging from this week should be all the time.
Carmen and Chloe's choir has pretty much wrapped up for the year. They had their final rehearsal last week (followed by a celebratory trip to The Chocolate Bar) and their final concert for the year was tonight. Carmen is so serious and sincere about her choir performances. Chloe is such a clown. I tried to make a quick get-away after the concert but I still had someone catch up to me as I was pulling out of the parking lot who wanted to comment on Chloe's antics. I was secretly hoping I was the only one who noticed Chloe's facial expressions because everyone else was busy watching their own child. Guess not.

On the field Chloe's enthusiasm is her greatest asset. She's happy to be on the blue team again! Last year they were the Blue Rock Stars. This year they are the Bluebirds.
And finally, I just want to say how great it is to have big kids. Ken went on an 80 kilometer bike ride on Saturday while Jaclyn did this:
She got the grass in the backyard all raked and bagged! My Grandpa N used to say something about kids growing up just to where they're useful, and then they move away. Actually in the case of girls I think he said something about a 'long face' coming along and taking them away.


Marie said...

"Just when you get your girls so they are good for something useful, some long-faced boy comes and takes them away."

Sounds like a busy time around your place. I really need to catch-up blog. Too many things that I want to document that I am afriad I'll miss.

Jill said...

Wow, you've been busy! I don't know how you do it all, and I can't imagine being able to resize a dress for someone! I'm seriously impressed.

Tiffany said...

I love it when the kids get a little more "useful"! :)

Good for you on your sewing project and keeping up with all your busy kids. I'm sure naps have replaced many things around here lately!

Lex said...

Hey, this is Alex from church - bet you didn't know that I read your blog. Just gotta say that Chloe was HILARIOUS at the concert last night. Honestly, she was the highlight of the show for me.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

So true. So true. "Just when your kids get useful" everyone else wants to borrow or hire them.

A golf membership is a great idea! Good thinking.

A 16 down to a 2 (or so)? MY GOODNESS, that is skill. My best attempt would have been to cut quilt squares from it.

cheetah said...

I need a private show of Chloe. I've got to see these antics!

Janine said...

Okay, we all noticed Chloe - but loved every minute of it. She's the star of my recent post.

Kelly said...

I wish we could have seen Chloe, too.

I've never understood -- what exactly is a "long faced" boy? Though, I can just picture Grandpa N saying that.

Elizabeth said...

Love the tidbit catch up.

Amanda L. said...

I can't wait for my kids to be better helpers! They are excited to work in the garden for about 3 minutes and then they are hot, tired and bored.

You sound like you've had a lot going on with your life! Thanks for the update! Hang in there. Spring will be there soon. Right?

michelle said...

Holy cow on the dress reconstruction! I could never do that, and I am thoroughly impressed.

Good idea on the golf membership.

I like these catch-up posts.