Hi Readers, I'm still here!
I've been wearing sparkly outfits.
Been riding the kids to school (they're getting really heavy).
Early fall, Lisa came out to have an epic day on the water. The weather was unseasonably warm so we put on swim things and partied like it was going out of style. Though the whole summer was fabulous, I have to say this unexpected blip has lived on in my memory. One of the best days!
Back in the city, Alice has come to work with me all over the city. She nailed this photo shoot!
Back at the lake, we eat big breakfasts on race day.
Fall series racing! Really fun, and sometimes COLD.
Obviously, I've been teaching too.
Period Party with some fine ladies.
Got to hear Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Mehta in concert!
My father-in-law's piece is currently on display at the U of A's museums galleries at Enterprise Square.
There was Nuit Blanche.
Hanging out with the A&W bear at an FC soccer game.
Alice was such a wonderful trooper, entertaining herself while I was at some leadership training for the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
The Apricity crew showed up to celebrate Amor and her new Kindred Collection.
LEANNE was here on her book tour! Nothing like hanging with your bestie for approximately 48 hours.
I've been visiting schools
We read books and talk about poverty in the region.
Then my other bestie, Emma, was in town promoting Etta and Otto and Russel and James for One Book One Edmonton. I got a call to assist with some media, so of course I said YES.
I haven't forgotten, I'm still on the bike!
On Thanksgiving weekend, we went out to close down the lake for the season. Boats out of the water, trailers winterized, and lots of Thanksgiving dinners!
The first night of that long weekend was pretty magical. We showed up on Friday and a bunch of us ended up having an epic pot luck. While we were eating and staring at the horizon, somebody commented that it was a shame nobody was photographing it, so I ran out onto the dock just in time to catch the last of the light.
The next day featured beautiful weather for taking the boat out of the water, which involves sailing it all the way to the other end of the lake, extracting it, and taking down the mast (amongst other things). My role is to hang out with the kids at the playground while all the grunt work is happening.
We had a fantastic Thanksgiving cabin celebration with some lake friends! My piano student's family, actually. Thanks Will, for taking our family photo.
Back at home I was on the road again with my United Way youth initiative (outreach component). Awesome to hang out with the leadership class from Centre High! They've already got a bunch of poverty-related projects on the go - That's what I like to hear.
I was also at Rio Terrace, where an entire gym full of grade 1-6 sat respectfully and asked GREAT questions! They ranged from "How do you know when you've unleashed your inner leader?" to "When can you tell you've solved poverty?"
My sister-in-law's birthday party was at Basically Babies. So I showed up and sorted baby clothes.
Then, it was off to the Banff Forum where I got to hang out with lots of super nerds (I say this with utmost affection) in a Hogwarts setting. Apparently this stairwell is haunted.
It's an epic house on a BIG HILL. I believe they are called mountains.
After a wonderful weekend of work-fun mix (a lot more work for Don, I was merely a photographer), we stole 15 minutes to go look at a waterfall before getting back home to our babies.
Then it was off with the puffy vest and ON with sparkly dresses from DKNY
Also got the chance to see my sister in the chorus of Merry Widow By Edmonton Opera. I got pulled aside during intermission to conduct a quick interview with first-timers to the opera.
Finally, a few of my work wives from United Way came to watch me and Alice at another youth initiative gig - This time it was the gym at St. Joseph's High School! I had to bring slides and everything!
This fall has been heavy. Last year I used to feel so tired with all the various jobs, but strangely enough, I'm feeling very well at the moment! I suspect I might be even busier than before.
Maybe it's better planning. Maybe it's because I'm spending more of my time doing things I really love (meeting and talking to kids). Maybe it's because I'm slowly starting to shed the self-conscious caring about what everyone thinks and feeling misunderstood. All I know is I'm having a lot of fun despite running on high all the time.
Dexter is loving school (grade 1) and Alice is likewise a trooper. She gets dragged all over the city with me like a champ. Sits and plays with her stuffy. Eats whatever it is in her lunch bag. I'm really proud of her!