Final Stretch.

June 26, 2015

 I feel like I am SLOWLY limping towards the year-end finish line. One more teach. One more sleep. One more event.

And soooo tired!

Regardless, we move forward.

Like last weekend when the kids and I took the train downtown for a rooftop party at Manasc Isaac.

There was some teaching, some BBQ, and some early father's day dinner last Saturday... and then we loaded up the car and did a day trip out to the lake!

It had been WAY too long.

Bestie, Lisa, is in and out of town all the time for work. So, it's hard to pin her down these days. Luck would have it that we were just randomly msging and it occurred to me to ask if she was available to come with us - She said yes!

After a day of sun and water (have unfortunately placed tan lines to show for it), it was back into the city. 

I had been asked to host the Sterling Awards this year - What an honour! I've been waiting for an occasion to wear these ridiculous eyelashes. This was it! 

Co-host, John Ullyatt, and I were tickled to see that our outfit changes for the 2nd act were serendipitously matchy. You can't see our bottoms halves too well, but his pants are shiny and my shoes were likewise sparkly.

It was so much fun, the next day I was already feeling withdrawal from our backstage antics and mutual mockery.

Back in mom-life, here are the kids at the library.

 And Alice is scooting towards the cafĂ© for my meeting.

She also came with me to do a media call with Ryan Jespersen, to promote the Works Festival and Gala!

I fought I had cut my peonies too soon, but they're BLOOMING!

Peonies are my favourite.

My dad, who is basically a saint, has been working away on the remainder of our landscape. He takes frequent breaks to feed this one.

I didn't realize the extent of my fatigue until I opened up Avenue Magazine and saw this photo of me and Don. And, I had NO IDEA when it was taken. I actually had to read the article to jog my memory.

The kids have continued to bring their darling offerings - It makes me feel so loved at the end of another year of teaching.

Yesterday, Alice got her first pedicure. She was alarmingly into it.

Works Gala co-chair, Sydney, and I got matching gold toes for the Golden Summer Gala tonight! The Nailkeeper was kind enough to donate a mani-pedi for our silent auction, so we figured we'd get our feet done AND pick up the gift certificate at the same time.

Be prepared for a barrage of photos from the big party tonight - It's the last big blast before the summer break! I've also got my students' recital on Sunday, and then that's officially a wrap for teaching this season. 

Then, it's lake and sun time.  

Pedal Power

June 19, 2015

My darling neighbour who walks Dexter to school has been out of commission for a little while, so I've been doing the school delivery with the bucket bike.

 I've also been cruising around solo.

The kids are enjoying city hall splashes.

And, Alice has been sporting this fly romper.

Can't remember where I was off to this time... but, I think I was on my way to the train to see Stephanie's new/old house.

It has an awesome teeny soaker tub! I loooove old houses. Congrats on the move, Steph!

My little sister and I went to launch pad, where I discovered jumping up and down makes one incredibly sweaty.

My mommy has been crocheting up a storm and came up with this TMNT Michaelangelo creation. The kids are fighting over it.

Year's end is upon us (in the land of teaching), so students are showing up with their sweet cards and gestures. I work with the loveliest people. 

Biking to lunch, teaching my students, and gearing up for a big week before summer break!

Really excited to host the Sterlings with John Ullyatt on Monday, and then it's a big run up to the Works Gala next Friday!

I am so stoked about it, and keeping my fingers crossed for stellar weather. See you there!


June 7, 2015

In some ways, certain things have died down, but other delightful things have taken up my time. 

Edmonton has been having the most fabulous weather (albeit a little dry) so we've been enjoying tons of time outdoors! Perfect too, since Edmonton has been hosting lots of out of town guests. I love that people have gotten the opportunity to see Edmonton in its summer glory. We're a beautiful city! 

I've been delivering Dexter to school in the bucket bike. THEY LOVE IT. 

Speaking of love, Dexter had a pretty fun time in the park with his pals. 

In the realm of work, my Works gala co-chair and I were at Coup Boutique, shooting a few promo pictures for the party. They're offering 20% off for anybody who has purchased a ticket (thanks)!

The kids have been roaming around downtown with Emily.

I took the kids to a Pilgrims Hospice brunch one weekend. It was glorious.

Here is Alice's bed head.

 And here she is on one of our rainbow (pride) sidewalks!

More Works promo shoots at Lululemon, a generous contributor to our silent auction.

 On a downtown day, we had impromptu hot dog cart lunch with dad.

And, Alice continues her trend of coming with me to work. This time she assisted me with the red carpet reception at the 1000 Women Luncheon

I am been riding the faster bike. Oh, it's so much fun!

Rode it to a Works gala meet (it's in a few weeks, which is why I'm talking about it all the time).

Later on, I switched to LRT to get downtown.

And the next day I was happy to see the LRT jammed to the rafters with FIFA fans. 

Bin and I found ourselves at a world sporting event again. 

It was a glorious day for a game!

Then it was off to city hall to host all the delegates from FCM conference. We had food trucks outside and an open house inside the hall. People were able to wander around and make their own fun - It was great!

And then I hopped on the train again to go to see Metric and Imagine Dragons.

And finally, the train back home again with Sable. 

And to cap off the weekend, a breezy ride over to brunch. 

Prouder than ever to live in Edmonton - It's been a swell time!

For The Love of Cake

May 26, 2015

Have been banking lots of hours on the bike, on the boat, and eating cake. May is officially here with its barrage of birthdays and the beginning of lake season!

Dexter has been a super sweetie who spent a good chunk of time hanging out on a ladder to keep me company while I scrubbed a boat deck for many hours. I don't know about you guys, but if something isn't somewhat clean, I  just can't enjoy it. 

Alice turned 3 on May 14th! Here she is with her hippo and grocery basket when we went to pick up her birthday cake a few weeks ago.

She had a wonderful little cake moment with her cousins and brother. Look at her intense focus! Also, LEGO candles on a ninja turtle cake? 

Life is good. 

In other super exciting news, my bestie from NYC was here! Leanne was here for a little bit, working on a new book, and managed to have a few hours free so I brought her to my Blackstone set visit. Can't believe how much work goes into shooting a scene and getting everything ready even before the actors show up to do their thing. Major respect! Also, very impressed that this is shot and produced here in Edmonton. 

 The ice has just come off the lake recently so the water is COLD. But, boats still have to go in and trailers need to be opened up for the new season. I've decided to change my trailer game and have started cooking with the George Foreman in there. It even does eggs!

Alice has likewise been enjoying fresh air. Here she is after waking up from an epic nap. She takes after her mother and is not a morning person.

Water may be cold, but it's super fun to be out there.

  Back at home, Alice and I are on the train. She insists on taking "Clifford" with her wherever she goes. 

 That particular morning we were off to a Works Gala meeting. The day before I was on the train to host the little luncheon that got auctioned off for SACE.

Another day, Leanne and I biked down to little brick!

Leanne was there to talk business with Nate. I was just there for the bike ride and sandwiches. I got three mosquito bites on the way home (2 on my face, because they really hate me), but it was worth it to have a few moments with old friends. 

 After hanging out, Leanne kept riding downtown to investigate some other work-related things. I rode over to grab a few party supplies for Dexter, groceries for BBQ that weekend, and was also carrying my stash of coffee beans.

This is my favourite sort of stuff on a bike. Riding to get some work done. Picking up groceries and stuff in small batches... biking as transportation, integrated into the whole routine of daily life.

 Also rode just yesterday, to get caught up with this darling.

Dexter and Alice also get taken to soccer via bike. It's their favourite!

And finally, before my beloved Leanne departed for NY, she made us some gourmet mac n cheese last night.

Oh yah, and Dexter celebrated HIS birthday too! Now he's 6 years old and I actually have to send him off with bus tickets to ride the train. Everybody is growing up so fast - Love my little family!

Hope you're staying safe from the sun and bugs - If you're a fair weather cyclist, I'll be seeing you out there!

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