Friday, March 23, 2018

Phone Clean up

Just a few picture off my phone this month.  Leah is taking a photography class and loving it. She has different things she is assigned to get in a photo.  She used the guitar for her lines photo.  It turned out really cool. (I will have some of her pictures up later after she edits and stuff)
I love the instruction from father to daughter in this one.

And the excitement of getting a picture she liked.

Leah has had many opportunities to sing this month.  First she was asked to sing O Canada for the skating festival.  She really enjoyed that and hopes to be asked for many more national anthems.  She was asked for the Irish Concert, but the MC forgot and skipped over O Canada and went right into the program. She sang with her YW for sacrament meeting and also with a group of youth at a fireside that night.  The fireside was with Wayne Burton.  He also asked her to sing a solo of a song he had written at the fireside.  They only had one practice and she did a great job.

2A Boys Basketball Provincials was held near by and we took in 2 of the 3 day tournament.  Blake was not to sure he wanted to go back for the final game and after was so glad he had.  It was a very intense, exciting game.  Our team won in the end.  It was such a great game.

Blake got to perform with the school band at the Irish Concert.  He is doing awesome and really enjoys the trumpet.  He has started bringing it home more to practice.  It is nice to hear him play.

Dave plays the guitar at home for us, but does not like to play in public.  He said he gets so nervous, that his fingers feel like bricks.  Leah and Blake really wanted him to do it and Dave said he would do it for his kids, and did an awesome job.  They all did.  They sang Country Roads.

We have got Blake signed up for soccer, which he will start soon.  He has been wearing the night braces on his feet regularly, even tho he hates them, and is started to feel some improvement.  Hopefully is will continue and he will be ready to run around with out pain by the time the season starts.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Another Basketball Season over

Leah had her final basketball game yesterday.  If they had won they would have continued on.  It really was an unfortunate game.  They were paired against a team they should have been able to beat, but they didn't even come close.  It was sad to watch.  Leah did her best.  She was top rebounder again and got a couple baskets.  This was the first time the team has played in a month.  In February, because of road conditions, we had 5 games and 2 tournaments cancelled.  And a few practices.  So they were out of sinc.  Oh well, it is what it is.  We are looking forward to next year and what the girls need to practice on.
Leah's final game was against a friend's team.  We wish them well as they go on in zones.

Leah loves basketball.  There was rumors for a few days that our school was cutting the basketball program next year, just the girls.  Leah was devastated.  We immediately started looking at other schools for her to play with if it came to that.  But Coach was talking to me about his plans next year so keep your fingers crossed.

Friday, February 23, 2018


Last year we had two rabbits that must have made a home right around us.  We saw them regularly and Cora named them Bailey and Higgins.  As rabbits do, they have totally multiplied this year and have become a bit of a problem.  They have eaten all our new baby trees and have started to dig down under the snow and eat our grass.  We kept half joking and saying we needed to shoot them.  The other day Dave was out helping a lady pull her car out of the ditch.  Blake was out playing in the snow when he spotted one.  Usually we see them at dusk or in the night.  He was so excited that he sat on a big snow pile and didn't move for an hour and a half as he waited for Dave to come home so he could shot it.  He was so so cold.  A few minutes later we heard the shot and then Dave came in and said I needed to get a picture of Blake with his rabbit.  Blake had shot it first try.  His patience paid off. 
We quickly ate dinner and then Dave and Blake got to work skinning and cleaning the rabbit.

It took a few hours and it was a lot of work.  And a few youtube videos.  :)  They kept the fur and the meat and gave the rest to Jared's dog.  A few days later we looked up how to cook it and all bravely tasted it.  The rabbit really was not to bad, except my brain could not get past the fact that it was a rabbit.

Blake decided after all that work that he doesn't want to do it again.  But he was so proud of giving our family a meal.  He may shoot one again and not keep it.  He will give it all to the dog.  It was a neat experience for him and I am sure it must fit into his Duty of God somehow. After Dave decided to take Blake on an overnight winter camp.  They just went 3 miles away on Puzey land.  Blake said there were no animals out, but he shot some grass dead.  They had a fabulous time.  Blake built the fires and did lots of manly stuff.  When they got back just after lunch Blake was filled with stories and Dave said it was a good time.  He enjoyed being able to spend that time with Blake.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grandma is going on a mission....

It was a while ago that Myrna stopped to see us and tell us that she had decided to go on a mission.  We were all so excited for her.  Cora was a little jealous, she is not very patiently waiting till she can go, but still so happy for Grandma.  Myrna started working on her papers and seeing what type of missions were out there for single sisters.  And then she broke her knee.  :(  This set her back about a year.  She was finally healed and ready to sent in the papers.  We waited with anticipation to see where she would be called.  The day came, the letter was opened.  Called to the Montreal, Canada mission.  So exciting, but not leaving for 6 months.  Another long wait.  Myrna decided to use the time to learn some French, among other things.  The much anticipated day of her non-farwell arrived.  Lalainia and Rachel had wanted to put on a meal for their mom, so we all got in and helped with that.  There was a very nice turn out and good food.  As the whole family was there were took advantage of the opportunity and took some family pictures.  We had planned to do so, but got busy with food and clean-up.  No one was left but all the Puzey's and bishop.  When he came to say he was leaving I asked if he would mind taking a few quick pictures for us.  He as very accommodating.  We got a ton of pictures, I think a lot more than Myrna wanted to take.

Myrna had not been feeling well and was a bit anxious about the flight.  When she went to get set apart the Stake President decided to set back her departure date a week so she could get better before she left.  The next week we went down with her to get set apart and the morning after most of us headed off to the airport.  She got all checked in.....

..said good-bye to everyone...

....and off she went. 

Dave and I had decided to stay in the airport till she was on the plane just in case. 
We waited the two hours, Blake starving the whole time because I had left the lunch in the car.  He left us know often how hungry he was.  We got the text that she was on the plane, feeling good and excited.  We downloaded the flight tracker and then headed off.  Too soon it turned out.  The flight was delayed on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours with mechanical problems.  They ended up deplaning everyone and rescheduling flights.  The first one Myrna could get was Tuesday.  Lalainia came and got her and she stayed up there until her flight.  Tuesday rolled around, on the plane, another 1/2 hour delay and finally she was off.  We were so glad to see that flight land safely in Salt Lake.  Such a long anticipated wait for her to go on this mission.  We have heard that she is loving it so far, long full days, but it is going well.  We are so excited for her and this opportunity and all that she is going to learn and do.  And the service that she is going to give.  What a great example she is to her children and grandchildren.  Looking forward to seeing future Instagram posts and reading her emails.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stuck in a ditch

Leah had quite the adventure yesterday.  She was supposed to have her last*game.  It was the farthest drive of the season.  Dave had come home just after lunch saying that the roads were awful and that there were semis in the ditch everywhere.  Also my parents, who live close to where the game was to be held, said it was not nice at all.  So I started texting coaches to see if game was still on.  I was told that one coach was very comfortable driving and so they were going to go ahead.  At this point I almost pulled Leah from the game.  I really really did not want her on that bus, but they told me that if condition got bad they would turn around.  Sure enough an hour into the drive I got a text saying they were coming back.  Later I found out that they did not turn around because of road conditions, but because an accident closed the highway.  Otherwise they would have Kept Going!!  Not pleased when I found that out.  I was told that they would drove Leah off at Blake's school so I didn't have to go all the way up to the high school and Leah would text me when they were close.  At 4:45 she said they were 20 mins away.  I had to pick up Blake from archery anyways and decided to just wait in at the school.  Half hour later, Leah still has not shown up.  She called me just after that and said they were still 20 mins away, they were stuck in the ditch.  They were 2 km away from dry roads and a semi came around the corner, hit the ice and jack knifed right at them.  The bus swerved to get out of the way and went into the ditch.  Luckily we had packed Leah a ton of food and she had taken a blanket and a portable charger.  For the next 2 hours we thought about going to get her, but at first they said the school division was sending a bus and that I wasn't allowed to because they were accountable.  Later the other coach said she was my daughter and I could do whatever I want, which is what I thought in the first place.  As we got ready to go Leah said the RCMP was there to pull them out.  Another bus couldn't come because of the highway closer. So again we waited. RCMP could not get them out so finally Dave and I put sand bags in the Tahoe and off we went.  At this time it was 6:15 and it was starting to get dark.  Half way to the bus, Leah text again and said they had just closed the road.  They were not letting anyone else drive by bus, the had had a few close calls with traffic coming around the corner.  We could get 1/2 a km away on both sides of her but couldn't get her.  It was so frustrating to be so close, we could see her and could not get her.  Finally Volker Stevin sanded all around them, dug out the tires, and pulled them out.  As we were sitting at the corner, theydropped Leah off with us and we finally made it back home.  2 1/2 hours those kids sat on the side of the road.  Leah said as everyone's phones started to die they actually had a lot of fun because they started talking and singing together.  We made it home at 7:30, had a late dinner, then I sent a text to youth leaders saying I was sorry but I guess my kids were not going to make it that night.  Just to find out that it was cancelled anyways.  Leah does not have a data plan so we had no idea.  I'm so glad I did not drive back into town before I found out.  It was a long evening.  I was so thankful we were all home and safe together that night.  We read scriptures and went to bed exhausted.
* last away game, my computer won't let me fix that for some reason.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

League Champions

Blake's basketball season is over. He really loved playing and is excited for next year.  His team did really well and placed first in their league in the final tournament.  He did not play as much in the last few games.  His feet were really bugging him.  After taking him to a Dr. we know that he has plantar fascitis and is being referred to a podiatrist.  We hope to get it all sorted out before soccer starts.
Blake enjoyed getting to know his teammates and made some friends that he will get to go to high school with.

He is so proud of his medal.  It was a good last game.  He really has an amazing coach.

Congratulations boys!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fun Packed Weekend

Cora got some time off work and came down to see us.  We were so excited, it had been way to long.  She left early in the morning so she would be able to come to Blake's basketball game with us.  After we grabbed some groceries.  They were all so happy to be together.
We stayed up to late talking when we got home.  Blake had school and Dave had work the next day and they were both tired.  But didn't care.

The girls and I just hung out until about 3 when Leah's friends arrived to get ready for the stake dance.  We had pizza and they curled and straightened and screamed and laughed.

Those are all horrible pictures, but it was all last minute.  They had a fantastic time at the dance, while Cora, Natalie and I went to see The Greatest Showman again.  It really is better the second time.  We picked up the dancers and listened to many fun stories and tales all the way back to our car.  When we got back we had a little shock.  Someone had shot 5 bullets into her car.  Back window, driver's window, and small window on back drivers side were all shot out.  Plus the trunk had been shot at.  We decided because of all the glass, Natalie would bring us home, very out of her way and we really appreciated it, then Dave and I went back the next morning.  We call the police when we got home.

The plan had always been to go skiing on the Saturday.  We got up early to get the car, but by the time we got it all dealt with and back it was almost 9.  That is usually when we like to be at the ski hill.  It is a long drive.  The kids quickly got ready, then Dave felt like he needed to stay at home.  Since it was the first time Cora would get to go this season, the decision was made for me to take them.  I was nervous and scared on the roads, but Cora said the skiing was perfect.  My parents met me at the ski hill and my mom surprised me with cupcakes.

We finally made it safely back home. We ate super fast.  Blake stuck a candle in some rice krispies we had and they all sang happy birthday to me.  We then went into the church to set up for the next day.

Sunday Dave and Myrna spoke.  We had a nice dinner after and got some family pictures.  Coming later.

That night we were all in bed when Cora came in and plopped herself down on our floor.  The other two quickly followed.  They laughed and talked, quoted movies, and  told stories.  It was so fun to see their enjoyment of being together that is was hard to make them go to bed. We knew Cora only had a few more nights with us.

Blake had mid-terms the next day and so finally the fun had to end.

We packed in as much as we could in the time that she was down.  And loved having her here.