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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Return of the School Year

For the first time in 10 years I didn't take the day off work. I always take the first day of school off. This year I didn't.

We are officially a 3 school family. James started high school. Jordan started middle school. Jared and Jackson are still in elementary.

We were as prepared as we could be. Jackson worried that the first day of grade two would be as bad as the first day of grade one. Jared claimed that he was not worried, but his stimming was apparent for the last three days. Jordan was sort of nervous, but it didn't really show until we got to school today. James developed a horrific situation on his face. It started as chapped lips and got worse from there. Ahh.....the fantastic first day of high school horror story he will have to tell his kids.

Everyone survived and had good things to share about their day. I, on the other hand, barely survived work today. I have been taking the first day of school off for me, not for the boys, and I am fessing up to that today.

The boys are all on board to return to school tomorrow, and I suppose I will go back to work and recover from my stressful day.

I thought it would get easier. Maybe next year.....no......maybe the year after that.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lost in Music

It is always amazing to me how a group of musicians can get together, pick up some music, and start playing together like nuthin'.

That's what happened tonight. I am involved in a project for our church centennial celebrations.....the Mormons have been in Lethbridge for a hundred years!!!!!! Holy Hannah!!

We are ultimately going to record the music that the performers will sing along to at the end of an extravaganzic program in November. So singers, string types, and horn types, along with a bass player and hopefully soon a percussionist got together tonight to hash out music.

Needless to say the hashing out didn't take long. Being a person who fakes her way through most things without sounding like it, I felt rather silly being amongst them. However, being a person who fakes her way through most things without sounding like it, I did okay.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

August Catch Up

I've been very tired recently and not in the mood to do much other than work, look at my family, and sleep. Summer is quickly coming to a close and though our summer has not been the greatest in terms of weather or time to do much, we have taken a time or two to go do some more exploring of this part of the world.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to check out Writing on Stone Provincial Park. It's a little more than an hour away from us and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

One of the things that I love about this area are the hidden gems you find where you least expect them. As you drive to the Montana border, you see fields of whatever is growing. You wouldn't expect that if you ever so slightly descended into a coulee, you might enter an entirely different landscape and wonder what planet you landed on.

Hoodoos are one of my favorite things. We first saw them in Drumheller last year. They were roped off in Drumheller and we couldn't climb around them. At Writing, we were able to walk through them and climb them. It was great. Writing is known for its petroglyphs, but we didn't find any.....only graffiti, which is a shame, but fortunately there wasn't too much.

We went down to the Milk River and saw some folks floating by. I think this will be on our list of places to go camping in the future.

This was also our first trip taking Gracie along. We were concerned about how it would go and she was a little nervous on the trip out. When Gracie goes for a car ride she usually ends up with a needle stuck in her from the vet. She did wonderfully and even found a comfortable place in the van to stretch out and sleep all the way home.

I had hoped to hike in Waterton this year, but we've had so much rain this summer on the days I am off. Perhaps there will still be time. In any case, this northern tip of a desert is green and lush. Not bad.