Blog Title Explanation

"Oh I Know" is a phrase used by Sybil Fawlty on one of my favorite shows - Fawlty Towers. I find I say it alot too!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Beginnings

It is finally summer.  The month of June seemed long for my boys who were very anxious to be out of school. 

The last day of school I was trying to get a picture of the boys walking to the bus stop for the last time before their much-anticipated summer break.  They were being stinkers and were walking while facing me and would not turn around.

After school Bowen had a few buddies over for an "End of School" party.  I fed them pizza, chips and juice and they played games and had a great time.

It's on days like this that I'm very grateful for a big vehicle.

We've set up Cadence's little pool and she's spent many hours enjoying it.

Ashton checked out some garage sales one Saturday and came home with a huge bag of lego for his sister.  Such a great big brother.

A favorite activity to beat the heat is to head to the library.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Year End Recital 2018

I probably say this every year, but I really can't believe how quickly this past music year went.  Before I knew it it was time for the year end recital.

It was a great recital.  My students performed so well.  We listened to great piano, guitar and vocal selections.  Ashton and Bowen both played the piano, and Cadence sang Twinkle, Twinkle.  It was Cadence's first recital and she did awesome.  I sang Crazy.

After the performances I had a little luncheon for everyone.  I served sausage, cheese and crackers, veggie tray with dip, fruit, and chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies and homemade toffees for dessert.  I missed my mom's help so much.  I think it was the first recital I hosted without her.  I was pretty exhausted by the end of the night.  I was very grateful for my family's help though. 

I enjoyed visiting with my students and their families.  It will be nice now to have a little break before I'm back at it in September.  The summer goes so fast!!

Beautiful flowers from one of my students.

We didn't record Cadence at the recital and of course she was a little distracted at home.  But here is a little taste of her performance.

What a joy music is to my life and I'm so blessed to be able to share it with others. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tyler James Bach

I don't quite know how to write this blog.  I still can't believe it's happened.  Last week Jason's younger brother Tyler passed away.  On Thursday, June 14th I was watching Jill and Ty's kids while Ty went into the hospital for a day surgery.  Unfortunately, there were complications after the surgery and they spent a few days valiantly trying to save him, but he passed away on Monday, June 18th surrounded by his family.

My heart is just broken for his sweet little family.  Our children loved their Uncle Ty very much, and I can't even explain how devastated Jason is losing his brother and best friend.  His memorial was Sunday.  It was very nice.  Jason spoke and I played a piano solo - "Morning Has Broken".  I was so honoured that Jill had asked me.

We will do our very best to support his family.  It will be a hard journey for them without their husband and father.

Jason drew a portrait of Ty to give to Jill.  It was really hard for Jason to do, he kept putting it off, but it turned out beautifully.  This picture doesn't do it justice.

You were an amazing man, kind, thoughtful, funny, a wonderful husband, father, and friend.  You will be so dearly missed.  Til we meet again.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Make Over

I feel lately I've maybe been neglecting myself a little bit.  Money is tight, and we've been busy so it had been a really long time since I've gotten my hair done.  I haven't cut it or highlighted it for a couple of years at least.  It was looooong overdue.  I probably hadn't worn my hair down in public for at least a year because it looked so terrible.  So for my Mother's Day present, I headed to the salon.

Before - yikes!!  The colour was terrible, so long and stringy.  Definitely time for a big change.

So I told her to chop it off.  I'm so happy with the results.  It looks so much thicker.  I can wear it wavy, curly, or straight.  I love the colour.  I've had so many compliments and I've appreciated that - but it also makes me realize just how awful it was before.  Hehe!


I feel like a new woman!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Most Improved

Year-end celebrations started last night with the boys' band concert.  We were lucky and both the Grade 6 band and the 8/9 concert band performed in the same concert.  We had a bit of a hiccup when we arrived.  Ashton's saxophone broke last week and the spare was being used by another student so it was arranged that he would borrow an instrument from someone in the jazz band but he brought his own mouthpiece.  He was letting Cadence look at it while we were in the truck.  We get in the school and he discovers one of the brass pins is missing.  After grilling Cadence she admitted she had tucked it under one of the cushions in her car seat.  He was able to find it (along with some barrettes, lego and other treasures) so crisis averted!!  She has been such a little menace lately - stinker!

The concert was great.  Bowen's band has improved so much since starting last year, and the 8/9 band was awesome. I really enjoyed it, despite the heat in the theatre.

Bowen received a "Most Improved" award.  He was very excited and we were all very proud of him and his hard work.  He really does play the clarinet very well.  He is torn as he loves the clarinet but is thinking about switching to the Oboe next year.  He's going to rent one during the summer to see if he likes it as much.

Ashton has one more year of band in middle school and then he'll decide if he wants to continue to play in high school.  I'm happy my boys love music and are enjoying their experiences in band.  What a great night!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Who Ya Gonna Call

I finally remembered to take pictures of Ashton's finished lego.  He wanted it made clear that he didn't take this long to put it together.  It was actually completed within a couple days.  He figured maybe 9 hours or so.

It is actually a pretty cute set.  I love the little rooms inside.  I love miniatures.  Ashton is definitely running out of room to display all his lego in his room.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

He Spent It All in One Place

Ashton has been saving up to buy a specific Lego set.  He's been wanting to buy the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters set.  So for the past 6 months any money from babysitting, chores, or working in neighbours yards he's been setting aside.  After a babysitting job this past weekend he finally had enough.

So last night we headed to the Lego Store at the mall.  He was so excited to finally be buying the set.

At first he thought he'd wait until the long weekend to put it together, but he was already working on it last night.  I'll be sure to post a picture of the finished project.  I'm proud of Ashton for setting a goal and working towards it.  Enjoy your Lego Ashton!