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It’s Saturday, What Do I Do?

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As many of you may or may not know, and just as many of you may or may not care….I no longer have any children playing in minor sports. Since my youngest daughter’s last minor sport event a few months ago, I have struggled with what to do to fill that gap.

For many, many years my husband and I have spent endless Saturdays at arenas for our children’s hockey practices and games, at soccer fields and gymnasiums for soccer practices and games, at baseball fields for t-ball and baseball practices and games and at parks and schools for track and field events and cross-country  practices and races, and now those days are over.

For years I knew what I would be doing on Saturdays and now I am faced with the problem of what to do with myself. I do have a few hobbies  which I enjoy  so I have filled my time with those, hiking, photography, knitting. I haven’t done any scrap-booking for a while but I have thought about getting back to that. And of course I can pretty much fill up a good chunk of time with my Candy Crush addiction, but what did I do on Saturdays before I had children in sports? What does everyone else do on Saturdays?

I have often heard co-workers talk about this thing called housework that they do on Saturdays, but I never paid too much attention to that in the past because I just didn’t feel I had time for that kind of thing and it honestly didn’t sound all that appealing to me…..then this morning, it hit me, that’s what I need to do on Saturdays!!

I decided to ease into this new  project of mine slowly, you know, not take on too much at once, so I started with vacuuming (something that I actually do regularly out of necessity with 2 dogs in the house), but I just nicely got started when I felt compelled to take a break from it to video Emma demonstrating her love for wet towels.

 

That’s right, the housework got put on hold while Emma mauled what she see’s as her property and I watched. I’m not sure yet how I feel about housework on Saturday’s but I guess I will eventually get used to it, and may even do more than vacuum, which by the way I did finish this morning.

P.S. If you watched the video, that noise you can hear in the background is my husband cleaning up in the kitchen….I’m told that’s a form of housework as well. 🙂 (Don’t worry about the big crash, no one was hurt).

 

Graduation Day!!

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Today was a day of mixed emotions…..the youngest of my four kids graduated from High School today.

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Invitation

Before the ceremony

Before the ceremony

It’s been a long road since my oldest started grade one 22 years ago so while it was a big day for Erika it was an even bigger one for me. Today marked the end of an era. The days of making lunches every morning….because I didn’t feel like making them at night, are long gone…..HAPPY :). Each of my kids liked something different in their sandwich, and of course they were in love with peanut butter but because of nut allergies in the schools I had to get creative and come up with something else they might eat. Creativity first thing in the morning did not always turn out so well, but they all lived. 🙂

Buying school supplies every fall, always was and still is one of my favorite things to do. It gets expensive for four kids but I have always loved looking through all the new accessories, especially when I went to school (a million years ago). Picking out that perfect pencil-case and buying all the pens, pencils and erasers that right after the first day of school were never again seen inside that pencil-case or were anywhere else to be found when needed for homework. Buying the math set every year that also never had all the pieces in it by the time they came to that section in their math classes (which is why I needed to buy a new one for them each year….I have never figured out where all those pieces go). And of course the greatest purchase ever…..the mandatory agenda that the schools insisted every child needed in order to stay organized all year and to be used for communication between teacher and parent…..which never had a single piece of information written in it and by the end of the year if they even still knew where it was still looked brand new. No more shopping for the indoor and outdoor shoes that was necessary for elementary school. Ahhhhh, what will I do with all that money that I will no longer be spending on school supplies?

I know every parent loves getting that phone call from the school in the middle of the day saying that your child doesn’t feel good and maybe you should come and pick him/her up. Ok so what I want to know is if they are projectile vomiting? or do they have a headache? or do they have a test in the afternoon that they just don’t want to write so they want to go home? I think I know my kids pretty well so if I could see them I would know if they were really sick or not but once I got permission to take the afternoon off from work to go pick up said sick child and I got to the school, even if they weren’t really sick I take them home anyway because it’s just not worth the effort of explaining to the teacher that my kid is not that sick and should just stick it out and maybe write the test they didn’t study for. Once I was away from work why not just enjoy the rest of the day.

Filling out the endless forms on the first day of school was also one of my favorite things to do…..not. Every year the school sent the same “personal information” form to be filled out for each kid in the family, claiming that the information in it would be kept on file. If that was the case then why did I have to rewrite the exact same information each year?  Their names and birth dates and heath card numbers didn’t change from year to year, granted other information might have changed, address, phone number….parents’ names etc. Oh those pages of forms, such a delight.

There are some things I will miss about my kids going to school…..I can’t actually think of a single solitary one right at the moment but come September I’m sure I will think of something.

This day also marks the end of minor sports and school sports. Again there is a huge financial saving to be had, but what will my husband and I do with all that spare time? The days when all four kids were playing sports and had to be at four different fields at the same time and trying to juggle drop offs and pick-ups with only one car to do it in took some ingenious planning and every once in a while it meant a child was forgotten at a soccer field….on purpose? No of course not. And do you really feel all that bad about it when you finally remember that you still have a child sitting in the dark waiting for you when you get there only to find she is sitting with a teammate whose parent’s also forgot to pick her up? No of course not, that’s when you tell your child that at least we didn’t forget you for as long as “her” parent’s did. 🙂

Today’s Graduation Ceremony was a happy but sad occasion. This is the first of my parent’s grandchildren, and the only one of my children to graduate that my Dad was not here for. My mom is here to see her granddaughter graduate and we are delighted that she could be here but I for one am noticing the empty place in the photos. When we moved from New Brunswick to Ontario, Erika had just turned 5 and whenever she talked to her Papa on the phone he would tell her how nice the bow/ribbon was that she had in her hair. It would always make her laugh because she didn’t actually have anything in her hair (it probably wasn’t even brushed) but it was one of those silly things that remain a memory years later. I like to think that if he was here today to see her graduate he would comment on the non-existent bow in her hair.

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Erika with her Nan

As I said today was a day of mixed emotions…..pride, joy, and happiness, watching my baby girl graduate but sadness that my dad was not here to take part in the day with us and to give Erika the words of wisdom that he gave to the rest of his grand-kids on their Graduation Day.

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So proud of our girl

Congratulations to my baby girl on her big day, so proud of you!!! Well done E! Well done!

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The High School Grad!!

Celtics score soccer title

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http://www.guelphtribune.ca/sports/celtics-score-soccer-title/

Just another post about Erika’s High School Soccer team…..the District 10 Champions.

Thursday, May, 24, 2012 – 8:08:34 AM

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac
Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Bishop Macdonell goalie Tianna Sullivan (No. 13) dives at the ball as St. James’s Victoria Kallitsis tries to get to the net during first-half action of the District 10 senior girls soccer final Tuesday at St. James.

Celtics Score Soccer Title

It’s not about the number of shots you take in a soccer game, it’s about the quality of those shots.

The undefeated St. James Lions learned that in cruel fashion on Tuesday afternoon as the Bishop Macdonell Celtics downed them 3-0 to win the District 10 senior girls soccer championship at St. James.

The Lions shot early and often in the game but the majority of their strikes flew well wide or high of the Celtics’ net.

Bishop Macdonell, meanwhile, didn’t make its first attempt at goal until the game was already 20 minutes old.

Moments later, Celtics striker Reighan Pflug made the Lions pay.

 

Pflug scored two tidy goals a few minutes apart – the first in the lower left corner of the net and the second in the upper left.

It was more than the Celtics needed to hoist the District 10 plaque for the first time since the 2005-2006 school year.

In the second half, Kerrie Sullivan added a third tally for Bishop Mac as they went on to the 3-0 shutout victory.

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Jenna Gaetan, right, of the St. James Lions, walks away as Bishop Macdonell players celebrate the team’s third goal on Tuesday in the District 10 girls soccer championship game. Bishop Mac won the game 3-0.

Tianna Sullivan got the shutout in net for the victors.

The Celtics finished the regular season in second place with a  5-1-1 record while St. James was 6-0-1. The lone meeting between the two teams was a 1-0 St. James victory.

GuelphMercury – Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’

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GuelphMercury – Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’.

Bishop Mac trying to beat the ‘odds’

Celtic girls soccer team had great success in ’07, ’09, ’11 but are finally on a roll in an even year

GUELPH — The Bishop Macdonell Celtics are contemplating a different approach to this District 10 high school girls’ soccer season.

The Celtics are perennially contenders who seem to reach the final every other year. They were finalists in 2007, champions in 2009 and finalists again last year. In the 2008 and ’10, they were knocked out in the semifinals.

“That’s the difference this year,” Bishop Mac coach Phil DiNucci said. “We really want to use league play as a springboard to the playoffs as opposed to worrying about how well we do in the regular season. That means playing everybody more as opposed to trying to win every game.”

The Celtics remained undefeated in league play Thursday with a pair of 1-0 victories during the mini tournament at the Gryphon Soccer Complex. In both games, the Celtics made plenty of substitutions, sometimes replacing as many as five on the field.

As all eight teams in the league make the playoffs, the Celtics figure they’d be just as well off using the regular season to get ready for the playoffs.

“That’s going to be more of our philosophy this year,” DiNucci. “Everybody’s going to get a little bit more playing time experience so that if we have to call on some of the players, they’ve got some playing time behind them and they’re confident enough. That’s what we’re going to build on.”

Thursday, Bishop Mac defeated the Centre Wellington Falcons on a goal by Reighan Pflug and then nipped the Lourdes Crusaders on a goal by Erika McFarlane. The wins go with a scoreless tie with the Ross Royals earlier in the week.

Photo from the newspaper article. Erika in the background.

“We’re in a happy place,” DiNucci said. “The girls are really motivated this year and they like one another a lot. Our expectations, while always high, aren’t unrealistic. I think they think they can play with all the teams in District 10 and play well.”

The Celtics feature a nice mix of ages as they have four players who are in Grade 12, four in Grade 11, six in Grade 10 and four in Grade 9.

For the younger players, especially those who play rep soccer, there is a bit of an adjustment period when it comes to the high school game as they could be playing against girls who are four years older.

“It’s a different kind of game,” DiNucci said. “It’s not always the finesse style of game where they’re playing with a lot of control so you’ve got to adapt to that. That’s an important element because any team can beat any other team on any given day. They realize now that it’s not about how good you are, it’s about if you can play against another team in the right way.”

CWOSSA Cross Country…..

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I’m a little disappointed that I missed Erika’s race yesterday. Her school ran as a team in the Senior girls cross-country race for CWOSSA. I watched her run CWOSSA in grade 9 and grade 10 , but I missed her grade 11 race. I guess sometimes there are things you just can’t get out of at work to go watch a race….. 😦

If you don’t understand how qualifying for OFSAA in cross-country racing works (and I say that because my husband and I had trouble understanding how it worked the first year Erika ran in High School), you run as a team (of 4) or as an individual if there are not enough runners from your school in your age group. The top 3 individual runners move on to OFSAA and the top 2 teams move on. For example, if you finished in 4th place but one of the top three finishers belonged to a team that finished as 1st or 2nd then you would be bumped up as an individual to 3rd place. As a team member you could qualify for OFSAA even if you personally finished in 146th place but if you ran as an individual and finished in 4th place you don’t move on…..weird way to do it but there it is.

In grade 9, Erika was the only cross-country runner in the Midget age group from her school so she ran as an individual and finished in 4th place, missing the opportunity to go to OFSAA by one spot because the top 3 finishers were all individual runners.

Grade 9 CWOSSA....Off to a good start

Approaching the finish line....4th place

Coming through the shute.....not so pleased with her results.

In grade 10 Erika ran as an individual again and finished in 5th place, but one of the top three runners belonged to a team so 4th place moved up to 3rd place and Erika moved to 4th so she missed qualifying for OFSAA again by one spot.

Grade 10 CWOSSA......start

Crossing the finish line.

This year in grade 11 Erika got to run as part of a team and they finished as a team in third place…..again missing the opportunity to move on to OFSAA by one spot.

Team Mate crossing the finish line.....Erika is seconds behind.

Crossing the finish line....20th place.

All in all Erika had a great race and should be very proud of herself, she finished the 5000 meter race in 20th place out of 182 grade 11 and 12 girls with a time of 20:46:25. Erika’s already looking forward to next years Cross Country season!!

Freezing at soccer……

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Why is it that Erika’s High School Soccer games are so freaking cold?

I originally had no plans on attending her game yesterday…thought I would be at work until 5pm like any other day….then my husband called and said he was going to the game, any chance I could leave work early and go too? Let’s see…did I want to ask my boss if she minded if I left early? Did I want to go stand in the freezing cold rain and watch soccer? Did I want to just stay in my nice warm office and get some work done? What to do? What to do?…..

So….I asked my boss if I could leave a bit early, (didn’t specify a time, and I’m sure she didn’t think I meant….right now), she said “Sure, no problem….” I grabbed the phone, called my husband and told him I was good to go, and I turned off my computer, turned off my light, shut my office door and I was gone.

We stopped at the house and got our winter jackets and the umbrellas because the soccer field at Erika’s school is cold even on a nice hot day. Well, not good enough, we still froze!!! Why didn’t we think to grab hats and mittens? The hand holding the umbrella is about ready to fall off 15 minutes in to the game….this is May for heaven’s sake….what’s up with this cold???

Well all I can say is I’m glad they won….if I had stood there until 6pm in the freezing cold rain to watch them lose I would have been more upset. It just took me the rest of the night to feel my fingers and toes again.

 Next time my husband asks if I can get off work early to watch Erika’s High School soccer I will be sure to check the weather and the temperature and make my decision based on that….not on my desire to watch her play.

  

 P.S. I’m warm now….

A Chilly Soccer Game…..

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At 4pm today the temperature was approximately 8 degrees and it was extremely windy out….and of course Erika had a high school soccer game.

Well what good mother would stay at work doing her job, when she could stand out side in the freezing cold and watch High School Soccer…..not me that’s for sure.

So my husband (who is a good dad who also left work) picked me up and we went to the school and stood in the freezing cold and watched BM beat Centennial 2-1. Perhaps next time I should be more prepared and have my winter jacket, hat and mitts with me….as opposed to my dress clothes and light spring jacket….

No goals from Erika today, both were scored by her friend RP.

It was a great game despite the frigid temperature…..BM 2 for 2 now.

 

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 Go Celtics!!