Animal Cruelty?….Nah!

Posted by Cindy on Feb 2, 2010 in Cindy's Thoughts

Our new house in the country came with 1/2 acre of land, lilac bushes, shrubs, and number of large trees.  It is the trees where I begin my story.  The trees that each dropped nearly a million leaves this fall…the leaves  that took 4 days to rake into piles…the piles of leaves that when mounded were 3 feet deep!!!  It was these huge piles which inspired me to commit “animal cruelty.”   Well as the title states…I don’t really think it was all that cruel….actually pretty hilarious.  You decide.


Learning about Technology

Posted by Cindy on May 16, 2009 in Cindy's Thoughts, News

up, down, up, down, up, down...faster!!!

I received my first animated gif lesson from Philip this morning.  Kendra was kind enough to be our model for the project.  Do you think she an  go any faster?!?!?


Kendra's First Movie

Posted by Cindy on Feb 23, 2009 in Cindy's Thoughts, Family News

Kendra just produced her first movie. It is a stop-motion animation called “Alvin’s Solo.” Check it out:


200th Find

Posted by Cindy on Oct 4, 2007 in Cindy's Thoughts, Geocaching

It was a dark and stormy night. Oops, that’s the start of my other novel. Actually it was a very pleasant evening. The five of us set out…five you say? Yes, five…now quite interrupting….I’m writing. Amy, Kendra’s friend made our fifth…there… is your curiosity satisfied?

Actually I need to start this whole story about 4 days ago. It was Sunday. We had to get 15 finds to reach our goal of 200. Philip has said that he wants to reach 200 by December. I’m the psycho geocacher now and said…let’s try to do it before October. That would mean 15 finds in one day!!! We started our adventure later than usual setting out after second service. We stopped for lunch and then started running. We Geocached for 7 hours…walked close to 4000 metres….and found 13 caches. I tried to get our 14th but it was just too dark and it was a micro! We got back in the car and decided that we had done quite enough. We wouldn’t reach the goal, but we sure gave our best. With two caches short of 200 we headed home.

Back to “The five of us.” Kendra had Amy over for a visit. We wanted to reach 200 as a family. Philip gets home pretty late from work and by the time we have dinner there isn’t much daylight left to cache. Knowing this, I stopped and picked up a cache in Barrie. Now we would only have to find one. After mac-n-cheese and hotdogs we headed south on the 400. There at Hwy 9 and 400 Kendra pulled the 200th cache from it’s hiding spot. We took pictures. It’s so nice having an activity both Philip and I and the kids enjoy doing. Family time, the challenge, technology, exercise, and the great outdoors!


Contacts vs. Glasses…you decide

Posted by Cindy on Aug 20, 2007 in Cindy's Thoughts

I was sixteen when my parents took me to Pearl Vision in Torrington, Connecticut. It was my birthday we were there to get contact lenses!!! I was thrilled and excited with the anticipation of not having to wear glasses. I’ve worn glasses since I was 8. I’m near-sighted, and well….blind as a bat. Playing sports has been a challenge. Sweat is not good for keeping glasses perched on ones nose. Also, when a ball is whipped at ones face, and slips past the catcher’s hands…let’s just say I had to get new glasses. Then there is skiing. If you are a glasses wearer then you know about the fog that suddenly appears before you eyes as you enter a warm building from the frigid outdoors.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am ever so grateful for my glasses. Without them I would not be able to see the wonderful things all around me, and being an art teacher, that’s kinda important. I just want to experience looking at my face without their presence. I want to be able to buy sunglasses that won’t cost an arm and a leg. I want to look at my world without frames to block any details. There’s so many more cool things contacts can do that glasses just can’t provide.

So…on my pricing hunt for Kendra’s glasses (yep, she’s got em too) I asked one of the optometrists if I was eligible for contacts. He said, “Yes, and I can order you a free trial pair.” I have neglected to finish the “When I was sixteen” story which makes this next part of the story so wonderful! At Pearl Vision I had my eyes examined and then we met with the optometrist. I don’t remember all that was said, but I do seem to recollect something said like $600 a pair. You see I have an astigmatism and the contact lenses at that time were just being developed to handle people like me…ya know those special people who need to pay extra for stuff. Anyway, $600 was way out of my parent’s budget and we left. To say the least, I was crushed. My anticipation snuffed out. I remember crying and crying and crying, filled with disappointment. So knowing how I felt back then makes the “Yes” I got now that much more wonderful! As I type this entry I am the proud wearer of my very own contact lenses. I am enjoying all the wonderful things contacts have to offer me. I’m still getting a bit used to them, but it is so worth it! I’ll be attaching two pictures in the near future. You decide…contacts or glasses?


Our Trip to California (Part Three) – Boomers

Posted by Cindy on Jul 25, 2007 in Cindy's Thoughts

Yesterday we were all sitting around in the hotel room wondering what to do. Nothing had been planned except for a trip for Philip to Frys. (I’m sure he’ll write about that later.) Wanting something active for the kids to do led me to think along the lines of batting cages and miniature golf. A quick search of the yellow pages didn’t help, so I called my brother-in-law, David. He knew exactly where we should go. Long story short, Breanna took us with her newly acquired license to Boomers. Boomers is a family fun place with: Go Karts, 2 Mini Golf Courses, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, and a TON of arcade games! I got to experience some fun I’ve never had before. I really loved the Bumper Boats and Laser tag. Kendra liked the Bumper Boats and Go Karts. Javen liked the Bumper Boats and Go Karts and the games.

Kendra thought that I should explain what the Bumper Boats are. I think that is a good idea since we all liked it. Bumper Boats are huge inner tubes with built in seats and a motor/squirter controller. The boats were floating in a circular three feet deep pool. At the center of the pool is a fountain. The object of Bumper Boats, motor around and squirt as many people as you can. The first time we road the boats we got kinda wet, but the second time we were drenched!

The arcade games were the type that you would win tickets. The tickets could then be traded in for prizes. There was this neat ticket counting machine. Some kids would put in a LONG strip of tickets they had won and the machine would start sucking in the tickets rapidly.

We all had fun and were glad when Philip was able to join us for a round of Mini golf.

As usual, the pictures are in our Photo Album.


Our Trip to California (Part Two) – Anniversary Trip

Posted by Phil on Jul 23, 2007 in Cindy's Thoughts, Geocaching, Phil's Thoughts

Sunday, July 22, 2007 was our 12th anniversary so we decided to park the kids with grandma and head off on a little trip of our own. We decided on heading north to see what lay above San Francisco. After Church and the figuring out who drives what vehicle so that grandma could take the kids back to Dave’s apartment, others had rides to go to the Oakland A’s game and we had a car for our drive, we took off.

On our way to our destination, we drove up the East Bay and had a good look at Alcatraz and then later San Quentin prison. That’s a nice way to start a drive. It was, fortunately another bright and sunny day. After about an hour and a half, we made it to Santa Rosa.

We took a tour of the Charles Schulz museum. We saw lots of Snoopys, Woodstocks and other characters. It was really neat to see how many other comic strip artists were influenced by “Sparky” Schulz and paid tribute to him in their own strips. We ate some “hockey pucks” (ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and completely covered in chocolate) at the “Warm Puppy Cafe” and watched the Californians try to skate on the rink. We then bought a couple trinkets at the gift shop and got our picture taken by the webcam.

Cindy and I then decided to go geocaching. We found 8 more and brought our total to 99! One more and we hope to find it as a family to celebrate 100 in California. The caches gave us a nice tour of Santa Rosa Junior College.

We then went back south and stopped in to see the Redwoods at Muir Woods. The drive into the woods was amazing and seeing the huge trees was awesome.

Since we were just north of the Golden Gate, we decided to head on down 101, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and entered San Fransisco. We got lost very briefly and then made our way back east across the Bay Bridge.

We finally got back to Dublin and ate at Appleby’s. We sat next to Larry Allen.

We had a great day. Pictures are now available in our Photo Album.


I love teaching!!!

Posted by Cindy on Sep 10, 2006 in Cindy's Thoughts

It was in Grade 10 (or 10th Grade for my US readers) that I knew I wanted to be an art teacher. I have been told numerous times that it is rare for someone to know what they want to do with their life at such a young age.

When I was looking into a career choice to decide my future education pursuits I remember my Dad suggesting that I get a degree in elementary education. The rational was I’d be more marketable since there are more opportunities in the work force. I remember saying that I didn’t really want to be a classroom teacher…I wanted to teach art! Read more…


School's Starting!

Posted by Cindy on Aug 16, 2006 in Cindy's Thoughts, News

It’s hard to believe that school is less than 3 weeks away! This year there are two major differences. First, Javen will be attending Grade 1 and going to school every day. Second, I got a job teaching art at a school in Barrie and will be there two days out of the week.

Now, just to give you some background information on the situation. I have taught at this school before in the capacity of supply teacher (“substitute” for my American readers). I didn’t teach for 4 years previous. It was a bit nerve wracking stepping into a new situation and a classroom that was not mine. Needless to say I loved teaching the kids art and also whipped the classroom into some organized order. Some of the kids had a tough time with the changes and I can’t blame them. The difference was like night and day.

Anyway, life has gone on and now I am “the” art teacher at the school. It’s great planning my curriculum, working with the teachers, anticipating the kids coming, and setting up my classroom. I’m excited as well as exhausted and nervous. So much yet to be done and so many ideas flying through my head. Step by step I’m getting things done and before I know it the end of the year will be here with lots of memories and pictures to remember the time.

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