In case you don't know what Choral Speech is I have posted a video on YouTube of the second piece. Unfortunately, I only got about 3/4 of the performance because I ran out of memory space but you'll get the idea. Basically it's a dramatic reading of poetry by a group.(Well, I'm having trouble uploading in YouTube. I'll put the link to the video here if I get it figured out.)
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thurs 7:00pm - Olivia and Mirabelle after dance class:
Friday 8:15am - Canada Olympic Park from our neighborhood (almost completely snow free 24 hours before this photo) :
Sat 11:00am - Marcy in our backyard (starting to melt):
Frank is in Calgary this weekend (arrived just before the snow.) He was so excited to watch soccer games and Madeline had a cheerleading demonstration, etc. etc. We even had plans to go to an opening weekend game for the Calgary Vipers amateur baseball league. Everything is cancelled. I guess there's still hope for Emily's 2pm soccer game tomorrow.
(See the post below - just two days before - with short sleeves, sunshine and ice cream!)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Yesterday Marcy's class attended the Calgary Children's Festival - a free, open-air street fair at the downtown Olympic Plaza with arts and crafts, games, and educational presentations. You can imagine the number of kids that were out there, especially since the weather was good. Not my ideal field trip but I had just three girls to keep track of and they were very well behaved and cooperated with each other on what to do next. Here are Marcy and her classmates Kyra and Mia building with straws:
Their favorite part of the day was when I agreed to buy them some ice cream. It was a great way to end the day and used up the last twenty minutes before getting on the bus (and I got to sit and relax while they licked away!)
The next two came a little easier. It worked out well that Emily spotted the first, they both worked together to find the second, and Beth found the third. We didn't get great trade items but feel good that we left some good stuff behind for the next hunters.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Yesterday Emily got to play against her good friend Beth from school. They normally play in different divisions but for this tournament there was just one division. Emily's team won 2-0 but it was the best game of the day. Emily and Beth got to go up against each other a few times. Emily was happy that one time she beat Beth, one time Beth beat her and the other times it was a tie. They play with each other all the time at recess so I think this was fun for them. Here are two pictures I caught of them together during the game. As it turns out they are both #3.
Victoria weekend is supposed to be a big camping weekend for Calgarians but I guess traditionally the weather turns cold every year. This year was no exception. It was about 35 degrees for the morning game. Everyone was bundled up in coats, toques, and mitts (that would be hats and gloves.) Luckily someone brought hot coffee and someone else brought Bailey's. Got to love Canadians who never forget the booze!! By the afternoon it warmed up to about 50 degrees. Still cold to me but Marcy had a great time making dandelion bouquets with some other siblings.
And while all this soccer was going on Olivia went to a movie with friends by herself and then went to a Chinese zither concert with her friend Mirabelle from Irish Dance. Mirabelle's mom is the zither instructor and organizer of the concert and Mirabelle played. Olivia wore one of Mirabelle's Chinese dresses but she had already changed by the time I found her. Olivia and Mirabelle really like each other because they are the same age, same size and both wear glasses (but Mirabelle took hers off for the concert.)
I'll post again with the tournament results. I'm really hoping Emily's team wins. They always seem to end up in 2nd or 3rd place in these tournaments. They deserve a win!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The springs lead down to the Bow River. Everyone took off their shoes and played in the water and climbed all over the rocks. Snuggles had an especially good time as there were some other dogs down there and he went for a swim in the river. He was in Lab heaven.
Here's Olivia hanging out at the edge of the springs. She wasn't too interested in me taking her photo. She was just happy the the hike to the springs was over.And here are Emily, Marcy and Courtnie where the springs comes out in a small waterfall. It really is amazing that we are a 5 minute drive from our house!!
Hopefully this spring weather holds on and we can find some more of these urban hikes to take. That's the hard part about moving so quickly - we're only just figuring this place out!!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
One of our stops on the double decker bus was Westminster Abbey. We spent quite a bit of time here as they had a good audio tour and Marcy did a kids scavenger hunt tour - and got a giant chocolate coin at the end.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Once they got home Emily and Anna planned their birthday weekend. They decided on the food (chicken and dumplings for dinner, chocolate chip cake for dessert) and they even made their own birthday banner.
They really love sharing the same birthday and this 10th birthday was extra fun for them because they never expected to be able to spend the day together!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
We definitely looked like a bunch of tourists posing with the telephone booth. We were going to really make a spectacle of ourselves and get inside but Marcy, Emily and Olivia got inside and said it smelled like a latrine. Maybe it was used as a latrine? Staying outside was just fine.
What could be better than a photo with the local "bobbies" with Big Ben in the background? There were lots of police out in London because of parliament elections coming up and a big demonstration planned for Sat afternoon.Here's everyone piled into a cab. We all fit in the back and of course the 3 youngest fought over who got to ride on the pull down seat facing backwards. We only ended up riding the "tube" once because with 6 people it was only a little more expensive to take a cab. (And required less walking to and from stations!)
I think I have only two more London posts. Stay tuned for the conclusion. Is this a little bit like people pulling out there vacation video and forcing everyone to watch??
Friday, May 7, 2010
I got this photo of Emily and Madeline with Frank while he was trying to give Emily a chance to see what was going on behind the fences. (She got sand in her eyes just as we arrived at Buckingham Palace so she REALLY couldn't see anything.)
We didn't get to see those silent, unmoving guards up close at the palace but we did find one at the Tower of London on Sunday morning. You can see that the day was cold, wet and windy but I convinced Emily and Olivia to stop as we raced for the exit for this photo. (Not a great photo since I was trying to hold an umbrella which was being blown inside out at the time!)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Here we are outside the flat we rented on Glouchester Terrace near Hyde Park. It was a bit small and Frank and I slept in the hallway a couple nights in order to accomodate jet-lagged children, but we weren't there much so it was okay.
More to come! Stay tuned for further London postings.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
On the way to school this morning (which took 1 hour 40 minutes round trip) Marcy and I decided that the trouble might be the decoration in our 2nd floor windows. This is a close-up of those windows:
The girls made these snow flakes and we hung them in the windows before Christmas. They have made good winter decorations but more importantly they have been a distinguishing feature for the house. Our house is pretty drab and boring. In fact, if it weren't for the neighbor's hockey net I'd easily drive past our house on a regular basis. Our house number is hard to find as it's on a pole by the front door so I always tell people coming to the house that it's the one with the snowflakes. But, maybe it's just one more weather jinx so today I'll take them down and see if the weather improves.