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Surprises! Oh My…


 About a month ago, I received an email from a co-worker…telling me about the Red River Deep Freeze (Roller Derby Event!).  She was wondering who else wanted to come out.. I was totally in for going to a new event.  I looked at the date of the event, and realized my mum would be out… so I booked 2 tickets… and then had to tell my mum that she would only be able to go to 5 of the 6 Moose games that were scheduled.  (She of course asked why… and I kept it a secret…) until just before we left for dinner! 

We met up with 2 of my coworkers for crepes.. at this amazing crepe place that is like a 10ish min walk away from my apartment! (I so love that my place is a walk away from so many good places to eat, and have coffee!). 

We drove to the Winnipeg Convention Centre…met up with another co-worker, and her two kids… we were all pumped to see what the night would bring…. I must admit I was pretty amazed at what a big crowd was there! And was thankful for my co-worker that was able to get us seats–that had a good view!

I took the following photos from the program… to show you the ‘team rosters’….
Here’s Winnipeg’s Murder City Maidens….

 Who took on Red Deer’s Nighshades!

 As we watched the players warm up…. we looked at the “Quick Derby Primer’ in the program… which is below…it’s a good thing that was there… but even reading.. I wasn’t 100% sure what was about to happen during the ‘derby’…..

Here’s the “zebra crew” also known as Referees…
A quick shot of the warm-up/introductions…

 The acoustics were pretty bad–It was way loud..but you still couldn’t understand what the announcers were telling you!

 Here you can see the “Jammer” (with the star on her helmet)..moving through the “pack” to score points–they get one point for every opponent they pass legally–but they have to make it through the pack once before they start to score…. the first jammer (there are 2 one from each team)… through becomes the ‘lead jammer’ they have the ability to call of the Jam at any time… (usually if their team isn’t in a scoring position but the other team is!)…

 I think the funniest part of the night was when mum turned to me and told me that my dad was a big fan of roller derbies back in the 70s/80s….another random fact that I know about my dad I suppose!?

 There were some falls, a roller skate fell off at one point… and lots of yelling…. (Once I figured out how the derby worked… there also was some cheering!!)

 In the end… the Red Deer Nightshades… won…. 🙂 it was a fun night…

I think my mum really enjoyed her surprise as much as I did!  Unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of us at the derby… but that doesn’t mean we didnt’ like it… even though the popcorn was a bit too salty!

>May 2-4 Surprises!!!


It’s been awhile… I’ve been ‘on the road again’ or should I say ‘in the skies, and then on the road’… I headed back to Ontario to visit family for the May 2-4 weekend!  My mum knew I was coming, and I think my little bro and sister-in-law–partly because she had to stay at their house an extra few nights in Toronto before she picked me up at the airport… and that’s a whole other blog/story for another time.  Lesson learned, “maybe not ask my mum to pick me up from the airport again!” As this is stressful for ME and also HER! 

Tonight, before I go back to marking and doing what I need to get done… I’m going to leave you with some shots from my time I spent with my nephews!  I arrived in Haliburton on Friday  May 21 in the afternoon… knocked on the door and my sister-in-law, Dana was shocked. Partly because earlier that week I had arranged in a phone call a time to ‘skype in’ for the Birthday Party!  (Yes, I can be sneaky at times!)…

She was heading to do some volunteer work where my brother works…so I went with her and Samuel to surprise Jamie!  He was also shocked… after a quick talk, the afterschool program was going to start soon so they had to go to a meeting… Samuel and I walked back to his house… many photos were taken… and conversation was had….(Benjamin was sleeping… so Samuel and I had some quality time together—I stayed til Benjamin got up, but left soon after because it was dinner time!)

We discovered “blow-ies” or the “white-ones” as Samuel calls him…. and we took some time to BLOW a few…(although Samuel ended up taking them off with his fingers…..)

Samuel is going to JK (Junior Kindergarten) next fall…. that week he had gone to ‘visit’ his new school.. and got a kit full of lots of ‘wonderful’ things… paper, and letters, numbers, books etc…  So we practiced writing letters… Samuel can spell his name!! (Proud Aunt and ECE!) had to take a photo of his ‘works’ in progress!!! (you can see some ‘S’s’ and some ‘A’s’…)

It was very hot, so we went to the back step to have a break and drink some water…. Samuel doesn’t like his water ‘cold’ so left in the sun to warm up, I do like my water ‘cold’ so drank it right away.  We couldn’t play in the backyard, because there is some ‘new’ grass growing…. but we sat and talked… and Samuel would point at something and say “take a picture, Aunt Sarah” so I’d take a picture… and we’d look at it together!
Here’s the grass… Samuel was really excited when he said “look… under that straw, the green, it’s the grass it’s growing!” 
…Samuel and I also looked at clouds and talked about what they looked like… Samuel thought that this one looked like a ‘Sea Horse” I thought it looked like the “letter E”….
But most of all we sat, looked, listened and talked…
This was one excited Aunt…. and in that moment I smiled, and remembered to add it to my memory bank of precious memories!