Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hard post to write.

Last Monday, two soldiers were deliberately run down by a car here in Canada, and one died.  And 48 hours later, on Wednesday morning, a gunman shot and killed an unarmed soldier at his honorary post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then proceeded to infiltrate and fire shots inside Parliament Hill.  Both terrorist wanna-be's were shot and killed.

On Wednesday, Kerri's school went into a secure lock down mode.  A teacher told Kerri about the shootings, and how she thought it was related to Monday's terrorist attempt.  Kerri knew nothing about it, since we chose she did not need to know the horrors that happen every day in the world.  In that moment, the teacher stole Kerri's innocence, and Kerri spent the entire day worried about her father, who happens to work right by Parliament Hill.

Kerri's daddy was also on lock down, as was most of downtown.  No one could enter or leave their building, and they were told to stay away from windows as snipers took to the roofs.  We maintained contact via Facebook throughout the afternoon as the events unfolded.

When we got the call from the school, I went to pick up Kerri.  She looked sad, face down to the ground as she walked out.  When she looked up and saw me waiting for her across the school yard, she stopped in her tracks and yelled out: "Is Daddy safe?" and my heart just broke for her.  It took a long time to reassure her that she was safe too, and that she didn't have to worry about terrorists. When daddy came home late that night, we all hugged just a bit longer and tighter than usual.

Things have changed: we are more aware of our surroundings, and security has been stepped up a bit. But there is no fear.  If anything, there is more pride in this country, and people are more friendlier.  In the wake of Wednesday's events, a Muslim mosque was defaced with hate words like "Go home" (Canadians are polite even when they do graffiti!).  And as soon as that became public, Canadians showed up to clean it up and leave posters instead that said "You are welcome here" and "Love thy neighbor".  News broadcasts throughout the week have been calm and fact based, and focused mostly on the heroes and not the terrorists.  Instead of instilling fear and hate, the media has instilled calm and a sense of patriotism (so unlike what I am used to from the States).

Yesterday, the soldier that was killed on Wednesday, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo took his final trip down the Highway of Heroes, and thousands of Canadians lined the roads and overpasses to pay their final respects to our latest hero as his remains headed to his hometown.  Thousands more watched it live on television.  Heartbreaking pictures of his two dogs waiting for him with their heads poking out under the fence have been shown.  There is no terror here, just sadness.

Life with Kerri is praying for the families of the two soldiers that died, and for the surviving victims in both attacks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kerri's 6th art lesson.

Kerri is working on a watercolor project, but it had to be set aside to dry before she could continue.  So with the remainder of the lesson, she made a Pirate's treasure map.

It has all of her favorite things.
Life with Kerri is enjoying art lessons.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mall shopping.

Kerri: "Mom, I want to go shopping at that store."
Me: "You mean Garbage?"
Kerri: "No mom, look again, it's 'Garage' "
Me: "You mean like in a garage sale?'
(lots of eye rolling ensued).

PS: Daddy saved the day and took us out to a restaurant instead.

Oh, and by the way, she just had to stop and go in to the Justice store.  They should just change the name of that store to Overpriced Glitter.  Seriously, every time I take Kerri's clothes out of the dryer, glitter just goes flying everywhere.  You would think Kerri was a fairy.

Life with Kerri is picking out her own clothes now, and it's all sparkly.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bear got a boo-boo.

Jade (our cat) took a liking to Kerri's new stuffed polar bear.  She liked it a little too much, and Kerri discovered a hole.  So yesterday after school, I took Kerri back to the Build a Bear store.  They fixed her bear for free!  And they did a much better job than I would have done.

Life with Kerri is beary happy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's a long holiday weekend.

Kerri did not have school today, and she also has no school on Monday because it is Thanksgiving here in Canada.

Today we baked pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread.  I can't believe in just a few days we will be indulging ourselves with turkey and stuffing.  My kitchen is definitely one of the most used rooms in this house.

The weather is definitely getting colder (we finally had to turn on the heater!), and the leaves are changing colors, and falling from the trees.  Autumn in Canada is beautiful!

We always have a lot to be thankful for.

Thank you for following along Life with Kerri.  From our home to yours, we wish you a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5th art lesson.

Meet "Teddy".
Kerri completed her first watercolor piece.

Kerri's bear painting looks a lot like her own bear that she has had since we adopted her.  It's been sewn up, chewed up, washed and worse for wear....but she still sleeps with it every night.

I think this is my favorite piece so far.

Life with Kerri is looking forward to the next lesson!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Do blondes have more fun?

Not according to Kerri!

Life with Kerri was trying on her Halloween costume.