Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer has begun.

School is out!  Kerri brought home a terrific report card, all A's and B's.  We are very proud of her! This summer she is undergoing a psychological educational evaluation, to update her school IEP and ensure we have a definitive diagnosis (so we can get her whatever help she needs to be successful in 6th grade and beyond!). She has also started seeing a psychologist to help her self-advocate (all the bullying at school has taken a toll on her self confidence).

And so our summer begins.  In a few days, we will be picking up Kerri's godparents and our goddaughter at the airport.  They are coming to visit us and we are so excited!  I hope they have a great time while they are here.

And this month we also have Nana and Meg's wedding.  Kerri is a junior bridesmaid, and is really looking forward to it!

July is going to be a pretty busy month around here.

Life with Kerri hopes everyone is having a great start to their summer!

Monday, June 22, 2015

What we did this past weekend.

This past weekend we celebrated Father's Day and our 14th wedding anniversary.  We had a very busy weekend, and spent part of it downtown.  Kerri went to Sugar Mountain to pick up a bucket of candy and a bacon soda.  We took Dad to Dunn's deli to eat his favourite smoked meat sandwich.
Kerri then met a Chinese artist who engraved her Chinese name on a grain of rice and then placed it inside a dolphin pendant (which Kerri is now wearing around her neck).  And then we headed to the downtown cigar shop to pick up some Cuban cigars for the godfather, who will be visiting in less than two weeks.
We also managed to fit in another trip to the Summer Solstice festival, where Kerri bought a bow and arrows set, among other Aboriginal hand made goodies.  And she and Daddy ate more frybread.

I managed to also squeeze in a trip to get an oil change, a shopping trip to Costco, and baked lots of chocolate chip cookies!

We exchanged gifts and cards, and also had a lovely visit from Nana on Saturday.  It was a very busy, but fun filled weekend!

Life with Kerri is counting the days until summer vacation!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Aboriginal Day!

Today I volunteered to accompany Kerri's class to the Summer Solstice Festival.  We learned all about First Nations music, attended a Pow Wow, tried frybread, watched dancers tell a story, and so much more!

Kerri had so much fun she wants to go back this weekend.

Life with Kerri should have worn sunscreen though.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kerri art class.

 Kerri calls this piece "Rainbow Oasis".

It is mixed media and glazes on cardboard.

Life with Kerri keeps on arting.

Monday, June 8, 2015

What we did this weekend.

On Saturday morning, I woke up with my left hand and arm numb. After an hour, it didn't go away, so I woke up hubby and Kerri, and we headed to the doctor. The numbness spread to my neck and lower face, so I was sent to the emergency room as a precaution.  After lots of tests and many hours hooked up to machines, I was told I had an abnormal EKG and may have suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke.

Kerri and hubby only left my side to go eat breakfast and lunch. You would think a 10 year old doesn't belong in an ER, but my little girl was in her element.  She wanted to observe everything, asked everyone lots of questions, and learned how to read the monitors I was hooked up to.  She was fascinated.  I was bored.  Hubby was stressed, but trying not to show it.

For more information about T.I.A. or strokes, please go here for the warning signs:  http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/TIA/TIA-Transient-Ischemic-Attack_UCM_310942_Article.jsp

When we got home from the hospital, we found this little scared, hungry, and hurt, lost pooch:

Kerri wanted to catch it and keep it.  She coaxed it out of hiding with some food, and I was able to slip the leash on him/her.  The dog came willingly into the cage, where it devoured two containers of food, several dog biscuits, and later on some of Kerri's dinner (which she hand fed it through the bars of the cage).  After giving it a blanket to lay on, we covered the cage to keep the dog warm and we called for help.  We kept the pooch company until they arrived.

The officer said there was no microchip, but because the pooch was hurt, he took it to the emergency after hours at the Humane Society (it was after 10 PM).  The sweet dog was obviously loved and had been recently groomed, so we hoped it's owners would contact the Humane Society and get their pooch back.  UPDATE: This morning, the Humane Society posted on Facebook that the owners claimed their pet, so we have a happy ending!

Sunday was spent doing laundry, hubby fired up the BBQ, and Kerri played outside with friends. This week is very busy, since I will have lots of tests and medical appointments in addition to the already scheduled stuff.   So life has gone back to normal.

And that's how Life with Kerri spent our weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Can't wait for summer!

This is hopefully going to be one of the best summers ever!

This summer Kerri's godparents and our goddaughter are coming to visit us.  I cannot tell you how long we have been trying to convince them to come.  And our wish finally came true!  We haven't seen them in years, and are really excited for their visit.  Kerri is looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with Erin, Tammie, and David (and so are we!).

This summer Nana and Meg are getting married, and Kerri is a Junior Bridesmaid in their wedding.  We are hosting Nana's Mom and step-Dad, and a bridal/bridesmaid "sleepover" party the night before the wedding.  I have had the immense privilege of stepping in for Nana's Mom for dress fittings, hair appointments, etc....and it has been such a joy to see Nana and Meg so happy.  This will definitely be a wedding to remember!

This summer, if Dad is given the all clear, he will be visiting us too!  He has had a tough year with many cancer operations.  We are very hopeful.  Kerri is looking forward to spending quality time with her only remaining grandparent, and is very much aware how precious any time we have with him really is.

This summer we planted a wonderful garden, with tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, rosemary, basil, sage, parsley, green onions, shallots, sunflowers, baby's breath, and other flowers.  We are looking forward to lots of barbecues, hopefully a fruitful harvest, and enjoying our beautiful new (to us) patio furniture.  Even though it is not summer yet, we got an early start.  I have already used the grill more than a few times, and Kerri is spending every possible moment playing outdoors when she comes home from school. (Sun exposure is really important for her psoriasis).

I am hoping this summer will be a great one for Kerri, since it has been a long time coming.  We are only too aware how precious life is, and how little time we have to spend with the ones we love.  So we plan on making the most of every moment.

Life with Kerri is looking forward to summer!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"The Gentle Cow"

Acrylic paint mixed with sand for texture (painting).

When Kerri was very young, she was head-butted by a cow and went flying.  She has hated cows from that moment on.  Yesterday she painted this cow in art class, and wanted to call it "The only cow that I like because it can't head-butt me."  Daddy convinced her the title was too long and to change it to "The Gentle Cow".

Life with Kerri is mooooving right along.