Cruciferous Vegetables, Cheer Competitions, Cakes, and Canada…

Jim and I were happy to survive another busy weekend…back-to-back cheer competitions for Anna and Hope Saturday and Sunday!

Jim dropped Anna off at Simonds High School for her competition for 9 a.m. on Saturday…on the way home, he and Brianna and Hope stopped at Costco for some essentials (and not-so-essentials)…I got my mango juice, and Anna got her fix of Veggie Sticks.  We’re also stocked back up on acetominophen and allergy meds.  While they were gone, I got up and checked my e-mail, and watered my plants.  The cruciferous vegetables are taking off nicely…I have broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and purple Brussels sprouts (will post photos later this week)!  So far, Jake hasn’t made an effort to jump up on the table and destroy them!

We got to the cheer competition fairly early, and Hope and I went in and grabbed seats in the bleachers while Jim parked the car. We brought our pillows again…there were 10 teams competing, and we knew we were in for a long afternoon! Luckily, the gym at Simonds is fairly large…

Anna’s team looked tired during their performance…all those extra hours of practice seemed to take their toll. Anna is covered with bruises from people falling on her (she’s a “back” and catches people). I was surprised when they made callbacks again, along with three other teams!  Five out of ten teams dropped their flyer at least once (no one hit the floor, thank goodness, but there were far too many “close ones” for my liking).  A toddler about Elise’s age who was sitting behind us cried for most of the afternoon…taking little kids to a three-hour event is not a brilliant idea!

The Harbour View High girls nailed their second outing! They were enthusiastic, and tight…I thought surely they’d place in the Top Three this time…I was wrong! Foiled again…their Provincial Championship is two weeks from now. Maybe the third time will be the charm?

Anna also performed with a quad or stunt group at this competition.  She had a different flyer than her usual one during the team events.

Anna (top left) with her quad in their final pose...photo by Jim

We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home for a snack, and also at Canadian Tire for some rope…Hope had asked Jim to make her a tire swing in the back yard.

When we got home, we discovered that Jake had been having fun with Jim’s lunch bag in our absence…another Rubbermaid lunch container was now history, and a new lunchbag would also need to be purchased.

We were pretty exhausted Saturday night…I didn’t do any laundry, and no swing was installed out back.

Sunday morning, Jim got up early to drive Hope to her Middle School Provincial Cheerleading Championships…the girls had to be there by 8 a.m…luckily, the venue was Devin and Brianna’s high school (and Jim’s alma mater), Kennebecassis Valley High, so it was only a 15 minute drive from our house.  Before they left, Jim took some photos of Hope before her very last cheer competition (she doesn’t want to cheer next year).

Hope before provincials...photo by Jim

There was a huge lineup when we got to the school…we grabbed the first seats we could find!  Jim took his camera and roamed around, looking for the best photo ops.  After a long competition (12 teams – boy, did I regret forgetting the pillows to sit on!), Quispamsis Middle School wasn’t called back, but had improved significantly since their last outing.  It was fun to see some “different” creative stunts that some of the teams performed (and it was another accident-free competition…hooray!).  I appreciated that the DJ at this competition remembered there were some members of the crowd born before 1995, and played some 80’s music instead of the constant current pop drivel that normally dominates these events.  Anna was suitably horrified when I started bobbing my head when they played “Footloose” (my work here is done!).

Since it was Hope’s last competition, Anna decided we should celebrate by eating supper at Vito’s (somehow, I missed the part where she offered to pay for it!).  We had a fairly relaxed meal.  At one point, Hope commented, “Hey Anna…I can sit with my legs apart because I have spankies on!”  We all laughed (we weren’t nearly as amused when Hope started blowing her straw all over the table).  My Creamy Pesto Chicken Club sandwich wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, but the fries were great.  Jim polished off his Chicken Parmigiana in record time, and Anna finished her Gnocchi au Gratin with some difficulty (we also had a lively argument about how to pronouce “gnocchi” – I was right).  Hope had the last half of her pizza packed up to take home…she took it for her lunch today.

When we got home, Hope was happy to see that Grandad was hanging up the tire swing…she helped by holding the ladder steady.  I started four loads of laundry while Jim refilled the bird smorgasbord…he reported seeing another pigeon out there…luckily, we don’t get many of those!  Anna and Hope went out to try out the new swing.

Later, the girls and I watched Cake Challenge on the Food Network: The contestants were asked to make a cake to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Dora the Explorer.  One young woman’s design included a 4-foot Dora figure with a 2-foot wide head…huge mistake!  As one of her competitors commented after Dora lost her head, “That was cake carnage!” I have to say that I was impressed that the baker and her husband/assistant took the “epic fail” a lot better than most people would have…very classy!

Dora, before she became The Headless Toddler...photo from blog.oakleafcakes.com

We watched Amazing Race before going to bed…let’s just say “whiners can’t be winners”!  I also don’t think I’d want Gary and Mallory or Zev and Justin rescuing me if I were ever buried during an avalanche!

Today is an important day in Canada…we are voting in a new federal government. We have been in “election mode” for about six weeks here, and will finally get the chance to cast our very important ballots. Jim and I will be stopping on the way home from work to exercise our right (and indeed our responsibility as Canadians!) to vote. If you are eligible to vote today, please do so…together we can decide the future of our great country!

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43 responses to “Cruciferous Vegetables, Cheer Competitions, Cakes, and Canada…

  1. Cherish these times for they will be gone all too quick.

  2. I had no idea Cheer leading was such serious business Wendy! From what I’ve seen I can tell a lot of training and hard work is required and fitness levels must be tops, but it truly is a sport! You must be really proud of the girls :D Oh and I don’t see what’s wrong with Footloose either ;-)

    Looking forward to the pictures from the garden and maybe some birds? That two-foot head is a mistake on anyone…even a cake! Speaking of cookery programs – do you watch Rachel Allen? I’ve watched a few of her shows on the BBC and enjoyed them!

    Hugs, H.

    • Welcome back, Harsha! I’ve missed you! You certainly need to be dedicated to be a cheerleader…I admit that I had almost no respect for it before my girls started doing it! It is a huge time commitment too, as well as a physical one! I haven’t seen Rachel Allen before…will have to watch for her! Hugs, Wendy

  3. Jess Witkins

    What a busy weekend! Can Hope and Jim come build a tireswing for my yard? That sounds like lots of fun. Thanks for taking time to vote, I always appreciate those that take their responsibility as citizens seriously and make it to the polls.

    • Tire swings are easy, Jess…all you need is an old tire, a thick rope, and a big tree (and a ladder, of course!). Voting is something I’m pretty passionate about…I have no use for people who complain, and then admit that they didn’t bother to vote! Wendy

  4. That poor Dora cake. Kids can be so difficult, and I’m sure they already teased her about her 2-foot wide head, but even more when it fell off.

  5. It sounds like you had a very cheerful weekend. I had no idea how much work went into cheering. It truly is a sport. Glad your girls and teams were came away from the week-end without any broken, sprained or torn limbs.

    Voters Rock,

  6. My wife loves Cake Challenge and Amazing Race, both great shows! You’re right about the importance of this day – I just hope everyone does their part and Canada moves forward in a positive direction.

  7. As someone who would completely fail if I ever tried to bake a cake, I think this lesson is valuable. Now when I’m asked to do something I don’t want to, I’ll just go so over the top that when it all goes wrong my attempt will have looked respectable.

    • Anyone who can read should be able to bake a cake, Clay…maybe not a 4-foot Dora cake with a 2-foot wide head, but a regular cake…I challenge you to make a cake from scratch! Wendy

  8. Glad to hear all is well in your world! Sounds like a busy weekend——-
    Kathy

  9. We did a “Ditto” of your weekend only at track. How can it be so exhausting when they’re the ones doing all the hard work and we’re the ones doing all the sitting? Good times, good times….

  10. You had me at Dairy Queen, Wendy! Do you have Sonic there? What I wouldn’t give for a Sonic Blast right about now.

    Speaking of empty, but delicious calories…I think you’ll appreciate this: over the weekend I went to Tim Horton’s! One just opened in my neighborhood. Got a box of Timbits. Yum.

  11. Busy weekend!! And, like you, I’m watching the election results and am eager to see what’s coming for all Canadians :)

    Cheers, MJ

  12. Sadly, my non-citizenship is still standing in the way of my being able to vote :( But I’m allowed to show my support on Facebook, right?

  13. Do you think Dora lost her head because she was screaming too loudly? ;)

    • She was fairly quiet as a cake, Leanne…people surely reacted when her head rolled off and exploded on the floor though… Wendy

      • Exploding Dora Head, ey? Sounds like a big TV gimmick to me – you know, ratings and such.

        Say, your plants, are you growing them indoors under grow lights until they can be transplanted? I’m having a heck of a time raising my seedlings indoors…what bulbs are you using, if that’s your method?

        Thanks in advance!

      • I don’t think the Dora thing was a gimmick, Spectra…the girl was pretty young, and not very experienced with big cakes…a little too ambitious! I bought little peat pots at the dollar store and just have them sitting on a table in my back kitchen in a south-facing window. I’m just using seeds from a Maritime organic seed company (Hope Seeds – link at top right). The pots I bought can just be planted directly in the ground when it’s time…much easier for transplanting. My biggest challenge is keeping my dog from destroying them (which is what he did last year!). Wendy

  14. Oh, for an election season that lasts only 6 weeks.
    I still don’t understand why there are 2 shows on cable about cake bakers. In all fairness, though, I couldn’t understand if there was only 1.

    • I’m happy about the 6-week election, Todd…can’t say I’m happy about the voter turnout or the results… “Two shows about cake bakers”? Hmmm…Cake Challenge, Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and Cupcake Wars…those are just the ones I know about… Wendy

  15. “that cake was carnage”–har.

    wow–you have been a busy busy lass!

    our family is 3 episodes behind on Amazing Race–I blame Netflix . It’s like crack.

    blessings
    jane

  16. Love the Google graphic. Did we get that in the states or was it only posted in Canada. It’s a mystery to me how they can do that?

  17. We did soccer and baseball the entire weekend and baseball continues in the week. We were cold, wet and tired but together. Hopefully someday these offspring will remember and smile!
    Dora made me hungry – I’m going to raid some Easter baskets!

  18. I really like the Google Canadian election logo. Totally cool and you don’t really see that down here. Hope the election turned out to your liking. :)

    By the way, I’ve never said this before, but I just LOVE the Canadian anthem. Even though I spent many years living in Seattle, near Vancouver BC, and knew many Canadians who lived in Seattle area, I never actually heard the anthem until last year’s Olympics. What a beautiful melody!

    • Let’s just say I wasn’t thrilled with the election results, Monica…voter turnout was a factor, I think… I’ve promised my friend Nancy video of the girls singing “O Canada”… Wendy

  19. Congrats on the championships! Can’t wait to see photos of your garden, Wendy!

  20. I am so far behind on reading my favorite blogs, but am glad I found time today to say congratulations on the champs and surviving the cheering weekend! Tire swings are so much fun. Wish I had one in my yard as I would surely swing on it every day…no joking! Have a very Happy Mother’s Day. ♥ Diane

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