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.
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).
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!
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!