Wednesday, November 22, 2006

IT'S A BOY!!!!...Maybe


We had our ultra-sound today. How exciting!! It was so cool to actually see our baby. It made this pregnancy feel so much more real. However, our baby wasn't very cooperative. He was curled up really tight and really far up which made it difficult to see everything. But after Steph got up moved around we did it again and he changed positions so we were able to see his spine, arms, legs, heart, and kidneys. We asked about the sex and she ventured her best guess, but the legs were together and the baby was all curled up so she couldn't be certain. She saw what she described as a little pokey thing and she would put her money on it being a boy but she insisted that we don't go and start painting and buying boy clothes yet. Our family doctor was so sure it was a girl based on the heart rate but the lady today said that was nonsense, an old wives tale. Anyway we are really happy and have gone back to thinking more about boy's names (we think we've got one picked out but it's not set in stone)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

The New Bond



Last night Steph and I went to see the new Bond movie "Casino Royal". I have always loved the James Bond franchise and was really excited to see it even if I wasn't too sure about the choice of Daniel Craig as the new Bond. At first I just didn't think he had the right look for the part. To me, I think James has to look sauve and sophisticated and this new guy looked too rugged and tough but I thought I should at least give him the benifet of the doubt.

The movie itself was awesome, definitely one of the best. It had all the Bond prerequisites-beautiful Bond girls, exotic locales, great chase scenes, hot cars, and amazing action sequences. And although Steph and I disagree alittle on Daniel Craig as James, I thought he pulled it off. I actually think I like him better than Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton. He had the wit and charm as James should, and where does it say James has to be a skinny little twig-Sean Connery was pretty big and burly in his time.

Anyway, I loved the movie and definitely like the new Bond. I would say that this one of the best action movies I've seen all year and would even go see it again. Maybe if my brother hasn't seen it yet I'll go with him when he comes home Dec. 1.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Report Cards



Today is our schools Primary Report Card writing day and I am of course procrastinating by writing on my blog. I went to a workshop on how to use the Report Card Writer program acouple of weeks ago as I had never been exposed to it either in our teacher education or my practicum's, and I must admit it was really user friendly and not at all as scary as I thought it would be. After I came home that night I started entering my students and writing thier PEN #'s and personal information. That took quite awhile and I felt good because talking to other teachers, I was ahead of the game. Next I had to decide which PLO's I was going to use for each subject and create a template.

So this morning I started entering my 1-4's for each PLO by subject. I thought this would be easy and take no time at all, but boy was I wrong. I started at 8:00 and just had lunch at 12:00 and I'm only about half way through. My goal for today is to get the rest of the grade section done. I have until the 30th to get the comments written. Everyone has told me that with cutting and pasting the comments do not take that long. I hope they are right because I want to get my report cards to the office early just in case I have to make some revisions.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Borat


The other night we went to see "Borat" with friends. Steph and I have been wanting to see it for awhile but the friends we went with had never even heard of Sasha Baron Cohen, Borat, or the Ali G show so they went in with no idea of what they were in for. Steph told them it might be a bit offensive but I don't think we had any idea about what we were in for. The movie was hilarous. It recounts the trip of the fictional Kazakh journalist as he goes to the US and interviews people in a documentary-like fashion who really believe he is from Kazakhstan. The funniest was when he met with a group of feminists and talked to them about some of his beliefs about women (alittle archaic to say the least) or when he was booked on a news show and disrupts a live weather report. There were times when perhaps he went alittle too far and there was one scene I could have done without but overall if you aren't easily offended I would definitely recomend it.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Remembrance Day

















Remembrance Day has always been very special to me. I like so many others have heard first hand stories from relatives who have had to experience loved ones going overseas to fight and a grandmother who struggled to escape war torn Europe. My family has always gone to Remembrance Day ceremonies or watched on TV and I always get choked up when I see the old veterans getting misty eyed as they think back to those horrible times and friends lost. I can't imagine what it must have been like. As we get further and further away from those times and we lose more and more veterans I thought that the younger generation wouldn't be able appreciate the sacrifices those men and women made and take thier freedom for granted.

Yesterday I was proved wrong. Our school had a Remembrance Day Assembly at 11:00 but before that I wanted to talk with my students about why Remembrance Day is so important. Very few if any had the same connection as they are too young to have grandfathers who served, but I was astonished by some of the comments they made about remembering those who gave their lives so we can live in freedom, about how scary it would have been to leave their families and go off to a foreign country to help, and about the nature of war itself. I talked to them about how a Remembrance Day ceremony is solemn and we walk quietly into the gym, don't talk or joke around, sit down, not to clap for presenters and so on, and they really understood. At the assembly itself I was so proud of our Grade 5's who put on an amazing, thought-provoking presentation. At the end they showed a slide show with a song called "A Pittance of Time" by an Atlantic recording artist named Terry Kelly. He was in a supermarket one Remembrance Day at 11:00 and the store manager announced over the loudspeaker that they would observe two minutes of silence. A man at the till became irate and demanding because he wanted to pay for his groceries and get out of there. He was with his young daughter and she pulled on his arm and said why it was important to have two minutes of silence, and he was overcome by emotion. If you don't think the children of today can appreciate what Remembrance Day is about, you should have seen the tears from kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5 at the end of that song (myself included, it was truly overwhelming).