Sunday, June 21, 2015

Go Canada Go! Father's Day in the Fan Zone

This year Vancouver has been one of the host cities of the FIFA Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament.

This is also the year that both my girls started playing soccer. Hubby has always been a huge soccer fan so it was no surprise that he wanted to spend Father's Day soaking in the soccer atmosphere in the city as Canada took on Switzerland in the Quarter Finals.

We thought about buying tickets but - as with everything - when you have to buy for a family of 4 it gets expensive. The next best option to being AT the game was to be near the game at the Fan Zone set up by the city and FIFA.

Taking the skytrain is always one of the most exciting parts for the girls:

"the train is almost here daddy!"


We waited 45 minutes in line for this face painting. And almost got pulled into the middle of a fight between a Liverpool fan and 2 Man U Supporters during the wait. And I missed watching most of the first half.

 At least she thought it was worth it...

Canada WINS!!!!!

getting interviewed. "mummy...we might be on TV!"
 It was a pretty great way to watch the game. The place went nuts when Canada scored their lone goal. 

Plus...there were mini donuts. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Graduation Day - Kindergarten Edition

I've said before that milestone moments hit me a little harder as my youngest daughter passes them. Because I know this is the last time I will experience them.

When she started kindergarten I got pretty choked up. When she learned to ride a bike without training wheels I felt a little more emotional than I thought I should.

And so when I got the invitation to her Kindergarten Grad I knew I should bring some tissues.

I was also amazed at how fast this year has flown by. The past few years have been so difficult and so filled up with ups and downs it feels like I actually missed being present in much of it.

I am glad for the photos I take to remind me of these important milestones. Because while I have vowed to be more present in the moment...sometimes my mind refuses to join me there.

Luckily on Graduation Day...I was fully present. Sitting proudly in my hard plastic chair in the front row of the kindergarten room watching my girl mark the passing of her first full year in school. Singing loudly along with her fellow classmates. Grinning all the way to accept her "graduation" certificate.

She was her beautiful, sunny, smiling self and I couldn't have been prouder.

We were so lucky to have the same amazing teacher for both of our girls!

Congratulations my little T. I love you more than words can say. And I can't wait to see the journey you take.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


As sad as I was when my contract as an event planner for a week came to an end there was definite light at the end of the tunnel.  I would get to be with my girls again.

For a week I had been absent from their lives. Staying downtown at a swanky hotel while they stayed at home.

And when I'm away from them I try not to think about them too much. It makes me sad to think of the moments I am missing so I think of myself as single and childless. It's a self preservation thing.

But as soon as the Closing Ceremony ended and I finally got to unplug from my radio and take off my suit jacket I was literally pining to see my littles.

My in-laws dropped them off to me at the Convention Centre and they literally bowled me over on the sidewalk with their hugs.  After gathering all of their assorted belonging from the car I took them on a tour of where I had been working for the past week.

Vancouver was beautiful that night. And I loved getting to see it through my girls eyes.

And getting to hold their little hands in mine after feeling them conspicuously absent for a week.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Back to the onsite life...

Over the course of my career I have worked in many different areas and for many different companies. Big ones and small ones. Giant corporations and small not-for-profits.

And through all of them I can tell you that I have never had one as satisfying as event planning. There is no bigger high than seeing the event you have been toiling over for months come to fruition.

to see people check in at registration desks that you placed on a floor plan. Receive a conference bag that you found in a catalogue.  Consult an event guide that you edited through 16 rounds of changes.

it's truly thrilling. I got out of the event planning game a few years ago and this month I was very fortunate to get to experience it again.

It was 7 days of hard work. I walked a half marathon every day. I got up at 5:30am every day and feel into bed exhausted at 10pm.

And I loved every freakin' minute of it.

Especially the laughs I shared with all of my colleagues. A fantastic group of women who made every minute fun - even the ones spent re-bandaging my poor feet.

by midweek I am always grateful for these mats in the hotel elevator because I have no clue...

half the team. sad we didn't get a picture of all of us. :(

sunset selfie.

loved this witty label...and the wine too!
 and how to you cap off a great week? with a ride down the convention centre bannisters of course.

No event planners were hurt in the execution of the conference. This time at least.

Let's all do it again soon.