Happy Friday: A Retirement Celebration, Ed Sheeran in Clay-Form & a Little Robin

Happy Friday! And my, what a beauty one it is out there. It's the last official weekend before the starting of Spring and the first one coming up going into Summer. For the young school kiddos, it's also their last official weekend before hitting up their summer vacation (lucky ducks!) Here's what's been going on on this Happy Friday!

As always, we had our weekly softball game this week. It was our first official play-off game (which we ended up winning!) but what was even more fun was the team we faced were the nicest and most laid back people we'd met this season. It was so nice playing with them that for fun, we ended up playing some extra innings.

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We had a beautiful night for it, too!

A Happy Retirement for a Great Teacher

Even though it's been almost 10 years since I graduated high school, certain things still hold a close place to my heart. One of those things was the music department I was proud to be a part of, and the teachers who ran it. For the past few years, I've gone to see my cousin perform at his Spring concerts and I was always happy to come back to my old high school and see the new generation of talented, orchestra kids and my old teachers. This year, the head of the music department, Mr. H as we all called him, announced his retirement after 42 years.

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It's crazy to think, but my mom also remembered him when she was in school! (we attended the same high school). In his honour, a retirement party was held and I was only too happy to attend.

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There were actually two teachers retiring that night - both, ironically with the same first names.

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And I saw some familiar faces from my graduating class. I hadn't seen most of these gals in a few years. It was great to catch up with them again!

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This was Mr. H's partner-in-crime in the music department, Mr. Kolenko. Brian and I actually had him together in grade 10 music class. We were so happy to see him again, and that he still remembered us after all these years!

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These guys together were two peas in a pod: one of the reasons why I loved the music department so much was because of them. They were extremely chills (except maybe when it came to preparing for a concert the day before!), funny, approachable, and true friends and mentors to their students. In short: I simply loved them and am so grateful I had the pleasure of having these guys as my music teachers for several classes and orchestra practices after school (I even still have my old Orchestra-team sweatshirt that I can't seem to let go!)

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A candid moment: Mr. H and his son after his moving speech.

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After the celebrations, we took a few more snapshots and decided to grab some sushi. Why not!

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But first, it was someone's bright idea to "pose as instruments"; I give you exhibit A:

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This is what we came up with: the conductor (looking more like a Spice Girl), guitar, the singer, a saxophone and the triangle. Go figure. :)

Goodies From Ireland

This week, Brian's parents came back from their two week trip to Ireland and brought back these amazing, generous goodies.

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A Gaelic magnet, a beautiful little shamrock charm necklace, and cheeky leprechaun ornament. It's on my bucket list to visit Ireland one day and I absolutely loved these kindly gifts they brought back. Apparently, I told Brian one day I wanted a little leprechaun figurine for St. Patrick's Day but I couldn't find one anywhere. Brian's parents made a note of this and now, my decor for the special day is complete!

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I took a day off this week to run some appointments and while walking home, I crossed through one of my favourite parks near the local library. I ended up sitting on a near by bench for about half an hour, just enjoying the beauty and bliss of this sweet, warm weather.

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A Clay Figurine

My sister and I made a run to the dollar store that night - and she had the urge to pick up some coloured clay she had her eye on.

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She set to work making her latest masterpiece, apparently.

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Can you guess who she was making?!

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Forty minutes later, and she created her very own clay Ed Sheeran. It was actually too good, funny and oddly resembling.

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After being stuffed into her textbooks all semester, this is where her free creativity took her. Not too shabby at all.

Young Robin On The Mend

A few nights ago, we noticed a family of robins were chirping unusually loud in our backyard. We thought maybe they were just trying to get rid of our cats - until one of our neighbours noticed a bird on her property, who appeared to have an injured wing.

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My parents have always been ones to help out animals so they quickly found a box to keep the young robin in and searched up a nearby wildlife centre.

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The place we called had closed for the evening so we had to figure what to do with the little guy until the morning. We placed some newspaper, a small tub of water, and an old towel in the box, and kept it high and away at bay from other animals by placing the box on top our swing in the backyard. It was high enough that other animals couldn't reach it and its parents could see him; they were actually going in and out of the box and feeding him.We ended up bringing the robin to the Toronto Wildlife Centre, where they will treat and look after the little guy until he is well enough to be set free. It really makes me so happy that there are places out there who care and treat animals right. They gave us a little "Thank You" contact card to show their appreciation.

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And horray again for the weekend! Father's Day is this Sunday, the MMVAs are going on in downtown Toronto, and the weather is supposed to be quite pleasant.

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What will you be up to this weekend?