Monday, March 11, 2019

Cheerleading is more than a sport, it’s an attitude!

This is by far one of my favorites so far. Each year the Alberta Cheerleading Association (ACA) holds the largest cheerleading and dance event in Western Canada right here in our home town! The 2019 True North Cheerleading and Dance Championships will will bring over 230 teams from across Alberta and neighbouring provinces. That is approximately 3,000 athletes in from from 3 to adult. Add in about 500 or so amazing coaches and then us the 6,500 spectators that cheer loud an proud. For the All Star teams this is a two day event.
This year I choose to help out and volunteer, cause as you know events as big as this will not run smoothly without the help of many fabulous helpers. I enjoyed not only watching our team but many others. The one thing I have found about Cheerleading is that everyone cheers not matter the color/team. I may not always have the time in my busy schedule but I have to heart to volunteer so I just make it work.
Together we stand and together we fall.  All for one and one for all! So proud of the outcome this weekend for not only our daughter but the 17 other girls and three amazing coaches.  It has been a very trying year and lots and lots of changes but wow to see them pull it all together this weekend and almost hold on to a first place lead to a amazing team heading to Summit.  I am beyond proud and can't wait to see what happens in when we travel to Sea to Sky this Spring.  Have no doubt and shout it out.  "Pride, Passion Perfection be warned, you can't out run the Storm!!!!
It was great on Day 3 to be able to stand right at the VIP Exit as I got to watch all team compete. And what a splendid day for Cheer.
They didn't lose, they got second and that is still winning. It make them want to work that much harder. There are others that would love to be in that position. Second place we will take it we earned it!
Thanks to all who helped out this weekend to make sure the little Miss was on time fed and ready to got. Can congrats to Team Freeze and Coaches and a fabulous 2nd place finish.

Just a note at if you are looking to try out Cheer in the Edmonton and Area, Calgary or Lethbridge check this out..... Perfect Storm Athletics

Have a great week and thanks for the likes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A day a week from our crazy life.

Sometimes we just get so caught up in life and need a break! We have finally come of of the deep freeze in Edmonton.  WOW it was sure nice to get outside and not have our eyelashes freeze instantly. I cannot take credit for this photo but is shows just how darn cold it was. 




The first full week of February I decided to take a me break. Everyone should take the time when then need it.  I lucked out and didn't have to freeze my butt of this week.  With the cooler weather I have been slowly working on perfecting my instant pot skills....I will get the chicken to brown yet and the spaghetti not to still all together.  Baby steps..... however, do feel free to share your favorite recipes and tips and tricks. 

This is one of my favorites that I have made


Easy Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli Recipe Ingredients:

2 pounds of meat (chuck roast, rump roast or flank steak), cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil or peanut oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons garlic (fresh, and minced)
1/2 cup soy sauce (I prefer a low sodium soy sauce)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 bag frozen broccoli (or 1 pound of fresh broccoli if you prefer)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons starch
Serve with white rice
Check it out at I Save A2Z thanks for the great recipe.  Rice...how do you cook Rice? 

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Then on Wednesday of my me week, my fabulous sister in law took the girls and I to see Justin Timberlake in Edmonton it was a super cold night but that man really warmed it up!!  Me Oh My does he put on a great show and what amazing dancing.  I was so amazed and thankful for the chance to see him.  The "S" shaped stage that made its way across the arena was something I had never seen before. 


We started a new tradition in our house this February and I am so happy for this and will continue it in the years to come.  This is a simple activity that challenges you to think of a new encouraging things to write for each child each day.  Kids can get involved too by making their own hearts and sharing with their siblings and parents too.  Encouraging words are the love language of so many, this easy activity is a great way to live out that love. Super easy, inexpensive and so much fun, cut out little paper hearts in festive colors and write something you love about your child on them.  Tape one little heart to their door each night of February leading up to Valentine’s Day. I am thinking maybe next year to do it for the whole month of February since it's a short month and our little Miss "S" loved it!! Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day.




During my time off I did manage to work on a few little crafty ideas to for the little ones Cheer Competitions coming up.  It is always nice to give a little something to help with not only the nerves but also to help build up the hype before the girls take the mat.  It the smiles you see from all the girls that makes it all worth while.  

Have a great week and thanks again for the follow <3

Dianna


Friday, February 8, 2019

Deep Freeze

I have survived the "Polar Vortex"!!

What a crazy but invigorating week.  Took a much needed week off from my full time job to have a little me time. Time to recharge and rest. 


Didn't spend my week all alone but I did stay inside and work through some stuff for me.  Super excited to do some meal prep and make a bunch of frozen dinners to just pop into my Instant Pot when I get home from work.  I have to say I sure do love my Instant Pot it is simply magic and my new Best Friend.  

  

Still waiting to hear when we can get Miss S her allergy test so we can find out what is causing her reactions so for now we are still not eating anything with nuts.  I have tried and tried to master a good Chocolate Chip Muffin and Double Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe. We have tried a couple this last batch was much better.  

  

Bringing up daughters is complicated: Empowerment messages and impressive achievements are everywhere, yet depression and anxiety are very real threats. This month we are helping our daughter become her best, well-rounded self in spite of it all that life will throw at her.  


Finally got to see Mr. Justin Timberlake in concert.....he doesn't disappoint that is for sure.  It was a nice little girls night with my sister and my girls.  I have been to many concerts and never seen such a crazy stage set up.  AMAZING!! How ever very pricey.  

  

Fingers crossed we are out of the deep freeze and the days will start to warm up.  It was a Good Week to Have a Good Week.  

Until next week......oh and I finally cleaned up the craft room it is ready and waiting for me !!

Monday, January 28, 2019

5th Week of 2019



Man the first month of 2019 is already almost over... Time sure does fly when you are having fun.  Had a super busy week last week with the first Big Cheer Competition of 2019.   

This year it seems we have struggled a bit but right before I leave her I always tell her the same few little words... 
1. Have Fun!
2. Play Hard!
3. I Love You!
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And when it is all said and done and even after a third place finish which they should all be happy with. I asked her:
1. Did you have fun?
2. I am so proud of you!
3. I Love You!!



I have seemed to struggle more this year than her so I am slowly learning that it is not weather they win or lose or where they place but... DID YOU HAVE FUN? DID YOU GIVE IT YOUR ALL? ARE YOU HAPPY?
I will always be super proud of her for just getting out on that mat for them 2 minutes and thirty seconds. 

Two of her biggest Fans

I am proud of her dedication and commitment to her Team Freeze and gym Perfect Storm Athletics. I am so happy that we are part of this family and learn and grow together.  Plus my favorite color is Purple!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Crazy Week



Crazy how I just sat back and looked at the Calendar and here we are already on the 17th day of 2019.  Where does the time go and how do I get so darn busy?

I have all these things and ideas running through my head...now to get them down on paper.   Like how to plan an awesome Disneyland trip for next to nothing. How to save money, how to make money..... yeah the list is endless and before I know it the week is done and I have not tackled a darn thing.  Oh that reminds me I better contact the allergy clinic for our daughter so we can find out what this poor miss is allergic to so she can go back to having her favorites. Took a stab at making some Double Chocolate Muffins...but well they didn't taste to great but we sure had a blast making them.  Time to find another great Pinterest recipe.


So even though the start of this week was a rough one I got back on track and managed to get all the Christmas stuff sorted and put away. I only put away the stuff that sparked joy to me. I am slowly getting the hang of this organization and decluttering way of life.  It was nice when we were able to remove some items out of our basement that have been there for some time.  Made a few dollars and that is going to the Disneyland fund.  


Little S is slowly learning that we can't always do and get what we want if we want to travel and see the world.  We may be two parents with two incomes but we still have our struggles. I have introduced her to the world of KonMari and she is not sold but we will work on that.  

Found out that I am not so scared of that Instantpot!! I cooked frozen chicken for the very first time and I have to tell you it was AMAZING. Super easy too.  All I had to do was add about a cup of chicken broth and sprinkled some Epicure Teriyaki (which I find out is no longer available) on top, close the lid and hit manual for 10 - 12 and voila!!! Some of the moistest Chicken I have ever had.  I am SOLD!

This weekend will be a busy one with the Cheer Competition all weekend long can't wait to cheer on my gal and fingers crossed they bring home a shiny first place medal.  "We've got Spirit, yes we do! We've got Spirit, how bout you?  #TeamFreeze #ColdSnap

So looking forward to checking off some more of my to do list and getting started on some great projects.  

Cheers,
Dianna