Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014-Levi's Growing Up!

I am working on my Levi's team hockey pictures.  A simple enough task, but this will be his last year in minor hockey!  We have spent a lot of great times in rinks and with amazing coaches and volunteers in Davidson, Strasbourg, Gravelbourg and here in Swift.  It has been an amazing experience.  After watching his Midget hockey tournament this weekend I think they need to sell Valium at the booth along with hot chocolate.  I love being a hockey parent and Pat has always enjoyed being involved with coaching and tournament organizing.  It has been a great way to get to more about Levi and his friends.

See how happy he is to have his Mommy taking his picture!

I think he is about 6'6" on skates and when he tries to hug me to bribe me into getting him a Gatorade and Twix bar in the lobby I feel pretty tiny.  When we lived in Strasbourg he went to the booth with $1 and came back with a burger fries, and a drink.  We still don't know how he managed it but even at 4 years old he had the gift of the gab and persuasion on his side.  !
 Here he is as a Strasbourg Maroon!  I do have one earlier picture from Davidson when he was 3 but I am going to have to dig to find that one.  The Davidson team was very strong and I believe they were 7 and under so when they got way ahead in the score they would throw the 3 year old on the ice and he would mostly wave at the crowd.
 This year Levi will graduate from Grade 12.  I feel bad that I have done such a bad job of blogging lately.  I share so much on Facebook but will not have a hard copy like I do from blogging.  I print a hardcover book ever 100 posts.  So I am going to try and do a better job!

Here is Levi on his first day of Kindergarden.  I remember walking him to school every day and giving him a kiss goodbye in the boot room.  I wanted to see how long it would last before he told me I couldn't kiss him goodbye any more.  It was grade 1when I finally go the cold shoulder!
 A picture with Dad! Two pretty handsome guys!
 He was excited to start school!  I was 6 months pregnant with Olivia here!  I tried to recreate these pictures at the beginning of this year but I would have had to papparazzi style sneak up to the parking lot of the Comp where they all hang out.  I vow to get a picture of the Comp sign with Levi on Grad Day with big double "#1s!"  You will always be our #1 Big Boy Levi!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


The day has finally arrived for our fifth and final child to head of on the bus to school!  She was so excited and so were we.

 She actually let me brush and curl her hair which was miraculous because she usually screams at the top of her lungs when I do that.  But as things were going smoothly upstairs the boys were downstairs trying to break into a can of soup with a butter knife. 
 Posing for a picture for Mom. 
 Looks like she put in a dip!
 And away we go. 

 Her bodyguards have her by the hand with the security adviser trailing behind on the lookout for boyfriends. 

 The reason there were no tears was because we went to the bus stop early and by the time the bus got there Pat and I were high fiving and Car was praying for the bus to come!!
 The teenager was even up and at it early!!
 This picture sums up how excited she was!
 Hello bus!

 Back again!

 She floated home.  Her feet didn't even touch the ground!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FIrst Day of School

Yippee!  It's time for school.  For the first time ever all four of them where up and ready for school because they were so excited.  Kindergarden and High School have staggered entrance so the two bookends aren't in school yet but Ellie wanted to pose with her new back pack!!

 Central School is turning 100 years old this year.  Kelsey is so excited to be the oldest grade in the school for this milestone.  Ellie will be in the youngest class so we cover the whole school!

 Big red. 

 Either Carson is the only pessimist or the best planner.  The only coat in the coat room. 
 This lucky lady will be teaching our third child Grade 5.  We will see if Kelsey can keep up the Rokochy reputation for straight A's and being the teacher's pet ;)
 Ellie found her teachers and snacks!  She actually let me brush her hair this morning.  Maybe she is turning over a new leaf. 
 Olivia was relieved to only have to take one sibling to her school. 

It's only two o clock and my helper has already fallen asleep with a whole bag of lucky charm cereal.  I can't imagine how tired she will be when she actually attends class. 

 Ohhh there is a teenager at the door.  It's Dom.  Levi is just waking up and Ellie has already fallen asleep. 
 Michael Smith's chocolate cookies.  Our first day of school tradition.  Every day is an adventure!  I hope everyone else enjoyed the first day of school. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Half Time Show

We are officially half way through summer holidays although it feels a little more like Bill Murray's Ground Hogs day minus the "I Got You Babe" waking my each morning.  Today like yesterday and almost everyday I find myself cleaning doing laundry and ripping apart closets in an attempt to get my house clean so that when school starts again we will have some kind of managed chaos. 

After having a glass of wine with wonderful girl friends last night I took their sage advice to enlist the help of the built in work force in my house known as my children.  Although the teenager did not spring into action at 9 am like I had hoped I took great pleasure in vacuuming outside his door and in fact just stood there an extra five minutes just because I know it annoys him. 

Then I wrote a list and gave each child a couple of jobs by noon I realized that this picture was a metephor for the entire cleaning the house while my children are home it's two steps forward and three steps back. 

Sixty days keeping the peace, keeping it clean, keeping it together.  I hope all you other Moms and Dads are surviving Summer holidays and maybe even thriving.The best part is if it gets really bad you can always go to the swimming pool.  The kids are entertained and no one can tell you are crying!  

Here's looking forward to August, enjoying some time at the lake, finding my lost car keys and enjoying my clean house even if I have to get up at 6 am to see if clean!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Corla's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Being a business owner for the past 16 years and being raised by parents who were also business owners, I learned the importance of supporting local businesses.

I am excited to be supporting my fellow local Swift Current businesses to get more traffic to them online and hopefully more traffic through their doors.  Each day we will be giving away great prizes.  Most are available only to those who could pick them up and use the services right her in Swift Current.  There have been a few businesses that would be for anyone in Canada but if they are a Swift Current business please make sure if you enter to win you can pick the prize up by no later than the 20th.

Day 1 Giveaway

Glass Slipper Spa

I can speak from personal experience that Cindy and the staff at Glass Slipper Spa are friendly and knowledgeable.  The facility is beautiful and offers many services from spa treatments to jewelery from fellow Dragons' Den business Hilberg and Berk to Dermalogica skin care products.  They offer a wish list service where they will call you significant other for Christmas, Birthdays or Anniversary and give him help in the perfect thing to buy for you.

Enter to win Eye Lash Extensions.  Look beautiful this holiday season with Eyelash Extensions.  The newest service at Glass Slipper Spa.  

$175 value. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

 Tomorrow the first ever "Swiftys" will be announced on Swift Current Online.  One of the categories was "Best Community Event".  You know I love contests and voting so I voted for the Christmas Tree Lighting we will find out at 8 am tomorrow if it wins.  We always have so much fun there.  The weather maybe cold but the hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, roasting marshmallows and the smiles on the kids' faces all warm the heart and more than make up for the cold toes. 

The girls waiting for Santa to arrive.  Ellie was watching Santa get out of the fire truck while Olivia poses for the camera.  
Kelsey was part of his school choir that sang at the tree lighting.  Very proud mom standing in the bushes to photograph the back row. 

 This kids just ditched us to stand by himself for the sleigh ride.  I sent Olivia to check on him and she tied up his toque for him.  Then when he put the strings in his mouth she yanked them out simultaneously yanking lose his first tooth. 
 The kids did a great job singing to a large crowd. 
 The fire fighters handed out marshmallows and we warmed up around the bonfire. 
 Ellie found herself hypnotized by the fire. 
 With the line for Santa being very long I thought Ellie would like to go say hi to Mrs. Claus.  What a nice lady!  Lots of hugs.  Ellie tried to sweet talk her into helping her skip to the front of the line to see Santa. 

 We got hot chocolate from the fabulous Golden West Radio Station. 

 Here is the picture of the horses and sleigh.  This is what happens when your flash hasn't fully recharged. 
Here is one of the perks of shooting in Raw as underneath there is still a lot of information on the file that you can use if you utilize the fill light slider. 

 This is the picture I will show Ellie when she is grown up and tell her we waited in line so she could sit on Santa's knee when in all actuality we did not because her mom and brothers are social butterflies that could not stand in line for too long because we might miss something.  Thanks again to all those involved in making the Annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting a success.  It is the kick off to our holiday season and we love it!  We hope you win the Swifty!!!