Monday, December 31, 2007

Reflections

Wow!! 2007 is over!! I really do think that it went by especially fast and as I reflect upon the year, there really is too many highlights to highlight. It started out very tulmultuous to say the very least, and ended rather calmly with a whole lot of excitement to look forward to.

Hubby started off January by trying to lift a car engine ("honest honey.....I was just trying to push it out of the way") and ended up slipping two discs in his back. He kept perservering by going to work every day, and did end up on Workers Compensation for a few weeks by the end of January. He was in a lot of pain, but after many dr. visits, chiro visits and many massage therapy appointments, he seems to have learned that he mustn't ever do that again. Almost a whole year has gone by........he hasn't tried to do again. Yes!!

I had surgery in February, which ended up being very major surgery and a very slow healing process. Hysterectomy, cystocele repair and rectocele repair was "extremely extensive" but it was the best thing I ever did. Wow, I didn't even realize how sick I was until I wasn't sick any more. I had 7 weeks off of work to heal, and that was a very therapeutic time.......I learned that I am a really bad patient, but a very good listener. It was very hard to be a patient, but a very good learning experience for me. It was the first time in my entire life that I have actually been a patient, and went on a tremendous wellness program. The dr. fixed me up really well, and now it is my job to keep everything that way. That, in itself, is hard work!!

Hubby ended up with some basal cel carcinoma in March, as well as some squamous cel carcinoma......in laymans terms, that is very treatable skin cancer. He had that removed by a plastic surgeon, she did an excellent job and he had 7 stitches on his chest and 5 stitches on his back. Twelve disposable stitches. Life Lesson #2: Don't piggy-back an eight year old when you are ten days post-op. He ended up in ER on Easter Sunday with a gaping hole in his chest and seven new nylon stitches. If it wasn't so comical, it could have been rather serious. This is the month that I started writing my book, called "Boys are Stupid", and I am following it up with a sequel called "And Girls Can be Stupid, Too". We really are very amazing creatures, us human beings, and life really is one huge learning curve.

Hubby and I went to Victoria in April and watched my cousin play hockey against the Victoria Salmon Kings, it was great to get away and enjoy our beautiful capital city and see some great hockey games too. May was extremely rainy, but I was back at work, although without all the babies as I still wasn't able to lift over 20 pounds. I gave up my Rainbow Daycare job as I did figure out that I couldn't do both any more. I really thought long and hard about that one.

Summer came, summer went. We did an overnighter to Seattle for a Mariners game, I got away to Whistler, we went back to Victoria to see the Titanic Exhibit, and we went to Las Vegas and Calgary/Edmonton. Labour day arrived, we planned a wedding in less than 6 weeks, a fun time was had by all, and now we have a grandchild coming in April. Miracle #2 became engaged on our Seattle to Vancouver cruise in September and they are getting married on May 10th. It really will be here before we know it.

2007 was so good, we have been blessed so very, very much. 2008 promises to be just as good, and just as exciting. God has brought so much love into our lives, and a little bit of commotion along the way. I think that is all part of being a parent. We are looking very forward to extending our love even further as our family is growing again, with a new grandchild and a new daughter-in-law. We have a new son-in-law. I have a wonderful plaque in my living room and I think that it says it best, "Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger."

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Last Sunday of the Year

Well, my Canucks won another game and Hubby and I enjoyed our PPV all alone tonight. Usually, there is a miracle or two around, but two went to the game and the newlyweds had company and decided to order it for themselves. I am sure that the new 42" HD helped them to make that decision too. It was a little bit lonely but we did ok. Hubby ironed all his clothes for the week, and tried to fix the fireplace........nothing like mult-tasking. I folded clothes and made dinner, I think we are rather boring when we are all alone.

Today was church, and some grocery shopping. We scored at Superstore, as we bought some Christmas (ok, maybe birthday) presents for next year. After all there is nothing like being prepared.....only 51 more weeks after all!!

My friend phoned and informed me that 47% of Canadians actually go out on New Years Eve to celebrate, so it sounds like we will be in the majority and will be staying in. We both have to work tomorrow and everything is always so crowded on New Years Eve anyway. I think we will be rockin' in 2008 with Dick Clark, just like most other years gone by.......

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Days going by

Another Saturday........another day gone by! Did anyone ever mention that weekends seem to by faster than weekdays? Just an observation. I just got off the phone from my cousin who lives in Geneva. He has been here for the last day and a half and is leaving for Toronto in the am. It was nice to catch up with news.....he is always so good about phoning when he is in town, and usually we see each other, but maybe next year. He has a new job, he works for the World Health Organization and is a director now. All that means to me is he is more busy this year than last year. Travels alot, told me he was just in Paraguay and Washington and will be in London for New Years. I asked him if he even knew what time zone he was in, he just laughed and told me he had to phone China.

Today started off late and lazy (I am getting awfully good at that), we went to see another cousin play soccer in Cloverdale. I don't believe I have warmed up yet, as the wind was just bone-chilling. We did some chores, watched some sports and then went to watch another cousin play hockey. Ended up hanging out for an extra game as we ran into 3 different friends whose 8 year olds were just ready to start another game. Thought that was kinda cool that we knew three little boys who were all on the same team. It was very entertaining, and I had another invite to watch another hockey game at 9:30 on Monday morning. Had a late dinner at Me'n Eds Pizza and have played Scrabulous and chatted on the phone tonight. It is almost tomorrow, so I had best head to bed.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Factoid

I got a really good book for Christmas, about staying young. I am finding it rather fascinating. It is full of interesting little factoids and they are really neat. Today, the one that I found rather amusing is:

"The hormone oxytocin is naturally released in the brain after a 20 second hug from a partner, triggering the brain's trust circuits. A side note: Men need to be touched 2 or 3 times more than women to maintain the same levels of oxytocin."

I think I already knew that, I just didn't know how to explain it in scientific terms.

Today the children and I went to Club Caribou. It wasn't really as crowded as I thought it would be and we spent more than a few hours there. Lots of fun. Came home, had snack and everyone went home. Far too easy of a day, but I am not going to complain. A friend came by with her 2 year old grandson and he really liked it here. He is from Denmark, and speaks danish so it was very fun, and he was way too cute. Just waiting for #4 to come home from giving blood and then we are going out for dinner. Hope it is soon, I think his dad is rather hungry...........and men and hunger don't really mix very well. We get to go out for sushi!!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Introducing......


Our new grandchild! Any guesses? Girl? Boy? This was taken at 20 weeks.

Surprise

I'm baaaaaack!!! It is rather amazing how much time one can have if one doesn't have Christmas prep. I was asked today (by a 3 year old) why I still had my Christmas tree up as Christmas is over. Good question........didn't really have a good answer. I never keep it up until Epiphany but I do usually try to keep with the spirit of it all until New Year's at least.

Boxing Day was the laziest one ever!! I slept in, stayed in my pyjama's all day, and cleaned up, did laundry and chatted on the phone. I watched the World Junior game and some daytime talk shows, my auntie phoned from Churchill and that was a highlight, and a friend dropped by with coffee and a visit which was another highlight. Dinner was leftovers, and then Hubby and I watched a very sad movie called The Last Kiss. Kind of a downer as it was such a happy day.

I am back to work today and the children are all very happy and content. Three are sleeping, two are colouring and it has been a lovely day thus far. I hear that we are supposed to get snow, but it hasn't happened yet. The children and I are going to bake some muffins for Snacktime so I had best get that started.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It Came.......It Went

And it snowed again! Quite a surprise to have snow on Christmas.....but a very nice surprise. And here it is, another Christmas, come and gone. How did that happen so fast?
We started the morning very late, I don't believe anyone even got out of bed until 9:30.....although Hubby was up most of the night with a very sore stomach. : ( He did his best to join in the festivities but ended up back in bed on more than one occasion. #1, #4 and I opened gifts in record time (I believe it was less than half an hour) and we were late for brunch at #2 and #3's house. They served us a lovely meal of eggs, 3 different types of bacon, turkey sausages, swartzie's potatoes, toast and special coffee, and every type of juice that you can imagine. Yummy!!! More presents and then home to start the turkey.

It was a very quiet afternoon as some of the miracles helped with dinner prep and others were on clean-up duty. Two went out for a short run. (what dedication......and it was even starting to snow) Some of us had tea and visiting as our lovely L came to see us before she had to go home to her last Christmas as a single woman. We had a very quiet family dinner(I love turkey!) just the eight of us......and everyone left just before midnight after more tea and visiting. Poor Hubby....he drank ginger ale as we all ate and listened to the ribbing about being hung over. Not!!! Doesn't drink, so that was pretty much impossible. Had all the symptoms, and if he had a fever, I would honestly say that he had the flu, but he just felt lousy. First time ever that someone in our family was sick on Christmas. I would have to say that after 29 years we have a lot to be grateful for! Only 365 more days and we get to do it again!!! (next year is a Leap Year)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

It snowed

Well, only 25 more days until Christmas and it is so beautiful outside!! Gotta love that winter feeling. We went to Christmas Cafe at the church last night and the magic is really starting to appear. For anyone that knows me, we all know that it seems to take me longer than most to really get into the holiday spirit, but I am trying extra hard this year. For it really is magic!!

I have a date with #3 today, as we have shopping do. #4 put the Christmas lights up yesterday and I hear mention of putting up the tree this weekend too. It's starting to look alot like Christmas!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

34 days.......

Until Christmas!!!! Wow, that is creeping up rather quickly.........just over a month. I think it is time for me to at least start thinking that it will be here before I know it. It really is a season, but most people just focus on the day. Not me........there is far too many wonderful things to do, especially social events. A friend was over the other day, and her calendar is far more busy than mine, but there is sure a lot to do in the next few weeks.

There is Christmas Cafe, A Hometown Christmas, Tiny Tots theatre, 6 hockey games, Breakfast with Santa, several Open Houses, and then it is Christmas!!! Those are only the events that I have listed for now, but I already know that more things will arise. It's inevitable.

Hubby and I went to 2 Giants games on the weekend, and they were great. Unfortunately, we lost the one on Sunday, but it was still nice to get out and about. The weather has been rather good this past week, and the sun seems to bring out the best of moods in people. I managed to suffer through my first (and hopefuly last) cold of the season, and am feeling much better this week. Last week was a write-off!

And this week is half way over, time is ticking by very, very fast these days......hmmmm, it's really only 33 more days..........

Friday, November 9, 2007

They Won!

They actually won! The Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche in overtime, by a score of 2 to 1. I have been to 5 games this year and I finally saw a good game. There was passing, hitting, play-making and an all round good effort. I am so happy.

I have probably been to just as many Vancouver Giants games, and they have been way more entertaining, and just way more fun to be at. I bought a half season of the Giants this year and I was almost ready to sell my Canucks tickets. I mean, really!!! I have been enjoying the Giants way more, and dollar for dollar, it just wasn't making a whole lot of sense.

Giants ticket $16
Canucks ticket $80

Parking at Pacific Coliseum $8
Parking at GM Place $15 (although we found a $6 spot tonight, and I believe it is one of downtown's best kept secret)

White Spot Burger at Pacific Coliseum $7.50 (including fries and a drink)
White Spot Burger at GM Place $12.25 (including fries and a drink)

Washrooms at the Pacific Coliseum~right behind our seats
Washrooms at GM Place~at the other end of the arena

So when the Canucks were doing so poorly, and it didn't even appear that they were trying, it was getting very trying to watch them play. I was at that horrible game on November 1st......and it was just a very sad game. Tonight, it was a good game!! A very good game!!! I do believe that the boys are back!!!!

(And now that my life has gotten back to "normal", whatever that means.......I will try and be a better blogger now too!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wedding


Well, the last 6 weeks have been amazingly busy! Overwhelming to say the least! We arrived home from Alberta on Labour Day and hit the ground running. And the picture above explains it all. I am now a mother-in-law. And I am going to be a grandma in April!! It's all very exciting........but needless to say, planning a wedding in five and half weeks is very, very busy. #3 and her fiance have been engaged since February and were very aloof with their plans. We always knew they were going to get married, just never knew when. But when they came to tell us that we were going to be grandparents, they expressed that they really wanted to be married before the baby comes........and preferably before she started to show. Sooooooo, that's what we did.
On Sunday, October 14th, 2007, we had a wedding and luncheon at Pitt Meadows Golf Course. The bride was beautiful, the groom was over-the-moon happy and in love, and the weather was absolutely amazing. Whoever would have thought that it would be 18 degrees and sunny in the middle of October? People were commenting that most of the weekends all summer weren't this nice. They were right. We were truly blessed, and the blessings keep coming all the time!

Our honeymooners are enjoying a few days at the Wickinninish Inn in Tofino, and our rainy weather is back. We are now anticipating another wedding in May. #2 and his new fiancee got engaged 3 weeks ago and are planning for Spring, and so we will breathe easier for a few months and then get right back into it. 2008 is already looking so exciting!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Half Way Through August!

Here we are, half-way through August!!! My, oh my, the summer is flying by.........even though the weather has been extremely unpredictable and it feels like October some days. We have had a few days of sunshine so it feels very summery, even though the mornings are already feeling like Fall. Highlights include:

Miracle #3 bought a lovely new 2007 Versa

Five days in Whistler

Three little ones birthdays, ages 10, 5 and 5 respectively

Dinner at Granville Island and Fireworks in Vancouver

Miracle #1 turned 30

Trip to Victoria to see The Titanic display at The BC Museum

And I am sure there is lots more that kept us busy, but it is late and the brain is not thinking as clearly as it should. Summer Kids Club is next week and then we are off to Vegas for 4 days and Alberta for 3 days; we will be home for one day in between to regroup, do some laundry and head out again. Of course 2 different airports too!! The trip south is to have some fun and celebrate, whereas the trip to Calgary/Edmonton is to see family. We come back on Labour Day and it will be September!! Time sure does fly by when you are having fun!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Theanine

Well, I have been rather negligent about blogging and I would love to say that I have been on a big adventure and have been too busy but that is not true. It is because of theanine........an amino acid that my body has obviously been lacking for a good many years.......and it has been prescribed by my naturapath. I sleep!! I sleep alot!!! Eight full hours at night. It seems like a miracle, but Dr. Cobi committed herself to me almost 5 months ago and she said we were going to make it work and it does. However, this certainly does limit the amount of time I used to have. I eliminated almost 4 hours in my day. It's not that I don't have time to blog, but it seems like I don't have as much time as I used to.......I guess it is because I really don't.

The last couple of weeks have been busy, the weather was hot, and now it is not. It has rained and rained for almost a week, and it is rather dreary. I had a "Love Your Bag" purse party and that was very fun, I've been to see Ratatouille and that was very fun too. Managed to go see the PNE prize home and now I really do feel like I live in a hovel.....the home is really, really nice......I think that it would be very great to win it and have a summer home for awhile. I think we would sell it, but it still would be great to live in it for at least one season. The kitchen was magnificent!!! We went to Granville Island and had dinner at Sammy J Peppers......it had been a long time since we had done that and that was fun too. I am off to Whistler tomorrow to do some volunteering for Campus Crusade for Christ. Looking forward to a change of scenery, although I know that the weather will be sure to follow us. I don't even know what to pack as the sun could come out as quickly as it left and summer could jump right back at us. Good thing that they have stores at Whistler!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The First Week

Well, the first week of summer holidays has come and gone. I took my van out of the garage twice.......just twice, and that was to go find a shady park on Thursday, and to go to another shady park yesterday. The children are just loving having free play. I know that I will have to start more structure this week as I am just waiting to hear the words, "I'm bored" but so far that' s not happening. We only have 3 rooms full of toys here, so it always amazes me that they do say it, but it certainly doesn't happen very often. My own children learned at a very early age that if they said they were bored that they immediately got put to work.........so they really didn't say it very often either. It's different at Daycare, lots of different rules, and of course it is a whole new generation too. I keep saying that it isn't the children that have changed in the last 30 years, just the parents.

We went to the Asian Street Market in Richmond last night!!! What a wonderful experience!! I had never been, and a friend had mentioned it awhile ago, so when he invited us.......Hubby, Miracle #4 and I jumped at the chance. I am such a people watcher, and it was so fun just to look in all the booths, as well as try some of the food choices that were offered. I wasn't brave enough to try the octopus dumplings or the grilled squid, but my sticky rice and chicken and tiger prawn skewers were very good. D's pork dumplings were very, very good too. #4 had the most interesting looking deep fried "doughnut" filled with peanut butter, but it came with all sorts of different fillings. We tried some bubble waffles, and it was just a really fun night. Can't wait to do it again, one other summer night.

Today is officially our chore and errand day, always seems to work out that way on a Saturday. I also want to stop in and watch some provincial softball........our little S has made it to the Bantam provincials and it is in Port Coquitlam so that is only 15 minutes away. Shopping to do, softball, banking, Miracle #1 is coming for dinner and church, and then we do have a 25th birthday to attend. Wow, the weekend is half way done and I haven't even really started yet!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Home Alone

So, just to let everyone know, I have been home alone all day!!! That is a feat all by itself, and I am rather proud. I spent a good part of my day on the computer getting paperwork completed, did a whole lot of program planning for the summer, and did some chores. Miracle #4 has arrived home from work and I cannot believe that I made it, without feeling the need to take off and get outside stuff accomplished. Because you see, me by myself is like an awkward blind date. I fidget, and go from task to task and never really complete a whole lot. I don't really feel like I completed very much, but I was just chatting to a friend and she reassured me that I really did get things accomplished, but it was all the things that I feel that I get done anyway. I am going through junk, and that takes time, and it isn't very fun, but it still needs to get done. I haven't felt very purposeful or productive today, but I know that I have really appreciated that in fact that I actually did it.........and didn't drive myself crazy. I also didn't turn on the radio or cd player, just to see if I could do it in silence. Just me and God, no one else, and it turned out ok. I do know now, and I always have..........I just don't like being alone.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Border Line ups and I-V accidents

This is the start of our 8 hour trip to Seattle......no stopping at the Malls or the Outlet Centers. We left our house at 10:30 arrived for a quick hotel check-in, and then off to the game. It was a long trip, and my wonderful husband didn't really complain, but the frustration of a three and a half hour wait at the border was only compounded by a huge accident just outside of Everett. We did a lot of bonding!! He was one very tired man.





Arriving at Safeco Field, after a 8 hour journey in the car............Was it worth it? YES!!!


We are watching the Mariners massacre the Blue Jays. We were fortunate to be put in the section with a lot of canadians. Lots of Go Blue Jays Go, and lots of canadian enthusiasm. I felt a little sorry for the couple sitting next to us as I think they were the only Seattle fans around. Mind you, they did win the game, so I guess that the last laugh was on us. PS. Hubby wants everyone to know that he was cheering for the Mariners all along!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Looking Forward to Seattle

So, it's been a good week! Things are calming down at Daycare, there aren't any places we have to be at a certain time and and the children are enjoying their playtime. I went to State of the Franchise at GM Place on Tuesday night. It's a special evening for Canucks season ticket holders and C and I had a wonderful time. Every time we go, the Orca Bay staff always put a nice little spread, and a nice question and answer with Dave Nonis and whoever else might be kicking about, always someone in upper management. It was very entertaining.

Last night we went to Metrotown for dinner and we also shopped, and shopped and shopped. We took an 11 year old and a 14 year old with us and they are very good at shopping. So are we, and Hubby, Miracle #4 and I had lots of fun with our girls.

We played a lot of dress-up and games today and the children spent a lot of the day laughing and giggling. Went out for dinner at Swiss Chalet, did a few errands and that was as exciting as our Friday night got. I did some laundry, cleaned up a little, and I am very excited to go to Seattle tomorrow. Hubby and I have BlueJays/Mariners tickets and we are staying overnight so we can do some sight-seeing and shopping, so it is going to be a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Having fun at Daycare

We had our last day of Music today......we had lots of fun........and now we are off for the summer. The children danced, jumped, sang and laughed.




Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weekends fly by too!

We just got back from Coquitlam...... we left to go at 3:00 and ended up at Montana's for dinner as our shopping excursion just got longer and longer. Hubby has been looking for a combination DVD/VHS machine for quite some time now and because he is on holidays this week, he really did need a project because we aren't leaving town until Saturday. He has wanted to put some of the old hockey memories from tape to disc and up until today, he didn't have a machine to use. We do now! After traveling to Best Buy and Future Shop, where we struck out once again, Miracle #4 suggested London Drugs, and we finally found what we were looking for. Lots of little stops along the way, (I got a new white hoodie) but at least we did achieve our task!!! Guess what we are doing tonight? Actually, I am cleaning up and doing some laundry, but the men in this house have new toys to play with.

Yesterday was a wonderful day!! We went to GM Place first thing in the morning and missed the 9 am opening of the Canucks Equipment sale by minutes.......all the right-handed sticks were already gone, but there were lots and lots of left-handed ones. I really didn't realize how few of our Canucks shot right until yesterday, but we really weren't going to for sticks anyways. We weren't really going for anything except entertainment as I just love a good sale.!! Shirts for $1, that was a good deal......too bad they were ripped or had marks on them. We did pick up a few things for birthdays and Christmas; they were more than $1 but still a good bang for your buck...........and I did get a new white Canucks hoodie!! We went to Pacific Centre to check out the new Holt Renfrew and it was fun to look. Manolo's were a mere $695 and they weren't even that nice. Not a good deal!! I had yummy Pad Thai for lunch while I observed Hubby eating Quiznos at the Food Fair and then we went to The Bay and Sears and he got some new clothes. Went to Chapters (where I found some more very good deals), and we walked down Robson Street for a bit when it stopped raining, and then home via Port Coquitlam and Mostly Music. We weren't home for very long, and then Miracle #1 arrived and we went back to Port Coquitlam for a 10th birthday party. Arrived home just after 10 and was all tucked in by 11:00.

Today was church and a bit of visiting, then off to shop and spend time with the men that I live with. All in all, a very productive weekend!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Another week goes flying by

Well, I know that yesterday was the longest day of the year, but it sure seems like the days are going by faster and faster. Went to watch my niece dance in Surrey on Monday night, it was our date night on Tuesday, we had company on Wednesday, appointments and a softball game yesterday, and we had dinner plans tonight. Even I am feeling the weariness of life, and it's making me feel rather old. Or is that just mature? I have been talking to several people this week and it's probably just because it is June. School's out next week, some children are already out this week, there has been softball wind-ups, pre-school grads, dance recitals, school concerts and assemblies, and I do believe that everyone is done. I have always loved summer holidays as we finally don't have to play "Beat the Clock" all day. I feel like I am always looking at my watch, and as of next week, we won't have to any more. For 2 months.......2 glorious months.......of relaxing, and playing and eating lunch at noon instead of 11:30 and having snacks when we feel like it instead of "Quick, lets have our snack so we can get to our next pick-up or activity." Lazy park days, reading and painting, and picnics and water play.........all part of having some fun, and friends and having no specific schedule. Hooray, hooray!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

In Loving Memory.....


Of my Mom. It's been a whole year. I still remember the day like it was yesterday. I remember where I was, what I was doing and what happened next. It was a day like no other. It was a day that my mom went to Heaven. She's Home now, out of pain, out of suffering and living with Jesus.
She taught me soooooo much!! I was fortunate to have my mom for 46 years. Not everyone can say that.........she was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, a great-aunt, a great-great-aunt, a niece, a cousin and a friend. She taught me how to love, with all my heart, and with all my soul. I think she taught me well. She was the best she could be, with what she had to work with. I shared her with my Dad and 3 sisters, and she had unique and individual relationships with all of us. She had 9 beautiful grandchildren, who were the lights of her life. Everyone always says that grandchildren make being a parent all worthwhile. My mom exemplified that. She loved being a mom, and most of all she loved being a grandma. They were her treasures, and I know that she was so, so proud of all of us. For she loved us, and she was my mom.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Birthdays


Two birthdays.....one in May, and one in June. We are at the Giants/Medicine Hat game on May 8th, and we are at The Keg on June 15th.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Celebrating!!

Joyce and Jack celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last night and a good time was had by all!! About 35 family and friends gathered at Carnoustie Golf Course and we shared a lovely barbecued steak dinner buffet with all the fixin's. 50 years!!! That seems like a long time, but after speeches and reminiscing, it didn't sound like a long time. They are such a close knit family, full of great stories and happy remembrances. It was wonderful for us, as we don't see these people very often, but they are cousins of Hubby's late father. So there were lots of fun people there, lots of 40/50 somethings and several 60/70 somethings as well. We had one token teenager, one 28 year old and one 38 year old, but the general populus was over 50. We had a wonderful evening, and all promised to get together sooner than later. Here's to hoping that it will really happen!

Today is Father's Day. It actually promises to be a very quiet day, just the way Hubby likes them. We will have church and Fireside Kids........we are teaching about Noah's Ark, which is my very, very favourite children's bible story.........and then we are free (although I do believe I have to make a trip into Coquitlam in there) until the miracles come and make their dad his schnitzel dinner, and after that we are all going to see Oceans 13. I am looking very forward to our day!!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Heart of the the Matter....

"Fostering Social-Emotional Health in Early Childhood". That was the name of the workshop that I attended on Wednesday night........it was very, very boring and I left early. I have not been to a class like that in a very long time, where the speaker actually read out every slide and never put any thought or effort into the actual teaching of the material. It could have been very good, but it wasn't. The presenter was a university professor and I feel very sorry for her students.........I wonder what they actually learn..........as she was extremely dry and uninteresting. However, The Fox's Reach was very, very interesting, and my friends and I made the best of what started out not-so-fun and ended up pretty darn great!!

We finished our Father's Day gifts yesterday, all the children were very pleased with their footprints, and we had lots of fun making them. I had my physio appointment last night and was formally dismissed. I am making great progress and doing very well. Sooooooo, I only go back if I am having any problems, and being as I can't foresee any of those; I guess I don't have to ever go back. Kinda sad, as I really like my physiotherapist, but it's all very good. After I finished my appointment, I went to watch J play softball. She informed me on Sunday that I hadn't been out to see any of her games this year and I had come to see her sister more than once. I always say that I only like to watch ball when it is warm outside, and it actually seemed fairly warm yesterday. It wasn't........I froze.........and I also forgot how long the games are when they aren't in a timed tournament. We left the ballpark at 8:45, and I thought we should go for ice cream, but we ended up at Starbucks for hot chocolate instead. And it is June!!!

Today, Miracle #4 turned 22. Wow!! How did that happen so fast? We went to The Keg for a very, very yummy lobster dinner and it was delicious. He got a free dessert because it is his birthday......gone are the days of embarrassing Happy Birthday moments where the whole staff comes and puts you on display. He did get a sparkler in his cake and we all sang........it was very quiet and low-key as he has to work at 5am tomorrow. We just watched a funny Hugh Grant movie and now it is time to go to bed. Even I am tired tonight and that doesn't happen very often.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Busy days!

The days are flying by!! Sunday was a day of rest and chores.....we went to church, and then actually hung out at home most of the day. Hubby is almost done the pressure washing (just half of the driveway is left to do) and I got caught up on some much needed organizing and book work. I have been procrastinating on doing some forms that needed to be finished up for Community Care Licensing, and I finally got them in a semblance of order. Still haven't turned them in, but at least they are on their way. Went to watch some bantam softball, and our S and her team won the championship for the weekend. It was very exciting, and then Miracle #4 took us out for dinner at Red Robin and that was a wonderful treat.

Monday was Gymnastics Day and we managed to get to the park too, so the children were very happy. Hubby and I had our Sauna Date and we came home to find Miracle #3 and her fiance here for a visit so that is always fun. Fiance has just completed all his Financial Advisor certification and licensing so he was helping Miracle #4 set up some of his stuff. They were also picking up some information about cars as they are having to buy a new one now that the little '94 Escort has decided to pack it in.

Tuesday is Music Day and all the little ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Shannon and I took 7 little guys to the park and we had a good visit before I took my brood home for lunch and she headed home herself. I was blessed with 3 very good friends dropping by in the afternoon, and the children and I had another music class at home later and we also started our Fathers Day crafts. Busy, busy, busy! I had my End of the Year dinner for ccrr at The Frogstone Grill, and a great time was had by all!!! I really do think they make the most tremendous guacamole, and I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken quesadilla. My fellow caregiver tried that on my recommendation and was very, very pleased. Today is another busy, fun day (I am actually working, as that is the way the schedule worked out!) and I have a Behaviour course tonight so today will go by fast as well.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Milestones, purses and rain

Well, we went to another graduation today, and it was very, very great!! C graduated from the first class of Samuel Robertson Technical School and it was really well done. Only an hour and half long and the school hosted a lovely dessert buffet afterwards. We were blessed to go to a private luncheon hosted by our graduate's family and it was superb. And our "little" C looked mighty fine in his tuxedo with bright blue shirt and accents. C and his family came into our lives when he was 4 and his sister was 9 months old. They needed one day a week daycare and I was more than able to help out. They were with me until C was 10 and L was 6, but we have always kept in touch. One of my favorite memories, and obviously theirs too, was tuna fish sandwiches, and butter sandwiches. C talked about how the trains had to couple and uncouple to do their job and he was only 4......now he is almost 17 and headed into a very fun evening on a boat cruise from downtown Vancouver, and then back to SRT for Dry Grad.

Miracle #1 and I met Monica and we had manicures and pedicures, and then we picked up Miracle #3 and went off to a Love Your Bag purse party!! Well, that was just way too much fun, and now I too am going to have Purse party on July 11th for all of you who would like to come. There was some really great purses, and I just couldn't choose just one. Bought a lovely off-white bag, but there was a green one, a yellow one, a black one, a brown one, a copper one, a turquoise one and a few red ones that were rather beautiful as well. Sooooo, I booked a party!! Anyone who is able to make it out on July 11th is more than welcome to come.........my house, at 7:00. The prices are really good too, anywhere from $15 to $60 was the average, but I of course especially loved the pumpkin coloured one for $225. I kept getting told that Eva Langoria had this specific purse, but until I look as cute as Eva Longoria, I just don't really see the point. There was a couple of fake Coach bags, and they were rather lovely too.

The rain is coming down really good, and we are all still standing by for Kanaka Creek to flood. Hubby and I decided to join the rest of all the looky-loos and had a little peek last night to see what all the hype is about. We drove by on the way home from S's softball game and the creek is very swollen, but so far, nothing has come overflowing. Lots of sandbagging going on, and that is good that everyone is being prepared. The Fraser is not near as high as expected, but we are all still watching it closely as well. I think that all of our prayers are working!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Shopping, Good-bye and Floodwatch

The last few days have flown by, and I really did plan on staying home last night to catch up on miscellaneous little duties, but alas, it was to no avail. I walked out the door at 8:30 am yesterday and although I was home for an hour between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, it was really just to unpack groceries and eat dinner. I did some errands in the morning and ended up at Winners, then went out for lunch at Pasta Polo with my friend Shannon, ended up at Coquitlam Centre to see Miracle #1 and shop for a couple of hours, did a Costco run, (I was able to get a lovely rotisserie chicken to go with the pasta that Miracle #4 had already cooked) and then back out shopping with Monica to Guildford. Came home to find out that the Anaheim Ducks managed to win the Stanley Cup without me....... and I also did discover that you have to charge up your cell phone in order for people to stay in touch with you, but that is a very minor detail. I got come really nice capri's at The Bay, 3 new pairs of shoes, an assortment of spring accessories, and I would have to call yesterday very productive, even though my house really still needs to be vaccuumed. Alas, a womans work is never done!! (Although Hubby usually does that job, and so does Miracle #4, but they were busy with little chores themselves, as well as watching the hockey game)

Tuesday was a very busy daycare day. Monica and I had such a terrific day with all of the little children. I decided to do more than one favour for more than one friend so we ended up with 13 children gracing our presence that day. They were never all here at the same time, and I do believe at capacity there were only 8 (shhh, don't tell Licensing), but it made for a very busy diaper changing, napping and eating snacks and lunch all day, reading books, playing games & singing day. I think that if I got a dollar for every diaper I changed on Tuesday, then I would have been able to take us out for a very nice dinner. As it was, we were invited out for chinese food with very good friends to say good-bye to Pastor Mike and his family who are leaving next week to go back to Ontario. Very bittersweet, as we will miss them very much, but they are off on a wonderful adventure and they will be going back home to their extended family. As sad as it is for us, it is very happy for them, and I am thanking God that they came into our lives. And with the help of blogging, email and now Facebook, they will still always be in touch. Moving far away, but never forgotten........

Miracle #1 and I went to see Shrek 3 on Monday night, after Hubby and I went to our weekly sauna date. It was good, always teaching us a life lesson; that Shrek, he is pretty good at that. The weather has changed from really really hot last week, to very cool and almost cold this week. Felt sorry for Miracle #4 yesterday as he had a 4:30 am start in the pouring rain at the golf course.........there was a shotgun start and he was very cold and damp, even with all of the raingear and polar fleece. Floodwatch is getting lots of press and for a very good reason, it is coming and it is coming soon. We are more than prepared for a few days of discomfort if we lose power or any of the roads close, but there are a lot of very panic stricken people hanging out in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The media is predicting Saturday, June 9th, so all we can do is wait, hope and pray. I still think we are preparing for the worst and expecting less. Let's just hope that I am right.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Fun in the Sun

Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun!!! Hubby has a sinus infection and that is not fun......but he is a very good sport about it and tries so hard to keep up. Doesn't always work, but he does get A for effort. He worked late on Thursday night as it was inventory, but it was only 5 extra hours, instead of the 9 like last year. Sounds like all the car/truck parts are counted and data entried for another year.....

I cleaned the house on Friday night and Hubby and I watched Little Miss Sunshine. Very good, and I recommend it highly. When I was off on my 7 weeks post-op, I tried many times to watch it and kept falling asleep, so it was nice to sit and enjoy the whole thing. The weekend flew by, there was a Grade 12 grad ceremonies, a trip to Squamish to see Thomas and his friends, one year old Nathan's BD party, church and Fireside Kids, a barbeque to cap off our Small Group Study for another season, and here it is, another Manic Monday. Actually, it isn't really very manic, there are four little children sleeping, and 2 almost-5-year olds playing with the princes and princesses.

The rain is back, (I am glad that we already have visited the park today)......as a matter of fact, we had a thunderstorm last night as it was very, very hot all weekend and now it has cooled down quite considerably. Floodwatch 2007 is counting down, and the rivers are very high. We aren't affected by the actual flooding where we live, but the power outages and road closures will affect us for sure. Hubby informs me that he is in the floodplain where he works so may not be able to work next week, if it really happens. Just so you know, he is very sad about that.......NOT! It is alarming a lot of people but I have been quite calm about it. There is really no point in worrying about something that I have absolutely no control over.

UPDATE on cell phone. I have now learned how to retrieve my messages, and have actually started to hand out the number to people. Many of my friends have entered their numbers into it, and it even rings occasionally. Most people still find me at home or by email though, as I am really not out as much as people think I am.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hot Date~Hot Days

So we did it again......and it sounds like we will do it again and again. Hubby and I decided that it was well worth the health benefits to go back and have a infrared sauna. It's going to be our regular date, once a week for the next 9 weeks. Kinda fun, rather amusing as it is something new to look forward to......we always lose pounds every time we go and it is a really easy way to let them melt away......and they literally melt, I can see them!

It's been very hot the last couple of days. The children aren't sleeping very well, according to their parents. They sure sleep well when they are here, I have to wake them all up as they would sleep the whole afternoon away if I let them. Today we had 3 awake and 3 asleep, and those 3 awake waited very impatiently to go outside and play with our new parachute this afternoon. They played all morning at the park, but they still wanted to go right back out, as soon as lunch was done, and quiet time was done. We did, but not without waking all the little guys up at 3:30.

Went back to the States yesterday. This one day off a week has become way too much fun. Started the morning visiting a friend and bringing her some tea, then I had breakfast with another friend at a great new health food bar in town, went to my chiro appt and then off to Bellingham with friends and Miracle #4. We were headed down to get some Ariel bedding for 3 year old O, and after finding everything we needed in the very first store, we probably could have headed home. But no, that wouldn't have been much fun at all.......and we all know that days off are all about the fun. Everyone got new shoes, (OK, mine were really just flip-flops) we had some lunch, and had a great time in Target, Kohl's, and Wal-mart. Now we all just want to go back, because 6 hours flew by way too quickly. We stopped at Costco on the way home, came home to my freezing air-conditioned house, watched the end of the hockey game, did a few chores and fell into bed by 10. I even slept 5 hours, which for me is a feat all in itself. Maybe I should go to the States every day.........

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Reminiscing, reflection and rainbows

So as usual, it has been a wonderful couple of days. The children and I always have such fun together......yesterday was Gymnastics and today was Music. We've clapped and jumped and sang and danced, but of course the children always have more wiggles in them. I do too, that's why we all relate so well.

I have also spent some time with friends and family. Last night, Miracle #1 cooked a fabulous dinner for all of us in her great house-sitting house in Langley. Marinated salmon, potatoes and carrots in parmesan, garlic and basil; steamed asparagus, and spinach waldorf salad. She topped us off with a dessert of lemon cheesecake and we were all suitably impressed. We watched a bit of the Detroit/Anaheim game and now I have decided that I really need HDtv and a big screen. Hockey will never be the same on our 'little' 36" flatscreen. We also watched a cd display of Miracle #3's trip to Vegas and a wonderful time was had by all. Weddings are so beautiful!! And they all looked sooooo hot, in more ways than one.

After reflecting on the last few days and reliving the moments every chance that I get, I am reminded so often of how blessed that I am. I have so much going on in my life and am so thankful for all the people, and the children, and especially our children, and my husband. "Our God is an awesome God" keeps replaying over and over in my head and I am reminded of a very special outing last May when I was blessed to go and see Maya Angelou at The Orpheum. She is truly an inspiration, and is a very phenomenal woman. She talked about rainbows, and how the people in our lives are our rainbows in our clouds, they give us hope. God talks of rainbows in the book of Genesis, and he gave Noah a rainbow to give him hope. And that is why, to this day, there are rainbows to remind us of hope and promise. I love rainbows and all of my people in my life who are my rainbows. Thank-you to all of you, for being the rainbows in my clouds........

Monday, May 28, 2007

Celebration

Majesty, Worship His Majesty........And we did it well!! Burnett Fellowship is 70 years old and last night they had a party like no other. We listened to the stories from one charter member who was actually a part of the history in 1937. There was a fabulous skit by Judy D and Pastor Paul. Oh, how we laughed!! Every decade was represented by a person who lived in the 30's through to the present. We sang songs that represented every era of music, which was absolutely spectacular. Hubby, Miracle #2 and I were loving all the music as it brought back such memories. The hymns, the gospel, the rock and roll, and right up to the praise and worship of this decade, we were rockin' to the beat. We even did the actions, and to this little Baptist girl brought up in the 60's, that is a rarity. A wonderful night of clelebration, fellowship and fun!! Absolutely phenomenal, I think those are the words that Pastor Derrick used, and he is so very, very right. God, you are an awesome God!!

And the Vancouver Giants won the Memorial Cup!! They beat the Medicine Hat Tigers in a very hard fought battle, the final score was 3-1 and it was a tremendous game with tremendous effort by both teams. Pastor Brad and I were discussing how we were yelling at the TV set at more than one point through the course of the afternoon. Quite amazing what a hockey game can do to us, isn't it?

Hubby and I were very pleased with the Vistas Run, as a good time was had by all. We were involved in organizing the Childrens Run and I believe that we had a very happy group of children running 1 km and enjoying their victories. They were so cute, those kids, running at top speed and coming through the finish line like they had run a marathon.

And through the day of celebration and victories, Hubby was able to get half of the power washing accomplished and I was able to get some errands done. It was a very, very good day!!





Sunday, May 27, 2007

Super Saturday

Saturday was fun......so was Friday night. Three comments about Friday night at the Run for Light.......it was very entertaining. 1) The couple on the seawall were very funny. They were locked in a rather serious embrace, attemping to enjoy a little romance and a little wine, while overlooking the lights of Vancouver. As Hubby and I walked by, they looked up at us and asked, "How many more people are in this race?" We chuckled and told them at least a few more hundred and we kept on walking. Boy, did they ever choose the wrong night for a romantic night in Stanley Park!! 2) I think all of the lower mainland were involved in Grad this weekend, as I lost count after 12, as that is how many limos I saw go by. It was fun to see all the dresses and tuxedoes.......and they all looked so lovely. Alot of them got out to take pictures against the backdrop of our beautiful city. 3) And this is not really a comment about the Run, but as we dropped Miracle #1 off, there was quite a bit of commotion in the underground parking at Linen's and Things. There must have been at least 20 young men involved in a roller hockey game, just having the time of their lives at 11 pm on a Friday night. Fun times!

Saturday started out with breakfast at the White Spot. My very good friend C called on Friday and asked if she could make an appt to see me. I don't really think that I am as hard to find as most people say I am, but I do know that busy women always find friends who are just as busy as they are. It's hard to connect, just because we have conflicting schedules. C and I have been friends for many, many years. We had our children when we were young and now her baby is 20 today and we were wondering where the years all went. We are rather proud of ourselves that we managed to raise 7 children to adulthood between the 2 of us, but it is really bittersweet. We really miss those yesteryears......and it goes by way too fast.

I met Hubby at the ball park as another good friend had phoned on Friday and asked if we could do her a favour and take little J to softball, as she had to work. Well, little J isn't really so little, she is 11, but because we have taken care of her since she was a baby, she is still little to me. She is actually my god-daughter, so that makes her extra special, but you know, all the children are very special. J just comes with extra responsibility as I have to make sure she knows who Jesus is..........After J's practice, we managed to hit a neighbourhood garage sale, pick up Miracle #4 and head into Coquitlam for Police Day. That's where we dropped off J to be with her mom, but not without perusing the booths and having a hamburger lunch made especially for us by the Cops for Cancer team.

Came home, managed to get a few of the little chores done, and then it was off to another set of very good friend's house, whose sons were having a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party for them. Oh so fun!! S and I are another couple who had their children young, we actually were neighbours in the eighties and I took care of their children in the nineties, and now here we are 25 years later. Been reminiscing a lot this weekend. It was so fun to see all of the families, and we all get together and it doesn't feel like we are any older than our twenty-something children, but if they are all the ages that they are, I guess that means that we are all a whole lot older. Life really does go by way too fast.......and yet I remember those days that it seemed to go by way too slow. Remember when we wondered if we would ever make it, if we would ever get to the next stage, if the children would ever not wear diapers, or would feed themselves or they would finally just get into the car on their own, and not need assistance. When we were living it, I never wanted to rush it away, but it is so natural to want to get to the next stage of development. According to my uncle who is in his 70's, he tells me that the years between my age and his age go by even faster, so if that is really true, I have a whole lot of living to do. Hubby and I are off to the Vistas Run this morning so there is no time like the present. Not much grass is going to grow under my feet........

Friday, May 25, 2007

I married a homewrecker

I am so sad......the crows nest has been totally smashed to smithereens. The children and I, as well as Monica, were quite entertained yesterday, by a couple of crows building a nest in a cherry tree in my front yard. They worked all day to get a lot accomplished, and at one point dropped a branch that was over 3 feet long onto the driveway. Monica commented that it was rather dangerous to be out there. She had a point. Hubby came home and took out the tree pruners, and I even helped him by holding the ladder, and he wrecked their home. Like he said, if any of my clients or children were out there when the crows actually lived in it, then they would be very nasty to us, divebombing and cawing like they do. He is very right. Soooooooo, the partially built nest became a big bunch of branches and moss and mud in the driveway, and now I see today that they have started to build again. Great work ethic, those crows, but I know we will have to wreck it again later. It is just not safe.

We had a busy morning. A and O, and I went off to have muffins and juice at McD's, and then we went to Library Storytime. It was really cute today and the children laughed and participated and learned a new song. This is the last storytime for the spring, and we were very pleased to bring home our nametags. Off to pick up S from preschool, to the park, home for lunch; B and L have come, three little ones are napping and two have gone to watch Treehouse for their quiet time. Friday is usually an easy day as everyone seems to come early to pick up before their weekend.

I have a meeting tonight at Websters Corners to help set up the Vistas Run for Sunday, but some of the miracles and I are going to Run For Light at Stanley Park for 9:30. It's probably my very favorite fun run as it is only 4.3 km and we all snake around the seawall with glowsticks. It's short and fun, and I always can do it, even if I walk. It was actually the miracles very first experience to fun-running and they all love to run, so I'd like to believe that this is the one that inspired them. I still have the wonderful picture of Miracle #4, at eight years old, clinging to his glowstick, fast asleep in his new t-shirt at midnight, in 1993. It's very sweet.

The weekend is already promising to be busy and fun, just the way I like it.......lots of social events and activities, and somewhere in there I do believe we have to pressure wash the driveway, sidewalks and sundeck. You can all note that I said "WE" but when we do stuff like that, my job is to stay out of the way. Hmmmmm, I hear there's a shoe sale at Ronsons this weekend........

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Spring has Sprung......


And so did a leak under our kitchen sink!!! Not fun. It's all fixed now but we have the evidence to show for all the water all over the kitchen......the subfloor has lifted and I think we will need a new floor. The lino is 10 years old......we weren't really thinking of a new kitchen floor yet.......but I really do love all the new laminate in the flooring store. The good news is that our roof is not in need of repair as badly as we thought and we may be able to hold off for another season or two. That was the news that we heard just 3 hours after the kitchen was flooded.......funny how that works, hey?
We have started to do some major renos around here as the house is 19 years old and we desperately need some upkeep. New windows, new fence, new paint, both inside and out, looks like some new flooring, faucets and probably countertops and and tiling.......oh, it's really starting to feel a bit daunting. Hey, we don't need a roof..........yet!!

The last few days have been beautiful and sunny, it sure brings out the best in people, and especially the children. Tuesday was fun with Music and visitors, Anaheim beat Detroit and that was good!! Yesterday was my day off, I started the morning in New Westminster at the ophthalmologist for 7am. All was well, my retinas look great and I don't go back for another 6 months. Went out for breakfast at a friends' restaurant in Burnaby, hit the Mall at 9 and wasn't really planning on staying until 11:30, but the Disney Store was soooooooo fun. They had quite a sale going on, and I scored some awesome deals on toys/clothes. Met a friend at IKEA for lunch and some shelf shopping, then off to Coquitlam Centre for a few more chores that needed to get done. Made it home just in time to pick up some afterschoolers and to meet the plumber back at home to fix a couple of things that he didn't have the parts for the day before.......then it was dinner and an appointment; the Vancouver Giants game was on and they lost to the Medicine Hat Tigers. :( The phone rang alot last night and I had a few conversations with lots of different friends. I didn't even answer emails last night as I was a little tired at 11:30 when I finally fell into bed. Children will be arriving soon now, and we are off to the park. It's another gorgeous sunny day, so that usually means sunny dispositions.

UPDATE on CELL PHONE. I can answer it and call out.......I just haven't got a clue how to retrieve messages. Give me time......


Monday, May 21, 2007

May Long Weekend

It was a lovely long weekend!!! And it sure went by fast......I started the day at 6:00am at the grocery store with my big list for dinner tonight......I was able to get all but two items so I was feeling very proud of myself. Came home, put everything away and then Hubby and I went off to one of the local schools to a Book Fair. The librarian and I had been playing telephone tag all weekend and so 8:00 on a Monday long weekend seemed like a very good time to both of us and we had great time. I bought some great books and she said that I probably put their percentage up to the next level and the school would receive more credit. Pleased that I could help......although I think Hubby shares the same passion for books as me. We sure picked up some great bargains.....(see Proverbs 31)

Came home and did the recycling, only to find out that the recycling depot was closed on the long weekend......live and learn, what else is new? We went to see a friend who was selling some of her baby things and we helped her out by buying a couple of carseats, feeding trays and toddler toys. Again, we were just too pleased to be able to help her out.....and I know that the daycare children will be most happy with the new purchases. Went to the vegetable store and was able to phone my fantastic friend Monica,(she offered to come and cook for us and our friends) who changed the menu for tonight and we were able to get the last few things on the grocery list. I went out for lunch with my very good friend at a great restaurant on 224th St............came home to let Monica in to cook our feast for tonight and then Hubby and I went out to visit some friends. My little four year old had invited us to a tea party which was thoroughly wonderful in pink princess teacups.......she served apple juice and cookies and we had a lovely afternoon.

Came home just before the first of our guests arrived, and Monica and Miracle #4 had made the best taco dinner imaginable. Seven layer dip, salad, soft and hard shell tacos, and chips and dip, with the best lemon cake and mixed fruit for dessert. This has been 2 weekends in a row that someone has come to cook a feast in my kitchen and I am feeling very spoiled and loved. There were 14 of us altogether and it has a been a truly blessed day!!! Friends, family and lots of love and laughter.....what more could anyone every ask for????

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Another Beautiful Day

Well, the Lewiston Mainiacs came into town with their stellar goalie and the Vancouver Giants beat them 2 to 1. It was an awesome game and I feel privileged to have been able to go. Thank-you to S and C, for allowing us to buy tickets from them and get great seats at a great price. I think I should buy more Giants tickets for next year.......the boys play like they want to be there. They skate, they pass, they move their feet on the power play.......very exciting to watch!! Matt Cooke was there from the Vancouver Canucks and he was sitting in his box with a whole bunch of kids. It was really cute to watch him show all the guys how to wave their towels when the Giants scored. They were all just looking at him rather dumbfoundedly.

Came home and hubby cooked dinner and is now cleaning up the kitchen and washing dishes. I went downstairs to do some laundry a little while ago and I haven't gone back up. SHH, don't tell him that I am missing and I really don't think he will notice. He has the tunes cranked up and is probably really enjoying himself........at least that is my story and I am sticking to it.

Yesterday started early, like they all do, and we got lots of chores and errands done. I had to take my sheets back to Winners as they came out of the package with a big tear in the top sheet. Now the old Joanne who didn't ever like to shop would have probably just done the return/exchange and left the store, but the new and improved Joanne browsed for awhile and came home with a new skirt, 3 new tops and 3 new pairs of shoes. Hubby got a new shirt, and also a book. Did some grocery shopping too, and a trip to Canadian Tire, to the bank and Zellers and we were fairly accomplished. Hubby started to scrub the outside of the house, while I did the inside, we went to church and then out to Red Robin with Miracle #1 and some friends.

Today I was a greeter at church, and then taught Fireside Kids, as it is called because it is part of Burnett's Camp Wannabe program. Three little 5 year olds showed up......I guess it's because of the long weekend and the crummy weather........I hope it isn't because they heard that we were their teachers......LOL. Anyway, the service was extremely long today and we literally flew out of the parking lot so that we could be at the Memorial Cup game by 1:30. We made it, and managed to slip into our seats right before the American national anthem. Another beautiful day.....


Friday, May 18, 2007

It's a beautiful day......

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood........and no, I promise not to sing the rest of the song. Fred Rogers used to be one of favourite people, only because some of my miracles actually enjoyed his show "Mr. Rogers". My children grew up in the day of CBC tv, and I believe that PBS existed too. Childrens shows were on in the morning from 6 until noon and then they were done, they didn't watch tv again unless a Christmas special came on in the evening or some other holiday special. I think we had 13 channels, possibly 21 but I forget. We had a VCR machine, but didn't own very many videos.....as matter of fact our very first VCR cost over $800 and it survived right into the late 90's. We bought it in 1983, at Eatons. Aren't I old? I read a Mr. Rogers book today, he hasn't changed a bit. I took it back to the library today too, so I promise not to mention him again.

It's been a fun last few days. I booked a trip to Vegas yesterday. I was bored. The children are way too quiet at quiet time and it doesn't take long to book a vacation online. I just didn't want to learn how to use my phone. It's still sitting in my purse......I actually turned it on and used it today.......it was kinda fun......my friend found the text message that they sent me from Telus welcoming to their world. Then I told her she could delete it. Found that rather empowering.

Anyway, Miracle #1 turns 30 in August and she really wants to go on a holiday. We were invited by friends/relatives to go to Vegas for 2-25th anniversaries, 1-50th anniversary and 1-21st birthday. So we threw in a 30th birthday, and we are set to go. Hubby is coming too, and it should be way too much fun!! We all love Vegas and are staying at the renovated Aladdin which is now called the Planet Hollywood Resort. Miracle #3 is in Vegas right now celebrating the wedding of a very good friend, I just know that they are having the time of their lives!!

Went to a Bullying workshop last night and it was very good, just extremely condensed. It's hard to teach a 3 day workshop in two and a half hours. The most important information that I received that there is no such thing as a bully in the 0 to 6 age group. Just a "behaviour of concern." I found that rather amusing......

I took Hubby to work today as we went to the first Memorial Cup round robin game tonight, and didn't want to have to bring 2 vehicles. The game started at 6 so there wasn't enough time for him to come home in between end of work and start of game. Great game!!!........and we beat the Plymouth Whalers in overtime 4-3. Made my Canucks look rather pathetic. Too bad, because I really do love my Vancouver Canucks. It's just that the Vancouver Giants are playing better than they did, in my opinion, and the price of a ticket is less than half. Great entertainment and our ticket also let us into the 54-40 concert too. We didn't go, but we could have! Lots of giveaways, interactive stuff and hockey memorabilia at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver should be very proud.......they have started the games in style.

The little guys and I had a very eventful Friday. We went out for muffins and juice, then to Library Storytime, to the park, to McDonalds for lunch and Shrek toys, naptime, and playtime. My friend M spent the day with us and we all had a such a great time. My little O and her are very good friends and M is teaching O how to be a princess (not that 3 year old O needed a whole lot of help).......she also taught her some great new expressions. It was very funny.

I am really looking forward to the long weekend.....it is promising to be action-packed. Hubby and I get to go back to see another hockey game on Sunday. It's going to be a beautiful day.....



Thursday, May 17, 2007

Newsflash

This is very exciting! I bought a cell phone. As I told the girl at Telus, I don't want any bells and whistles, I just want a basic phone, as I am very technology challenged. I mean I am the girl who just went to cordless telephone in 2004. Anyway, there is no such thing as a basic phone. It has a camera and a multitude of ring tones and it looks very pretty. I am afraid to touch it although Miracle #4 is most impressed. I have offered to trade him for his more basic model with the really nice phone number that I can remember, but he is still deciding. And until I actually learn how to use it, there is no point in giving out a number that is fairly useless at this point. So I will keep you all updated.

Everyone I know was telling me that I really need a cell phone......and I finally have to agree...... I need to be more reachable to the parents of the children in my daycare. And because one of my clients actually offered to pay for me to have one (I did decline) I thought that maybe they were right. After all, I have resisted for some time now. I had access to one most of last year, and it can really start to control your life. I think they can be rather rude and distracting, and I know that there must be some time of cell phone etiquette book out there that says you should turn it off when you are having lunch with a friend, or an appointment with a client, or when it is a personal call when you are working. Maybe it is just me but I am very particular when it comes to manners. Phones are an interruption......people run to answer them and yet when a child interrupts, they are told they are rude. So, here's to my new cell phone, and learning how to work it!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Day off

So, I know that I said that I was not going to blog every day, but it is a womans perogative to change her mind. I suddenly realized that I sound rather preachy in the last two posts and that is not my intention.

The last few days have been so great!! The Pacific Spirit run was phenomenal, and we helped register 2000 participants in 45 minutes. It was quite the adrenalin rush. I went to Bellis Fair on Sunday and bought some new clothes, some bedding and some towels. M and I had a blast and we honoured our moms as best as we were able. I know that my shopaholic mom would have been very, very proud!! I came home to the cleanest house in MR, and the miracles were making a feast for dinner. Chicken stuffed with asparagus, Rosemary potatoes with carrots, Asian salad, Spinach and strawberry salad, topped with angel food cake, strawberries and whipping cream for dessert. Very, very yummy!!

Monday was a day full of adventure and naughtiness, and I laugh now at all the behaviours of the little children. They all must have had very busy weekends, full of Mothers Day fun, because they were as entertaining as can be. Hissy fits, wrestling matches, tattling and balls being thrown on the roof were just part of their behaviours. Deliberate toiletting "accidents" were the icing on the cake and I can honestly say that I was happy to see 5:00 come......and of course traffic was bad so the late pick up was just to be expected, don't you think?

We had a late dinner, then off to the naturapath for Hubby and me. We are on a wellness program right now and this was our follow up to our 3 week MediClear cleanse. The appointment went really well and at the end, we ended up on a rather fun date. Dr. Cobi gave us a free trial in her infrared sauna. Nothing like sweating like crazy for a half an hour with the love of your life. Hubby was not impressed until he stepped on the scale the next morning and he had lost 4 pounds. I lost a pound and a half and it sounds like we will be going back.....as it was the easiest weight I have ever lost.....doing nothing but sitting and visiting and sweating and losing pounds. Not very glamourous, but after 28 years, we aren't always into the glamour any more.

Yesterday was a much easier work day, but also much busier. We went to Music Class, to a lovely park in Pitt Meadows, home for lunch, rest time, playtime and visiting. Miracle #3 popped by and she is off to Vegas on Thursday to attend a wedding. She is one of the bridesmaids and is very, very excited. My wonderful friend Shannon came to help with all the lifting of the toddlers as I am not allowed to lift over 20 pounds since my surgery in February. According to my surgeon. According to my physiotherapist and kineisiologist, that will remain to be seen. I am working very hard to prove my surgeon wrong. My massage therapist appt was cancelled due to illness, she has a sinus infection and couldn't work yesterday. So I know that Hubby was way more disappointed than me as he was really needing a massage, and I was only wanting one. Not to waste a free evening we went off to Superstore and did some much needed grocery shopping.....which is always a chore but it was very fun last night. We ran into an old work friend of Hubby's and his really cute 3 year old son named Max. It was quite fun to remininsce, and Max and I had a great little visit too. He wants to come and play on my new Diego bike. Wants to know if I have a Dora bike too. Went to Winners and bought some books and more bedding, came home, watched House, I cleaned up the play room, did some laundry, read some emails, and tended to my blog profile.

Today I am only working in the morning (I don't really think it is work to go play at CrazyCatz and have tea with fellow caregiver, but whatever...) and then the rest of the day is technically my day off, full of appointments and chores. I do have a lunch meeting to help plan the Vistas Run on May 27th. I will need to do another Costco shop as we only picked up a few things on the weekend and now we really do need cheese and meat and all the good stuff. I love Costco, and I'm sure they will have some new bargains since Saturday anyway. I need to go into Rainbow and clean out some things as I quit my job there at the beginning of May. I was asked to choose between Childrens Ministry and Daycare, so I decided to do the Childrens Ministry instead of the After School Daycare as my boss recognized that my passion is with 3 to 5 year olds. Now I am helping to teach the preschoolers every 2nd Sunday at 11 and Hubby and I are having a blast. Anywhere between 8 to 12 perfect little preschoolers that you would ever want to meet and it is way too awesome for words. And it is really just an extension of what I do at home daycare. I have figured out that is my very favourite age to take care of. As much as I love ALL the children, I don't really like them all. Not them personally, but their behaviours are way more challenging to me. I am off to a Bullying workshop tomorrow and hope to learn more about ways of dealing with this neverending problem in our world.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Blogging

So, I have promised my friend that I will blog today. I do want to let everyone know that I really don't plan on becoming a daily blogger. I like doing this, but I don't think I love it yet. The learning curve is much too steep. You see, I really don't like computers and/or paper. I like people. Computers do things that I don't understand.....so do people but I am able to excuse and forgive them much easier. I tell alot of people that I hate computers, but I love what they do for me. So as it is right now, this is really nice way to keep in touch with people, they can catch up on my life if they choose to, or not, if they don't want to.
I have been accused lately of being too busy. Too busy? I don't know what that means, I don't think you can really ever be too busy. It's all about time management.....and I seem to be quite good at that. But then, I sleep less than most people and that gives me anywhere from 2 to 4 more hours a day to utilize. It's all what we choose to do with our time. And don't we all do the things we love way more than the things we don't love? I think so. I often wonder what my passions are, and then I keep changing my mind anyway, so just when I think I have it right, I change it up again.
I do know something that never changes and that is my passion for my husband and my children. And God. The pastor that married us so many, many years ago told us that we were to put God at the head of our house, then our spouse and then our children. We were supposed to date once a week and have an overnighter once a month. Well, at that time it seemed quite impossible, I think I even laughed at him. Who has the time and/or finances to accomplish that amazing feat? Well, now that I am so much older and wiser.......I believe that. It can be done. We just have to make it a priority..........as hard as it is to do, make the people in your life matter. I try every day to do that, relationships are so important to me. And I screw up too, and I say I am sorry. And I forgive. And I try again. Isn't that what Jesus would want us to do? Like I tell all the children, Jesus is my best friend. And when in doubt, I always ask myself, what would Jesus do? And I try every day to get it right............and I think that Jesus is pleased that I am his friend.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers Day

Today is Mothers Day. I realized today that this is my 30th MD. It is also the first Mothers Day that my mother is not here, she is in heaven. I think that is going to be a hard day for a lot of people that I know, but I don't really expect it to be for me. I have given birth to 4 miracles. And they love me more than I could ever imagine. I do believe that God put me here on earth to be a mother......all I ever wanted to be in this world was a wife and a mother. I achieved this goal by the time I turned 20. And then I forgot to set any more goals, I happily went along taking care of my husband and my children. All was good. And then I turned 39. Wow! How did that happen so fast? Miracle #2 was graduating, and Miracle #3 was due to graduate the following year. What was I going to be when I grew up? It all seemed so simple when I was 16, and then 25 years later, it didn't seem so simple. It still isn't. But it sure can be fun!!
Today was a very fun day. I drove Miracle #4 to work for 5:30am, and then Hubby and I decided to go into Sears for their 7:00 opening to buy a new lawnmower. Great idea! Until we found the PR Bridge stuck open. Our 15 minute journey took us an hour, we got our $20 gift certificates and free gift and proceded to buy our very first gas lawn mower. We have always had electric......so we are really going out of our comfort zone. We also did some browsing and then some buying of shoes with our other $20, and it was all very fun. Came back to MR and went to chiro appt, did a few more chores, and then went to Cloverdale to watch some softball and have some lunch. We went to Lougheed Mall and to the cemetary......to Costco.....and then home to unload and have a little down time. Hubby cooked dinner after putting together lawn mower, and off we went to church for 6:30. This is where I learned about miracles. Pastor D is so good at preaching and as usual, was his usual entertaining self. The message was about Proverbs 31 and it was excellent. He even gave us permission to shop.....the bible tells us so. That is so great because M and I are going again today. It has sort of become one of my new passions......and we have such a good time. I lost my mom in June of 2006 and M lost her mom in September. We are going to volunteer at the Pacific Spirit Run and then we are off for breakfast and shopping. It's all good, the bible says so. My four miracles are cooking me a gourmet dinner tonight and I look forward to our evening of laughter and celebration. God is so good!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Harried, Harrassed & Hormonal

aHa!!!!

Harried, Harrassed, & Hormonal!


What the Hay, eh!? I love H's:

My last name, my love for my Honey (my Hubby), Hockey, Hot Air Balloons, Home Daycare, & Heaven (but not too Hasty on that, please Lord)

And Hallelujah!

My friends were giving me Heck (and Harrassing me) for not becoming a Blogger.

So,

Here, it is!