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!