Thursday, December 31, 2009
This, being the last day of the year, is usually a reminiscent post. But I am not going to do that this year. Just go back and read my blog. I often tell people that if they read my blog, then they really know all there is to know about me. No catching up to do, no conversation to really have, as they pretty much know all that is going on in my life. For some reason or another, when we do see each other or talk with one another, we still manage to have a conversation.......and sometimes it is just about something that they read on my blog. Usually we talk about what is going on in their life and that's way better than talking about me. But I am going to share. Some of the things that I have learned this year, (or perhaps in the last couple of years.......) and some of them in only the past week. But here they are in no particular order.
1) I received The Five Love Languages book for Christmas. They are Physical Touch (10/30), Acts of Service (8/30), Receiving Gifts (0/30), Quality Time (6/30) and Words of Affirmation (6/30). The numbers in parentheses are my score on the profile for wives at the end of the book. Touch is my love language. I knew it was one of the important ones to me, but I didn't realize it would be the most important. Interesting.....very interesting!
2)I have an odd sense of humour. When my neighbour said, "Merry Friggen Christmas" to me the other day, I just laughed at him. He was on his way to work a night shift and we were just coming in from shopping. I still smile every time I remember him saying it.....I am smiling again right now! Two and a Half Men makes me laugh out loud. Some of it is very off colour and I can't believe that I think it is even funny. If I watch a rerun and I know what is coming, then I start to chuckle before one of them even say the punchline.
3)"Purple represents royalty, spirituality, nobility, ceremony, mystery, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, and mourning. Purple is considered an exotic colour. Purple dye was made from the mucous gland of a snail. It required thousands of snails to yield one gram of dye causing it to be a colour only nobles could afford. Today purple is a trendy colour targeting creative types." I plagarized this off of my friend's Facebook status from yesterday. I bought purple luggage this week, and she bought purple velour pants. I have always loved the colour purple!!
4)I loved the little boy on the news who was asked who his favourite hockey player on the Canadian Olympic team was. His reply was, "Canada!" I love children, and the things that they say!! They are so innocent and so refreshing!!
5)Emotionally, I don't do anger. Sadness, disappointment, frustration.........but not anger. It uses up way too much energy and causes bitterness and resentment to eat up my insides. I haven't been angry for a very, very long time and I hope and pray it stays that way.
6)I received a pedometer for Christmas. Mostly just for curiosity, and I have wanted one for a long time. I was pleasantly surprised that I am consistently walking 8000 steps every day without even trying. That is just an every day occurrence, just walking around the house and to various spots in my daily routine. Just think if I tried to make the 10,000 steps that I should be doing....it wouldn't take a whole lot more effort and I might even lose a couple of pounds. (I need to lose more than a couple of pounds, but that is a whole other post)
7)My computer and I have a love/hate relationship going on. I spend WAY too much time on the computer, but it entertains me. I love social networking and I am officially an addict. I wish that I could find other things to do that entertain me just as much, but I am fairly shut in, especially in the evening. When it's dark outside, I stay in. It's safer. I have glaucoma, macular degeneration, and weak spots on my retinas. I think my eyes are quite pretty, probably one of my best features, but they don't work so great......
8)Christmas stresses me out. Even though I am completely organized, I still lose sleep over all the things there is to do. I love it, but I don't love all the stress that it causes me. Nobody is happier than me that it is over for another year!!!
9)I love books, coats, hoodies, shoes and purses. It's a bit of a problem......but only to me. I admit it is a problem and I know that I shouldn't buy as many of them as I do. My husband fully supports the book and hoodie habit, but is still quite quizzical about the coats, shoes and purse issues. I have way too many of all of them and I will often buy new ones for no reason......except that I really, really love them!!
10)I adore my family!! That is no secret. And I have known this for a very, very long time. My children are my passion and my greatest accomplishment. I love my husband more than I can ever describe in words. I haven't gotten any letters after my name, or medals or trophies, but I was born to be a mom. I have made more mistakes than I could even count, and parenting is by far, the hardest job I have ever had, but it is still the most rewarding. I have reaped a lot of rewards this year. And I keep reaping more!!! 2009 was stupendous, but I think 2010 is going to be even better!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! BE SAFE AND BE RESPONSIBLE!!! I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK AGAIN!!!!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This is what Hubby spent some hours on Sunday doing.......and some more hours last night. This was his request for Christmas, and he is very pleased with his gift. Tells me he is the new chinese laundry......I laughed and told him that no, he married the chinese laundry. I used to iron, and then he took it over about 15 years ago, and the truth is, he does a way better job. I still remember when Miracle #2 was graduating and he needed a shirt ironed. "Dad, Dad, can you show me how to iron my shirt?" YES!!! Right then, I knew that we had role-modeled well. There is no double standard in this house and we are all capable of all tasks!! Hubby is really enjoying his new toy. And I love that he is enjoying his new toy!! He has pressed over 25 shirts and it's been great to watch the big ironing pile diminish!!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
We had such a great day.....and I keep re-living it by looking at pictures. In order of appearance, here are my miracles. I love them so much and I saw them all, and we made some memories. They gave me the best Christmas ever!! And to them I am forever grateful!! Here is Miracle #4, just relaxing before his sisters and brothers are to arrive......enjoying his new book!
Miracle #1, receiving some gifts!
Miracle #2, receiving a gift!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
So we had no water for about 13 hours......I put out an APB (all plumbers bulletin) on Facebook and went to bed, figuring I would deal with it in the morning. When I got the call from my friend Steve at 9:09 on Boxing Day, he was more than happy to come over and have a look and see what he could do. It was his wife's BD though and couldn't come for a couple of hours, but that was just so wonderful that he was going to come and all was well again. Except for we didn't have any water........so we were camping. Luxury camping with heat and electricity, but no flush toilets and no shower facilities. #4 and I were quite fine with it, but Hubby was missing his morning shower ALOT. We all coped and Steve and his 7 year old apprentice showed up just before noon with Tim Horton's coffees, figuring we had no water so we had no coffee, and had the pipe fixed in about 10 minutes. Praise God for friends who are plumbers!! I had the dishwasher (Round 4 from Christmas) and the washing machine going within minutes of the pipe being fixed, and turkey soup was started within the hour. I never did watch the World Junior game which I hear was a 16-0 drubbing of Latvia.
Hubby and I used one of our Christmas gift cards to The Keg last night.......we had hockey tickets so we went to the one downtown. So yummy......I commented to Hubby that I thought my classic sirloin was better than turkey the night before, but that's only because I didn't have to cook it or clean it up. We had a lovely evening out and paid $5 for parking and just under $10 for a tip and that was the cost of our date. Yes, I bought the hockey tickets, but that was way back in August so it felt like it didn't cost anything. Lots of fun and the Canucks did not disappoint, they played well and beat the Oilers 4-1.
It feels weird to have 4 days off already. They have been very busy days, so it actually feels like it has been longer. I ended up with Christmas Eve off because of sick children who didn't come, so #2 and I finally took Toddler to see Santa. We got there really early and ended up tag teaming in the line-up for an hour before he even arrived. It was a good choice as I counted at noon when he actually showed up and there were already over 30 people with their children waiting. Valley Fair Santa is legendary. And of course, it was our turn and Toddler was tired, so his voice of "No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no no, no," could be heard through-out the Mall. He didn't cry and we have lovely picture of him on his Mommy's knee with Santa. Santa actually looks sad in the picture.......It made him sad that Toddler didn't want to come and see him. If I could figure out how to make my scanned pic into a JPG instead of a PNG then I would post it, but I don't know how to do it. Blogger and me......we kind of have a love/hate relationship going on!
Christmas and Boxing Day have blurred on by and I have church today, and then no other plans made. I may even hit the Mall.....Oh, I can't believe I even thought that out loud!!! Turkey soup for dinner and Canucks PPV sound like a perfect way to spend an evening!! (Although my friends are leaving for Cuba tonight......that sounds even more perfect!!) I almost had Hubby convinced that he wanted to spend New Year's Eve in Palm Springs and when I checked into tickets with Allegiant out of Bellingham, I found flights for just over $500 for two of us. By the time he was able to commit and get his head around being spontaneous, the price had doubled and I wasn't going to pay over $1000 for just two days. You snooze, you lose. And this time we did, and I am disappointed. Oh well, life is full of disappointments.......and it just wasn't meant to be. I have been checking into cruises and all-inclusives, so it is just a matter of time before I have one booked and we will be off into the wild blue yonder too!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
He made his mommy a "wuv you" cookie.....
He played Playdough....
Isn't he awesome?!? I know I probably say it way too much, but I love him so much!! He is so much fun and he entertains me daily. We had a great week.....and even though he has a bit of cough and a runny nose, he is in very good spirits and is a very happy boy!!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I know that this is going to sound very materialistic, but my very favourite present was my diamond ring from Hubby in 1997. And it wasn't because it was the most beautiful five diamonds I had ever seen, but it was in the way that he gave it to me. I always get the most.....that is what my miracles have always told me. They are right......and I also give the most! But I have a Daycare in my home.....and my peeps always load up my Christmas tree, with stuff. My husband spoils me every single Christmas that we have been together and my children do pretty good too!! So I had this large stack of presents.....probably 3 feet high sitting beside me, and everyone had opened theirs one at time, but my stack was bigger so I always am ending with the extras. At the very bottom of the pile was a book. I love books!! But it was called, "The Nursing Home Murders" or something like that. Very thick......very not my taste in reading. As I opened the front cover, I saw what he was smiling about. He had hollowed it out and my ring box fit into it. Apparently it was quite the project. He did at work on his lunch hours. Cut out the pages, bit by bit, page by page. Took hours. I was so thrilled, and mostly just amazed that he had done that. Love and Christmas go hand in hand. And giving back.
I have received much......so the Bible says I must give much. I mostly give of myself, but I really want to give a cash donation to a charity of my choice. Oh, I have lots of charities that I give to, but I pick my certain ones every year.....usually three......and give larger donations to those, instead of little bits to every one. I have chosen the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Food Bank this year. I am a bit late for Christmas, but January is probably one of their harshest months. Everyone is tapped out. Sooooooooooo, what is your favourite Christmas surprise? For every comment I receive, I will donate $5. And I am going to challenge you to give too......to anyone in need. It doesn't have to be monetary, even helping a friend out with babysitting services or bringing a friend a cup of tea.......Give something back. Can't go through life with a catcher's mitt on!! Gotta throw something back........Give it a try. You will be amazed how good it will make you feel!!
Toddler with his Mommy and his two Grandma's!
(He calls us both, "Mamma." Sounds like Gramma with an M)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Yesterday went really well. I had lots of activities for the children to do and the dynamics were great. Children co-operated and played all day and we had a lot of fun. Two phoned in sick, one with a cough and one with a fever and flu-like symptoms. He went to the doctor and he is out for the week. Poor little guy!! Hope he feels better by Friday!! So when I went to the doctor last night, I finally bit the bullet and got my H1N1 shot and I was very surprised that it didn't hurt at all. It's a bit achy this morning but I popped some Advil at 5 and it feels way better already. Again, I am surprised because Advil doesn't usually work for me. Miracle #4 has been popping Advil all week as he has done something to his shoulder. He claims he did it while sleeping, but when the pain never went away, I sent him to the chiropractor. He has had a couple of adjustments, and is in obviously worse shape than I thought, as he has to go back again in a week. He has such a physical job and never gets hurt, and now he is relaxing.....perhaps a little too much.......and now he is in pain. We are quite the pair, the two of us, one with a sore shoulder and one with a sore arm. Makes for lifting 32 pound Toddler a bit tricky today!!
I am so excited for today!! I have booked the church gym for a couple of hours and a couple of the miracles and I are going to play and run and have doughnuts with 20 or so of our best friends who are children. I have lots of friends who are children but these ones come at least once a week to visit, and their parents actually pay me for hanging out with them. It's a very good deal that I have going on!!! Hopefully, some of their parents can stay and have coffee/tea and some social time before they go on to their busy lives, but we will see. I have lots and lots of refreshments, so I sure hope someone stays!!! Six have said yes, for sure, and the others have just 3 full days to get everything ready for Christmas, so they have said maybe. Maybe is good!! It doesn't mean no.
Only 3 days until the big day!!!!!