Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The flu seems to be going around. We were supposed to have friends over a couple of weeks ago and they had to cancel because they were sick. And last week, Toddler ended up with something, but he was the only one who got it. At first, I just thought it was something he ate, but it lasted five days, so no, that wasn't it. And we went to a birthday party on the weekend, and the birthday boy wasn't feeling so great and managed to share with a whole lot of people who were there. #4 ended up taking a sick day on what was supposed to be his first day back, but when you wake up vomiting, then they really don't want you. He ended up going back on Monday instead of Sunday and he has shortened hours for this week, until his shoulder feels better. As a matter of fact, he has tomorrow off, just so he isn't aggravating it. Back on Thursday and Friday for sure, and then they will assess again.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This is in the Rick Hansen exhibit...which is the only one of it's kind in Canada, we were told. He was looking at the Canada flags in the picture on the wall, and of course loving it!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
This was a lot of fun. It included your admission to the Art Gallery, and even though that was interesting, the BC Pavilion was very well done. I managed to see every Canadian pavilion, plus Russia House while they were here, which is a lot more than some people, but it still didn't feel like it was enough.
There were a lot of interactive technological activities inside the British Columbia Pavilion, but I really liked the colours of these tubes. They changed all the time to all the different colours of the rainbow.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I think I am finally done with celebrating turning 50. Miracle #4 gave me a birthday gift on Sunday, and he is taking me to see The Lion King in July. How exciting is that?! I did see it way back in 2003 in Toronto with Hubby.......and I have to admit, it is probably my all time favourite Broadway production. Up until then, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was my fave, but The Lion King is the absolute best I have ever seen. (I have seen a lot over the years, but no where near the amount I would like to.......) It seems appropriate that I am going with #4 as he is the one who enjoyed it the most when it came out in 1994 as a Disney movie. We both love the theatre, and I haven't seen a theatre production in a few years now. I am looking forward to it very, very much!
This past weekend was a crazy one. I think I was home for a total of 5 waking hours. Hubby and I went to both Giants/Blazers games and we won them both. The Giants won again last night in Overtime, so they are leading the series 3-0. I spent all day Saturday at a conference in Abbotsford, flew in the door for a very quick dinner and we were at the Coliseum by 7pm. The Boys AAA Basketball Tournament was going on so parking was at a premium. I am glad that both evenings were fairly pleasant as we had to walk from the very farthest parking lot. It's been cold out, but not really very rainy lately.
Woke up on Sunday to some rain, so it changed our plans of taking Toddler to Vancouver with us. He has been a really sleepy boy too, and fighting a bit of gastro-intestinal something, so he stayed home with his Daddy while his Mommy played soccer and they had a very fun family day. SIL is in Edmonton at a training conference for the next few days, he flew out last night and will be home on Friday. It's exciting for him and he is really enjoying his new job.
Hubby is still sick. Everyone else managed to get a cold, and get over it within a week, but the Symbicort caused Hubby to get a very sore throat again, so he is still fighting this same old cold from the beginning of the month. Apparently, this steroid puffer can cause mouth and throat sores in a very small percentage of people, and Hubby turned out to be one of those people. Every day, he starts out sounding not too badly, but by nightfall, he is raspy and coughing again. I am very thankful for Vicks on the Feet, as it is certainly working throughout the night and I guess that is why I am sleeping so well too!! Hubby is very faithful with it and doesn't cough at all during the night.
Miracle #4 got his call from his work yesterday and will be heading back this Sunday. They will assess it all on when he gets there, but it will be for shortened hours, or a shortened week. It will be good for him to go back.........Sunday is good day as it is only a five hour shift so he should definitely be more than ready!
There was a big meeting at church on Sunday night......for 2 and a half hours. We were voting in our new lead pastor, who isn't really new, but his interim was up, so it was time to decide if he was to stay or to go. He is staying. I am still ambivalent about it, I don't really know if I feel that it was the right decision.........but obviously it was God's decision. I have been around church politics for a good many years now, I have been on church building committees and pastoral search committees.........I was Chairperson of the Dept of Education and Training at Olivet for at least two years, so it isn't anything new to me. Pastors come and pastors go, and they usually have a following. It's hard on the people in the congregation who get so attached, but a normal term for most pastors is 7-10 years. It's going to change the dynamics, and I know some people who will probably leave. And more people will probably come. It's just the way it is......and it's been this way for generations, and I don't always have to like it. But no matter what, I do believe that it doesn't really affect me too much YET. But time will tell.
I have two very special people who are turning 16 and 17 today. I took care of them both as infants........WOW......time sure is flying by! In a little over 4 weeks, I am going to be a Grandma again!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Our brain depends on movement. It grows your brain and makes you smarter which makes you successful in your life. It depends on a lot of other things, but this is the most important. We have two sides of our brain, and if you put your two fists together, that is the size of your brain. Big brains are not necessarily smarter than smaller brains, and because I work with most important age group of all, it is very, very important that I want to grow their brains. We are born with 100 billion neurons and it is between the ages of 0 and 3 that we are forming the foundation. The brain is exploding with knowledge every single day......between 3 and 3 and a half, it takes a little break, and then from 3 and a half until 12 it is re-wiring. In construction. It is still growing and learning until the age of 26 and we have our best brains when we are 30. No, it's not really all downhill from 30, but I think we all know how much harder it is to retain things. He had some great info on how to continue growing your brain.......... Gary's website is http://www.braincoach.ca/ and I recommend a quick peek. He is fascinating and his information is even more fascinating!!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Old vs. New.....hmmm, very familiar looking ice skates, I think.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I have received many, many gifts in the past month. But I think because this was the least expected that it was even more appreciated. I also received a gift from my friend Jenn, who went to San Diego with her family last week. I had asked her to pick up something for me at SeaWorld while she was there, and when she arrived back home, she refused payment. Again, I am very grateful. Thank-you very, very much.........and I know that Toddler is appreciating his new "Big, Big Whale" towel. I love it, and I love you too!!
I am loved and appreciated. I know that. I have tangible evidence every single day of my life. I get lots of smiles and hugs daily, I have so many people who show me or tell me every day. Toddler learned how to say, "I love pizza!" this week. So with that, came, "I love Mamma, and I love Papa, and I love Bine, etc, etc." He's pretty cute and I was surprised how much I missed him when I was away last week. #2 told me that he totally gets why. He is a big part of my daily life and he just helps to make it complete. Two year old attitude and all........I just love him so very, very much!!
A lot has happened in the last 5 or 6 weeks and I need to record some of my data. (I am actually surprised that I even remember it......) My eye pressures are 16 and 17. The very best that they have ever been, and that was on February 8th. My thyroid level is 0.53. That is considered normal. So other than getting what is being called the Post-Olympic cold, I am very healthy. My C125 blood test is normal.....and that means I don't have ovarian cancer. Hubby was told that all his tests were perfect. He was given some Symbicort (a puffer) to help with his wheezing, but it's really just a sign of getting older and the environment. Lots and lots of stuff in the air these days, so the puffer has really helped. Hubby still has a sore throat, but is slowly getting over his chest infection. He seems to always take longer than most, but it is going away.
Toddler hasn't had any breathing issues since we stopped going to Gymnastics a few weeks ago. Hmmmmm........maybe it really was dust and such.......and we all know how musty the gym is. We have been going to a new activity on Mondays now, and it is way more fun and way cleaner too!!
Grandchild #2 is expected to make his or her arrival in 5 weeks. DIL is feeling good and looking great! She was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in late January, but it has been a learning experience and if anything, it has made all of us eat better.......esp. on Mondays, when the family comes to dinner. She had a birthday a few weeks ago and even had some cake, and she said it really didn't even affect her sugar levels too much. Toddler is still hung up on Leelee's birthday and still tells her, "Happy Leelee, Leelee!" We keep telling him that it is going to be his birthday soon and he still says, "Happy Leelee!" If you ask him how old he will be, he takes a couple of seconds to think about it, but then he holds up his two pointer fingers and tells you, "Two!!"
Miracle #4 didn't go back to work as planned. He phoned to tell them that he had injured his shoulder..........so he couldn't do the heavy drainage work that they were planning for him. After his physio appt yesterday, he was told he will need the full 6 weeks of healing before he can use it fully. Still in pain, doing exercises every day, and helping out with all the children who love him so much. I noticed that he picked up his 35 pound nephew yesterday, so it must not hurt as much as it used to, but it has been a slow process. #4 has a great attitude, but it's still not healing as quickly as he would like it to be. It will be six weeks next Saturday, so any extra prayers that any of you have would be very appreciated!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This wall is the first thing you see when you go downstairs. I really liked it and that's very unusual, because I am not really an art lover. Liked how it was set up and I think I just liked the words....