Saturday, July 31, 2010

Eyes, a crab and other stuff

I went to see the retinal specialist on Monday and it turns out that I have another tear in my retina of my left eye. He is going to do a little laser surgery on it on the 23rd of next month and it will be all fixed up, until the next time. This is the third time that I have had to have a tear fixed, and it is definitely uncomfortable, but certainly manageable. I was trying to remember when I had the last tears fixed, and I believe it was in 2001 and 2003. I had to think very hard about that, and I may be off by a little bit, but I know that the first time it was the right eye and the next time it was the left one. I never know when they are there, it always takes a Dr. to tell me, as there are more floaters than usual, but that is the only symptom. I think that the first time, I also had some excessive watering and a little bit of pain, but I go to the specialist every six months, (although lately it's more like every 3 or 4 months) and he checks everything. I always remember what my old opthamologist said to me almost 20 years ago, as I have had issues for a very long time. He told me that there was no point in worrying about what "might happen." It was my job to show up at my appointments and it was his job to worry about my eyes. He retired a couple of years ago, and as much as I really like my new doctors, I really do miss him.

There is a crab in my house. I don't know where it is. I have taken care of children for 33 years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened. Take one 6 year old. Add a clam shell and a little crab. A pocket. And then he snuck it into the house when we came home from the beach on Wednesday. I guess it skittered away when he took it out of the shell, and no one told me until the next morning. And it wasn't the guilty party. It was his friend. I am glad that at least one of the three boys has a conscience, and we searched all day Thursday for the little crab, but I figure it is dead in my playroom somewhere. I keep waiting to smell it. So far, to no avail. I am not impressed.......but I do have a very tidy playroom right now.......

We went to visit my MIL today and she was very sleepy, so we didn't stay long. She is on a lot of medication, one which makes her extremely nauseous. Not eating much and still feeling rather poorly. Her heart is now regulated, but now the lungs are acting up. They re-inserted the oxygen again as she can't really breathe very well without it. She told me a few years ago that she had COPD, but this is the first time that it has really bothered her. So, for now, she needs oxygen. On a positive note, the surgery that she went into the hospital for went really, really well. She got her staples removed last week and she is healing very nicely. Now, if we could just get the other stuff under control. Prayers, please?

And Happy 70th Birthday Auntie Bev!!!!!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Morning Hike

Summer tends to have a lot of gaps in it when it comes to Daycare. People take days off, and some are on holidays so all that came today were two 6 year olds. We headed off to the lower falls at Gold Creek and they did wonderfully. The hike is 2.7 km to get to the Falls and there are lots of scenic spots along the way, so it only took 45 minutes to get there. A little bit longer to go back, just because we stopped to throw rocks in the water. I really do think they could have stayed all day, but we had only packed snacks so they were starting to get hungry. They both told me more than once that "This is really fun!" and that just makes me wonder why I don't take advantage of the beauty of my "almost backyard" more often. I hadn't been there myself in 25 years and of course, #4 doesn't ever remember going there. He was a newborn in a Snugli when we last did this lovely little hike........

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some More Beach Pictures

So I was playing around on Blogger last night and I finally figured out how to add more than five pictures at a time. I have only been blogging for three years and I did it!! Rather proud of myself, but I may have unleashed a monster. I scrutinize quite carefully to only post five pics at a time, and now I don't have to be so particular......

My boy and the beach.....

Heading off to throw his rock into the water.

Checking out the crabs!

Having fun in the water.

Watching his friends in the water.

He looks very little way out there.....

After about 2 hours, he decided to venture in!

So we went off to see the waves.....

He was quite fine with following the big boys.

And they were quite fine with helping him along......

He loved it, once he got going......


I carried him in from the van when we arrived home, and he actually woke up long enough to ask me, "What's this?" I answered him, "Grandma's couch." And he went right back to sleep. It was already 4 o'clock, so I didn't really want him to sleep very long. It was such a great day!!


He got a haircut last night. And he didn't cry!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Day at the Beach

It was pretty much a perfect day. A perfect day to go to the beach. When I found out that I only had four children scheduled to come today, we made plans to go find a beach. A safe beach, as I was going to be the only adult. And it worked out perfectly! Toddler stayed overnight as his mommy had to start this morning at 7, so that is always a nice way to start the day. He actually woke up at 7:15 and was soaking wet, not to mention very chilly. So I changed his diaper and his pyjama's and took him back to bed with me to "snuggle." Well, he promptly fell back to sleep until 8:55 am. Sweet!! He woke up very happy and ready to go to the beach, we waited for the other boys to arrive and we headed off to White Rock.

He loved digging in the sand. And his buddies loved looking for crabs. (Can you see them in the background there? I think they would have been happy in that tidal pool ALL day long.) Toddler and I made sandcastles, or maybe I should rephrase that. We both filled the bucket, but he took great pleasure in breaking them as quickly as we made them.

And we chased seagulls.

He played in the waves.

And chatted to his friend.....Aren't they cute? He loves "Pooce."

And played some more in the waves. I marveled at how he kept his hat and sunglasses on for the first three hours we were there. Didn't try to take either of them off until I re-applied the sunscreen and then off came the glasses. Then his hat got wet from the splashing and that was the end of the hat. No way was that wet hat going back on his head!! Of course, he was starting to get tired too. He LOVED the beach.......we all did. And look forward to going back soon!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Yes, it was just as great the second time. Maybe even better. I love the theatre, and I am fortunate to have children who appreciate it as much as me. Miracle #4 gave me this ticket for my birthday, and then he also bought me dinner and paid for parking. I loved the costumes and the sets..........and especially the music!!! It was an excellent evening and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!!! Thank-you, #4 for sharing your evening with me!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

another week gone by.....

Monday started with a van that didn't start, my MIL had some complications and never made it out of CCU until yesterday, and then I got a cold. Bad things always seem to happen in threes......that's if you are superstitious at all, and I am not..........but if I was, then that means that I am done now.

It turns out that all that was wrong with my van was a dead battery, but it still inconvenienced me for a couple of days. It's not like I had to go anywhere important but I really don't like it when I am housebound. My girlfriends were good enough to change their plans and meet at a park that I could walk to instead of drive to and I am very grateful for them for that. And did you know that when you jump start a battery, then you should always run the car giving the jumpstart for at least five minutes before attempting to get the dead battery going? I didn't. And I very glad for my friend and neighbour Chris, who came over and gave us this advice......because I was ready to get the van towed in to get serviced. As it turns out, it didn't need to be towed and Hubby took it to work on Tuesday and it was tended to. Van works great now!! Like I say to a lot of people, that 1994 van is going to outlive me!! It has 238,000 km on it and it has been very well taken care of. I barely drive it any more, (hence, the dead battery) and for the 2 or 3000 km that I put on every year, then it will probably be here for a very, very long time.

My MIL had some complications with her medication. Her heart starts to race when they give her a certain sedative, so even though she stayed in CCU for a few days longer, it was still the best place for her. I drove in on Tuesday night with Hubby, but I didn't go in to see her as I had a sore throat. Sat in the hallway and watched all the activity, and boy, was there ever lots of activity!! I have always been a people watcher and yes, there were lots of people to watch!

And I, who always says that I never get sick, got sick. It started with a little bit of gastro-intestinal stuff going on last weekend, but then along came a sore throat and a cough. But as I get older, I do find that it zaps me more than it used to, and I had more than one early-to-bed night. I can tell I am on the mend, but still didn't go to the hospital with Hubby today as I don't need to spread my germs around. His mom is in a ward now, and convalescing as well as can be expected. She is starting to feel impatient and wants to go home, so that is a good thing........although it sounds like it will be next weekend at the earliest. She still hooked up to some IV meds and has oxygen 24/7.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. #4 and I are headed into Vancouver to see The Lion King. I saw it in Toronto in 2003, but it really is one of my all time favourite productions. It seems appropriate that I am seeing it with #4 as he is the one who enjoyed the movie so much when it came out in 1994. I still remember going with him when he was nine and I know that we will enjoy it just as much as a live production!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

12 weeks old tomorrow!

And growing up so very quickly! She was 13 lbs 6 ozs and 23 and a half inches when she had her shots last week, and that puts her into 90th percentile for weight and height. I still think she is so little, and in our family, she really is. But growing and changing and getting cuter and cuter all the time. She slept for nine straight hours last week, so that is always so exciting!! She has an adorable personality and is a smiler and a chatterer. We all comment, "It's because she's a girl." She reminds me very much of #3 when she was a baby, just because she smiles all the time. Which makes us smile all the time too! She can turn over from tummy to back, which means she is very early for doing that, but she has always been a mover and a shaker. I am sure it won't be long and she will go from back to tummy too!

Showing off how strong she is!

And how happy she is! Gotta love those rolls!

"Oh, Hi Daddy."

Chatting to me on Monday night.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Weekend

On Monday, Toddler decided that he needed the hockey pads and the net out, and of course a stick and a glove as well. He was very insistent that I help him get it. It didn't last very long, but he stayed in the pads long enough for him to get his picture taken, anyway!

This weekend just flew by. I didn't even get out of my pyjamas until past noon yesterday, but I was able to accomplish cleaning some bathrooms as well as some laundry. I had meant to get to some paperwork, but that didn't happen. I completely ran out of energy by 3 o'clock and ended up watching a romantic comedy that I don't even know the name of. Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant were in it and it was corny, but I really enjoyed it. An impromptu street barbeque was a very fun way to spend a Saturday night as some of the neighbours got together and we shared some good food and good laughs.
Today was my niece's 13th birthday party (only 10 days early), so that took up the better part of the afternoon. After the party, Hubby and I went into Royal Columbian Hospital to see his mom and she pretty much slept through our visit. She is in the Critical Care Unit now, which is actually one of the nicer wards, as it is all exterior windows. She has the corner room, with lots of natural light, but is supposed to be moved down onto the ward as soon as there is a bed available. She had been sitting up for an hour and a half today and had gone for a little walk, but by the time we arrived, she was just exhausted from her afternoon, so we didn't stay too long. Came back into MR and picked up some groceries, made dinner and frittered away my evening. Hubby vacuumed and did the recyling/garbage and I believe it is time to call it a night!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Is it Friday yet?

Or perhaps even Saturday........then I can actually sit and relax for a few minutes. Too much going on right now. My mother-in-law had major surgery yesterday and I cannot believe that it totally slipped my mind. I knew it was the 14th. I had been praying for her for days....weeks, even. And then the day came and the day went, and I forgot. Work is busy. Life is busy. It's Summer Kids Club at church this week and I really do prefer it when it is in the morning. It's in the evening again. Almost 400 kids and over a hundred volunteers, singing, dancing, playing games, eating, playing and learning about Jesus. The theme is Toy Stories and we are talking about friendship. It's a great theme and it's been fun. But I have 18 four and five year olds in my small group. And of those 18 children, I have a few difficult little boys. I laughed on Tuesday, when someone said to me as she was leaving, "If I drank, then today would have definitely been a drinking day!" She was right.......Tuesday was crazy. One little guy didn't come yesterday and I cannot believe how much difference it made with one less child. Of course, it helped that he was one of my difficult little boys........

Toddler is having a rough week too. He gave up his soother last week and he is so emotional. Poor little guy, but he has made it this far, so there isn't any turning back now. It disappeared on his Daddy's birthday, so it is officially 'lost.' He calls me Gwamma now, I still get Mamma every now and again, but it's mostly Gwamma. It 's cute. And I love the way he says flip-flop. It's lip-lop. Or even pip-pop. The other night he was asking for Coupon. It turns out that he meant Corn Bran. Some words are really clear. Some aren't. We went to the States on Saturday, and it was a very fun day. Only waited a half hour in the border line-up to go down and there was no wait at all coming home. Toddler made us all smile as he started singing Oh Canada when we were coming back into Canada. Made our border guard smile too. He measured Size 9.5 in shoes. So we keep looking at his feet in his "new big shoes" and cannot believe how big they really are. Still a Size 3 in most of his clothes though. His mom was very pleased that all his summer stuff from last year still fits. I figure it will fit next year too, as then the diaper should be gone.

I have some decisions to make about my eyes. I went for cataract measurements last week. And I need to figure out if I should pay $400 per lens or $1750 per lens. The difference is in how well I am going to be able to see without glasses. I could get an intraocular lens that will correct my cataracts and improve image quality, but I will most likely still have to wear glasses for some tasks, like reading, sewing or computer work. Or I could get the more expensive lens that is designed to help me see all, from the big picture down to the smallest most precious details. I actually chatted to a lady in the Dr.'s office about her new lenses.....kind of a "coincidence" that we sat side by side while waiting......and she had her cataracts fixed in February. First time in 56 years that she could see without wearing glasses. She answered a lot of my questions, and I felt very relaxed before going in for my appointment. Unfortunately, I still can't decide which lenses to get, and I have been mulling it over for a week now.

My mother-in-law had an eight cm aneurysm removed from her between the lungs and the stomach. It had actually grown in the last month since her ultrasound. She is in Acute Care ICU and resting. I will know more later.

The weather has been beautiful this week. A little bit cool on Monday, but the sun is shining and it's warm, but not too warm. It would be perfect if it could stay like this all summer......

Miracle #4 is house-sitting this week. I haven't seen him since Saturday, but I did talk to him the other night and all is well. The dog got out of the yard one day, but she came back after a bit. He said it caused him more than a couple of anxious moments, but I guess the latch was not hooked and Mac just went to visit the neighbours. All is well. He is coming over today to take care of his sleeping nephew while the rest of us head off to Kids Club. DIL has done it for the other three days and I appreciate them soooooooooo much for doing this. I love my family so very, very much!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hot Summer Nights

It was a very, very hot summer night! The heat came on with a vengeance yesterday (at least 34 C) and so when I read in the paper that the fire trucks were coming to a local school, I thought it would be fun to take our toddler. Well, this little two year old is very, very cautious. I really do think that he would have sat on this curb and watched all the children run through the water for the duration. But we said please. And we pleaded. And we coaxed. After all, he really was enjoying watching everyone. But after a little while, he decided to put his feet in the water that was running from the big fire hoses. So he tiptoed in. And thought maybe it was okay. Sat back on the curb for awhile longer. And then went back to tiptoe through again. But once he got going, he really got going! He absolutely loved it and it was soooooo fun to watch!!

Watching all the kids

Running and splashing......

Finally considered touching it....(this is at least a half hour in)

Getting his last splash in, before it was all gone down the drain

And as we were leaving, Mr. Friendly decided to go over to the fireman and have a little chat. He really did enjoy his evening, and we especially enjoyed sharing it with him!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Long Weekend

Well for some people it was. I actually worked on Friday and so did Hubby, but I know a lot of people who combined Canada Day with the Fourth of July and ended up with four days off. Nice for them!

It has been a busy few days........for that matter, it has been a busy month. Lots going on, mostly work stuff, and that is keeping me hopping. I have more little people to take care of, and they are transitioning in very nicely but they are young. A couple of new ones under two and a few older ones too, but they are 3 and 5, so they blend in very just makes for more activity. I am loving Quiet Time way too much right now!!

Canada Day was cold and wet. It did stop raining long enough for us to join our friend's 18th Annual Canada Day barbeque, but it sure was damp. And cold. Oh, I think I said that already......

We went to a 50th BD party on Friday night and that was fantastic. It was at a mansion in Langley and it was a bit surreal.......and very, very lovely. I felt like I was in that show, "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", as the house was truly amazing, and so were the grounds. I loved the treasure garden........and it was so fun to celebrate with my friend who I have only known for the last 49 years of my life. They had TheatreSports come to entertain us and I don't remember the last time I have laughed that hard. Way too fun!!!

We took care of Toddler on Saturday/Sunday so his parents could go to a wedding at The Teahouse. This was for #3's very good friend and she was in the wedding party. I would love to see more pictures, and I stole this one off of Facebook, but I really like it. Love the parasols and looking forward to seeing more of the memories that were made. The weather co-operated and it was a beautiful venue with a beautiful sunset.

We had such a great time with our favourite grandson while his Mom and Dad celebrated the night away. Took him to the Pet Store where we were thoroughly entertained by the dogs, cats, ferrets, birds and fish........not to mention the really fun Manta Ray which has quite the personality. We took him to McDonald's for dinner and then to see the African Children's Choir at church. The evening was topped off with some baseball and hockey playing in the front yard before his bath and bedtime and I don't know who had more fun, us or him!

Today was more low-key. We went to see GG this morning and Toddler entertained his Great-Grandma before we took him home.......then off to get the chores done, as well as some housework. Another weekend gone by way too quickly........