Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Catching up

I am trying so hard to be healthy. I have attempted to make better choices and exercise more. I have gained two pounds. Sigh.....

Now, after the weekend of being pampered and eating way too well (thank-you again, to my wonderful aunt and uncle) I didn't gain any weight in the last couple of days, but ever since Christmas I have put on a couple of pounds. No biggie. Except I am actually trying not to do that. And it's not really working.

Hubby made me a delicious smoothie today as my aunt made us one on the weekend and he replicated it this morning. It was delicious, and it just took me an hour to nurse it down, but I am just not really very hungry in the morning. Never have been. And yet, breakfast is still one of my most favourite meals to go out for. It helps, I think, that I get up so early and by the time I end up going out I have been up for 3 or 4 hours. That is when my body gets hungry. I have always known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but ever since I can remember, I just don't want to eat first thing. Not like Hubby, who wakes up because he is hungry and has to eat ASAP. He is able to wait about an hour upon waking but if he had a choice, then he would eat breakfast first and then get ready for his day. Because he is such a creature of habit, then he always showers and gets ready for his day, and then eats and reads the newspaper. On weekends, he does sleep a little bit later, but really doesn't waver much from his routine.

And then there is me. I don't really have a routine. Every day is different. I usually wake up anywhere between 5 and 6, but when I actually get up is dictated by when the children are arriving. Some days, they come at 6:30 am. There are other days, it can be as late as 8. And since Christmas, I have been known to actually go back to sleep until 7. That is sleeping in. So if I get up at 5, I will eat around 9 or 10. If I get up at 7, then I will eat at 11 or 12. Sometimes I eat lunch for breakfast. No matter what though, whenever I get up, I will have a glass of water and and banana and take my thyroid pill and my supplements. Grandson used to love coming and helping me take my "vitamins." Believe me, with calcium/magnesium, vitamins B,C and D, plus my vision factor and adrenal boost, there is quite a few little capsules to ingest. To me, they make up small meal.

I tried Zumba last night. As I left to go, my entire family had a little chuckle about that. And they had every right.....I am not co-ordinated and I have no rhythm. I have been procrastinating since Christmas though and I did finally make a class. It was hard, and I was really sweaty, but I am very happy that I went. Thank-you Cynde, for calling and inviting me. I am going to try it again tonight with another instructor at a different facility. I actually feel pretty good this morning, but I didn't really push myself too terribly last night. Like the instructor told us first-timers, "It's not a dance class. Just enjoy the music and have fun. Try to keep up, but don't worry if you don't." Believe me, I didn't keep up, but I really did have fun and I smiled a lot. So I will try again tonight and see how it goes. Wish me luck!!

My cousin's son plays the guitar and has a group of guys that he jams with. He was practicing for almost 4 hours on Saturday and we were very fortunate to go and listen to him and his friends. (One of his friends has a soundproof room in his basement) It was fun....they are called Free Tacoz and they even have a couple of youtube videos. They have played in their school talent show we really enjoyed listening to them. Here is a pic of my very talented, guitar-playing 14 year old cousin!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

My uncle and aunt

My uncle and aunt will be 80 this year and they have been married for 60 years last May. They are as much in love today as they were when they wed so many, many years ago. They are quite an inspiration and I love them both so very much!!

We hadn't seen them for over four years. It was so wonderful to spend some time with them on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


When I booked a trip to Calgary for the last weekend in January, I was prepared to find it snowy and freezing cold. It was chilly when we arrived on Friday night, but not unbearable. (-1 and a little bit windy) So you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was that it was 11 degrees today. As we were driving to the airport, the temperature guage on my aunt's vehicle said it was 13 degrees. So sunny and beautiful......who would have thunk it?

I went outside this afternoon without a jacket or a sweater......it was cool, but it was tolerable.

My aunt and uncle in front of their house. This is where we stayed, and it was better than the Hilton. They have a beautiful spacious home and we had the whole basement to ourselves. Wonderful bed, and wonderful huge bathroom. They outdid themselves with their hospitality and we had such a fabulous time. Thank-you again, from the bottom of our hearts!

Two very, very special people!!

Friday, January 27, 2012


I really like this one. I know that I don't work nearly as hard as I used to but I will always say that parenting is the hardest job that I have EVER had. But it is by far, the most rewarding. I don't really work very hard at grandparenting, it is our reward for surviving parenthood. Have a great weekend everyone!! I already know that I am going to!!

Getting ready

I can't believe that it is the end of January. In just over 11 hours, Hubby and I will be headed to Calgary for the weekend. I am very excited! We found a seat sale and I am still rather surprised that we are really going to Alberta in the Winter, but I just checked my Weather Network (I love my iPad2) and it is -10 in Calgary right now...with a windchill to make it feel like -18. It's -1 here right now. It's supposed to be 10 degrees there on Sunday (of course, that is the day we are leaving) but when I talked to my aunt last night, she says that the wind always makes it feel colder. It's okay, I have my boots, scarf and hat. I know that we really won't be outside very much anyway. I am going to miss my little guys......I did see 2 of the blessings this week, but I haven't seen Grandson for a whole week. It feels like longer. He started feeling better on Wednesday but #3 thought it best that he stay home and feel 100% before he goes out again. And so I do hope to get over there for a quick hug and a visit some time today. I know that two days will fly by and I will be home before I know it, and I am so looking forward to seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins!! We are only gone for a couple of days, not even quite 48 hours. Here is a couple of pictures of the girls.......they make me smile......every single day!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Caring for the Caregiver

Today was sunny.....
.....and I went to the dike for a short while....

....and went for a very little walk....

....and enjoyed our lovely sunshine....

.....and took some pictures.....


Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Sweetheart has been working on building her immune system. She has had a cough for pretty much the entire winter. As soon as it seems to be going away, then it comes back. She is very happy, but she sounds terrible. She went to the Doctor on Monday and she is fine.....it's a virus.....but like we all know, it can change in an instant. So far, so good......but her Mommy went to visit a brand new baby in the hospital last night, so we babysat our youngest grand-daughter. Grandson is still feverish and still very needy so he stayed home with his Daddy and we took care of Sweetheart. It was way too fun!

I just love her piggy-tails!!

A funny face, but a better view of her hair.

Like all the other little ones before her, they all love this spot by the fridge playing with the music and the magnets. Her Grandpa doted on her all evening long.........I think this was the only time that she was out of his arms. (except when she was eating dinner)

Babies make the cutest faces.........and yes, I am slightly partial to this cute baby girl, but we sure enjoyed our time with this very special 8 month old!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

15 months old

My serious little great-nephew is 15 months old already. He went for a check-up last week and is 21 pounds 4 ounces and 30 and 1/2 inches long. The Dr was very pleased that he has gained weight and is more proportionate to his length now. He is doing well. He loves his yogurt, but will eat most anything I give him. Bananas, grapes and pasta are a sure thing. I love his cute little personality. He is very affectionate and loves to come to Daycare. I love him so much and I love watching him grow and develop. He communicates extremely well and signs a lot of his words. He gets up on his knees and "walks" now, and is getting braver and braver with taking that first step. But so far, he will just hold on with one hand on the furniture and stand. Because of his cautious nature, I don't think he will walk for a couple more months, but that's okay. He is very happy to crawl around and participate. He especially loves the children but when Hubby comes home from work he holds out his arms and smiles so wide. It's very sweet.....once a kid magnet, always a kid magnet.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Years

It's the year of the dragon. The closest that the children and I came to celebrating was saying Gung Hay Fat Choy and eating mandarin oranges and fortune cookies. The school-agers tell me that they talked about it in school today and the little ones enjoyed eating oranges. No one really cared about the fortune cookies except me. I love them....they were indifferent. We will have to try harder next year!

Baby Girls

It isn't any secret that I have way more boys registered in my daycare than girls. So I am quite delighted that another baby girl has come. She is 11 months old and her first day was last week, but she had attended for another day before that. Usually, transitioning takes a few weeks or even months, but this sweet little girl's mommy has unusual circumstances. It's a very sad story, and I know that Cancer is a very hard word with a very harsh reality, but up until last week she was in remission. Because I don't know the results of her Dr's appointment, I don't really know anything more than that, but I don't think the appointment was a happy one. So for now, I will care for her once a week and love her and give her some social skills. Won't be hard, as she fit into our routine magnificently. When #3 was here, she pulled out her phone and took some really sweet pictures.....I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Oops! This one makes me smile,and Sweetheart just took it all in stride.
Sweetheart is 21 lbs 3 ozs now.

And she is 28 and a half inches long.

She just received her first top tooth this past weekend, although it looks like her friend is teething more than she is. She has the two bottom ones and one top one. She still doesn't like anything pureed, but will eat a lot of things if they are cut up into small pieces. And if she can do it all by herself. Little Miss Independence......just like her Mommy.

It is so much fun to have two baby girls. #3 gave them the baby dolls which is so gender-specific, but we play with cars and hockey guys a lot, and so we are enjoying the baby girls.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wonder Woman

I wonder where the weekend went. It went by way too quickly and I know that I still have a bit of an evening left, but I have already accounted for a couple of those hours. I have some paperwork to do and I am procrastinating.

I don't have to cook dinner as we had a really late lunch on the way home from Vancouver, so I can at least eliminate one task. Not that eating is really a task, but cooking and cleaning up certainly is. And I don't usually clean up. But I do a lot of tidying and putting away. Sometimes I just wish that my house looked like it. And it usually does for a few hours in the morning, but that is about it. Living in a Daycare does have it's pros and cons. I LOVE the children, but I really don't love their messes.

Friday was a Pro D day and I think that the school-agers made more of a mess than the toddlers. The few things that the toddlers drop on the floor don't really take very long to clean up. But those big kids move big things. Like small pieces of furniture. They love to make tents and the furniture and pillows don't move far, but they certainly do move. And then it is always me putting them away properly.....'properly' being the key word here. It was snowing in the morning so we did get outside for a little bit. Hubby was so wonderful and shoveled the driveway before he went to work and it changed into a sheet of ice by 10 o'clock, because of the freezing rain. All I could envision was concussions, but they sure loved it. I was so happy when they all came inside. Despite the mess......at least they were safe and warm and dry. Because two of them came without boots or outdoor clothes.......sigh.

Miracle #3 invited us over for dinner and that was a wonderful treat. She made the best chili that I have ever tasted, and then she and I (with Sweetheart) went to an Everyday Style party. It's a combination of Epicure/Pampered Chef/Partylite party and it was very fun to get out on a Friday night. Grandson was excited because his Grandpa was staying to play.....they had a Boys night and we had a Girls night. Win win.

Hubby and I tended to appointments and chores on Saturday. We went to Coquitlam Center for a little bit before we went to Mostly Music. Hubby had a gift certificate burning a hole in his pocket since Christmas and was very happy to pick up Series 30 of the McFarlane toys. Do you know that he has every single one from every single series? That doesn't include all the variants and special orders, but I do not even want to guess how many he actually owns. I used to tell everyone that I am the only person I know who has over 200 little men living in her bedroom closet, but now that he has a mancave, they don't live there any more. But they still live in my house. The only thing that is different about men and boys is the price of their toys. But when I compare the toys that my husband buys compared the toys that my friend's husbands toys, then I don't have very much to say. I am getting off easy. Really. Really. Easy.

Pretty Girl came and spent the night with us last night and it went so very well, as it was the first time that she had been without her Mommy and Daddy overnight. And she never did ask for them once. She slept right through the night until 5:24 this morning and refused a bottle but was quite happy to come and snuggle in Grandma and Grandpa's bed. She lasted until just after 7 and then we were up and at 'em. She was very happy to see her mom and dad when they came to pick her up before church, but she's quite happy most of the time anyway. Her Daddy calls her an emotionally unstable almost-2 year old, but I really only see that side of her when she is hungry or tired. And three hours naps make for very happy almost-2 year olds!! I am guessing that she went home for a very early nap and I can only hope that she had a nice long one.

Church was great. Two of the miracles came, and Grandson had a fever in the night so he stayed home. His whole family had to miss Superskills as Sweetheart has been coughing and feverish as well, so they couldn't make it. I was disappointed, but #1 was able to come with us and that was nice. She still isn't well and needs lots of prayer. SIL has had ILI since Christmas which is influenza-like-illness and he needs prayer too. Their whole family just needs to get better. #3 is really the only healthy one that lives there right now. #4 is still recovering from his surgery so even though I would have to say he is 80%, it's a very unhealthy household. Even the dog was sick just before Christmas!

Anyway, I have phone calls to make, emails to answer and paperwork to complete. I have managed to sit here on my computer and fritter away some time but none of those jobs are going to get done by themselves. Have a great Sunday evening, everyone!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Her 1st Sleepover

When we got asked to babysit tonight, we were going to go over to her house. But I suggested a sleepover and so this is what we did. It's been a very fun evening and Pretty Girl has been an absolute gem. After we played dollies and did some dancing to the radio, Grandpa went to get the iPad and here they are, absolutely engrossed in youtube music videos.

Hello, Pretty Girl!

They had lots of fun with the music.

She was getting tired, but never too tired to clap along.

And this is where she started her night. I thought she might resist going to bed and I was right, but she was fine with getting rocked and then lying with me in our bed. She is now tucked into her crib, fast asleep and there are doubts as to whether she will sleep right through, but you never know. I don't care either way, as I will love to see her and get some middle-of-the-night cuddles if need be. I love sleepovers!!

Friday, January 20, 2012


On Wednesday, an older child left the Nintendo DS sitting on the couch instead of putting it away. So when Pretty Girl spotted it, she climbed up and gave it a go.

Looking like she knows what she is doing...

It was a Backyardigans game........she actually couldn't play it, but she really liked watching the characters.

"Hi, Gamma." She says that a lot now. Up until a few weeks ago, it was all about "Gampa," but she acknowledges me now too. It's always been this way with all of the children.....I feed them, I change them, I love them and care for them and all he has to do is walk in the room and they are overwhelmed with excitement. (and yes, he loves them and cares for them too, but he is such a kid magnet)

"Here you go, Grandma....your turn." She has learned how to share in the past few weeks too, and as long as it isn't Eeyore or Sasha, then she is quite willing to play and take turns. She says lots of words now, too many to count. Is putting two and three words together, and it is so cute. She is growing up way too fast, but it is so fun to be her Grandma and marvel at her as she goes from toddler to little girl. Oh, I just love her soooooo much!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pretty Girl!

She just loves her bunny housecoat!

She received a kitchen center for Christmas and she loves to play and "cook." Don't you love the apron and hat? Such a little chef!

Playing before her bath.
At the park last week......she loves the "whee."

She really likes the snow.

And loved the snowball that Daddy made for her!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So cold!!

I really do think that snow is quite beautiful. And it was really nice on the weekend when the lowest that the temperature went was -2. It is -10 outside right now and that is little bit too cold for me. But it is -53 in Churchill, Manitoba with the windchill, and -46 in Coaldale, Alberta right now. Those are a couple of Facebook statuses from yesterday and today and that makes my -10 seem almost balmy. I have booked a weekend trip to Calgary in a couple of weeks and it was -27 there yesterday. The weather network claims that it will be -1 by next week and I am praying that they are right. I actually own clothes and boots that will keep me warm, but Hubby doesn't. He just left for work in his west coast winter coat and I already know that he will be very, very cold walking over to his workplace from the parking lot which is about a block away. I love my UGGs and I love my down jackets, polar fleece, hats and scarves!! Sometimes I think that I have too many, but when the the winter weather comes, then I know that I really don't.

Hubby and Grandson were drawing happy faces in the snow on Sunday with their fingers and I told them that they had to stop or they would get frostbite. Grandson looked up at me and immediately asked, "Why would Frosty bite me?" Oh, he is so funny.......and he was so serious. He is so sweet and so complimentary. We were driving home from the gym last week and out of the blue he said, "Grandma?" I answered him and he said, "You're so pretty." There are lots of days where he will look up from playing and tell me, "Oh Grandma, you're so beautiful!" And I know that he is only three, but he truly means what he says. And says what he means. Children are so refreshingly honest and he does wonders for my self-esteem.

We went to the Dr. on the weekend to get our bloodwork results. And it was all good. I know that I had already lowered my synthroid medication, but I was NOT hyper-thyroid. Everything was fine...... I was just stressed from the renovations. My HDL was a little bit high, but nothing to worry about, and I was told to drink red wine. Dr's orders. Now, that gave us all a bit of chuckle, because I don't like wine and don't really drink at all. But he told Hubby to drink some too. It is good for all that ails, and his blood pressure was a bit high. Again, nothing to really worry about, but we will need to be pro-active. He already takes 5mg of Crestor every night, but doesn't need anything for his blood pressure. YET. He started taking celery seed extract a few weeks ago, when it was 150/99.......and now when we went back it is down to 139/94. Really, in truth, we both need to exercise more.......I am doing quite well with my hour or more a day, but we both need to get out and walk. Not in this frigid weather that has come upon us for the next couple of days, but we really do need to do some more cardio. We hold each other quite accountable, so I will do my best to get him out and about more!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Party, Party, Party

We had three birthdays to celebrate this weekend, and we started on Saturday at 4. We did the traditional bowling for Lisa's birthday and then we all came back to our house for dinner and cake....and of course present opening. Pat's great-niece is here in the snowy Lower Mainland and she had a birthday at the beginning of the month, so we did a double celebration. We ordered chinese food and we all had fun!!

So excited!
Cute little 7 year old from Costa Rica!

After church on Sunday, we went to Langley to celebrate another family birthday. My nephew turned 17 and another fun time was had by all.

My beautiful niece will turn 19 in April!

The traditional money fan....he should have lots of fun spending his birthday money.