Friday, August 31, 2012

Sometimes

Thursday, August 30, 2012

PNE

We had sooooooo much fun on Tuesday when #3 and I went to the fair. We met Chase and his family and Grandson went on some of the rides with his cousin. Grandson loved it and even though he looks absolutely terrified, he told us that he liked it. Being his usual cautious self, he preferred the slower-paced rides to do over and over again........we all had a great day and spent 8 hours having fun with our two 1 year olds and our 4 year old. We painted and played, saw The Doodlebops and Superdogs, spent some time in the barn and at the rides; and our day flew by.

An oldie

Miracle #1 sent this to me this week via email. I actually don't remember ever seeing it before. I am guessing it was taken in the summer/fall of 1964, which means that I was 4 1/2 years old. About the same age as Grandson is right now. I love looking at pictures!  And this one makes me smile....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teenagers

I always say that parenting was/is the hardest job that I ever had.   Now that we have our rewards for raising four children to adulthood (grandchildren),  I still love my little reminders and quips via email and Facebook.  I personally thought that the teenage years were very difficult and I know that it had a lot to do with my own personal control issues.  But we survived (what doesn't kill you makes you stronger) and we learned a lot and prayed a lot. I will often say that I don't remember the '80's.....we had babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.....and the 90's were just plain exhausting, that was the start of our teenage years.  I know a few people who absolutely love it when their children are teens and I really did enjoy it....it was just a lot of work!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cars

Last Thursday, we participated in a fundraiser at A&W. (buy a teenburger and $1 goes to MS. Grandson had his very first root beer and was so pleased to tell his Daddy that he was drinking 'beer') We looked at all the fancy cars that were displayed. Great-nephew calls them funny cars. Grandson just loves them all and knows a lot about them. His favourites are the Mustangs....he found a lovely blue one that was for sale for $42,500. He told me that he wanted it for his next birthday. Everyone really liked the transformer car!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Interesting

When I am unable to sleep I usually lie around for a few hours attempting to try, but for the last week or so I just get up and read or play on my iPad. I did go to the doctor on Friday for a prescription renewal and he sent me for the usual bloodwork which I went to do yesterday morning. I have been awake since 1:45 waiting for my brain and my body to get tired. So far, it's not really working. Yesterday was a fun-filled action-packed day. Started it at MyGym at 9:15 am and never really quit until just after 8 pm. After the gym I went to the lab, came home and had a bite to eat and did some laundry while Hubby went to his massage appointment. We went shopping for some daycare stuff after that, and came home just in time to freshen up before SIL picked me up so we could take Grandson and Sweetheart to Jade's birthday party in Port Moody. (#3 was working at her second job, which is helping to decorate weddings) Such a fun time was had by all! Lots of pics to post but I am still working the kinks out of this Blogger app. Because I am only working on just under 3 hours of sleep, I don't think now is a good time. I have been Facebook stalking, blog reading, perusing health and wellness websites, and playing games for awhile now and here is something that I found worthwhile to share. I am going to head back to bed now, even though I can honestly say that I still don't feel sleepy. I am grateful that it is the weekend and I can have a nap later!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Paint Buddies

Jade turned 3 and had very fun party! Here is a great picture that Jade's Daddy sent me from his phone.  Such good friends all covered in paint!

Dr. Seuss

Friday, August 24, 2012

Testing

My sister sent me these pictures from a few weeks ago. Sweetheart and Great-nephew have been attending a Saturday morning class at the gym and they are called Waddlers. This was their first time that they went last month and I think that they are way too cute!

Learning

I just got back from a day of appointments, meetings, socializing and shopping. I stopped at the new Apple store in Coquitlam Centre and had way too much fun. I learned a lot and am currently overwhelmed and on Information Overload. I am on a new Blogger App and am seeing if this works. If it does, then you will all be seeing a lot more blogposts. Especially if I can upload pictures. Stay tuned....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A day in the life

This is my life.  My world.  My everything.  It's what I do and who I am.  If I didn't have all of these children in my life, I know that I wouldn't have become the person who I am.  And lately, they keep me hopping.  Literally.  I think I have child-proofed every accessible room, but my new little one has no fear. He's a climber and his mom is way more relaxed than I am.....but this is what I do. All. Day. Long.  He climbs onto everything and I am still taking him down more than I am letting him up, but my water table is his new place to hang.  He thinks he is getting away with something......so he will sit in it and smile at me for more than a minute sometimes.  Sometimes he will even stay in it for five or more minutes.  I let him.  He knows how to get up and he knows how to get down.  And it means that I don't have to chase him for five whole minutes.......

This is the most accident prone child that I have ever met.  Just plain clumsy. He's two now and is slowing down a teensy bit, but he keeps me hopping too.  See the scrape on the side of his face.  It happened when he went camping with his family last weekend (he fell against a table) but he wouldn't be who he is without a couple of scrapes and bruises.  I  would like to believe that he hasn't hurt himself on my watch, but that isn't true. 

I watch him do this five or six times a day.  You would think that he would get it by now, but he really tries to go down the two stories.  For some reason thinks that he can.  He has absolutely no fear.

These guys are way too cute together.  My friend gave me some new blocks that her Dad made and the children are loving them.  They build towers.  Two-two year olds (one is almost two, whatever).  Love them!

My living room looks like a gymnasium some days.  If I can't beat them, I might as well join them and this brings them all so much enjoyment.  It's hard to get out of the house some days.  Ten minutes after this was taken, there were three of them in bed.  This was a good day, naps seem to stagger over a six hour period of time these days.

My seven year old adores my great-nephew.  So she was very happy to sit with him and love him after he had woken up from his 3 and a half hour nap yesterday.  He had roseola last week and wasn't here, so he must still be recovering. Sleepy boy......

This is what I look at a lot.  They are great kids, and they get along really well.  Summer has flown by.......and it is hard to believe that the kids go back to school in a mere 12 days.  I love that they are here, but I will love them to go back to school too.  Routine is important to me during the week, and we have not really had one for almost two months.  The days are getting shorter and the anticipation is in the air.  They are excited too!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our houseguest

Last Sunday, we picked up my cousin's daughter from the airport.  And because of the airshow, the plane left Calgary early and arrived early.  I LOVE it when planes are early! 

And because I knew it was the airshow, we picked up Grandson to take with us.  It was worth it as we saw lots of jets and flypasts.  Very loud......I have never ever been to the airshow and I think I just might add that to my bucket list.  I loved it when the jets flew by and set off all of the alarms on the cars in the parking lot.  But yes, I do think I will have to invest in some earplugs and give it a go one year.  Here is my cousin Tessa with her new BFF.  She is twelve and the children all love her!
Grandson was so impressed that Tessa was having five sleepovers......and tells me that when he is 19 then he will have 12 sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's.  It changes all the time to when he is 15, he will have 10 sleepovers and on and on.  Anything more than one night is impressive to my favourite four year old.......and he makes us smile with all of his ages in his teens.  To him, it is just one of the best treats ever to stay overnight, so he stayed over on Sunday night too.  As soon as Tessa was out of bed on Monday morning, she had two little friends to play with.

She was so helpful all week and spent a lot of time with the little guys.  Grandson was so excited to walk over on Tuesday and spend more time with his cousin.

It was a very hot week!  Mostly in the high 20's upwards to 39 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.  We were grateful for our central air and our beach day.  When two of my little guys got cancelled for Thursday and left me with only two other children attending, we made some plans and ended up going to White Rock for a few hours.  Tessa did not like the seaweed!  Oh, she makes me laugh.....

But she did venture out a little bit to investigate with her new 7 year old friend.  They liked the waves, but the seaweed was too slimy.....

See?  I told her that I was going to send a picture to her Mom and this is the face she made.  She should be in Theatre......her expressions are priceless.  She can sing, dance and act and I really think she would love it!

We started our Friday by going out for breakfast with friends.   Grandson was supposed to come too but he woke up coughing that morning and wasn't able to.  So after our shopping spree at Coquitlam Center, we went back to his house to have a quick play and to say good-bye.  These two love each other very much!

Cousins

And again....Cousins

 Sweetheart had just woken up, but we had to take her picture with Tessa too.  I love her bedhead...

These guys bonded in Calgary when she was 3 years old.

We had such a fun week together.  It was great to have her here and our house is very quiet now that she has gone home.  She tells me she is coming back next year.......and I can hardly wait!

She is very responsible for only being twelve.  It was her very first time traveling alone and it was very important to her to get to the airport early.  So we did.  I left her at the gate with tears in her eyes and lots of hugs.  And like I told her, it's not Good-bye, it's Until Next Time.  What a great 5 days we had!! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It takes a village....

.....to raise a child.  Nigerian Proverb

Hear, O Israel!  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.  Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I agree with this one hundred percent.  I listened to Pastor Paul speak of this on Sunday and he had me totally captivated.  50 minute sermon.  It went by so fast and I couldn't believe that he had spoken for so long.  Loved it.  And I love him.  He totally reminded me of my christian heritage.  My Mom and my Sunday School teachers are responsible for me learning about Jesus.

This passage is so true.  This was one of my Mom's favourite bible verses, and she wrote it on many of my baby and baby's cards and even on my friend's baby cards.  My Mom was a card person.  She loved giving them and she loved receiving them.  Me, not so much.  I love the whole idea and I like giving and receiving them but I am not very intentional.  Not like my Mom. And at $5 or more a card now, well, I would rather spend that on a coffee visit or any other kind of visit.  I like the personal touch.

I really like texting and email though.  Snail mail doesn't really work for me as I am so good at getting it ready to mail and then tucking it onto a desk or a table and forgetting to send it.  Or is it that I would rather just do it the easy way and text or email?  I have been picking up the phone a little bit more lately and it has been wonderful to talk to my friends.  I haven't been all that intentional about phone calls of late either.  Had a great visit with my friend of 50 years today.  She has been very sick with pneumonia and lots of other health issues.  We started out on facebook messaging and then I finally just picked up the telephone.  So much easier and so much more efficient.  

I have tried to be more intentional with all of my calling and messaging lately, and have tried to be a better friend and sister.  A few more emails, a couple of texts......I just think that we all need encouragement and assistance and we all need our friends and family.  Sometimes more than other times, but I sure do think that we need them more than they even know sometimes.  Because you know.....we are all busy.  Sometimes more busy than other times.  At the beginning of the month, I realized that Summer was already halfway done and wondered what I had been doing to remember it by.  Not really very much.  Working, eating, going to appointments, chores.....a little bit of visiting.  But yeah, not much.  I was in a bit of a rut.

So I am trying to change that.  Paul reminded me last weekend that we all have a life purpose.  What would your epitaph say?  What would your family and friends say about you?  He had good points and I loved listening to him.  I needed to listen to him.  I love church and I love God.  I am proud of my christian heritage and I think that Jesus is pleased that I am His friend.  But yeah, I could push it up a couple of points and I am challenging myself to do that this month.  My christian walk is at a bit of a stalemate right now and I need to step that up a bit.  That being said, I am going to try harder to get to weekly services.  I don't always like the preaching right now, but it isn't all about the preaching.  It's about seeing my friends, and praying and worshipping together.  And serving.  It takes a village to raise a child......and I am part of that village.  Yes, my children are raised but I have lots more to influence and pray for.  And with.  And teach.  Hugs and prayers to you all.....I am off to Saturday night service this week!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I am blessed!

My Mom always used to say that it can never be so bad that it can't get worse.  It always made me realize that I am lucky.  No, not lucky.  Blessed.  I don't think that I am any different than any other mother out there when it comes to worrying about my miracles.  I always took my job very seriously and it was the best and the worst job I could ever have.  Because, I love them all too much.  And with all that love comes worry.  I did a lot of that too.  As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to realize how much I have to let go and let God take the reins.  I am not so good at it, but I am better than I used to be.  Maybe by the time I go to heaven I will have it figured out.  Maybe not.  And maybe it won't matter any more.

Hubby and I attended a Celebration of Life yesterday.

And we participated in a balloon release.

If you look really closely, it looks like the balloons are trying to spell out words.  They moved around too much to be able to decipher what they could have been saying, but I really do think that if I could read anything, it would be, "Don't worry about me, I am fine and I am with Jesus now...." Because this very young woman was only 21 years old.  It was a very sad, very sad, very sad two hour service.  Her parents and her sisters spoke.....and it simply broke my heart.  Nobody should ever have to bury their child, but it happens.  It's not the first time I have had to support someone who lost a child but I really do hope it will be my last.  It's not easy, but whoever told you life was easy......well, they lied to you.  Ali has gone to be with Jesus and her family and friends are grieving.  According to the pastor, we grieve for two years.  Hmmmmm......I think it is going to be longer........and I hope that I can support this family somehow, someway.   There were over 500 people in this very hot church yesterday and this is what we all need to to.  Help one another. Love one another. And try to support this poor family......

I had a date with my youngest grand-daughter this morning.

Because, if anyone can make me feel better, it's my family.  My miracles and my blessings love me so much and I love them so much too.  I really like this picture as two weeks ago, she wouldn't go near the ball pit.  Today, she requested to go in.  Climbed up the stairs and climbed on in.  Scrambled right out when another little girl climbed in with her, but it was still progress!

We met Sweetheart and her family at the pool tonight.

And this is the face she makes when someone splashes the water!

Grandson was quite excited to show Grandpa that he could swim.  So he went to one side, told me to go to the other and here is our little swimmer....

Working hard to get across

As you can see, he doesn't like the water splashing either, but he is determined to get to the other side!

Very happy that he is almost there.....

Ta-da! His smile says it all, don't you think?

And sweetheart was braver this time too....here she is swimming with her Mommy.


He had such a fun time in the pool tonight!!