Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Miracle #3 and I are on a mission to find all the shady parks in Maple Ridge this Summer. We found another one today, and the children were more than happy to spend some time playing with their friends.
Posted by Joanne at 2:49 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I went to a baby shower this afternoon, for one of my very best friend's daughter and her son. Joshua Dean was born on May 14th, weighing 9 pounds 3 ounces and I was feeling very blessed to meet him today. He slept most of the afternoon away, and his Mommy opened some beautiful gifts.
Posted by Joanne at 9:00 PM
We had a very busy day yesterday. I have needed a new phone for awhile now, but have been procrastinating the job because I knew that I would be overwhelmed with all the new technology. I was right. So in between my wonderful lunch date and our dinner plans, I headed to the phone store. And I was right......it was overwhelming.
I went by myself the first time, and ended up coming home with information to share with Hubby. I needed to process my needs and my wants, and I also needed Hubby to come with me to help make my decision. So I came home with lots of information and took him back with me to make my purchase. Well, I now have a brand new iPhone and a brand new iPad. Lucky me! With all the promotions that Telus had until the end of the month, this actually made more sense than getting just a phone. And I know it is a lot in the wording and how the contract is presented, but I have more than what I actually needed and everything I wanted. And I think I will probably use my phone more, just because of the new options. And I know for a fact that I will use my new iPad Air A LOT!
I took these pictures on my new phone and I still have LOTS to learn, but we sure had fun last night celebrating this young man's graduation. He is off to university in the Fall to study Business and it was so enjoyable to see him and his family again. We probably spent more time with his beautiful sister as he was quite occupied with his friends, but it sure was a great night, even with the incredible heat and the biting mosquitoes. Lol.
Posted by Joanne at 9:13 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We have had a really sunny Spring. The grass at the park already looks like it does in August and it isn't even July yet. And it is looking to be a really sunny Summer. It is already 27 degrees outside and it is only 9 am. The forecast for the next few days is sunny and hot. I am very grateful for air conditioning. It is really the only thing that makes me able to cope when it gets like this. And there is no end in sight!
The twins have been with me since January of 2014 and it was their last day at Daycare yesterday. I am going to miss them, but the nice part is that they live really close so I will still see them. I have been invited over for lunch today, and we have a barbecue to attend tonight so it will be a very social Saturday!
Posted by Joanne at 9:05 AM
Friday, June 26, 2015
I met #3 at the park today. We have a few favourites that are shady and cool in the morning, and this is one of them. Who is as astounded as me that I told 11 children to go sit on the hill and they did? And then all 11 looked at the camera. Most of them even smiled. Not a perfect picture, but I was so surprised that they are all looking at me!
Posted by Joanne at 7:34 PM
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The whole gang was here for dinner last night and it was very nice to see everyone in the same place at the same time. We ordered pizza and I cooked some chicken strips, so it was an easy dinner for me. Easy clean-up too, for Hubby. SIL and Grandson headed out at 6 for skating lessons and the rest of us spent our time on our little tiny sundeck watching babies play.
Posted by Joanne at 8:03 AM
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
School is out for the Summer. I cannot believe that Grandson is going into Grade 2. He had an excellent year and received an excellent report card. He looks very grown up in these pictures. His one front tooth (on the right side) has finally started to come in.....shouldn't be too long before the left one appears as well. That took 6 months from the time the first one fell out!
Tonight is his first skating lesson for the summer and Track and Field ends tomorrow. We are having our first Family night dinner in 10 weeks as Baseball season deterred us for a while. It will be fun to see the whole gang again!
Posted by Joanne at 9:03 AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
We had our last MyGym class yesterday morning, until September. A fun time was had by all!
Posted by Joanne at 9:10 PM
Monday, June 22, 2015
It was a busy weekend! It started out on Friday night as I went shopping with #3. We went to Coquitlam, and she had lots to do so we were a couple of hours.
We were at the ball field at 9 am Saturday morning, we ended up taking Baby home with us so she could get a morning nap in.......she slept from 11 until 2, so she obviously needed it. Grandson and Sweetheart were here shortly after 2 as their parents were off to a wedding, and we picked up Miracle #4 with the 3 blessings and headed out to Mission around 3:30.
My SIL and BIL had a surprise 30th birthday celebration for #4, and he was very surprised. It was something that they decided a few months ago that they wanted to do for him, and I thought it was very sweet of them. Family gatherings have become fewer and farther between as the cousins have gotten older. We were still missing #1, #3 and SIL, but no matter what, there always seems to be someone missing.
And after a 'swim' in the hot tub, they were all still exclaiming about what fun they were having. Happy Birthday Uncle Bryan, your nieces and nephews (plus 2 extras) had an absolute blast!
We headed home just after 8 as #4 had to work in the morning and we had the 3 blessings for a sleepover. They did great, Baby fell asleep on the ride home and the other two were tucked in just before 10. Baby woke up once, but every one slept until 8:45 Sunday morning, so we can't complain.
The blessings left around 11:30 Sunday morning, Hubby and I went grocery shopping and to Langley to pick up pies, we did a quick pit stop in Coquitlam to see my Dad, and then headed over to the G house for Father's Day dinner. Busy, busy day. Busy, busy weekend. Hard to believe it is already Monday morning!
Posted by Joanne at 6:49 AM
Saturday, June 20, 2015
We just got back from another morning at the ball field. And the boys are finished for another season. The Athletics practiced their skills and they are graded on their abilities. Which we don't really all agree with, but it is baseball after all. And as much as our world tries to teach us that it is all about having fun and learning how to play the game, it is still competitive. The colours of their hats show what level they are at......red being the highest, then blue, green and black. The boys all did so well!
Posted by Joanne at 11:42 AM
It isn't really easy to take pictures of the two youngest blessings as they move around so much. So when Baby was sitting at her brother's ball game the other night, I seized an opportunity.
Posted by Joanne at 8:21 AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I missed Grandson's last baseball game of the season tonight as I was invited out for dinner with a friend. Just got home and found these pictures from #3 in my email. The boys had a wonderful game and Grandson got a home run so he was elated.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Miracle #4 turned 30 today. Seriously. I don't understand how this can be possible that all six of my children are 30+. But they are. And it happened with very little fanfare. He worked all day, came to Grandson's baseball game and then we took him out for ice cream. He had never been to Menchie's, and he enjoyed it very much. (That is a $9 bowl of frozen yogurt, FYI)
This was Grandson's cheering committee tonight. He had quite a crowd come out to watch him! Lots of family and friends to love and support, and as hard as he tried to give us all a home run, he had a couple of really good base hits. Great night for baseball and a great night to celebrate #4 turning 30!
Posted by Joanne at 10:18 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2015
You couldn't have asked for a better day for the closing day for softball.....It was 24 degrees with a nice breeze. Pretty Girl loved her last game, and it is really neat to see how far that the team has progressed in just over two months. Pretty Girl loved playing softball and is an excellent little ball player. She really excels at throwing the ball, but is a very good hitter too!
She was so pleased and proud to get her medal! And more than happy to show it off to me.
Posted by Joanne at 11:47 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It has been a beautiful week. Started out really hot on the weekend and has slowly gone down in temperature as the week has progressed. It was actually quite cool when we arrived at Maple Ridge Park this morning and we had the playground almost to ourselves for the first hour. We all had so much fun!
Posted by Joanne at 9:26 PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I have been taking care of children for a lot of years. And these are families who have touched my life. You know how you can connect with certain people, and you just click. Well, these are very special families who gave me the privilege of taking care of their children when they were pre-school and early school-aged years. I have kept in touch with both families through Facebook and Christmas cards, and I can't believe that they are graduating from high school. Already. Life goes by way too fast!
Judy, Justin, Tara, Keith and Kevin. I took care of Tara from the time she was two until she was seven. She came very part-time because her Mom worked shift work at Save-On. Always a little sweetheart and she has grown up into a beautiful young lady!
Sharon, Graeme, Brent and Naomi. Another family who needed me very part-time. The kids were three and five when they came to me and stopped coming when they were seven and nine, as their mom is a nurse and she changed her afternoon shift to day shift. I am still in awe of how tall Naomi got. As her mom says, "one of these is not like the other."
Posted by Joanne at 8:32 AM