I took this picture from Facebook. One of my friends took it on Friday morning from Pitt Meadows, but it has been like this for the past week and all weekend. The rain is supposed to come back tomorrow, and as we all know, it warms up considerably when the rain arrives. Because my house faces North, it really does look like there is snow on my grass because the frost accumulates daily. The children are loving it. Me, not so much!
Monday, November 30, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
This little almost-17 month old slept overnight on Friday night. We were warned beforehand that she has been waking up around 4 am and going back to sleep with her parents. Well, she has only ever slept over a couple of times in her short life, and I really didn't care if she woke up all night long. I love the extra cuddle time. And remember, I always give the blessings back, so if I am up all night, so be it. I can always nap later. Such a different perspective being a Grandma, isn't it?
Posted by Joanne at 8:55 AM
We all had a wonderful evening. Seventeen of us enjoyed going to see Frozen at Disney on Ice. It was the first time for a lot of our little ones, and they were so much fun to watch! The show was excellent but the children's reactions were priceless.
Marshmallow Man. He is the villain, and Sweetheart always covers her eyes in this part of the movie. She held her Mommy's hand while he was on the ice. She and I often have conversations about movies and how there is always a scary part, and always a happy ending. In Disney, anyway. Both of us don't like the scary parts, but as an adult, I know how instrumental they are to the plot of the show.
And these are the two lovely ladies who made it all happen. Sam mentioned Disney on Ice to me in the Summer and how they really wanted to go. We used to do this when they were little girls and they wanted to go back, but with the fuzzins. Now, getting seventeen people together is no easy task, but it wasn't as complicated as it could have been. I unfortunately waited until September to act on it, and know better that I should plan this sooner than later, but it still worked out well. In the end, we had six more people join us because group rates are so much more reasonable than regular rates. The under-2's are free, and if it was only ten people, our tickets were going to be $48 each. Group rates were $32.50 each, including service charge. So I phoned my niece and found five extra people to come, and we were set. I actually ended up with two extra tickets and #3's friends were able to join us, so it worked out perfectly. I will post more pictures as people send them to me, but I can already tell you that it was a fantastic evening which was enjoyed by all. Sweet Pea was the most amazing as at 20 months old, she sat and watched the entire 2 hour production. Every so often she would look around and tell anyone who would listen, "Wowee, Essa!!" The others would dance and sing along, and it was just so fun to watch them watch! Disney shows are always so magical!
Posted by Joanne at 4:29 AM
Saturday, November 28, 2015
These two little people have the same birthday. Ethan is exactly two years older than Sweet Pea.
Don't you think it is interesting how similar their hair colour looks in this particular picture? I am going to blame it on bad lighting, because when you see them together, it isn't even close. Although Sweet Pea is blonde, she definitely has a bit of ginger highlights. And the Mexican sun did lighten Ethan's hair a little bit, but they really do have different colour hair.
Posted by Joanne at 3:37 PM
Friday, November 27, 2015
My new baby and I had another visit this morning and he starts Daycare next week. I think I need to call him a toddler as he is walking. So cute! He was kind of needy on Wednesday when he was here, but not today. Isn't he sweet? And so proud of the fact that he can walk.
Posted by Joanne at 1:06 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Today was American Thanksgiving. Really, it was no different of a day here in Canada, except for all the posts on Facebook. And all the advertisements about Black Friday.
However, I do believe that we all need to reminded to be thankful. Even in times of trouble, there can always be a silver lining. Whenever I pray, I always start with praise items. Because, I can always be thankful!
Posted by Joanne at 11:54 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Today went by fast. The days seem to do that right now, and seem to have been doing it for awhile now. It is exactly one month until Christmas Day. Kind of frightening, if you actually think about it. And how quickly it will be here and gone.
When I went to pick up my after-schoolers, we lucked out with a parking spot on the road today. I couldn't resist taking a picture of my beautiful mountains. Even with very little snow, they are gorgeous. I really do think that I live in a very beautiful place.
Hubby stopped at the clinic on his way home today as his ear was hurting. He told me about it last week and never did mention it again. So I really didn't know that it was still bothering me until he phoned me around 3:30 to tell me he would be late. He has an ear infection. I really don't know is he has coped, as I can only remember one ear infection as an adult, and it really really hurt. He has huge amoxicillin tablets to take for the next ten days.
And Grandson tested positive for strep. The Dr's office phoned yesterday afternoon to tell Miracle #3, so he is on amoxicillin as well. He didn't go to school again today as he is still so tired, but you could tell by the end of the day that he is feeling so much better already. He was pleased to tell his Mom today that his throat didn't hurt at all any more. Yay!
Posted by Joanne at 9:06 PM
Baby, it's cold outside! Although we didn't get the expected arctic cold front of -10 degrees, it is still chilly. I went over to #3's this morning and she took the big kids to school and I stayed with the littles. It was only -1, but it was really nice to not have to take the toddlers. I stayed for a couple of hours before coming home and I just have two little loves today. Tai is fighting a nasty cold and he is staying home, so this is all I have until I pick up my three after-schoolers. They both went to sleep at 11:30, so they should be bright-eyed and awake by 2.
He is still one of the easiest toddlers that I have ever cared for. It makes me smile when I see him give his Mommy a hard time because it makes him seem normal. It isn't very often, as he is such a good boy!
Sweet Pea is pretty easy to take care of, as well. She's pretty happy-go-lucky most of the time!
I love this picture! She reminds me so much of her Daddy!!
Posted by Joanne at 12:35 PM
Monday, November 23, 2015
I really do know that there are way more Pro-D days in this generation than any other. And I am one of those people who love them, and embrace the change of pace. I also love seeing the big kids. It turned out that Tai went off to his Mama and Yaya's so that meant that once we were home from MyGym this morning we could stay. Kind of nice, for a change.
And we obviously exhausted poor little Isaac. I was busy with the baby and I knew he headed down the hall, but I thought he went to find his brother. Not so. I found him in the Lego room, sound asleep. It is time to wake him up soon as he has been sleeping for almost 3 hours. I love his long eyelashes! And just so everyone knows, I removed the purse with the strap as soon as I took his picture as I am very aware that children shouldn't be sleeping with anything that could go around their neck!
Posted by Joanne at 1:43 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015
After I went to my morning out at the church yesterday, I came home to Hubby putting the Christmas lights on the house. He was about a third of the way done, but he took a break and we went to do a few errands and go out for lunch. We went to the Mongolian Grill and it was delicious.
This took him right up to almost 4 o'clock, and I got picked up to go watch the Canucks beat the Blackhawks. Finally! I have been to a lot of hockey games in the past month and had yet to see a win. That is counting the Giants too, but it was so nice to see a winning game.
While I was out, Hubby went to watch Grandson's hockey game, he vacuumed and did laundry, as well as doing all his ironing. Because he did so much work yesterday, it has made for a very relaxing Sunday. We went to church and grocery shopping, but it has been a very lazy afternoon. The clouds are rolling in and I like that it feels warmer out today, even though it was 8 degrees today, and yesterday. The clouds are like a big blanket, and I like that I am not feeling as cold today!
Posted by Joanne at 3:32 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2015
This is actually something that I am very good at, is taking care of myself. And as a caregiver, who takes care of children for a living, I know how important it is for me to do. For years and years, I didn't even know how, but I learned the hard way when I turned 40 and figured it out. Took me way too long, but at least I did it. And I am off to church this morning with Jenelle to attend a ladies function. She is so cute, because she is so excited. I am excited too, just because she felt like attending. I am enjoying walking alongside her as she is exploring and learning about her relationship with God. As her godmother, this makes me extremely proud!
Posted by Joanne at 8:36 AM