Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lovely morning

It was so nice out this morning. After our little heat wave on the weekend, it turned out to be cloudy and 17 degrees. We took advantage of the perfect play-at-the-park weather and headed to one of our favourites. 

Baby and Sweet Pea traded spots this morning when we dropped everyone off at school. 

Peek-a-boo you two! Preston was a bit nervous to go up here because you can see through the holes on the walkway, but it didn't take him long to join his friend. You could tell it wasn't his favourite thing to do but she was so encouraging to him. 

They all had so much fun playing and running around. Finn and Baby were done long before the other boys, but they all had a great morning!

Monday, June 26, 2017

A request

I had a request from Preston's mom today to send her a few pictures of Preston at Daycare. She was making him a book and wanted to be able to include his friends. More importantly, she wanted a picture of me and Preston......and she said a selfie would be just fine. 

She actually requested this of me a couple of months ago because he had been sent to speech therapy and his therapist told them to make up a picture book for him. All she really wanted was a picture of me.......and I didn't do it. I didn't really forget, but she didn't pursue it and then Preston started saying words and I just figured they didn't need it any more. I won't lie....I just really don't like getting my picture taken. And now that a few months have gone by and they have been using photo books, they have been working so well in teaching him words. So, fast-forward a few months and Preston needs more books to teach him more words. 

I looked through the past few months and I had couple of dozen or more pictures to send, but I didn't really have a lot of him with his friends. So I took out my phone after we picked up the after-schoolers and we concentrated on taking some Daycare pictures. 

He was actually very cooperative and we got a few cute photos. He really likes Baby Aubrie and is usually not very far away from her if they are here on the same day. 

Finn is is 3 and a half months older than Preston. 

Preston outweighs his friend Finn by almost 10 pounds.

Jade was so helpful with getting the little ones in the photos.

Preston's mom was so happy with the pictures of her little guy and his buddies. 

And I did take some selfies, but I am obviously not very good at it because I wasn't happy with any of them. So I asked Jade to take a pic and I think she did really well. But when you have one almost 2-year old on your lap, there is a really good chance another 2 year old might feel like he needs to come and sit on your lap too.  That's what happened today and I was very pleased with the result. Unfortunately, it's not what we were asked for so we will try again another day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dance recital

It was Sweetheart's dance recital today. She had a show at 2 and another at 6:30, so she was a very busy girl today. They left the ball field in Albion at noon and had to be in Port Coquitlam for 1 o'clock. We took Baby with us so that she could have a nap and attend this evening's performance while SIL and Grandson headed off to a baseball wind-up.  #3 and Sweetheart spent all afternoon and evening at the theatre. 

She wasn't very receptive about getting her picture taken just after 9 o'clock tonight, but they turned out pretty good. She is extremely photogenic. 

She is so fun to watch. She knows all the steps and is just the cutest little tap-dancer! And she loves her flowers. 

Smiling for Daddy...and the promise of a treat. 

We love her to the moon and back again!

Auntie J came to watch her recital. 

Family picture. Not too bad for a bunch of exhausted people. It was a very very busy Saturday, starting with a 10 o'clock ball game in 29 degrees. And ending just after 9 pm at Sweetheart's dance recital. The only one in this picture that slowed down for a bit in the afternoon was Baby, and the rest of them were on the go. Everyone was yawning in the theatre.....I am sure that they will all sleep well tonight. 

Exciting morning!

Grandson's team made to the finals in their division and they played the Dodgers this morning. It was hot and sunny!

Grandson played an exceptional game.  Here he is hitting the ball out to center field. He got to second base on the play and advanced his teammate to third base. 

When he played first base, he was ready and focused. The ball is in his glove and it was an out at first.  I didn't get a picture when he caught the fly.....and it was three out for the other team. The score was 0-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning and the other team hit a run home to make it a 1-0 final.  It was a really good game and it was too bad that one team had to lose. 

The Athletics got 2nd place in their division. It was a hard fought battle and so fun to watch. 

Grandson received player of the game. He was so excited and so happy!

The sun was in the wrong spot and I have really shaded faces. But you can still see how excited and proud that my favourite grandson was. SIL coached another excellent season!

Again, I was standing in the wrong spot and the sun was shining through the trees. Hopefully, someone else has a better picture. I'm sure there were at least 20 other people taking this. What a fun time!

Graduation 2017

Hubby and I were invited over for dinner to celebrate this special girl who is graduating from high school this year. I took care of Naomi and her brother from 2002 until 2006. Now she is 18 and off to SFU in the Fall to study business. 

Beautiful family.  Brent is a teacher and taught #2 and #3 Science and Physics way back in the late 90's, early 2000's. He is one of those teachers that you never forget because he is so good at what he does. He actually became an engineer and then went back to university to be a teacher, and both miracles will attest to the fact that he is one of the best teachers that they ever had. 

Naomi with her Grandma Su. Sometimes she would come and pick up her grandchildren way back in the day, so we got to know her too. It was so nice to see her again. 

Congratulations Naomi! I am so proud of you!

Friday, June 23, 2017

She's an author!

When I went to pick up Pretty Girl from school today, she was very excited to show me her book that her class had written and illustrated.  The class received their books today and we were all very impressed. 

She tells me that her friend Abigail drew the picture for the cover. It is a really nice hardcover book called "If I could fly!"

"If I could fly I would fly to a guinea pig and play with it.  I would play with its rolly ball and hug it and snuggle it. I would love it!  By: Ella"

Autographed by her whole class

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello Summer Solstice

It was a beautiful first day of Summer!  The weather was perfect for Primary Fun Day at Grandson, Sweetheart and Lucas's school........they all had lots of fun on this cloudy warm day. There was a great cloud cover for most of the day and the sun came out around 1:30 pm. It's the first and only time that they will participate in a Primary Fun Day together because my favourite grandson heads off to Intermediate next year.

After this amazing Fun Day, Sweetheart had a dress rehearsal for her dance recital this weekend and Grandson had a baseball game. He and his team are in the playoffs and they won their second game this week.  Now they play in the playoffs on Saturday and it's looking to be a very very busy weekend!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Boys club

People are always commenting to me that I take care of a lot of boys. And they are right.....especially on a Monday. Aubrie came for a few hours today and Baby stayed for the afternoon, but from 2:20 on, these were my boys. 

Finn is really acting two years old.  He's testing out his boundaries and has learned the words No and Mine really well. He is very headstrong and determined, and has decided that this little car is his. Doesn't like to share it at all, so there are good days and bad days when it comes to taking turns. He's pretty good about sharing anything that is at my house except for this car.  

Lucas and Isaac were twins today. I hear that my sister is responsible for buying them their matching shirts and sweat pants. I approve. 

Tai kept apologizing for having to wear his boots today. I didn't see the problem as it was pretty wet out when he got dropped off at school this morning. How were we to know that it was going to be so warm later on?

There was no way that Preston was willing to smile for a picture. He's decided that he doesn't want to nap any more so by the end of the afternoon, he's not as agreeable as he used to be. Funny little almost-2 year old. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

More pictures

I needed to share a few more pictures from this morning. We all had so much fun!


Sweetheart and her team, getting ready to bat. 

Sweetheart with her coaches, Sheena and Katrina

Pretty Girl played an inning as back catcher 

Sweet Pea and Pretty Girl with their Mom

Just chillin', sucking on a sour soother candy

Cutie patootie

Softball Closing Day

We started our Saturday morning at the softball field for a 9:30 am game.

First up were the Batgirls. Sweetheart really enjoyed her first season of softball, and she learned a lot. We always had a little chuckle as she spent lots of time in the field chewing on her glove. Apparently, her Daddy used to do the very same thing when he played. 

She learned how to hit that ball really well off of the T. And because she played first base this morning, she got lots of catching and throwing in.  I love watching the children run the dragon race at the end of the game.....I really think it's their favourite part of the whole game. 

They all received medals and they were all very pleased. There are a couple of girls missing, but the ones who were there had a great morning! Our emotional little one cried because she doesn't want softball to be over.

Showing off her softball medal! Still a bit teary-eyed. 

Our second game of the morning started at 11 o'clock, with the Heat. One family was leaving as the other one was arriving, and they even played on the very same field. Pretty Girl loves playing ball, and at her level they start the season with the T but by the end they are all getting pitched to by their coach. She had two great hits today, one was right out to center field. It was a perfect day for ball as it was cloudy and warm. 

Again, they are all just so excited to run the dragon race at the end of the game. 

DIL coached Pretty Girl for the third year and she did great. Her assistant wasn't there today and she was missing three girls. But these guys had a super season!

Pretty Girl, showing off her new softball medal!