Monday, December 31, 2007
It is so hard to believe that 2007 is almost a memory. The rolling year is tumbling to 2008 before our very eyes. For my beloved and I it has been touched with so many happy memories, the birth of a new grandaughter, our 40th anniversary and all the planning and partying that went with it. Laughing with grandchildren, and enjoying their antics. The wedding of a nephew. Conversing with other bloggers, sharing excitement, fears and tears and commiserating over the loss of loved ones. Happy and blessed with an abundance of riches-family, love, a warm home, lots of food (too much food!), and good health and best of all for me, retirement. We are blessed both of us, with our mothers, GG and Oma to the great-grandchildren. We don't know what 2008 has in store for us and that is probably just as well. My wish for you is that you find joy in the ordinary, have good health, and receive love, care and laughter at unexpected moments. From my Blog to yours, Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I woke up this morning and the first thing I thought about was that four very hard working women in my life are home today. Amy who slept through part of Christmas Day because she worked both Christmas Eve night and into Boxing Day morning. April for the remainder of the week. Of course Cathy who is home but always work, work, working, and our dear friend Silvana took this part of the week off for the first time in countless years.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Today was a special day in Claire's classroom. Each child invited one member of their family to help build a GingerBread House. Claire invited her Pappa!
Talk about visions of sugarplums. All of the children were so busily crafting the perfect house, the time just flew by!
Pappa told me Claire was outstanding at glueing the edges with the special icing!
Pappa and Claire with a work in progress. Looking good you two!
The finished product two stories high! Yea, Pappa, Yea Claire. Why is that Santa on the Chimney top and a window to look inside? I'm thinking Architect Claire! You two are good.
(Note: The house on the yellow wall behind them. The one on the extreme left was made by Claire too!) Don't you just love Christmas crafts?
Monday, December 17, 2007
We found a cozy spot. See, people put cups back right by our table. No wonder we got smiles!
Note discarded socks and shoes under table!
This morning my beloved and I left the house before 6:15 am and it was pouring down rain. Cathy and Cliff and Courtney drove into Vancouver so that Cathy could be at an 8:15 doctor's appointment somewhere near V.G.H.
After feeding the children their breakfasts and supplying Daddy and Mommy with a few eats as well, off they went.
After a flurry of activity of getting coats, footwear, lunches and backpacks filled, kisses and wishes for a happy Monday, Pappa walked the three older children to school. The most amazing thing was that as the day was brightening, the rain subsided. How glorious.
We decided that even though we really weren't prepared for walking in the sense that Pappa didn't have the right shoes, and I didn't have my headband or gloves, we'd go out anyway.
Catie was such a trouper. We asked her if she wanted to go out. Did she! Well then let's go to the washroom first, wash our hands and put on our socks and shoes and coats. She had all of this done so quickly that it surprised us. Caroline too was so cooperative. She saw her coat and grabbed it, hats and mittens were found. But no shoes for Caroline, they must have been left in Mommy's van! So she decided to put on one of her sister's crocks-big, orange, crocks! We decided that was ok, because she wouldn't be walking around anyway. Now if I were younger, as in my mothering days of yore, well, I just would have freaked out. But not now, you just laugh!
Out we went. Two destinations in mind-a trip to the library to renew my book and perhaps a coffee. When we got to the library we discovered it was TOO EARLY! Yikes, when you get up at 5:00-something, any time after that is early. So we walked up to a local A&W for a coffee and toast. Now this A&W is definitely a spot where retirees go for a quiet cup of java, and our little band of troupers brought much life to the place. But as I say this, I don't mean to infer they were noisy and obnoxious, because they weren't. They were as good as gold, and lots of "grandfather's" smiled at us, and said hello. One even told us that he has 9 grandchildren and he told us that he taught all of them to make this certain noise, which he demonstrated. I know these little dollys brought smiles to many faces. I know pappa and nanny were doing a lot of smiling too.
After our snack we walked back to the library only to find I've had too many renewals so I have 35 pages to read before tomorrow. With an eye on the clock we decided that we still had time for more of a walk before we headed off to the elementary school to take care of Carly. Little by little our little beauties nodded off, first Caroline and then Catie. Mommy and Daddy somehow found us on one of the sidestreets and we told them we'd walk a little longer and then bring them home. By the time we got on their street, Catie woke up from her catnap, and then Caroline woke up in her driveway.
How lucky we are. Healthy grandchildren to love and care for. The sun came out. We brought some smiles to some faces. A beautiful day in the neighbourhood.
Two Sleeping Beauties. Note discarded orange crocks!
My beloved said I looked like a Rastafarian in his toque!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
In a previous post I know I wrote about how when my beloved and I walk we often find money. A nickel here, a penny there, an American one dollar bill (when it was worth way more than it does today), and the biggest so far, a Five dollar bill found on a very early morning walk. Whatever we find, we put it in a jar on our fridge. Waiting for the day it's filled to the top so that we can count it.
We got off the dykes and walked over the Dinsmore Bridge, stopped at the Airport McDonalds (our old walking destination) for a coffee and headed back south over the 2 Road Bridge. On the walk back along the dykes we spotted a group of ducks some swimming and others sunning themselves on a log in the South Arm of the Fraser. I had forgotten how beautiful that sight was. As we were halfway along the dykes towards our return destination, I looked down and found this:
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Our dancing Elf, Cameron.
He really enjoyed himself up there, you can tell.
Cameron at the microphone and Claire below him in the purple scarf. Glad I got them together in one shot.
Before the programme began the Grade 7 band played 4 songs, including Ode to Joy. I love beginning bands don't you? I remember at one of our children's concerts, the audience has to guess what the song was, nobody did, too funny, but that wasn't the case today. What a wonderful experience. And I couldn't help but wonder how many of those children will keep on with their flutes, clarinets, drums and horns. They will be happy if they do.
I did manage to get a few pictures. I should have changed the setting had I thought about it ahead of time, and there was a man almost always blocking my view to Carly, but in my mind's eye, the pictures are there to be recalled. Here is a small and not great sampling of today.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Momma said we should comb my hair, but Nanny said, no momma, look how beautifully it all shows up when I have the mustled look!
Abby was getting pretty sick of having the camera always pointed at her and I swear, she closed her eyes on purpose! These would have made great Christmas Cards if her eyes were open!
Abby's version of flipping nanny the bird????
Abby sure has great looking parents doesn't she!
Mommy and Daddy's Christmas Elf
Pappa, take her home, and take that camera with you!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
While Pappa and Carly were picking up Claire and Cameron from school this afternoon, I traced Catie's elbow on the etch a sketch. Pappa decided it would be a funny picture if it looked like an extension of Nanny's arm! I think I need drawing lessons!
Carly's new eraser!
Claire sporting the Click-It headband she made.
Cameron with the first creation-how does that thing float like that?
Catie stringing her Click-its!
Today Cathy had three parent-teacher conferences with the kid's teachers. I brought along the Click- Its from home, and while Caroline was sleeping, we played! As this is a toy we keep at our house they really enjoyed playing with them. Ahh, peace and quiet, that is, until Catie broke Cameron's later project!
Why nibble on fattening cookies when you can nibble on your sweet little grandaughter's arm?
This picture doesn't totally capture our goodbye's but you get the picture!
Cameron was on the computer and Courtney precious little lamb was sleeping but you get a sense of what kind of goodbye pictures we drive off with in our heads.
Ah Caroline, we've got to teach you not to stick your head and later on her arm out the window to say goodbye!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Today would have been my dear father-in-law's 91st Birthday. Last year at this time the majority of the family gathered at his home to celebrate this momentous occasion. Great-Grandchildren hovered, Grandchildren laughed and chatted and Children admired this large room overflowing with love and a lifetime of experiences.
Remembering you Dad and missing you so much.