Saturday, October 27, 2007
We took some photos today of the kids in the park with all of the beautiful fall leaves. We took 5 photos, and the one on the top was the best. Cameron took the photo of Cliff and I. The other one he cut off Cliff's head lol.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thursday, October 18, 2007
History repeats itself...
I was thinking back to my childhood, and growing up with my two sisters April and Amy. And of course with my cousins Riki, Andrea, Bobby and Bryan. In total, there were 7 of us grandchildren. I know there are a picture or two of us in the very same aprons, unfortunately I searched through my albums, and I don't have a copy. But I have many memories!
We used to have so much fun going over to Granny and Papa's house. I think we went there a lot, but I cannot remember how often that really was. It was so exciting to be able to go and visit, and usually get to do something fun. Like bake bread (Papa was a baker), sleep over, our night time prayers and of course wake up to the smell of oatmeal in the morning. Listening to the sounds of my grandparents talking in the morning. And being awoken by the voices of our grandparents saying 'Wakey wakey rise and shine' and the familiar sound of NW98 blaring over the radio in the living room. I love how my grandparents would also take us ALL for sleepovers. So many grandchildren at a time, and yet I am sure we ALL have precious memories of our childhood!
I remember the 'long' drive to my grandparents home. We would watch for certain landmarks, and know that we were getting closer to their home!
One thing that I particularly remember is being able to wear Granny's special aprons. She had many of them. Fancy ones, cotton ones, embroidered ones. I was doing some remembering, and I said to my Mom, I wonder if Granny still has those aprons...So, I asked my Mom if she could ask Granny for them if she still had them. And, guess what. She did! I received eight of them! That is a gift in itself.
What a treat! When I took them out, I touched each one, and placed them one by one out on the counter. And I took a photo or two. I instantly remembered the fabrics, and instantly was brought back to a time in my life when I had the pleasure of being young and innocent, just being a child.
After I remembered back, I gathered up the kids, and I told them about how we (when were kids wore THE VERY SAME aprons!) Our kids thought that was pretty neat that their Mommy wore the same aprons! Except those aprons don't fit around my waist anymore! But, they are perfect for our little ones! I told them, that I would put these in the baking drawer so that they could use them when they wanted to. And, now they pull them out quite often. Today, Catie had on a green and white one, and Caroline had a blue gingham one. They are so big on them, and they look like little prairie dresses to me! Right up my alley and my Little House on the Prairie fascination! I also told them, that they are to be cherished and respected. I told them also that I want MY grandchildren to wear them. They seemed to understand the importance of these aprons. The love of the aprons! The love of a GG!
These aprons I know were sewn with a great deal of love, and perfect in every way. When I see my own kids in these aprons, it brings me right back to that wonderful time when EVERYTHING was right in the world.
I am so thankful to my Granny for giving these to me, as I will have memories that will last a lifetime. I love you so much Granny. I know when you used to tie these aprons around our waist you probably said a little prayer for us. And, I have been doing that for my kids too! I will continue to do that for them too. And, hopefully I get a few grandchildren from our six kids, and I will do that for them too! I just hope I will have ENOUGH aprons!
I thank you for giving me so many fond memories, and for the apron strings that continue to envelope me, and our whole family in love. You are a treasure. And, we love you Granny/GG.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
And, let us add to the list of what Caroline likes to eat:
A mouldy lemon from the garbage
Chips and cheese from the night before from the garbage
Avocado peels from the garbage
and...a rotten tomato from in the garbage and went onto the cream carpet.
Yup...that is my little Oscar! But she sure is no grouch. Thank goodness she has a happy smile! lol.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Poor Cameron's water bottle was not closed right, and the help that all of the kids gave him was so sweet.
Seeing our episode of Crash Test Mommy on TV today, unexpectedly. It was fun to sit with Carly (my then 'baby'...) and Catie (my last baby in my belly at the time) and being able to watch the kids watch the kids. Catie kept asking where she was, and I kept telling her that she was inside my belly. Just seeing how much the kids have grown, and watching some touching, tender moments. Wow, that was such a neat experience. I cannot believe how much we all have changed and grown in the last three years. That was really neat.
The sun, that is bursting through our windows is also making me smile continually. It has been such a lovely day today!
Have a joyful day! Happy Friday!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I look at it this way, my body has been through the ringer with my seven pregnancies. The varicose veins are my worst part on my body right now. I have awful veins on both legs. I am going to need a lot of work.
I will do as much as I can to get back to where I started from, but I know I will not have the figure I had pre-kids. I am OK with that. I realize, I am almost 10 years older than when I started having kids.
I will exercise, eat right and hope for the best. BUT, if I am not loving my body I will very much consider having my body corrected with plastic surgery. Seriously, I was never one to support cosmetic surgery, but looking at my body...I have changed my mind. It is worth doing, especially because I am still so young! Why would I not want to enjoy my body again?! I want to feel like the old me, but a better me!
We had a lovely Thanksgiving, but missing one Sister who ditched us for her 'other family' lol. Just kidding April, Nick and Abby. We missed you all, but look forward to celebrating Abby's birthday this weekend.
We had 14 for dinner, and we all fit in our dining room, which was nice! It was our first celebration in our home! That was a great feeling, and it was great to laugh and be thankful for family!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Here is me, a proud Aunty Cathy holding my very first niece! (I told you all I should not hold her, and look at me now, almost expecting my sixth baby!!) A sweet smelling precious little bundle!
Dear little Abby,
We wish you a very happy 1st birthday today! Have fun celebrating with your family, and tasting your first cupcake! I am sure if you are like your Aunty and your Mommy...that you will love your sweets too! Because you are a sweetie pie too!
Much love to you today, and always!
Your Aunty Cathy, Uncle Cliff, and your five (almost six) cousins; Cameron, Claire, Carly, Catie, Caroline and Wee C 6!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Happy birthday to my Dad! Can you believe that you and I have shared 36 years already?! And, Amy! Happy birthday to you too! We have shared 33 together today! Wow!
I am so thankful to have a shared birthday with the both of you! What could be better! A long weekend for our birthday, and a nice thanksgiving dinner too!
The video above is for Dad, Amy and me! Happy birthday, birthday people! I love you both!
Another self photo. We never get photos together! But look at the beautiful back ground! Lovely.
Almost home, but what a lovely two days together. It definitely did not feel like groundhog day for the two past days. It was nice to spend time with Cliff and just 'Husband and Wife'. And not as 'Mom and Dad.' It was much needed this get away. We will always remember this weekend as a great time to re-connect. That is a good thing! I can tell you though. I cannot lie. I really missed the kids. We both did. And we were really glad to come home. We look forward to a thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, and to be woken by the kids! We cannot wait to find out how their weekend was!
Here is me on the Spirit of Vancouver, on Friday night. This is the first time I have been on a ferry boat to Victoria since 1992. It was just as fun as I remembered! But way more fun to go with my husband, than with a friend!
I have been wanting to see this exhibit for MONTHS, and really I have been fascinated by the Titanic for YEARS. So, going to Victoria to see countless (well about 280 artifacts) was priceless! It was worth the wait, and I was so moved by the whole exhibit. We even caught an IMAX film on the Titanic too.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Caroline is 17 months old today. I cannot believe how fast those months have gone by. Today, we ventured into the big city to take her for her yearly check up on her left kidney. As you know, before she was born she had multiple cysts on the upper portion of her left kidney, and was born with an extra ureter on her left kidney as well. She had an ultrasound first, and our little lady stayed so still, and was so calm for the whole exam which I would say took over 15 minutes to complete. They looked at her bladder, her left kidney and her right. And back to the bladder. We were so proud of her. The tech was very happy with how well she did. That's our gal!
The next appointment was with our urology specialist who said to us, she looks great! The upper portion of her left kidney is shrivelling up, and disappearing. Yet, the left kidney continues to grow, and the amount of swelling is so minimal. Both kidneys are functioning and growing!
Yay Caroline. She is growing well, she has had not a fever or anything so, we go back in one year. We are very pleased, and couldn't ask for a better outcome.
So, in one year, we go back.
Monday, October 01, 2007
I also decided I really don't enjoy the rain. Well, maybe being pregnant in the rain. Makes for more challenges just for myself. Not so fun. I don't have shoes that fit my feet, and that is a problem. Flip flops in the rain are not a good idea. Very SLIPPERY! I also don't have a winter coat that fits. So, I layer. But, the layers get wet. Yup. Lovely BC Weather. Can't wait until I can wear some different clothes!