Sunday, October 23, 2016

Didn't rain

Oh, I had such wonderful plans for this cloudy Sunday. But sometimes the best-laid plans are none at all. It's already just past 3:30 and we just finished lunch. Seriously. And Miracle #3 just phoned and invited us for dinner. Which I am sure will be in a couple of hours. I hope Hubby will be hungry, because  I know that I probably won't be.  We bought one of those fresh $5 pizzas from Superstore and it baked while we put our groceries away. 

We spent $320 at Superstore this afternoon and I am rather surprised as I am trying to figure out what extras we bought. I know that groceries have gone up a bit in the last few months, but we usually spend between $120-$150 a week. We did buy Halloween candy and Kleenex which is $50 more but not almost $200 more. The good news was that we qualified for the free $25 batteries that they give away if you spend $250 or more, but I am still rather puzzled. I have looked over the receipt more times than I can count and I just can't figure it out!

We went to church this morning but left a bit early to go watch Grandson play lacrosse. He is so fun to watch and he tries so hard. I guess that hockey is finally underway as of yesterday too, as they had a balancing game because they finally chose teams. SIL said that hockey is about two weeks behind this year. I am looking forward to getting out to the rink, but because we have been watching LAX every weekend, we haven't missed hockey yet. The Hockey Association has changed the rules and H4 is playing cross-ice this year, so there are a few irate parents. These kids are 8 years old and they played a bit of cross-ice last year but by Christmas they were playing full sheet.  Now they have gone backwards because they are supposed to play cross-ice all season. It just doesn't make sense. To anyone. 

Here's my favourite grandson playing lacrosse this morning. He just loves it and it shows. 

After the game, Hubby and I went to Langley Farms for vegetables and then to Superstore for everything else. I had sort of tried to plan an outing to the pumpkin patch with the blessings and the day just ran away on me, so it wasn't meant to be.  Would have been a good day because it didn't rain but hopefully there will be another. Or we just may end up there in the rain one day. Or maybe not. There just doesn't seem like there are enough minutes in the day right now to do all the fun stuff!  There are only eight days left until Halloween!  


This is the way my brain works. In no particular order, and because I need to delete them off of my photo memory, here is the way God speaks to me. I have never heard His voice, but He shows me things when I am reading. We don't get the newspaper anymore but I subscribe to many websites on the Internet. So here are a few things that I have read over the last few weeks that I feel that I need to share. I spend a lot of time alone, because I don't sleep as much as the average person. So I read. A lot. And I pray. A lot. A movie was recommended to me a few weeks ago and I really want to see it. It's called The War Room and I think I will really enjoy it. It's about being a prayer warrior....I know, that's not what you were thinking, was it? My Mom was a true prayer warrior and I have a cousin who I also think is a true prayer warrior too. And of course, I always have my friends who will pray for me and with me too. Prayer is so important to me, and so calming. 


I love that I belong to a community who cares. We went to a fundraiser on Friday evening for a young man who is battling Stage 4 gastric cancer. Taylor is 27 years old and he used to play on the same soccer team as our friend's son Craig. 475 people came out and together raised almost $20,000.  I know that Fridays are a tough night for me to go out and be social and on this particular Friday night, my knees were just aching. We didn't stay very long, but I was very pleased to read on Facebook that it was very successful. He is really close to his goal of $100,000 so that he can have immunotherapy instead of chemotherapy that the government won't finance because of his young age. He gave a speech which was very amazing and inspiring, and if anyone can beat this disease, it will be Taylor!

And yes, my knees still hurt after two days, but they are definitely feeling better than they did. It started with my right one and has travelled into my left, but I am healing so that's a good thing. Can't figure out if it's because I was on my knees cleaning so much, I have arthritis or my thyroid is acting up. I am going to buy some celery today and see if it helps.....apparently it works just as well as glucosamine. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016


We started our day with appointments, one of which was in New Westminster. I really like that my ophthalmologist is open on Saturdays now, so I don't have to take time off during the week. I had a visual field test, had my pressures read (both eyes were 18 today which was much better than in the Summer) and I was in and out in less than half an hour.  Hubby and I went to Wah Wing for lunch and he commented that he was the only Caucasian in the restaurant today. He was, and I never notice that sort of thing, but I told him that was good. It meant that it was very good food. Which it's always very good food!  We had our usual chicken fried rice, szechaun beans, salt and pepper prawns and an order of wonton soup. So delicious!

We stopped at Tim Hortons on the way home so that Hubby could pick up some hockey cards. I think we were home about 15 minutes and #2 and Sweet Pea came by for a visit while Pretty Girl was at a birthday party. DIL worked a graveyard shift last night so she needed to sleep and Sweet Pea is not always the quietest little person. Let's face it, I don't think any two year old knows how to be quiet for very long! We had a really nice afternoon and before you knew it, it was time for them to go pick Pretty Girl at 3 o'clock. 

I did some laundry and watched my PVR'd Greys Anatomy from Thursday while Hubby mowed the lawn, I made dinner and then we went across the bridge to watch my first Vancouver Giants game of the season.  Hubby had already been with a friend while I had gone to Alpha with #1 at the beginning of the month, so it was nice to check it all out. 

We arrived just as the warmup was almost over and this is the view from our new seats. Haven't decided if I like them or not, as we used to be at Centre Ice. The Langley Events Centre is not very big, so the new seats are okay, but the others were much better. 

It's good to see the plays developing, but I don't like looking through the netting.  However, I am appreciating that we are at the end that the opposing goalie is at, so we get to see the Giants score in two of the three periods. This particular game went into overtime, so the winning goal was scored at the other end, and it was an exciting finish. And it was really nice to be home in ten minutes. We do live very close to the new venue!

Psalm 29:11

Friday, October 21, 2016

Busy Day

Today was the second Pro-D day of the school year and it didn't rain. At least it didn't rain this morning anyway.  I met #3 and her children at the playground and we all had fun.

This particular playground is about halfway between our houses, and it's really quite perfect for all of our children's ages. I even remembered to bring towels to dry everything off, even though I had to go back to get them when I actually remembered as soon as I got to the end of my driveway. Oops.

I love that I was able to spend some time with these school-agers today. Look at how grown up they are all becoming!  

These guys are growing up rather quickly too. Sweetheart is being dramatic here as she insisted on coming into the picture and then refused to smile. She's tired, but as I tell all of the children, "Just because you are tired, that is still no excuse for bad behaviour."  And not that she is being bad at all, but she sure was pouty. I ended up bringing her back to my house as she wanted to play with Pretty Girl, so that worked out great. She wasn't pouty at all today, and the girls watched Frozen and then played dress-up for most of the afternoon. I had a lot of girls today, and Tai, Ethan and Finn.  Even though everyone was busy and playing for most of the day, it looks like an explosion has gone off in my house.  Hmmm, maybe about 16 many times as we put toys away, someone was always pulling more out and playing with others. 

And then tonight Hubby and I went to the Mongolian Grill for dinner, to Walmart and then to a cancer fundraiser with friends. I am exhausted.  Finn fell asleep eating his lunch today and if I sit here much longer then I will fall asleep too. Baby was up a couple of times during the night, (she slept over with her siblings) and not that I don't usually wake up a couple of times during the night anyway, it's just different when I have to be responsible. See how cute Finn is?  I just love how sweet he is and how easy going he is......but I am as tired as he was before his big 3 hour nap.  Good-night all!

I believe