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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hello Pre-school!

Grace is growing up so quickly!!
 
 
Grace has been attending a formal daycare centre a few days this summer.  We call it pre-school in hopes to give her a chance to socialize and get used to the idea of school.  Like many of the experiences Grace is introduced to, she is very excited about the "idea" of pre-school.  Once we are standing at the door it is sometimes a different story.  Grace has a great time once she is in there and when I come to pick her up a couple of hours later, she chatters on and on in the car about all the things she does and who was there and what they had for lunch, on and on it goes!!  I really hope school goes this well.  I know she's ready academically to go, but emotionally is another story.  I am confident she will be fine once she gets used to it but getting used to a busy classroom may take a while for my little monkey.  In the meantime Grace and I will continue to work on transitions by providing lots of opportunities to spread her wings and take risks!
 
Here she is on her first day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Canada Day 2015

I know I am so behind on posts, please forgive me, I'm just enjoying summer a little too much I guess!  Here is how we spent Canada Day 2015.  We headed back to a local Fun Farm.  They have free admission that day and while the crowds are definitely there, seeing Grace have so much fun is worth it!  First thing she wanted to do was go straight back to the "trampoline"  the huge jumping pillow.
 


Leave it to Grace to go straight through the puddles!




No Grace, you can't climb in with the animals!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Blues and Jazz Bound

  Continuing our love of music and dance, Grace and I attended a Blues and Jazz recently.  For me, the highlights were the music and jewellery vendors.  For Grace, it was the corn.  Yes, the corn.  Grace rediscovered how much she loves corn on the cob this weekend!  She doesn't remember it from last summer and we haven't had it all winter I guess so when I picked her up from daycare on Friday and suggested we go uptown to check out the festival and that we could get dinner there, she asked for French fries.  Sure I said but let's see what they have before we decide.  By the time we found parking and walked up the hill from the Tim Horton's I was starving and ready to eat at the first vendor we saw, which just happened to be the Corn on the Cob booth.  Grace ate that thing until it was bare and then she gnawed on it some more!!!!!
We get home, slept the night and first thing out of her mouth Saturday morning???  "Mommy can we go to the festival and get more corn on the cob?"  So we did!  Grace had corn on the cob 3 times that weekend!


Grace's idea to wear matching blue hats!  She saw them in the basement when we were putting laundry in the washing machine.  She suggested we wear them since it was the Blue Festival lol!


Lovin' that corn on the cob!!


Dancing to the Blues!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Goodbye Daisy

We've recently had a loss in our family.  My parents' dog, our beloved Daisy, had to be let go. 
She was very old, essentially blind and deaf, had been developing many health problems, including not being able to walk, and was probably in great pain.  I know it had to be done but knowing it is the right thing to do does not make it an easy thing to do.

I loved Daisy.  Before Grace came along, I would visit and take Daisy out for hikes through the back fields and swims in the pond.  She was a great dog and even though I enjoyed all of our family pets, I truly loved Daisy.

Grace loved Daisy too.  Each time we would visit Grandma and Grandpa's first thing she wanted to do (after finding Grandpa outside!lol) was feed Daisy her food.  She was only able to eat small kibble in the end and Grace would hold it out one piece at a time, feeding her by hand.  Daisy would take it willingly and seemed to enjoy this extra bit of attention.

Grace knows that Daisy is in heaven, she of course doesn't really understand what that means but for now it provides the explanation she needs.  Daisy has left both an empty spot in my heart while filling it up with good memories.

 I found the following poem online and thought I would share it here.


The Last Battle
If it be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,...
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand;
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years -
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve - it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years -
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

Goodbye Daisy, we'll miss you!
 


 
 




 
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fleeting Moments

So, not the post I was intending on publishing first, I have quite a few on the go, but I don't want to forget this day because it may be the last one.  I even have a post I'm working on about this, The Last Time, but today felt special and I wanted to archive it while it was still fresh on my mind.

Grace and I have been on the go a lot lately.  We have been burning the candle at both ends for weeks now and we're both tired. On top of that, being in her late 3's, Grace is gradually saying goodbye to afternoon naps.  We are now at the point of lying down on the couch, putting on a Barney video and "resting."  She invariably falls asleep still but it is getting shorter and shorter.  So naps are precious quiet moments for both of us.

Today, Grace did her usual.  I could tell she was very tired, we had been at the park for an event with the Early Years Centre all morning.  She lied down on the couch, watching her favourite (de jour!)Barney video and I wasn't at all surprised that she fell asleep within minutes.  She slept for an hour, a great nap for her, so when she woke up crying I just came into the living room to comfort her like usual.  We chatted for a few minutes on the couch and then I asked her " Do you want Cozy Blanket to snuggle a bit more?"  Her response, yes.  So we covered up with Cozy and snuggled in on the couch.  She fell sound asleep in my arms. 

For over an hour I sat there, holding my girl.  I watched out the window as a hummingbird visited each flower in my garden, feeling the warmth of the summer sun on my legs, all while Grace caught up on some much needed sleep. 

What Grace wasn't aware of was how my heart was filling up more and more every moment we snuggled together.  Because for those of you that know us well, you probably know that sleep is just not Graces thing.  She doesn't sleep well, doesn't sleep long and doesn't like to go to sleep.  So to get an hour with her sleeping in my arms was like heaven on earth for me.  I know that she's growing up at the speed of a wild fire, and these days of sleeping in my arms are fleeting.  I couldn't tell you when the last time it happened was so like I said, this may very well have been the last time ever. 

So I cherished it.  I didn't think about the dishes in the sink, the laundry waiting to be folded or the camping supplies still sitting at the front door.  I thought about how I was spending the afternoon and I couldn't help but think how I would have spent this same afternoon four years ago.  I would probably have been doing something way more fun, way more exciting.  Maybe having lunch on a patio downtown in the city, maybe traveling somewhere with friends, reading a great book on the back deck or just puttering around in the garden.  Definitely something more exciting than sitting on the couch.  Now, almost three years in, there is nowhere I would rather be than sitting on the couch with my biggest love sleeping in my arms on a lazy summer afternoon.  True happiness.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patience

Lots of posts are in the works and coming as soon as I get a free evening.  Hang in there folks!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dancing Queen

Grace had a GREAT time at her cousin's dance recital last weekend.  She is convinced she can "Highland Dance"  I haven't got it on video quite yet but when I do, look out!  You're sure to be entertained!  In the meantime, here's my little Diva busting a move at the Caleigh after-party (forgotten the spelling of Caleigh once again!!)

 

 
 


Grace idolizes her older cousin!

I love this photo!  I remember so fondly my niece when she was only three.  It feels like yesterday and now here she is going off to university

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Busy Weekends

Sorry to be neglectful of my writing but these past few weekends have been busy.  May and June are always busy, trying to get the gardens done, work events, family birthdays and trying to fit in a little fun outside in the finally warm weather.  I finally got my the last of my backyard furniture out and organized this weekend, that's how busy it's been.  Here's just a few of the things we've been up to in the last couple of weeks. 
 
Two weekends ago my dad performed with his Barbershop singing group.  Grace and I went.  The concert was going to be long, two and a half hours.  I really wasn't entirely sure how Grace would handle it.  I brought snacks, I brought books, I brought a few silent toys, paper and crayons and then I just hoped for the best.  She was excited to go, really wanted to go, but two and a half hours sitting still and quiet in a church?  That would be a challenge for any kid!
With only one short break walking around outside, Grace loved the concert!  She loves music and had a great time watching Grandpa up on the stage.  The concert was great, the men sounded wonderful and ever since, Grace has been asking when we can go hear Grandpa sing again.  That girl surprises me every day! 

Everybody has to do their share during planting season!!


There is a Barney episode where the characters fix up a bike.  Grace has been fixing this bike for weeks now.  She gets out her tools, her rag, and sings the song from the show, fixing and cleaning the bike over and over.  Oh how Barney writes our daily life!!! 
More weekend adventures to come soon! 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The K-Man is 3!

 
 
Birthday fun!  Grace's cousin, the K-man is 3!!!  I feel so lucky for Grace that she has a little cousin her age.  All of her other cousins are much much older than her, we live in a neighbourhood that is mostly made up of older couples and grown up families, and unfortunately families are busy these days and we don't get to socialize with the few friends I have who also have young kids.  So to have a cousin her age is precious, especially when he is as cute as this!   
He had a dinosaur theme which was too cute.  When we arrived the dinos were all sitting at the kids' table, ready for cake.  The kids had a great time playing at the water centre, swimming, making bubbles and just running around.
And of course for a weekend that was supposed to be rainy off and on every day.... it turned out pretty nice!


How many of us remember sitting at the "kids' table??"lol


Yummy dinosaur cake!

It's always a good birthday when you get a present bigger than you are!!!  Grace just couldn't help herself from helping him!LOL

Getting a kiss from his other grandma, sweet!


"What's so funny??  Just taking the dinosaurs for a wagon ride in my pajamas."


They also wanted a little ride on the golf cart.  They're fun loving dinosaurs!!!

Don't all good parties end this way?????!  :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Mother's Day 2015.  The forecast for the day did not look promising, showers off and on, cool, cloudy.  Not my choice for weather and I love being outside, so hearing a forecast like that can put a damper on my spirits.  The day started out just like that, got great in the middle and then ended just like they said, with a big downpour! 
However the highlights as always were time with family, great meals and watching Grace get up to all her antics!  I thank God, not often enough, that I have been blessed with such a spunky, beautiful little girl.  She has a personality as big as a house and a heart to match it!  I feel blessed and honoured to be the one chosen to take care of her.  Some days I do a better job than other days but my love and in the end my commitment to her never changes.  Every Mother's Day I'm reminded of a quote by Jody Landers.  "A child born to another mother calls me mom.  The depth of that tragedy and the magnitude of that privilege are not lost on me"
So, to get on with more light-hearted thoughts... here are the highlights!
Started the day with church.  We went to a church close to my school so when we arrived I was greeted with lots of young smiling faces of my students.  The entrance procession was just about to start so I stuck Grace in the line and hoped for the best.  The children were supposed to bring up flowers for Mary and then return to their seats.  I stood waiting while Grace confidently went up to the altar with her carnation.  I lost sight of her for only a few seconds but I wasn't worried.  I had paired her up with one of my grade 4 students so was confident that the student, F, would return her to me.  That's about when I saw F. walking back to her parents sans Grace!  So here I was, standing in the aisle, trying to wave to F. discretely and get her attention, hands up in the air like "Where is she??" when who should start walking up the aisle from the back of the church?  My monkey!  She had done it all by herself, gone back to where she started and was wandering up the aisle looking for us! 
Later on during the Mass, Father calls the young children up and hands out flowers to be given to all the mothers in the church.  So up she went again.  She was supposed to come back with one or two flowers, maybe one for me and Grandma or Carolyn, at the most.  Grace walked proudly down the aisle, fistful of flowers in her hand, proclaiming in her happy loud voice "Mommy, I got lots!!!"  A small wave of smiles and quiet chuckles spread throughout the congregation and there she was, my front and centre girl holding up a big bouquet of carnations, trying to scramble over Grandpa to get back into the pew!  Never a dull moment with this kid!
After Mass, we stayed for coffee and donuts, Grace had her share, and then headed out to Grandma and Grandpa's for a visit.  The rest of the weekend was less eventful but just as fun, playing outside with the cousins, BBQ, a swim and of course the traditional picture taking moments.
 
 
 
Here's Grace preparing Grandma's gift.  She totally enjoyed painting Grandma's hand, even if Grandma didn't!
 


 Even more though, she enjoyed chasing Grandpa with Grandma's blue painted hand!!!LOL




Taking a ride on Grandpa's Gator




Grace is proud to show off her "angry face" these days!  Not sure where she would ever get the idea for that!LOL




Sneaking a cookie break

Waving good-bye to Carolyn's family from the front porch


Goofing around with Grandma's gift




Loving her Daisy