Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Holiday

We had a lovely time in Victoria, BC this past weekend.
The kids had so much fun playing in the water, combing the beach for shells and exploring the parliament building. 
Our view was absolutely spectacular!! It was so nice to wake up every morning and stare out into the ocean. 
Here is a snapshot of our fun!











Friday, July 11, 2014

Heat

I don't do well in heat. 
Actually, we as a family don't do well with rising temperatures. We get irritable, moody and downright mean. 
I remember this all starting in the summer of 2001. Up until then, I didn't mind the heat too much. I rather basked in it to attain a golden hue. 
I even traveled to hot countries with not a care in the world as to what temperature I would encounter. 
So in 2001, my husband and I ventured to Italy for five weeks in the dead of summer. Notice I used a bad connotation with the word summer? Dead. 
It was sooo stinkin' hot, that both my husband and I experienced a mild panic attack. It may have been the crowds + the heat + lack of breeze, but it equalled to the demise of our love of warm weather. 
I will spare you all the details of how the heat ruined some of our trip. Needless to say, we will NEVER travel to Europe in the summer months ever again!!
So here in Vancouver we are in for a heat wave these next few days. 
I'm prepared...fans, air conditioner, blinds closed, doors closed and weekend reading awaiting. 
I pray we will all make it through till the end of this hideous weather. 
I live in Canada for a reason folks!!
Geesh. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mouse

"Mouse" has been in my youngest son's life for about three years.  He is his imaginary friend.  I think he created him when he was feeling a little left out of play with his older siblings, thus "Mouse" manifested as a playmate. 
According to my son, "Mouse" is grey with yellow eyes.  He's only 2 years old and has a older sister named "Anna" and an older brother named "Dommy".  Isn't it uncanny that my son has an older brother and sister?? Interesting.


Apparently "Mouse" has his own Mouse Church out on our back porch and his own Mouse Playland.  He goes wherever my son goes and pops up whenever he wants him too. 
At first I was worried about this imaginary "friend".  My other two did not have such a thing.

As I've read and researched...having an imaginary playmate is not all too uncommon.  In fact it's a sign of highly creative children.
Here is one article discussing this very fact:
http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201301/imaginary-friends

Does your child have an imaginary friend???




Monday, June 30, 2014

Dear Sweet Boy

On the Eve of you turning 11 years old I am feeling bittersweet.
I am so thankful for a beautiful, healthy, happy boy but
at the same time downcast because I can't believe how fast the time goes.
It truly feels like yesterday that I was pacing back and forth in pain awaiting your delivery.
This past year you have grown in so many ways.  You are becoming more independent and mature.  You're more capable of "big boy" duties.
This makes me happy.
You are transforming into such a fine young man.
Handsome. Responsible. Outspoken. Empathetic.
I feel such delight when I see all that you can do.
You're love for sports, piano, animals and geography is impressive.
When I think back to the days when you were a wee-one,
 I tear up remembering the innocence. 
You were so content to just sit with your Mama and listen to a story.
Now when we cuddle together and give "lovins", it's a little different.
You want to talk, discuss and analyze. 
You have things to say and ideas to share.
And I'm still content...it's just different.
I'm trying to embrace this new boyhood.
It's all new to me.
We are journeying into this new unchartered territory together.
I promise you, I will make mistakes and not always be the most understanding.
But I also promise you that I will always be your advocate.
I will always have your back.
I will always love you no matter what.
Your life has impacted mine more than you will ever know.
So, my sweet boy...on the eve of you turning eleven...
please know, you make me so happy.
I am so in love with who you've become.
May God bless you today and always.
Happy Birthday my boy!
Love you always,
Mommy

Pooh Bear

Pooh Bear has been in the family for about 10 1/2 yrs. My good friend Kriss bought him for my eldest son on his First Christmas. 
Pooh Bear went everywhere with my son. He would suck on his soother and use his pointer finger to rub Pooh Bear's paw. He rubbed it so much that I eventually had to sew it because it left a hole. 

Pooh Bear even traveled to Mexico with us back in 2007. We had such a good time that we left Pooh Bear on the bed back in our hotel room. When I got home I soon realized that we left Pooh Bear back at the hotel. I felt sick to my stomach. 
I immediately called the hotel and had them look back in our room for the bear. 
They contacted me back and said they found him. There was one problem though...they couldn't mail it back to us for reasons I'm still unsure of. So long story short; friends of ours were heading to Mexico a few weeks later (not our hotel) and they graciously agreed to pass by our hotel to retrieve the stuffy. Thank goodness!
We joke and say that Pooh Bear wanted an extended vacation; he was probably sitting on the beach sipping tequila! Lol
This lovey has been quite a member of our family. His importance in my son's life has lessened. He doesn't ask to sleep with Pooh Bear anymore. Although he will if Pooh Bear is close by. 
It saddens me to see him needing him less and less. His "little boy" stage is slowly fading. The tween years are upon us. 
I will ALWAYS keep Pooh Bear. I will gift it to my son when he has his first child. 
He is well loved!  All my son's sweet childhood memories are wrapped up in this "tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff!" 
                   Pooh Bear today!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Dear Marco,
Thank you for being a great father to our children. They are blessed to have a funny, sensitive, sporty, kind and caring daddy like you. 
You're the only one I have ever loved and I'm very thankful that you are the one to father my children. They're beautiful, healthy and special kids and I have you to thank (in part lol) for that. 
Happy Father's Day Honey!
Love you lots,
Clara

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Roma

Dear Roma,
My sweet baby girl, you will never know how much I love you. 
Your ever presence in my life has brought me so much joy. From the first day your Papa and I saw you in a Coquitlam backyard back in 1999, we knew you were ours. You had your red collar on and you came and plopped your roly poly body at Papa's foot. He looked at me and I looked at him and you were OUR baby...our first baby. 

Those first years you kept me company while Papa worked graveyards. You slept right beside me. I was so happy to have such a beautiful puppy! 
As time went on, you welcomed child after child with licks and tail wagging. You were such a good girl with your brothers and sister. So gentle. We could never ask for a more loving and patient dog!
You loved going to the park and fetching balls. Whenever we would say, "do you wanna go...", your eyes would light up and your head would twist. 
These past couple years you've slowed down quite a bit. You now have arthritis in your elbow, a heart murmur and liver issues; but you're still happy and wanting affection from us!  As long as you still get up and gulp down mortadella then we know you're okay!

So on your 15th birthday today, I want to wish you the happiest birthday my sweet girl!! I pray hard that you'll be here for your next birthday!!
My heart will never stop loving you!!
Love always and forever,
Mommy