November 23, 2007

let’s play the ‘we love each other’ game.

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:06 pm by Karen


Today I am grateful for the times they get along.


November 22, 2007

my little bear

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:15 am by Karen


Where would I be without this little girl in my life. 

Well, I would probably be more well rested, but void in so many other areas.  I am really loving getting to know her. 

Her desire to please and help.  Her shy and reserved nature.  Two years ago, I never would have believed you if you told me she would be shy.  I see more of me in her every day.  I’m sure she’ll hate that in 11 years or so. 

Her eagerness to learn.  She is like a sponge big enough to soak up the ocean.


Her sense of humor.  Her ablity to forgive and forget.  I learn from her every day.  Her loyalty.  Her love of her friends and family.

How she randomly tells me she loves me 100 times a day.

How we have our little sign for “I love you” that we can make anytime we make eye contact, and she knows how much I love her back.


This is the best preschool picture that I could get out of 4 tries.  You put a camera in front of this girl, and the funniest faces emerge.  I’ll show you some sometime.

Anyways, today I am grateful for my Sarah.

Love you, bear.

November 21, 2007

shop vacs and chinese food

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 pm by Karen

Today I am so thankful for my shop vac.

Strange one, right?

We finally brought it out from our storage garage, and today it was USED.  Did you know that shop vacs can pick up pieces of drywall that are like this                 (———————————–) big?  At least.  I would have taken a picture of the mess I cleaned up, but frankly, the state of our house at the present time is a bit (a lot?) embarassing, never mind the fact that it was dirty.  My kids are pretty good at navagating the mess, but stepping on a drywall screw hurts.  Ouchie!  The house is still exposed concrete floors and insulation, half hung drywall, and tools everywhere, but the floors are VACUUMED!!  Woohoo!

I was actually pretty psyched cleaning up today.

What has my life come to?

And, since I was so busy cleaning, and moving piles of crap around, and taking Sarah to preschool, going to the gym, making lunch, going to ballet, and then swimming lessons, today I am also thankful that Safeway sells some pretty wicked take out Chinese food.

So. yum. 


You know that Gwen Stefani song where it goes “Ooo-ooo, Weeee-Ooo”?  I usually crank it up in the car, and the kids dance and sing at the top of their voices.  Today Benny just started singing the song out of the blue.  He cracks me up.

November 20, 2007

a priceless keepsake

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:52 pm by Karen

After Auntie Kaye passed away last week, when we were down at the coast, my Grandma pulled me aside. 

“I found something at Auntie Kaye’s that has your name on it.”

“Neat!”  I thought.

She gave it to me the next day.


I’m speechless.


And then there was this note:

“Dear Karen — knowing how you like blue, I’m giving this to you (perhaps as a keepsake).  As you can see, I didn’t quite get it finished.  I hope someone will just finish it off for you (maybe Omi would do it).  Love from me!  Auntie Kaye.”


You have to know that Auntie Kaye lost her eyesight a number of years ago, and this note is in her handwriting.  So it’s been around for a while, but man oh man, how special is that?!  Do I need to tell you that it is going to get framed?

On another note, Travis took both kids to the gym with him after dinner — we have ‘free’ babysitting there — so today I am thankful for a whole 45 minutes of peace and quiet in this house.  I am going to go read my new book for the last 15 min or so, because most of my time got eaten up by a bunged up internet connection (shaking fist at computer!).  ohwell.

more another time!

November 15, 2007

Here we are, on the bus again, on the road again.

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:13 pm by Karen

Remember that, Sheryl and Lisa?

The summer between grades 11 and 12, I went with my soccer team on a trip to Europe.  We toured something like 8 countries in 2 weeks or so and for part of the trip, we were on a small bus with a transgendered tourguide.  Now you can imagine that for a 15 year old from the small town of Penticton in 1991, this was quite shocking.  I don’t think any of us had ever seen anything like it — talk about having your world view expanded!  Anyways, we would always get on the bus and be greeted with those words.  I remember that every once in a while, and wish that I had a better memory of those teenage years. 

Anyways, the kids and I are heading back to the coast today for a quick trip.  The memorial service for my Auntie Kaye is on Friday morning so we’ll be back home on Saturday.  I’m hoping for a nice trip down like what we had last Wednesday, but what, really, are the chances of history repeating itself?  Not terribly likely, but I’ll let you know.  I always hope.

Well I’m not sure what the point of this post is except to explain that this has been just a crazy week, and I’m looking forward to the routine of next week that awaits me.  That, and maybe a couple of hours to myself sometime?

Oh yes, and what am I thankful for today?



Behind us is the beach where Travis proposed to me as the sun set, sitting on a huge old piece of driftwood, 8 years ago.  We stopped there the other day after the aquarium to take a quick peek.  (Like the sign growing out of my head?   No cycling or skating, hey?  No problem.)

So today I am grateful for us.

November 13, 2007

today it’s

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:33 pm by Karen


 my chai tea.

I have one probably every morning, and (how sad is this) I woke up the other night getting excited for the morning when I could have some!



What’s your favourite morning bevy?

November 11, 2007


Posted in Uncategorized at 9:20 pm by Karen

the Lord is good to me,

and so I thank the Lord,

for giving me,

the things I need,

the sun and the rain and the apple seed.

The Lord is good to me!

(Johnny Appleseed)



Today I am grateful for 2 little voices that love to sing this song before we eat.

And, for some really great deals in the States.

November 10, 2007

The aquarium, and other things

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:07 pm by Karen

Yesterday we went to the aquarium.  Travis came to town on Thurday, and my mom met us there too, so the ratio of kids to adults was much more manageable as in 1 to 1 as opposed to the 2 to 1 that we had been dealing with the past couple of days (ie: we were outnumbered).


 The kids had a great time, and could hardly believe their eyes with all there was to see.



Here we are, having so much fun.  Can’t you just tell?!



Anyhoo, I’m feeling a little befuddled here – I was just talking to my mom, and my 2 sisters, niece, nephew and cousin were in the store beside a store that some old fart ran his car into.  Rach was 5 feet away from the car.  The brake is on the left, old man!  Needless to say, I am grateful for their safety.

Our car has been in the shop not once, but twice this weekend.  The brakes were making a metal on metal grinding sound for half the trip here the other day, so $300 later, we have new front brakes.  Then, last night, the radio started acting up, and all the lights started to dim, and now $450 later, we have a new alternator.  I guess I’ll be picking up some shifts once I get home, because these set backs will NOT stop me from shopping tomorrow! But, I am grateful that we had problems when we were in a spot to fix them — not stuck in the States!

And, my Great Auntie Kaye passed away yesterday.  She was my Grandma’s sister.  Even though it was not a surprise for us, as she had suffered from a series of strokes over the past while, we are still sad to say goodbye.  I am comforted to know, though, that right now, she can see, and laugh, and move with freedom up in heaven.  She really was a great Great Aunt.  Never forgot a birthday, taught me how to knit, and loved us like a grandma.  I am grateful that I had her in my life.  We’ll miss you, Auntie Kaye.

“I can only imagine what it will be like, when I walk by Your side…

I can only imagine, what my eyes will see, when Your Face is before me! 

Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing ‘Hallelujah!’? Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine! I can only imagine! “

November 9, 2007


Posted in Uncategorized at 7:35 am by Karen


I have always called Sarah my sweetheart, and in fact, now she insists on it, and will even correct me when I try and call her something else (like my stinky, or my girl, or my bugga).  So it only stood to reason to call Benny my sweet boy.  But the best part?  Is when I tell him that he is my sweet boy, and he replies that I am his sweet girl. 

Talk about melt my heart.  (Have you seen those eyes?)


Today I am thankful for my Benny boo.

November 8, 2007


Posted in Uncategorized at 10:12 am by Karen

I am grateful for a quiet trip to the coast.  My sister and i and our 4 kids made the trip down to Vancouver yesterday, and it was just about the best trip with kids I have ever had.  We did not have to pull out the dvd player, and only had to listen to raffi  twice.  We actually got to listen to our own music for a bit, and there was minimal fighting.  3 of the 4 kids slept for a couple of hours, and Sarah played quietly by herself for that same amount of time.  We’re down here for the long weekend, and came a day earlier than our hubbies so that we could do some visiting.  We’ve already  visited a friend of ours that the kids just love, have gone to my aunt and uncles, and are now at my inlaws.  Today we are going to see my other sister’s field hockey team, and then out to my grandparents for the afternoon.  We’re hoping to hit the aquarium on Friday, unsure of what Saturday will hold, but Sunday?  We are going shopping.  In the States.  Enough said.

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