Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Welcome back to Thankful Thursday, a feature started by Louise at Talk Nerdy to Me, where we look back over our week to remember our blessings.  It is so good to see the good things that have happened, especially if you have had a particularly tough week. Being grateful is good for the soul. Here are just a few things that I am thankful for...

1. 6S Caroling

Kai's class went caroling at the IGA store near the school this week. They sang for a good two hours for a fundraiser to raise money to put in a playground at the sister school in Gondo, Africa.

We teased him that we'd go a throw tomatoes at him, or that we'd make up signs that say "We love Kai!" or we'd cheer loudly ...basically anything to embarrass the poor boy!  Because we are that kind of family.

2. Nebulizer treatments

Abi has had a rough Autumn, and now she's caught another virus of some sort. This one unfortunately has been effecting her breathing, causing a few asthma attacks. I am so thankful that we have a nebulizer so that we can give the kids breathing treatments and avoid a trip to the hospital. 

3. Work Christmas Party

This year, my husband's work party was held at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. Not at Granville Island. We were sad about that. I loved Granville Island, and I loved that it was an overnight event (without kids!) and that it was more than just a dinner, but I guess the Boss wanted to try something new this year. The thing is that we don't go to casinos, so we weren't too sure what to expect.  In the end, it was a good evening. It always turns out that way, doesn't it? 

We enjoyed the dinner and had fun with co-workers. I was thankful that his Boss has a Christmas dinner where spouses are invited, where everything is covered (food and all drinks), and that we take home a gift as well. He really is treated well at his work this time of year.

4.  Christmas tree and decorations

I am so happy and thankful that we finally were able to get our tree and have it up. It looks more festive in our house!

5. Boy's Afternoon Out

My Husband's Uncle invited all of the boys over for a "guy's day" to his warehouse. There were 14 there, and lots of street hockey, model trains, snacks, and playing with relatives that we don't get to see too often. The boys had fun and came home with their own model toy cars. (Rhys had to take his to school to show to his class the next day!)

6.  Grandparent's Day

The Elementary school had their Grandparent's Day event this week. I am so thankful that both sides live closeby and are involved in my kids' lives and they all took time out of their day to visit Bryn and Rhys in their classrooms. They loved showing off everything they are learning and doing to them, and our parents enjoyed being a part of it too.

7.  Music Program

The Middle School had their Christmas program this week, but with Abi being sick she missed out, so I went with Kai. I was so surprised at how packed the school gymnasium was; some people had to stand at the sides! I don't think I've seen it that busy before! Each grade did their own group of songs; Kai played recorder. I remember playing that in school too. I don't recall ever really liking it. It is a screechy-sounding instrument! But if we were able to play the different types of recorder, that may've been different! Were you aware there is the alto, the sopranino, the soprano (which is the one you always see and hear in schools), and tenor? And these kids all learn to play them, and they sound so beautiful together!

I leave the school after their music events feeling so uplifted and impressed! I love hearing these kids play!

8. Pom Poms

 I have seen them before and it looked easy, but this was my first attempt at making pompoms!  Haha. Yes, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself!

 It kept me occupied while Eden coughed all night long and when I had to listen to the crazy wind storms we had this week.  I have a few ideas on how to use these for a Christmas gift, and I'm excited about that!

9. Healing

I am so thankful that my friend is on the mending side of pneumonia. She had a really really rough time (I won't go into details) so it was so nice to see her again and starting to feel more strength and energy.

10.  An "early" night

Hunny has been working late for two weeks now, sometimes doing 12 hours days, just to get these projects done and shipped out, so we haven't seen him much. He is a Machinist, and his company is always in rush-mode at this time of year, just to get those machines out  to other companies. I am used to it, but it sure gets tiring and we miss him. Having him come home "early" was nice this week. And when I say "early", I mean "on time"! He got to sit and eat dinner with us and it was nice.

That's my week at a glance. What are some things you are thankful for?


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