Sunday, February 28, 2010

Its TOOO Exciting

Watching the Olympic Gold Medal Men's Hockey Game with 2 boys age 9 and 8 - most enthusiastic fans!! They have Canada shirts and Canada flags and have been jumping all over the living room. Now as we go into overtime they are nervously chewing the flag sticks and huddled anxious for what is going to happen in the next 20 minutes .... Lets get ready to cheer on Team Canada!!

and Canada won - boyys running through house screaming in joy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pass It On

I was surprised to see that Marguerite had nominated my blog for an award.

I am happy to accept this award, and follow the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award. Thank you, Marguerite
2. Paste the award on your blog (see above)
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell 7 interesting things about yourself (see below)
5. Nominate 7 or 8 blogs (see below)
6. Post links to those 7 blogs (see below)

Seven Interesting Things About Me

1. I had very fine straight hair until after the birth of my 4th child and then my hair turned wavy. When Patrick was born he had a lot of dark straight hair, he lost that hair and was pretty much bald except for fine straight light brown hair and then he grew a crop of curly blonde hair - all within 4 months of his birth. He looks completely different in his baby pictures at birth, one, two, three and for months of age. At that point my hair started to go wavy too. For years hairdressers permed or curled my hair and now they offer to straighten it.

2. I have a large nose which I never noticed until my friend's boyfriend made a comment in first year university - I am pretty oblivious as to what I look like. Sometimes I will see my reflection and wonder who that person is.

3. I had a pet skunk called Stripe - even though he had 2 stripes and a dalmation named Pepper who had a blue eye and a brown eye and who smiled at people. I guess I liked black and white pets.

4. Most of my baby teeth had to be pulled out by the dentist because they did not fall out on their own.

5. Some people think I am tooo serious and other people think I am tooo funny, everyone thinks I am very brave when I really am not, some people think I spend too much time on work, some people think I spend too much time on my family. Some people think I am conservative, others think I am liberal. I just march to my own beat.

6. My mind never stops, I am always thinking of something - I was very surprised to learn that people can have nothing going on in their heads. I can get so focused that I lose track of time.

7. My bike got clipped by a car when I was about 11 and I was thrown off and bumped my head and lost conciousness for a moment. As a result of the bump I lost my sense of smell. Sometimes I can smell strawberries, coffee and burning toast and not much else.

Blog list

Gee I like everyone's blog on my list so i just picked randomly:

Saucy Sprinkles
Little Acorn
Acorn Collective
Posie Gets Cozy
quilting down the stairs
rose hip

Sunday, February 21, 2010

OMG - We Bought a House!!

From the real estate description: "This is it! Gorgeous totally renovated character home on beautiful tree-lined street with 6 bedrooms, family room and 3 bathrooms in the vibrant Commercial Drive area.

Extensively updated in 2006 with new roof, kitchen, appliances, electrical, plumbing, decks, bathrooms and double-glazed windows. Functional layout emphasizes design and liveability. French doors from large spacious kitchen lead to tiered deck with fabulous view of McSpadden Park. Nicely landscaped yard has a lovely blend of roman pavers and garden areas.

Within a short stroll to great shopping, restaurants, recreation, Trout Lake and public transit. Features include hardwood floors, crown molding, french doors, skylights, stylish tiling, gas range, stainless steel appliances, microwave convection oven and large open kitchen plan. Potential to convert finished space in basement to suite."

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs - 2 small and one good sized but compromised by kneewalls - and a small bathroom. On the main floor there is a good size living room and kitchen and dining area plus a bathroom and a small bedroom. The walk-out basement has 2 small bedrooms, a family room, bathroom and laundry that could be a second kitchen. The lot is 25' by 100' with a small front yard but great backyard that backs onto a lovely park. There are two tiers of deck in the backyard and a good bike storage area. The house is half a block to Commercial Drive which is a great people street with shops and restaurants. The house is 5 blocks from our existing house and closer to the sky train stop.

We have been looking for over a year and have lost in several bidding wars. But this one must have been destined for us. The house went on the market on Wednesday, the open house was on Saturday and offers were accepted Saturday night - so not much time. There were 3 offers and they chose us. They want to close at the end of March with moving date of April 2. I think we were lucky that they were selling in the middle of the Olympics - it seems everyone in Vancouver is taking in the Olympics.

This coming weekend is the closing ceremonies and the final hockey games so we are going to put up our house up for sale the week after - SO NOT MUCH TIME TO SELL OUR HOUSE - am a bit freaked out by having to move so soon too!!! And we still have to sell our lovely house in Toronto. And it needs work done before we can sell it - arggghhh. This could all end badly.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympic Fever

Wow - I loved the opening ceremony and the Aboriginal dancers and art - so beautiful. Valery arrived on Friday night from Calgary and she and Ian caught the last bits of the ceremony on tv. Saturday we watched Olympics on TV and went to Pat's soccer game, while Ian worked at Yaletown Live Site. Sunday was a great day - beautiful weather and we met my friend Karen and went to the Aboriginal Centre, Robson Square and the Bell Cube aftet dropping Ian off at Yaletown. Lucky Patrick won tickets to the medal ceremony and the Nellie Furtado concert so he and Valery went to that. They had great tickets a few rows from the stage. Looks like Pat really had fun!!
Ian and I had dinner at Brix - watched some of the Olympics under candleabra light - and had a gorgeous meal - pretty neat Valentines Day. Ian was off Monday so he and and Valery and Pat toured around and went to the Down town live site while I worked. Early Tuesday morning Valery flew back to Calgary - It was great to have her here for a visit.

Hopefully Valery remembers to send photos as she had the camera. I took one shot which I hope turns out of Valery at the Terry Fox memorial site. Valery has been training for what seems like a long time to be a prosthesist and has just got her first job. They studied one of Terry Fox's artificial limbs at school.