Sunday, April 11, 2010
( OK THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I AM ATTEMPTING TO WRITE THIS! FIRST ONE GOT LOST!~!!!)
On Friday afternoon my dear daughter gets home from school and with some urgency tells me there is something really important that she has to show me in her agenda from school, She says it is a letter, and I can see she is quite adamant that we give it some attention right away. ( I am and thinking : " O NO, I hope it is not a note from the teacher or anything like that!! ")
Anyway I can see she is rather anxious to find it and when she does she shows me a letter to parents regarding a fundraiser drive they are having at the moment. If a garbage bag of used clothing is collected then they get $1 , when $10 is reached it is enough to buy MOSQUITO nets for the people in Africa who are affected with Malaria . It goes on to say how Malaria kills a large number of people in africa and how it can help to be prevented by getting these mosquito nets.
So DD asks me if we can please send in enough clothes so that we can get a mosquito net for Granny and Grandpa who live in South Africa, and she does not want them to die of Malaria , so can we please get a net for them too! The little thing was so upset, on the verge of tears!
My heart was filled with such mixed emotions, sorrow for her anxiety, but pride in her love and concern for others!
I sat her down and explained to her that her grandparents do not live in a Malaria area and that they are quite safe and would not be needing a net!! She was most relieved! Poor little thing! Sometimes the school sends these letters and really, they do not think about how they will affect these young hearts!
ANYWAY the next day was her birthday party!
This is the cake :
Her friends had such a great time, and I was SOOO thankful that my prayers for good weather were answered!
DD and her little friend at the party!
WE were Able to have the kids sit out on the deck for lunch ..the weather was so nice!
( UNUSUAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR! and we had had 3 days of rain and cold weather before)
AFTER THE GIRLS had decorated their cakes, the boys had their turn!
Then the "helpers" got to have their turn!
It all went really well!
Each kid got a little ceramic cat to put on their cake , and they took the whole thing home with them as their kind of "loot box"....
here is a pic of my nephew and his box , kitty and cake ....
Everyone had a great time, and hubby told me afterwards he had been a bit worried about how I would pull it off, ( 16 kids!!!) and that he was pleased that it went WAY BETTER than he had expected! Sigh.... I had told him I had it all organised! but I guess he worries! lol ..
He was a great help in cleaning up!
and he BBQ'd the sausages for our lunch, together with SIL and BIL's lunch.
Now the sausages I got for the lunch were CHirzo, and they had HALF the amount of fat that the Italian and regular pork sausages had! So I am so glad I READ THE LABELS...so I knew which sausage to have on my hot dog! SIL brought a greek salad which was delicious!
You know as much WORK as it was and as much tidying I had to do , IT REALLY WAS WORTH IT!!!
And it is SUNDAY NIGHT and the house is still tidy! YAY!!!
The funny thing was , once all the kids had gone home and we had whipped the house back in to shape, we sat down and cuddled with the kids , played and relaxed...and it was so nice to BE ABLE TO DO SO....
not to be thinking : " I have to do this or that ... or catch up with laundry or make lunch...etc"
I was able to just put my feet up and enjoy my little family, THAT IN ITSELF was the best treat for me!
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE WEEK AHEAD....
ALL CAKE IS IN THE FREEZER NOW, so no more, no more junk or party mix!!
I HAVE A SWIM MEET TO GO TO ON SAT!!!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Last night we attended a cocktail reception for the launch of a Canada -Ireland feature film called "THE ISLAND" written by Eleanor Mc Grath
Her and her husband Finbarr Mc Carthy are executive producers of the production, This cocktail party was the kick off or launch of PRODUCTION!
So some of the actors gave us a live reading of the screen play, almost like a trailer of sorts!
It was great! and it brought the story to life, I can't wait to see it on film.
They are going to be shooting partly here and party in Ireland and the Director from Ireland was over too! Ruan Magan.
The cocktail party was so lively and jovial, as all Irish get togethers are, the food was ALL IRISH....so it was Irish Soda bread canapes, spotted dick, devilled eggs....and scones! with jam and cream! they looked AMAZING!!!
I eye'd them out thinking how much I would LOVE ONE, but was worried that I would be WEARING them if I attempted to eat one! They had icing sugar dusted on them!
After my freinds husband got stuck in and tried one I saw how much he loved it and decided to have one! O my goodness, they were light as a feather, the jam was phenomomal, and it was soo tasty! I learned later why, the jam was home made and the cream hand whipped!
Anyway I had 3 of them! AND ENJOYED EVERYONE and by the end was dusted in icing sugar myself! lol
ME AND THE SCONES!! YUM!!!
( this pic was sent to me by one of the other photographers) Mayor David Miller and Eleanor McGrath and MEL!!!
The Mayor of Toronto was there and he said a few words giving his support to the project , he said the story was the story of Immigrants , and it was about time Toronto had It's story told!
They presented him with a Rugby Jersey as a thank you for attending!
Mayor David Miller and Finbarr McCarthy.
I was standing next to the mayor having just been introduced by Eleanor and next thing we were posing for a pic, so it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time! lol
Here is a pic just before we went in to the house for the party and this is the dress I chose to wear, which now needs to go to the drycleaners!!! lol
Eleanor Mc Grath and myself!
Hubby and I had SOOOO much fun, we chatted to our old friends, new friends , and made some new friends!
I talked to a John Galway from ASTRAL media! John Galway is his name in the position of President, English-language Program, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund. Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is Canada's largest private funding agency for English and French-language films and scripts, investing approximately $45.8 million since its inception in 1986.
Here is a little BLURB on the upcoming film:
THE ISLAND is a romantic passionate and historical story . The Great Blasket Island is a deserted Land mass 3 miles off the coast of Ireland, the most South westerly point before the Ocean.........only when the last Islander returns home with the ashes od his sister does his journey eveolve into self - discovery and reconciliation with the tragedy that took place so many years before......
THERE now I have you all curious ,and when the film comes to the screen you will be itching to go and watch it!
I am going to support this project in spreading the word, because I , being an immigrant myself, totally relate to the immigrants struggles and journey!
so there you have it ladies!
My night out that was WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!! ( IN A GOOD WAY!!! )
so much fun that I drank lemonade and then water ,and really was far too busy talking to eat too much, I had some stuff, but not like in the past where I would have CAMPED OUT next to the food table!
I loved it ...loved it, and met some really special people!
A night to rememeber!
Friday, April 09, 2010
OK I am up and about but NOT AWAKE....O BOY!!! ( and I even set my alarm earlier!!) lol
This morning I got DD off to school, and before I got dressed I treated myself to a quick facial scrub so that my skin would look all nice and fresh and glowing tonight!
Now I need to make more coffee and WAKE UP!
Firstly it was weigh in day... I weigh in on Fridays and mondays.
I am staying steady at 144 lbs.....my realistic goal is 142lbs,,, O sooo close.....my "wishful " goal is 140 lbs....but will see if that is realistic or not??? I was going to do my upper body st's today , but I had some time before getting in the bath last night , so got them out of the way so that I did not have to do them today!
Anyway as you know yesterday was DD's birthday ...here is a pic of her and her brother , with the gifts he gave her , a duck and a book. ( she loves to read and loves ducks! )
We have made a decision on the dress...wearing the second one!
The VERSACE as nice as it is , would be too "over the top" for the occassion...Have I already said that? My memory is fuzzy!
anyway ....today is clean the house day , then tonight the cocktail party downtown!
So I have a busy day, so I will probably not be on here much!
I have to put the little thank you stickers on the cake boxes for the party tomorrow too, and seriously , LAUNDRY is something I just do not want to deal with today!
I hope to get in a walk or run on the treadmill, but will see how I feel, still fighting to stay healthy and well.....
ALRIGHT , I better GRAB MY WORK OUT CD, and put it on , and get cleaning
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!
and a great weekend!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Well It has been a busy day!
This morning 9 am I was at the Spa and Salon to get my eyebrows done!
Threading is PAINFUL!!! ( I was saying to myself silently : " ouch , ouch ouch !!!")
but at least then there is no redness, whereas waxing pulls the skin and causes redness!
I went straight from there to the pool!
I was EARLY FOR A CHANGE!!! HOW NICE!!! no flying by the seat of my pants!! whoo hoo!
We are working on IM at the moment ( Individual Medley ) so we are doing a lot of mixed sets!
WE clocked up 3050 metres today , I stayed an extra 15 min to get a good cool down!
and to make it up to 3000 metres....so I had a nice easy cool down!
then I FORGOT MY TOWEL at home! ( all that because I was out of the house so early! hehehe! The coffee had not kicked in yet! ) - fortunately a team member had a spare one, even if it was TINY!!! but it did the job!
Then I went off to "winners" to buy pantyhose for tomorrow night
I could not decided whether to get sheer black or skin colour! so I got both...
I am wearing the SECOND DRESS!!!
As much as I like the VERSACE we had a look at the venue and the occasion and the Versace would be too over the top for what this is!
SO HUBBY PROMISED TO TAKE ME TO A REALLY POSH RESTAURANT on a DATE NIGHT so that I could at least wear it once!! how nice is that!!!!
ANYWAY so I am still fighting the germs , but seem ok so far!
Had more chicken soup for dinner and fruit !!
BELIEVE IT has lent me like a spandex underwear thingy, like a seamless all in one thingy to wear under the dress, so that will make it more comfortable to wear! THANKS!!!!
DD has had a good day, first thing we gave her her birthday gifts from us, her brother and Granny and Grandpa this morning before breakfast!
Then I had a balloon tied to her chair with a personalised birthday message on it in marker ready and waiting for her at the breakfast table! ( I had it filled with helium last night at work) She also opened her cards from people overseas....she is keeping the stamps for her stamp collection!
I am at work at the moment! LAST SHIFT OF THE WEEK! O BOY I am sooo happy!
I want to have all WORK behind me so that I can enjoy tomorrow night and also the party on Sat! I have a whole bunch of little girls and guys coming around to decorate their little cakes, hot dogs for lunch....DD's babysitter whom she adores is coming for an hour, ( it is a surprise!! )- she is going to be sooo excited!
Her babysitter is moving to Beijing for 2 years and we have not told the kids yet, they are going to miss her!
and so are we! HER MOM IS IN MY SWIM TEAM and a good friend! I will miss her too!
So tomorrow is going to look like this:
Take kids to school, sneak in a 60 min RUN!!!!! then CLEAN , clean some more, clean , clean some more, spark for10 min, clean some more....lunch( while I spark! lol ) , clean some more....squeeze in my UPPER BODY ST's ....clean some more....
get the kids from school.....get a bag packed up for them to take to SIL's - them leave when DAD comes to take them to SIL's place ...they will be there while we go to the cocktail party ....
then fetch them afterwards....and get to bed!
SAT is going to look like this:
Get up , breakfast , quickly assemble dd's birthday cake
last minute cleaning for party and set out stuff.... pple will start arriving from 11: 15 am - and by 3pm it will all be over! THEN I AM GOING TO RELAX!!!!!!
maybe watch a movie with hubby and get an early night!
HOPEFULLY I CAN STAY HEALTHY!!!
next weekend is the SWIM MEET!!!! YIKES...ok I am not thinking about that yet!
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY EVERYONE!
added at 10:30 pm, I did my upper body st's tonight so one less thing to do tomorrow! yay!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
FIghting to be fit, and I don't mean the FITNESS kind of fit.
Seems everywhere I turn people are sick!
DS has a snotty nose, Dh felt like HE was fighting something in the last few days, niece is sick, colleagues at work are sick!
AND I HAVE A SORE THROAT and am really tired today
taking my VIT D, C and zinc and echeneachea...( however you spell it! )
I had Chicken and rice soup for dinner and FRUIT....
so am doing all I can to FIGHT TO BE FIT!!!
I am going home after work, having a HOT BATH and STRAIGHT TO BED ( with a short stop to wrap DD's birthday gifts for the morning!
Dang! I can't get sick! I have a birthday party to get through as well as a swim meet coming up!
can only do what I can! right!
Tomorrow I go for brow shaping first thing, threading is NO FUN!!!! ...but the result is worth it!
then I have to finish off cleaning and get to the pool ( IF I FEEL OK! )
I am borrowing 10 inch pans to bake my dd's birthday cake for sat, will bake that either first thing FRI or thursday night , if I have time!
I have to decide finally which DRESS to wear tomorrow!
I think the 3 Lb loss will make a difference! who knows maybe I will be able to fit into the Versace??
I will see which one is the best for the occassion as well as for comfort...AND THE WEATHER TOO!
It is REALLY quiet at work tonight , which is a good thing.. I am really tired!
concentration on the LOW!!!!
I have had a nice time browsing blogs though...lol....
Tomorrow is a NEW DAY!!! I hope it is a good one! for ALL!
Get An Email Alert Each Time MELTEAGUE Posts