"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose"

Romans 8:28

July 30, 2008

Sometimes you just gotta take a picture.

Dear Diary,

It was early evening in the kitchen of our apartment at Cherokee trail and Isla was ready for her dinner..... The following picture completes the story...

Me see BOTTLE!!!!

No Mummy, I want the BOTTLE!!!

And the story end with Isla on her mat ready to practice rolling over again......

Until next time...

Colin, Heather and Isla...

July 29, 2008

Under re-construction

Dear Diary,

We decided the blog needed an update as we are getting bored with the look of it. Over the next couple of days we'll playing around with different templates etc.

Let us know what you think of it or if you have any other suggestions with regards to appearance etc.

July 23, 2008

Canon City, CO

Dear Diary,

To date Colin, Isla and I have been in the northern, western and now southern areas of Colorado. We were told the eastern part isn't that interesting so we'll take our time going in that direction.
On Saturday we travelled over 100 miles to Canon City, Colorado and we picked the perfect day as it was the hottest day of the year in Denver so it was nice to escape a bit of the heat. Canon City is located in the heart of cowboy town - horses, cacti and desert. It's lovely to visit but I don't think I could live there, just a bit to out of town and desolate.
Our reason for going was to go on the Royal Gorge train ride through the mountains to view an area we would never be able to view otherwise from the car. The trains are all old but it added to the charm. The coach we rode in was an old 1950's CN car that probably travelled across Canada hundreds of times!

It was good fun and we saw stunning landscapes as we travelled through the gorge.

Along the way we rode under the highest suspension bridge in the world. At the end of the day we travelled to the State Park where we could get on the bridge but the young lady was having no part in it and besides, there was no way you could pay me enough to put one toe on that bridge. Maybe someone will come over and go on the bridge with Colin - he would love it (hint, hint!)

One activity I would love to do is go white water rafting through the gorge and thankfully there is no shortage of rafting companies to chose from.

Colin was the photographer for the day, as usual, and had to take his own photo to prove he was there!

Isla was also there and was a good girl. She was fed up by the end of the 2 hour train trip but she slept well in the car and was happy again by the time we got home.

'Til next time,
God bless,
Heather, Colin & Isla

July 17, 2008

Five Months Old!

Dear Diary,

Isla is 21.5 weeks or 5 months old today!!

She's doing well and yes, she really is an easy and happy baby even though the photo's may not indicate so. For some reason I had trouble getting a smile out of her this morning. She sleeps well, eats well and loves her daddy. Colin just walks into the room and she smiles and giggles.

She is still petite for her age (but lately getting taller) and developmentally she is right on schedule. A few weeks ago she kept waking up at 5 a.m. and we thought we would start her on solids but the "experts" say to wait until 6 months so we reconsidered and I'm glad we did because now she sleeps through until 7 or 7:30 a.m. no problem. Her mommy is much happier and rested as well!

We can't wait to see what new things she'll be doing and learning at 6 months old!

Our Houseguest

Dear Diary,

As my sister says, I attract cats wherever I go and sure enough, I've done it again!

Well, he isn't ours but he's ours until end of the month.

Mittens is a very easy going, friendly cat. He's like "Bobby", Pearl and Dixie's friend in Larne and at times, that's what I call him. He loves Colin and has taken to lounging in the recliner. He's a man's cat.

Don't worry Jennifer, he couldn't have settled in better than he has!!!

July 11, 2008

Thunderstorms, 4th of July and Vail

Dear Diary,

It's been a while since the last post but we've just been busy with everyday life. We've enjoyed Canada Day on July 1st, experienced our first July 4th and tomorrow is the N. Irish holiday, July 12th.... Wow, that's alot of national holidays! In the future and once we have our own house we'll have all three flags blowing outside.
Despite being carted around the world, Isla has been doing well. She rolls over constantly and even knows how to roll back on her back but there is the odd time that she can't do it and panics after a few moments on her tummy. She spends alot of time on her play mat and loves "Mr Monkey" who hangs over her head. Poor Mr Monkey gets abused and shoved into her mouth but he doesn't seem to really mind.
Since she has had her portrait taken by Canadian Baby Photographers she has turned into a little Elle McPherson!!! Check this out, she has her supermodel pose all worked out... What a little ham, eh?
The weather in Denver is very warm but thankfully not humid. Yesterday it reached 98 degrees and probably will today as well. As a result of the warm weather there have been a number of thunderstorms - quite often without rain which I find quite strange. Colin was outside on the balcony during one such storm and was taking photos.
The dormer on the apartment across the street from us was actually hit a few moments after this photo was taken. I wasn't home at the time but Colin said the blast was so loud, he ran back in the house and hid in a closet. I hope he checked on Isla in her bed???!!
These are a few more photos from the same storm.
On the July 4th long weekend we decided to go away for the day to Vail. We hadn't made it into the mountains yet so we thought we take the opportunity to go exploring and pan for gold. Well, we didn't actually pan for gold but we did go to Vail and along the way we stopped at a really beautiful town called Georgetown where I'm sure at one time about 100 years ago, they really did pan for gold! It's nestled in a valley and is really pretty (and much cooler than in Denver).
We took our time feeding Isla before moving on to Vail.
Once we got to Vail we realized we missed the July 4th parade but trust me, there were enough flags and red, white and blue t-shirts around town to remind us it was a holiday! Americans sure love the flag, it's crazy.
More spectacular scenery.
This is part of the World Cup of skiing runs down the mountain. I think I could do it, no problem (on a tobaggan, maybe not).
This is our new friend, a Burmese Mountain dog, isn't she pretty? I saw her later on during the day and she had a puppy with her. Too cute?!?!!?? I want one and did I mention she would also colour co-ordinate with our cats.
And here is Injun Joe and his brother, I think....
Anyways, we had a lovely day. A bit of drive to get there and home but we enjoyed the day and we enjoyed soaking in God's awesome creation along the way!
BTW, I had some pictures of Isla's first Canada Day but I think Colin must have downloaded those on his work computer so maybe he can arrange to post them for us (hint, hint).
'Til next time,
Heather, Colin and Isla

July 2, 2008

Photo Session

Dear Diary,

On June 4, Isla was a supermodel in the making. Check these out from Canadian Baby Photographers... Click this link.....

Isn't she adorable, we're so blessed to have her in our lives.

The photos were first going to be part of Colin's birthday present, then they became part of his Fathers Day gift and then they became the day we arrived in Colorado gift... Anyone who knows me, knows I don't like surprises but I just couldn't wait to show him and it was so hard not to tell him.