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"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



September 25, 2009

A short, child-free break - bliss!

I write this the evening of our return home. Colin and I left Isla overnight with Mom and Dad and we escaped to "cottage country" for a very short break but as short as it was, I was happy to see my baby again. This was the first time I have left her and the first time she spent the night away from us. She did very well with Mom and Dad and they were able to keep up with 19 month old. Thank you!


We didn't go to far, just to Gravenhurst and we stayed in the brand-new Residence Inn Marriott. It was lovely and we had a small kitchenette in our room but trust me, we didn't cook, we needed a break!


Our afternoon drive took us to Gull Lake just outside Gravenhurst. The weather was great both days, sunny and dry but today (Friday) was a bit cool especially on the boat.


This weekend there is an antique boat show and boaters from all over N. America have taken over the hotel and the marina.
Our "cruise ship" - The Segwun - is 120 years old so appropriately antique! We had a 2.5 hour cruise around Lake Muskoka on her but it was cold, brrr.... A good breeze was blowing and to keep warm we made sure to stand in the sun when possible.
I think this is a political sign - Canadian fresh water, America keep your hands away!



Right now we are living in the basement at Mom and Dads but this is a little project we have going on along the shore of Lake Muskoka...


... our new cottage....


.... and my new deck chairs..... I wish but I can dream, one day!
A lovely short break but a good balance between missing Isla and recharging the batteries....
By the way, she was at the doctor this week and got a clean bill of health. Her stats are:
22 lbs. 13.5 ozs.;
33.5 inches tall; and
50 cm head circumference....
It's such a relief and a blessing to know that she is doing well!



'Til next time,

September 22, 2009

Getting Re-aquainted

One of the reasons I really wanted to come back to Canada was to spend more time with family. Most of our Canadian family is from my side but for those who don't know, Colin's aunt and uncle, Lynn and Jim, live in Ontario and we paid them a visit last weekend ...

Isla slept well and for a very long time Saturday afternoon. After Colin woke her up she needed a few cuddles from Aunt Lynn. What a baby! I think the last time I got to hold her like that she was six months old -not fair! ;-)

By now Isla thinks everyone has cats and she got to meet Blondie and Minnie (below) who turned out to be very brave. Most cats would have disappeared when they saw her but not these two, they are far too curious. I think I may look into the "cat condo" for our furry lovelies because Minnie sure looks cozy in there....


Thank you Aunt Lynn and Uncle Jim for a great visit and some good craic. We hope to see you again soon.

'Til next time,

September 21, 2009

BUBBLES!

Unlike today, yesterday afternoon was sunny and warm so what better way to enjoy it outside than to blow bubbles!


She had a bit of help blowing them but no problem popping them!


She also learned how to climb a tree, sort of.... Once I put her in she pretty much held herself up and thankfully didn't fall out!

Do you like her new dress?


'Til next time,

September 19, 2009

Please demolish my school..

In Dublin there is a radio station, and they have a wee girl on the show who calls people up for prank calls. In this episode she calls a demolition company in Newry and asks them to demolish her school.. Rather funny I think.. I actually remember listening to this station when in dublin..

Enjoy...







'Til next time,

Colin..

September 17, 2009

19 Months Old

Guess who is 19 months old today?


Isla!
If you didn't guess that, you've never read our blog.... Yup, only 5 months until her 2nd birthday, it's crazy even to think about it but I already starting planning it my head.
What has Isla been up to lately:
She wears 18 month old clothes even if most of them are still big on her.
Size 5 shoes
She LOVES playing outside in the grass and isn't afraid to get dirty.
She has been eating really well with a fork and spoon - so well in fact that Oma has commented on what a good and clean eater she is and would be acceptable to bring her to a restaurant!
She can say her name.
She can finally climb onto our bed.
We are taking her to the dr. next week for a well visit so I will post "official" weight, height and head circumference after the appointment.
As for other milestones:
Most toddlers should be able to . . .
Feed self with spoon and fork - done
Run well - done
Brush teeth with help - done
String more words together to make phrases or puts together pairs of words - she's done this once

Some toddlers will probably be able to . . .
Know when something is wrong - uhoh!
Say 20 to 50 words - picking more vocab everyday
Form recognizable sentences (two or three words) - work in progress
Take off clothes - some, yes

Some toddlers could possibly be able to . . .
May show signs of bladder control - I wish!
Brush teeth and washes hands without help - done
Draw better circles and straighter lines - not even close to a circle (where do they get this stuff?)
Name several part of his or her body - she knows just about every part.
We are very pleased with her progress and she has impressed her grandparents too! She's in the phase of "parroting" so everything we do and say she has to try. It's especially cute to see her try to dust or wipe the furniture. If only she would wash and dry dishes?


It's been nice to see her meeting family. She was a bit shy when we first arrived but now Opa and Oma are getting hugs and kisses too. She would do the same to Tasha but I think I'll keep her away from the dog for a bit longer!


'Til next time,

Happy Birthday (great) Oma!

What a blessing it was yesterday for my Oma, Isla's great-Oma to be able to celebrate her 96th birthday!


She came over to Mom and Dad's first for party #1 including cake, of course then it was off to Aunt Aaf's for another party. Before she left we took a few photos to commemorate the occasion.



Four generations although the youngest generation doesn't look too impressed, does she?



... and lastly, Mom with her Mom.

I'm so glad Isla gets to meet her great-oma again - another reason I really wanted to come home!


'Til next time,

September 15, 2009

Roadtrip Musings...

Well, where do I start?


It's been a long month to start with. One problem after another and in the process I lost the motivation to blog but things are better again or at least are in the process of getting better. Moving so many times in a short period of time is emotionally, physically and financially exhausting. Trust me!


I guess the best place to start is several weeks ago. It was only after about three date changes did we arrange the moving date and we left on Sept. 9 at 5 a.m.
We were loaded down to say the least....


.. the top row of photos was taken in the apartment when we were packing up. That stuff left with the movers.
... the bottom row is a photo of our van and it went with us, obviously. It was squishy in there because we also had the cats but we made it to mom and dad's in 2.5 days - 1468 miles completed!

Nebraska and Iowa are big states even though you may not believe looking at the map but just try driving through them. They go on and on and on... Colin laughs at me because I really LOVE Iowa. It's pretty and quaint and if we could live there, I would.





The top photo was taken in Nebraska at a rest area along the highway. Although Nebraska is close to Colorado it was already humid and the bugs, there were loads of them.

The bottom row photo is Colin and Isla playing in the Iowa corn fields. Isla kept making a run for them but if she went in, the only way to ever locate her again would be by air so we kept her close to us.

The second night we spent in Michigan and by 11:00 a.m. we were in Canada. YAY!

We made it through Customs and Immigration without too much hassle. Colin picked up his visitor visa and after a bit of paperwork, we were free to go so off we went to Tim Hortons. I know I am not the only Canadian to make that a first stop!

We arrived at mom and dad's early in the afternoon and Isla got to stretch her legs. She was soooo good all the way over but she had enough. Mom and Dad have the perfect backyard for her and she's been making the best of it ever since.

She has been one spoiled little girl but after nearly a year without family she deserves a little attention.

Since we've arrived in Ontario Colin has taken some time off and we've been getting a few things done but there is still much to do over the coming months. At least we won't get bored, right?

Anyways, I suppose this should be a big long post to cover the last month or so but honestly, I'm tired and I'm easing my way back into blogging. There are things coming up which I will post about in the coming weeks but for now, this should do.



'Til next time,

September 11, 2009

Our Home and Native land....

We've arrived!


Crossed the border into Canada at 11 o'clock this morning, hit the first Tim Horton's at 12 noon and arrived at mom and dad's at 2:15 p.m.


All is well but we're all very tired. Will post about our journey with photos sometime soon...


'Til next time,

September 1, 2009

I'll be back...

... but so much has to be done first, like this......
and when it does finally get arranged, it gets changed five minutes later...



... so then I do this...

..one day there will be light at the end of the tunnel, like when we cross the Canadian border....


'Til next time,