Sunday, October 23, 2005

Autumn Fun

I think I'm warming up to autumn. I think I've always disliked the season because of what it represents: shorter days, colder nights, winter is looming around the corner... But yesterday was what autumn is all about.

After playing in the leaves on our lawn for a while earlier in the day (minus the part where I stepped in some of Jake's leftovers), we went to a local pumpkin patch with some friends of ours. There were tractors, including an old steam tractor, mazes (both for little and big people), animals for petting, wagons for pulling around, and pumpkins gallore!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

ah kids

yesterday was a bit of a breakthrough for kai. he initiated going to the toilet in order to do a #1. before we moved here we were using stickers as incentives to get him to go to go #1 in his little kids toilet. as i was getting something out of the bathroom cupboard yesterday morning kai spotted the box of stickers. he immediately wanted to get onto his toilet and go pee "i want a sticker" were his words and i then helped him take off his diaper and down he sat. nothing happened. it didn't bother him that he didn't get a sticker but last night when becky helped him sit on the big toilet he went and boy was it an event. each time since then he has initiated wanting to go the bathroom, i don't know if he can tell that he has an urge or if it's just the stickers. but it's working. last night he got to wear some elmo underwear before going to bed and it was a big deal. they ended up wet but that's the way it goes sometimes. he gets a real kick out of me jumping up and down whenever he uses his little seat over top of the big toilet.

convincing him that he can do a #2 in the toilet may be a bigger adventure but we aren't in a hurry. we are trying not to make any of this forced or put too much pressure on the little guy. he seems to be happy to tell us when he wants to go and we accept it when we ask and he says "no".

now if we can only convince him to stay in his bed at night.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

First snow?

My mother and I have been curious about whether it will snow first in Barrie or Boulder this year. Well, yesterday it snowed in the Boulder AREA, but it's hard to say whether or not it actually snowed in Boulder. It didn't snow at our house - it actually rained for about 48 hours straight. The Denver airport got about 8", though, and the foothills all around Boulder got a comparable amount. Some places in the Denver region got as much as 18". Not our house, though... we just got rain. So does this count as a first snow? I don't know...

I didn't even realize there was snow in the hills near Boulder until I went out for groceries late in the afternoon yesterday, and yet it still wasn't really obvious as the low-lying cloud/fog made it almost impossible to see. This morning, however, it was very clear that there is snow here - the hills around my lab are covered, although it is melting quickly.

I know I wasn't looking forward to snow, but now that it's here (however briefly) I can definitely appreciate the way that it makes the mountains come alive... In fact, I even had to take pictures of it, just because that's how my mind works:

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Giving thanks

Today is [the Canadian] Thanksgiving. It’s a strange holiday for a Canadian living in the U.S., because although Thanksgiving is also celebrated here, the two nations recognize the holiday on days that are over a month and a half apart, and few Americans realize that today is special for us. I think this is the first day that I have felt really far away from home. It doesn’t help that Keith is over 2000 miles away at a wedding, making it a holiday that no other adult nearby is celebrating. All I could muster the energy to make for dinner for myself and Kai was spaghetti and garlic bread, and the dinner conversation wasn’t that fantastic:

Kai: I want more cheese.

Me: no Kai, you’ve got enough cheese.

Kai: I want more WHITE cheese… I want MORE cheese… I want more CHEESE.

Me: I said no.

Kai: I want JUICE.

Me: (pours juice and hands it over) Here you go.

Kai: I want more cheese. I want MORE CHEEEEEEESE!

Me: I said no.

Kai: I want more cheese!

Me: (silence)

Kai: I want… THAT (indicating plate containing the banana muffin bits that he had rejected minutes earlier, and upon receiving it, dumping it, crumbs and all, into his bowl of spaghetti).

And so on…

confession time: I’ve never cooked a turkey. Maybe this year will be the year I learn how. Of course, Keith and I have often scoffed at the whole turkey thing. Is it really necessary to consume one every Christmas and Thanksgiving? Having three sets of parents, plus good friends who have often graciously invited us to their family functions, we frequently get turkeyed-out during the holidays. And I can’t say I enjoy big turkey dinners any more than a nice roast chicken, fresh bread and a salad. A few years ago Keith and I thought that perhaps we’d make lasagna for Christmas dinner if anyone ever comes to our place. Of course, now they likely won’t come. But I do make a pretty decent lasagna, or so I’ve been told.

Having had a lot of time to myself this weekend, I’ve spent some time thinking about some of the things I’m thankful for: of course, Keith and Kai, and our families. I’m thankful that Keith was able to be there for Mark this weekend as he starts a new part of his life with Chandra. I know it meant a lot for him to go. Even though we are both too far away from Ontario to go home, I’m thankful that all our parents are with one of their children this weekend. I’m thankful for the opportunity that we had to come to Boulder, and that we are able to explore and experience so many new places. I’m thankful for our good health. I’m thankful for old friends who have always been there for us – I miss you. I’m thankful for new friends, including the ones who invited Kai and me over for lunch this afternoon, making my first Thanksgiving away that much more bearable. I’m thankful for mountains, and for new meaning to the song How Great Thou Art. I’m thankful that God has provided for us over the past year, and continues to provide for us, and I'm thankful for the many ways He has taught us to trust in Him since we moved. Above all, I’m thankful that I have hope in my Lord and Saviour, and that I can trust in Him to take care of us.

So happy thanksgiving to all of you, Americans and Canadians alike. May you all have something to be thankful for this year.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

there's no place like home, there's no place like home

while that is true, it is also true that there is no place like a party. and so tomorrow morning i am headed to boston for a party. more like a wedding really. mark abraham's wedding to be exact. i fly into boston and there mark is picking me up and we are heading back to freeport maine for the weekend. becky and kai will be staying in boulder and i'm sure they will have a great weekend together.

i have to remember to take my pocket knife off of my key chain as i pack for the flight, i don't want to end up being searched.......

it will certainly be a different kind of trip for me. the longest i have ever been away from kai is two nights, so four days and three nights should be an experience.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Another gloomy day

Today is another gloomy day, made more gloomy by the contrast to the very nice weather we've had for the last few days. I suppose it's good to have gloomy days so that we can appreciate the nice ones that much more. I've heard the same said for cold, snowy weather, but I think I've seen enough snow in my lifetime to be able to appreciate warm weather even if I never saw snow again.

Even Jake is mopey: