mariah, that sounds wonderful! where did your boat stop?
lori, isn't eileen dailly pool in burnaby ozonated instead of chlorinated? or maybe 50/50 or something like that? it seems like maybe it has some chlorine in it, but it's not too bad -- or can he not stand any chlorine at all? have you been to eileen dailly and tested it, or called to ask?
the lovely ksenia nominated us for a free photography session (and prints) with haley lorraine photography, and that's happening jan 29th, which is very exciting! we want to get them done asap, since the kids just came home, but hoping the scenery cooperates, considering it will be winter -- we're going to go to jericho, which is always lovely, so I'm sure it will turn out nice. unless it's raining, in which case I suspect we reschedule. :) we're all taking turns getting haircuts, since we can't afford more than one per week right now! ;) mark is working a lot of overtime and picking up extra work with his second job as well, to try to dig us out of this hole -- so thankful he has that option, but we really mostly only see him on weekends these days, which sucks. then in february he will be working a mandatory 6 day week, which will be great, financially, but a huge bummer for us family-wise! I'm wanting to take the kids down to chico in feb while he's working such crazy hours, but we're really trying to not spend any money that doesn't NEED to be spent, and gas money to get there is pretty steep, not to mention hotels if we can't just bomb it all in one day... Living rurally with 4 kids and no extra money to go do fun stuff, while parenting solo 6 days a week, though.... I might NEED to go to chico to introduce the kiddos to family and friends. My mom and step-dad are moving out of their home of 30 years as well, and need help getting rid of A LOT of stuff, and my mom has offered me all the proceeds of a yard sale if I can pull one off -- so that would pay for the trip, at least... but I'm not actually sure I could do a yard sale with the littles around and no dad to take them off my hands. I guess the big kids could take them to the park.... hey I know, I'll pay lucy and dexter to take over my mom duties for a few hours each day -- or offer them a percentage of yard sale proceeds -- homelearning math right there!! :) can you tell I am craving conversation with an actual grown-up? ramble ramble ramble.... thanks for listening! :)
we're also looking into co-ops for when we return to Vancouver, but it's so hard to get in, especially to the ones we want to get into, located mostly near yaletown, science world, and granville island -- mark wants a short commute, and I'm looking forward to living in the city, but we won't be able to afford rent down there unless we're in a co-op. I mean, we could "afford" it, but we really want to get out of debt, and it will be a long road.... I'm so glad we're out here in the boonies for now, especially with all the snow, it's lots of fun, but we're all getting a little bored and could use some city life! If this were our very own place, and we would be here a long time, we'd have animals, gardens, cut new trails in the forest, etc, but we're only renting, so it's not truly rural living the way we'd like to do it. We do have a resident bald eagle family, so that's fun. Zach and Rose are scared of birds, and one of the adult eagles swooped low through our yard yesterday, and zach said "eagle, GO!!" like he was waving it away, not like "yeah, go eagle!" the deer that come through are considered safe now, and they just watch them instead of crying and banging on the sliding glass door to scare them away. :)
the kids are settling in really well. I can't believe how assertive they both are in getting what they need/want. I was expecting a lot of things, but "demanding" wasn't one of them! It's a really good sign, though, and I think it's just part of their personalities, and probably helped them so much in the babies home to be the kinds of kids who will LET YOU KNOW what they want! they have no shortage of self-confidence, and are just amazing little people. This assertiveness, though, coupled with the fact that at the babies home they had to fend for themselves a lot of the time, means that they are very grabby, insistent, shrieky, little ones when they see something they want or need. there is also a huge competitive streak in both of them, so even if they aren't hungry, they still want what others are eating, they want what others are playing with, etc... but only within our own family, so that's good, they're easy in public. we're all still figuring out the best ways of dealing with these things, but as our relationships grow, the problems lessen, which is great. we're all very lucky. :)