Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Well, it's final! We are moving home!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Today I did;
NRA: "Hello, could I speak to Mr Wright please?"
me: "I'm sorry, he's not here right now. Can I take a message?"
NRA: "No, that's okay, we'll call at another time."
me: "Can I ask who is calling?"
NRA: "This is the National Rifle Association"
I will admit, hearing that was a little weird.
me: "Oh, is it possible for you to take us off your list? We're Canadian!"
NRA: "Sure, I'm sorry. We did not know of your circumstances. I will take you off the list right now!"
I never realized that being a Canadian was a circumstance!
I will say that the representative I talked to was incredibly polite and did not push anything. I still would not like to meet up with them for some 'fun' though!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
While everyone back home is just beginning their summer (or quarter of the way into it) I have had it with summer. March/April here is like June back home; May is like July/August. There is such a thing as having too much of a good thing!
School gets out here at the end of May, for the first two weeks the children on our street are outside all day long playing. It's great! and takes me back to my childhood (*sniff*) when we would go out for the whole day and play. Well, as I said, that happens for approximately two weeks, then it's too hot for them to go out. Some are then in all day camps and others stay in their house ALL DAY LONG!
This week is our first week without any classes or lessons. At this point I am so tired of summer I am ready to just stay in the house all day and do nothing. Luckily the last couple of days have had a nice breeze (usually there is no breeze what-so-ever at all!). But the 2 weeks before that it was hot and humid and I was just tired of it! I found that I didn't want to do anything, especially make supper at the end of the day. We had one week where we ate out three times!!! For us, that's huge!!!! We might eat out once or twice a month.
So for me, I am done with summer. Although give me the chance and I would love to enjoy some of the summer back home... with the breeze and wearing shorts with long sleeve shirts/jackets (a popular fashion of the eas' coast). All I know is that when the time comes and we are finally back in Canada...I will never complain about the cold again!!
COLD!!! BRING IT ON!!!!
We have to find a lot of indoor activities...here's one!
Geordie loves the Chipmunks although he calls them Simon and the Chipmunks. His reasoning; "Simon is the smartest, and my favourite so he should be in charge!"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sir Paul McCartney played Halifax, in his only Canadian show!
Now my Father is an incredibly huge McCartney fan and believes that they have some kind of bond as they are both left handed (remember my bubble and that bubbles do not fall far from the sky). So, the 'children' (a.k.a. The boys, Callum, and I) got Dad tickets.
Now, as I am in Georgia, I was not there. Of course this killed me. I actually have seen Paul McCartney in concert and he's amazing!!!! If you ever get the chance...GO!! So it wasn't entirely that, what bothered me is the fact that they were all doing something together and I wasn't there. Me?!?! Princess?!?! Seriously?!?! How can they have fun without me?!?!?
Yes, my friends I suffer from F.O.M.O. (Fear Of Missing out).
Unfortunately, I have passed this fear on to Geordie as well.
Since, in my bubble, I get everything I want...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sure he has bad ass tendencies, a stubborn streak so long it might get me home, and negotiates till the cows come.
...but he has pretty much been a go with the flow kind of guy!
Don't get me wrong...he still is that way, for the most part, but a couple of months ago once in a while we get this child who looks like our sweet, adorable easy going, non tantrumy Geordie but instead we get a tantrum throwing, talking back, demanding little bugger!
At first we were worried. I had never heard of this 'stage' we thought it was just us! Luckily, mum's talk, and I found out that everyone was having the same problem!! One friend even referred to it as, "the f-ing fives".
We are dealing with this 'phase' using 'time outs', alone time (which we know is the worst thing for Geordie), and taking things away. We have been doing well (yes, I'm patting ourselves on the back). We are following through (99% of the time, okay maybe 92%..but still!!!), and we are not raising our voices.
...but, how much longer will this last?!?!? how much longer will we last?!?!?
Why did I not know about this stage?!?
Did you go through it? Are you going through it?
What did you do?
If you have yet to get to this stage, be warned!!! This makes me want to go back to those 'attitude threes'!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Summer is coming along meltingly! Seriously! I am melting away...in more ways than one!!! Tomorrow is my 5K. The weather is saying, 'feels like' 38 C. Here's hoping the route is shaded!!
The swimming lessons are going great! Here's Geordie in his first session of swimming lessons.
Front crawl (or what they call free style); back crawl; breast stroke and play time at the end! Would you believe that the water is 12ft deep here. He knows that it's "2 Grandad's" long and thinks absolutely nothing of it! Our philosophy...what's the difference between 12 ft or 4 ft for him?!?!?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
In my post last week; 'Thoughts on moving...by Geordie'.
I wrote how I had told him, 'We are a lot different than most of the people here, we think and believe in different things and we want to be with other people who are more like us.'
I realize now that it was unclear and could be misread. I have also discussed this with Geordie.
My new friend Newt from the Tyler, Texas area pointed this out to me by commenting; So, to answer your question Newt, and to expand on something I should have in the first place;
Yes, 'the people who are more like us' ARE into diversity and appreciate other people with different lifestyles, outlooks, etc... That is why we want to be surrounded by them.
Being here for almost 6 years we have taken in the culture, we now say grill instead of BBQ. We do not regret the move here as it has taught us a lot. Unfortunately, though, where we live there is not much diversity, different lifestyles and/or outlooks. There is also not a lot of appreciation of other cultures. As always, I will point out that this is not everyone. We have surrounded ourselves with some great people, who do think differently than us and yet, we still love them! ;)
So, I probably should have said something like '...we want to be surrounded by diversity and appreciation of many cultures...'
Does that sound right?!?
Have you ever been unclear and/or misread?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last weekend at a glance;
Race wise...good quali, horrible first race, found out something happened to the carbor-thingie, had to work for a while fixing it; race final next am went extremely well.
Here's the view from my chair, where I was more than excited that there was WiFi for me and my little friend. I asked if they needed any help once or twice...well, maybe I just thought of asking; As they say, it's the thought that counts! ;)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
There are his 10 year old twins across the street, and of course N.J. , then there is Tara!
Tara is my brothers girlfriend and Geordie is more than smitten...still...and he has not seen her since Christmas!!
A couple of weeks a go when we were in Wilmington. We were sitting around Callum's parents table having lunch discussing something or other that had absolutely nothing to do with anything Tara!;
Grandpa: "...the little blonde one?"
Geordie: (who was not even involved in this conversation) "who? what? Do you mean Tara?!?"
Grannie: "Who is Tara?"
Me: "Greg's girlfriend."
Geordie: "Who's Greg?!?"
Yes, my friends...complete denial!
A couple of weeks a go Callum and I were discussing a 'project' that Geordie needed to do for his graduation;
Me: "Oh, it says that he can draw us, we don't need to get a picture, we'll just get him to draw one."
Callum: "He can draw us?!?!?!"
Me: "Yes! That's what it says."
Callum: "Okay?!?! But I'm telling you now...it is NOT going to look like us!!"
Callum called home, Geordie answered;
Callum: "Did you call?"
Callum: "Did Mummy call?"
Callum: "Are you sure?"
* this from the guy who you have to ask 'did the phone ring while I was gone? did you answer it?' too!
Geordie: "Daddy, I know that Mummy did not call you!"
Callum: "Is Mummy sitting right beside you?"
Geordie: "No, she's in the shower, that's how I know she didn't call you. Can you call back later please?"
Callum: "Yes" ...feeling a little silly.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Geordie has been talking a lot about moving lately. A couple of weeks a go this conversation came up;
Geordie; "Why are we moving?"
Me; "Mummy & Daddy are not from here and we only came down here to live for a bit and experience a different 'culture' and we feel that our time is more than up."
Geordie; "But I like it here. I don't want to leave my girls! Why do we have to leave?"
Me; "Well, it's kind of hard to explain but this is not exactly a great fit for Mummy and Daddy. We are a lot different than most of the people here, we think and believe in different things and we want to be with other people who are more like us. Plus, we like winter. Remember Mummy & Daddy are Canadian."
Geordie; "But I'm from here."
Me; "Yes, you were born here but you are also a Canadian citizen because Mummy & Daddy are. Just like Daddy is Canadian but he is also Scottish because that's where Grannie & Grandpa are from."
Geordie; "I like it here though."
Me; "I know, but you'll like it there too. You'll make more friends and there will be things to do there that you can't do here...like skiing and snowboarding."
Geordie; "But I don't have ski boots."
Me; "Well, we can get some. There is also skating."
Geordie; "OH YEAH!!!! ...and then I can do hockey.
Okay...I'm ready, let's move to Canada!"
Since then there has been much talk about moving from Geordie, although nothing has come up yet!
Only problem is that he thinks that moving to Canada means moving to Halifax. We have had to explain that, that might not be the case. Just hoping that wherever we end up they have a skate park as good as Halifax's. He talks about it all the time... to the point where he only goes to the one in Carrollton to practise for the one in Hali!
Here was the conversation the other day;
Geordie; "Will we live with Nana & Grandad?"
Me; "Remember Geordie we might not be moving to Halifax. There are other places in Canada too."
Callum; "...but yes, we would probably stay with Nana & Grandad for a bit and then move to our own home."
Geordie; "But I want to live with Nana & Grandad forever!"
Callum; "Yeah?!?!? Well Mummy & Daddy DON'T!"
Monday, June 1, 2009
We have had a crazy couple of weeks. In the last week of school I was trying to get out and do things that I can't do when I have a five year old trailing behind. We had Geordie's graduation (pictures to come soon). Took a trip to Wilmington and spent some great days on the beach! Water at just over 20 degrees Celsius...in May!!! Who can complain!?!?! Does water EVER get that warm back home at any time?!?!?
Then we get back and try and get into a regular routine for summer.
So...this is what we are up too! Mornings consist of yoga for lumpy parts, work (reading, math, geography) then off to swimming lessons. Afternoon some quiet time, then some kind of experiment, finish with an outing (today we are signing up for Karate, we checked out a class last week and Geordie loved it!). Each Wednesday afternoon we have a playdate with friends. Really it's for the mother's sanity but the children think it's totally for them! ;)
This coming weekend we are off to VIRginia for a crazy race weekend. Then back to the 'schedule' next week. We will be spending 10 days at the end of June/beginning of July in Wilmington as Geordie will be going to camp there and Lynn is coming down. We will be able to celebrate Canada Day (July 1st) as well as the 4th of July there. We're looking forward to a laid back beach vacation!! Although, I might drive Lynnie nuts with touristy things. I'm psyched for a ghost walk! Love those things!!
I have also signed up for a 5K. On June 20th at 10am I will be running in Chandler Park in Atlanta. Do you know how hot that's going to be?!?!?!?! I know I can, I know I can...
So, have you made your plans for this summer?