I haven’t had much time to blog of late – sorry! We’ve been busy, but I wanted to do an update of a few of the things going on – hopefully in small, readable doses.
This is Eve:
She’s our new dishwasher and we named her after the girl robot in Wall-E. We love her! Our old dishwasher was awful, noisy and generally unable to clean anything that hadn’t already been scrubbed. My mom hated the old dishwasher so much that her Christmas present to me was an offer to pay half of the cost of a new one. Eve, on the other hand, is quiet, efficient and has jets. She makes up for my crappy dish washing skills and I am truly grateful she has arrived in our kitchen.
This is Henry:
He turns 3-years-old this week and it amazes me to think that it’s already been three years that I have known him. He’s a smart, spunky little boy who loves to play in dirt, generally with sticks, truck, shovels or all three at a time. He’s still funny and sweet – but he’s getting a little bit stubborn (wonder where he gets that?) and potty training is not going at all well. We celebrated his birthday early with an “indoor turf” party at one of our rec centers. The kids had cake and then were let loose on an AstroTurf area with balls, obstacle course (cushy stuff to climb on and a tunnel) and a parachute to play under. I think everyone had fun – especially the birthday boy. We’ll celebrate his actual birthday with presents and a special dinner at the restaurant of his choice (this will likely be somewhere that serves corn dogs).
Anna’s preschool is on Spring Break soon and with that comes a trip that we have been planning and saving for, for almost a year. We’re going to take the kids on their first airplane ride to my uncle’s home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I have not visited B.C. for more than 6 years and I am excited to go and to show the kids the ocean – which they have never seen. We don’t have much planned, just hiking on our favorite trails and checking out the ocean – and perhaps a trip into Victoria. My parents will be there too, and the kids are looking forward to seeing the sights, flying on a plane and seeing “Nana” and “Grandpa”. Should be fun!
Before our trip to B.C. I have a swim meet that I am competing in – my first! After months of Mike and I switching on and off in our lap swimming course I committed (read: prodded by my swim coach) to swim in the meet. I decided to swim the 100 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke and 50 Backstroke events at the meet and have been training by swimming at least 4-5 times a week. I have a little training workout given to me by my coach that I do when I’m not in class with her, and if I add a few hundred meters more it means I swim 1 mile each time I get in the pool. I’m in the pool so much I smell like chlorine all the time and I’m using twice the usual amount of lotion. But it’s been good for me to have something I truly love, and I feel that I have improved my skills enough in the past few months that I am ready to dive into (punny!) doing my first swim meet. I’m kind of competitive, but also slow (no Olympic swimmer here!), so I need to tamp down my need to win – since I’m not going to! Still it will be a great experience and fun to actually compete in a Masters Swimming competition.
Almost 2 years ago Mike bought me a beautiful new sewing machine – knowing that I used to sew, like to sew, but was not in possession of a working sewing machine. It’s a wonderful, powerful sewing machine that has sat in the basement unused because I am simply frighted by it’s power and all of it’s confusing buttons and levers. But no more will my sewing machine scare me! I hope… I recently took an “Intro to Sewing” class, recommended to me by a friend, where I was able to take my machine and sew a new reversible bag for myself. It’s not the best sewing job in the world – mostly because I was silly and chose slippery fabric to sew with (the very nice teacher told me several times “next time buy cotton”), but still it’s a useful bag, pretty and I learned a lot about my sewing machine.
Here’s the outside of the bag:
And here’s the inside/reverse side:
Here’s hoping that this will mean I can complete some sewing projects in the future!
And that’s all from here folks!