Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I'm trying to prepare myself for the change in neighbourhood too. Here, it's super quiet and relaxing. Even though there are lots of kids, they play out front in the street and they don't bother us at all. We spend most of our outside time in the backyard. At the new place, the whole development is just more crowded. The houses are closer together, they're 3 stories (as opposed to 2) and everyone seems to park on the street (probably to make the yards bigger) so the streets seem narrow. There are tons of kids in the neighbourhood, which is good, but it'll take some getting used to seeing and hearing them all the time. Simba is going to have to learn to deal with kids running by our yard without barking and going nuts or he'll be spending a lot of time inside!
Today, we're hosting our last Kiddie Yoga session in our "old" house. There will only be a couple of other kids coming but it'll be nice. I had Cecy, our nana, make some vegetable minestrone yesterday and I made cream of broccoli soup this morning so we'll have a soup bar. :) We do it as a potluck - the host makes the main dish and everyone else brings an accompaniment. We do yoga for the first 20 - 30 minutes and then the kids play and moms visit while supper is getting ready. It's a nice way to get the kids together and teach them some yoga at the same time.
Monday, April 28, 2008
It's going to be a hectic week. I have to continue to hound our current landlady to write a letter for us, saying that we've paid all the owed rent and that the utilities are paid up also. I asked for this letter as soon as the contract was signed two weeks ago but I still haven't gotten it. What a pain! Once we get her permission to leave, then we have to head to the notary to get a paper signed from them. It's only with these two letters/forms that the moving company is legally allowed to move us. Then we have to get a handyman in to do some minor repairs before we leave; so far, I've been stood up three times. What's up with that?! Just my luck, I guess!
We decided to go with the packing service that the moving company offered. I have been having some pain/discomfort with my pelvis and ]the doctor told me to take it easy, especially with the move. We figured we'll be doing plenty of work anyways cleaning and unpacking so we'd get someone else to do the packing for us. On Friday, the packers come to pack up everything and then Saturday morning at 8:30, they'll be here to move us to the new place.
We had a quiet weekend as Der was sick with a nasty flu that he still hasn't fully recovered from. Kirsi and I tried to get out as much as we could so he could rest and we wouldn't be exposed as much to the germs. But the weather was off and on all weekend long. It was very cold on Friday but warmed up on Saturday, thank goodness. Yesterday was cold and then warm, all day long. We've definitely gone from purely fall weather to a fall/winter combo. Fall is just too short here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The kids also did a little art project. We squirted some shaving cream on the table and mixed some paint in with it. The kids got to smear the shaving cream all over the table and mix the paint in. Then we added different colours to it. Kirsi ended up with purple and loved doing it. All the moms said that she looked so zen mixing her paint and made such a pretty colour. Her favourite part of the activity was making the hand prints on a piece of paper!
Lillian is Mexican so we also had a pinata and the kids had a good time trying to bat it down. Kirsi seemed so shocked that she was actually allowed to hit something with the bat. :) (The rule for her is that she can play with sticks but no hitting anything.) For lunch, we had delicious tostados - yummy!! Kirsi ate probably 3/4 of one herself, which is surprising because she usually doesn't like to eat things that combine foods. And then we had birthday cake. It was a great morning that everyone enjoyed.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Der and I spent all day yesterday and today getting ready for the big event. The cake decorating took a lot longer than I had hoped. I thought I had found the perfect icing recipe but alas, it got too soft while decorating so I had to put it in the fridge to cool down and start up again many, many times. That's what happened when I used the normal butter icing recipe but it did it too with the buttercream recipe. But in the end, the cake turned out great and I'm really happy with it. We got the meal ready today and Der took over in the kitchen once the guests started arriving. All the food was a hit so that was good. What's not to love? Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Italian Chicken Pasta Casserole, Turkey Chorizos and Garlic Bread. :)
When it came to cake time, Kirsi wasn't too sure about everyone singing "Happy Birthday" to her. She just looked around with a funny look on her face. But she was super happy to be able to finally dig into her cake. Then it was time to open presents. She loved it but had to do it too fast. She likes opening one gift, looking at it and playing with it before moving on to the next one. Unfortunately, by the time gifts were being opened, it was getting late so people had to leave so she was being hurried through the gifts. It was too overwhelming for her but we'll play with everything tomorrow. She got some neat gifts (though we had asked people not to bring anything!): Play Doh, Play Doh tools and books; a spider puppet; pencil crayons; Mr. Potato Head; a puzzle; two purse books; a little embroidered blouse from Ecuador; and money to put towards sponsoring someone on Kiva. All in all it was a great day and our little sweetie had a fun time!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The move-in date is May 3rd. Thankfully, Der has a long weekend then so we'll be able to do a lot of the little things together before the big day. We're going to get a moving company to help us with the move. I've got two companies coming in this week to give us an estimate. Hopefully it won't be too much to have them pack and unpack our things - it will make life much, much easier. Once we get the estimates, then we have to get a letter from our current landlord saying we've left the place in good shape and everything has been paid. Then we head to the police to get a letter saying we can move and then we should be good to go. I will be very relieved once the whole process is over. Then it'll just be getting ready for Baby to come!
We went to the doctor today and all is good. I went for my glucose test on Saturday and the results came back normal - yay! It still looks like Baby will get here the beginning of July.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Kirsi had her first poop on the potty. And she was very pleased with herself. She couldn't stop laughing and did not want to flush it down. When Daddy got home and asked her about it, she started laughing again.
A big day for Kirsi.
Tomorrow is Simba's haircut day, which Kirsi is also very excited about.
There's always something new and exciting when you are two years old!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Simpsons ditched by Venezuelan TV
The Simpsons has been dropped from morning TV in Venezuela after being deemed unsuitable for children - and has been replaced by Baywatch.
The popular US cartoon about the yellow dysfunctional family was branded "inappropriate" and pulled by the country's television authorities.
Caracas TV station Televen has started showing episodes of the beachside show in the same mid-morning slot.
It became famous for its bikini-clad stars, including Pamela Anderson.
The country's TV regulator said the saga of Homer Simpson, wife Marge and their three children flouted regulations that prohibit "messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents".
It said that some unspecified complaints had been received from viewers.
Televen's manager may decide to show The Simpsons, which has been dubbed into Spanish, at another time of day.
The station is showing episodes of Baywatch Hawaii, a later incarnation of the lifeguard rescue show which started in 1989.
The serial, about a group of beach lifeguards, gained notoriety for its attractive male and female cast members coupled with glamorous locations and slow-motion running sequences.
Venezuelan TV is known for filling its schedules with re-runs of old US series and Latin American soap operas.
But the most popular programme is the talk show hosted by the country's president, Hugo Chavez.
In an episode of the weekly programme last year, the Venezuelan leader gave a speech which reportedly lasted eight hours.An abridged version of the show has been broadcast every day since February 2007.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Our house saga continues. We had put an offer in on a house - the pool house for those who know all the details - last Wednesday. The real estate agency taking care of the deal does things differently than most places here - they want the cheque for the damage deposit when you make the offer rather than when you sign the contract. Apparently, though, it's all fine, just a different way of doing things. So, I went in on Friday to give the cheque and sign the offer. It was all depending on whether or not the landlord would put up a high fence around the pool. I explained to them several times that we have small children and that we did not want the house unless a safe gate were put up around the pool, meaning at least 1.5 metres high and with the bars close together. This apparently was not clear enough and I'm still dealing with the agent over this. I got super upset with him on the phone and told him that either he doesn't understand me or just doesn't want to do it!
We're at the point where we're ready to withdraw the offer and go with the other house we were considering (and thankfully it's still available). We're going to meet with the agent and the guy who's going to put up the fence this afternoon and I'm going to explain it one last time. If it is still an argument or if I get any more bad vibes, we're going to retract the offer, get our cheque back and go with the other house. I just don't want to deal with this anymore. I want the house chosen and the contract signed so I can start dealing with the moving process. Plus, I've had it with the stress. Being pregnant is emotional enough but dealing with all this while pregnant is not fun!!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
This feces sounding title actually stands for Southern Cone Athletic Conference. It was supposed to include teams just in the south of South America but now includes teams from international schools in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. These tournaments are great!
The students are always good and although there were an unusual number of hurt players the tournament was really well run and a success.
I'm assistant coach for the girls and we finished 2nd in the round robin and 2nd overall losing to Lincoln (Argentina) for the 2nd straight year. I still think that we are a better basketball team but could not beat their 2-3 zone defense and lost by 4. It was disappointing for players and coaches alike.
This is Kirsi with our very own Nido Eagle cheering on the teams. Kirsi wasn't too sure about the eagle but went along with it. She loved watching the games and made a very nice card for all of the girls on the team wishing them luck. She's now a big basketball fan, which makes Daddy happy.
I loved coaching the team. They're all great girls and very coachable. We still have League Catolica (Santiago city league) to play so there's lots of basketball left.
Overall, it was still a great experience for us all. Now it's back to teaching next week...I think I forgot how!
Friday, April 04, 2008
This weekend is the big basketball tournament and Der's school is hosting it. There are international schools from 5 countries participating in the tournament: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay. Der is helping coach the girls' basketball team this year and he's really enjoying it. The girls are really sweet and they're very coachable. They make adjustments and try to take everything the coaches tell them into the games. So far, they've won both their games but their two toughest ones will be today. Kirsi and I will be going to watch at least one of the games.
The house hunt is still on. We narrowed it down to two houses and finally decided to make an offer on the newer house that is close to where we are now. I've emailed the real estate agent but haven't heard back from him yet. I guess I'll have to call him today and see where we're at. We made the offer on the condition that the landlord put up a 2 metre high fence around the pool in the backyard. We need to know whether or not they accept the offer today because if they don't, we'll need to let the other house know. The process has been exhausting and I have had my moments of emotional meltdown. I just want it to be over so I can move on to arranging the move.
Last night I hosted Book Club. This time we read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". It is definitely not an uplifting read but I found it a very interesting story. I really like being in a book club; you get such different perspectives and I always gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the book, even if I didn't like it. I've been doing this for three years now and I definitely want to continue with it.
Yesterday, Kirsi and I went for coffee with our friends Carey (and her two kids) and Caty and we met Caty's mother-in-law, Tina, who is from Regina. So funny, eh? Caty is pregnant with twins and she's at 37 weeks now. She has made it longer than a lot of people who carry twins and she's very ready for them to come. I told her they might come on Kirsi's birthday!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
For those of you that are avid readers, there are a couple sites that you can join where you can keep track of what you've read, rate the books and then share with your friends. There's Goodreads.com, which is linked to Facebook, and Shelfari.com. I am a member in both but I use Shelfari more often; for some reason, I like it better. It's great to look back on what you've read and what you thought of the book and see what your friends are reading.
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