Saturday, August 30, 2008

Beautiful Day

Today is a gorgeous day here in Chile. It's blue skies and warm air all around us. Der and Kirsi went to the beach today; they're playing in the sand along the ocean right now. I would have loved to go but I honestly feel so exhausted that the thought of doing anything but sticking around home makes me even more tired. :( I think it's just an accumulation of broken up sleep for about 2 1/2 months now. So, today I'm just doing the laundry that has piled up all week, playing with Aidan and hopefully getting some sleep. We did some floor play time and just came back from a walk so I'm hoping he's down for a while. The biggest problem with me trying to sleep while he does is that he wakes up so often, usually with a burp or toot, that I don't get much sleep. Let's see how it goes this afternoon. :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

New additions to our family

In the past 2 1/2 months, we've had three additions to our family. Aidan was born June 20th. Then Travis, Der's brother, and Rhonda adopted Grace. And now my brother, Bruce, and Deanna had their little girl, Teagan. What a year for babies for our family! I can't wait to meet Grace and Teagan - it'll be so much fun. And I can't wait for everyone to meet our little Aidan Monkey. He'll be 6 months old the day we get back to Canada.

Speaking of Canada, yesterday, Kirsi was playing while I was nursing Aidan. She announced that she was going to Canada. I said, "Oh really? Have a good trip. I love you." She told me that she loved me too and then off she went. Canada was her play room. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The sweetest thing

Tonight, it was my turn to put Kirsi to sleep. While I was laying next to her pretending to sleep, I heard her making kissing noises. I opened my eyes and saw that she had lined up all her animals and babies the entire width of her bed (except for where I was laying) and was giving them each kisses good night. She kissed her hand and then put her hand on each of their heads. How sweet is that?! Once she had given us all kisses, she looks down and says, "No room for Kirsi!" Too funny!

Of course, that was an hour and a half ago and she wasn't anywhere close to sleeping. I had to take a frustration break after 45 minutes and then Der took over. It is now 9:05 pm and he's not out yet. What are we going to do with our little Kirsi Bear who doesn't want to sleep?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sad

On Saturday afternoon, my mom went back home. After over two months with us, she was part of our everyday life. Kirsi loved going upstairs in the morning to wake Gramma up and help her get ready. At night, Gramma read stories and said prayers with us and Kirsi gave her a big hug and kiss. Mom helped out so much around the house and with the kids - it was fantastic having her here. It seems so strange not to have her around. Kirsi and I took her to the airport. Once she got her luggage checked and her boarding passes, we hung out together. She got one last hurrah at taking Kirsi to the potty at the airport!

Of course it was a tearful goodbye. And this time Kirsi realized that Gramma was going away and she cried and cried. She cried for 20 minutes and kept asking why Gramma was leaving. It was heartbreaking! I can't imagine what it's going to be like at Christmas after we spend six weeks with our families. This is the hardest part about living overseas, being so far away from family and having to say goodbye.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

7 straight hours

7 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. It was glorious! It has been months since I had slept for that long in one stretch. During my pregnancy, I had bouts of insomnia and just sleep issues in general. Plus, Kirsi still isn't sleeping through the night so that means we get woken up either by Kirsi or Aidan or both of them. But last night, I fed Aidan at 8:00 and then put Kirsi to bed. I actually fell asleep with her, probably around 8:30 and slept for four hours with her. I groggily stumbled to our bed at 12:30 and then slept until 3:30 when Aidan woke up to eat. He did awesome, sleeping 7 hours straight too! Then I went back to sleep for another two hours. Boy, does it feel great!! I hadn't had enough sleep for a while so I definitely needed a night like that; another one would sure help but I'll take what I can get. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cirque du Soleil

Amazing, fabulous, awesome, incredible. Just a few words to try to describe our experience at our first Cirque du Soleil performance. Der and I went to see "Alegria" last night and we both were in awe of the performance. When we heard that it was coming to Santiago, we decided to get tickets as our anniversary gift. It was so worth the money we spent!! There are so many stunning parts to a Cirque du Soleil show because even though it is an artistic piece, the athleticism of the performers is incredible. The costumes, the makeup, the music, the props, the choreography and the acts all come together into an amazing show. It's hard to choose which part is a favourite because every single part has so much in it. This is definitely not the last Cirque du Soleil performance we'll go to! I even said to Der that if we lived back home, I'd consider taking a trip to Vegas every time a new Cirque show comes out. That's actually the only reason I'd ever visit Las Vegas as the casino scene just isn't my thing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's raining, it's pouring

Today is a national holiday in Chile (Assumption of Mary) making this a long weekend. We had big plans for Mom's last weekend here - we were going to go to the zoo in Buin, visit Cerro Santa Lucia and the Japanese Gardens there and go to Cerro San Cristobal and see the view of the city. Well, none of that is happening, at least not today. It started out at a balmy 13C and the temperature is dropping steadily as the day goes on. It was raining this morning but now, it's pouring. The drain in the street actually can't keep up so we've got a little flood going on in the street in front of our house. We'll see what tomorrow brings but it's not looking promising.

Happy Birthday to my brother Bruce. He's 27 years old today. :) And Happy Birthday to Deanna, his girlfriend, tomorrow!

We've had a good week this week. With kiddo news, Kirsi is doing awesome in her potty training! She hasn't had an accident in a long time and only wears a "fiper" (her way of saying diaper) at nap and bedtime, and even then, she doesn't want to. She tells us when she has to go and if we're out and about, we make a mad dash to the nearest bathroom. :) Aidan has started cooing this week and it's soooo sweet! I love it!

I found a new student to tutor this year. Asahi is a middle school boy from Japan and I will be working with him in English. I'll also be working with one girl that I worked with last year.

The bad news of the week is that we found out that we'll be losing our nanny, Cecy. She's going to go back to working with the family she was with before she came to us, but full time. It's great news for her because right now she works for us and another family during the day and then she has a night job cleaning a school. It's just really bad timing for me since I start working next week (tutoring) and Mom goes back next week too. I would have liked to start looking for someone while Mom was still here but it didn't happen that way. I have a few possibilities so hopefully one of them will work out well. Our main concern is that Kirsi likes the new nana and feels comfortable with her.

Yesterday, I took my friend, Monica, out for a manicure and pedicure as a thank you for putting on a baby shower for me. It was the perfect way to end a busy week. I hadn't had a pedicure since we left Sri Lanka so it felt great!! What a great pampering experience!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Attempted kidnapping

Derwin got an email from someone at work which warned us that her friend had had a scary incident happen to her. Apparently, she was grocery shopping with her 1-year-old and a guy came up to her in one of the aisles and started asking her about different sauces that go with a certain food. She was talking to him and then noticed that two people, a man and a woman, came up on her right side and blocked her view of her baby in the cart. She was really uneasy about it but the guy kept talking. After a few seconds, and her getting a really bad feeling, she pushed the people out of the way and pushed the cart away. She warned the security people in the store about these three and they asked her to come into the office. On the videotape, she saw that the woman lifting her child out of the cart while the man blocked her view. Thankfully, the mom had the instinct to act when she did.

I guess they followed the couple out of the store. The man was talking on his cell phone and they headed down to the parking lot where a taxi was waiting for them. The other guy came out a few minutes later, also talking on his phone, and got into a car that was parked in the parking lot.

And this happened at the grocery store where I go EVERY week to do my shopping!!!! [:O] I keep thinking about that woman and how scared she must have been and I wonder, "What if that had been me?" Sometimes you get just a little too comfortable and let your guard down; talk about a wake-up call for me!

Time is flying by

It's so hard for me to believe that Mom is going to be in two weeks. It's been so great having her here with us. Seeing her with Kirsi and their relationship blossoming have been fantastic. I love watching them giggle together and sharing those special Gramma-Kirsi moments. And, of course, we appreciate all the work and help she gives us with the kids and around the house. It's going to be so strange not to have her here.

We've had a busy week. On Tuesday, we had to go back to get Aidan's Chilean passport picture retaken. Why? Because his eyes were closed. Well, duh!! Didn't they see that when they took the picture the first time?! I mean, they take the picture right there when you apply for the passport! So, we headed back in to get it redone. Thankfully they let us right in (in front of 20 other people) because it was their mistake. Then I figured we may as well get his pictures done for his Canadian passport. After an hour of trying to get it to work, we stopped. They didn't have the proper lighting to have him lay down on the floor on a white sheet (too many shadows) so we had to try to get it taken with him sitting up. Try doing that with a baby who can't hold his head up. Hard enough as it is but then add in all the requirements for the Canadian government - the baby's eyes have to be open, his head has to be centred and looking directly at the camera, no shadows and the parent's hands cannot be showing in the picture. Aaargh! We tried taking some in his carseat but who knows if they'll be acceptable? If not, we're going to wait until October when Der has a day off and we'll take Aidan's Bumbo seat in to get them done.

Today, we headed to the Tiki Huts in Vitacura. Mom hadn't been there before so I thought it would be good for her to have a look around. There are lots of little shops there - souvenir and handicraft - that are of interest to everyone, not just us gringos. We had to get going by noon but the shops only opened at 11:00. We'll just have to head back another time so Mom can see the rest of it.

Here are some recent pics of our crew. This is me with the kiddos, taken yesterday:


Here's Kirsi, and her librarian look:


Aidan, our little sweetie:


Brother and Sister:

Friday, August 01, 2008

Official Chilean

Aidan is officially Chilean. His birth is registered with the government and he has his national identity number and card. Today we went to pick up his card from the office and applied for his Chilean passport. So, we have a Sri Lankan girl and a Chilean boy - how neat is that?!

Next week, we have to go and deal with getting his Canadian paperwork together, which is a much lengthier process. I remember the process I went through to get Kirsi's passport and citizenship - a major pain in the butt. Even though both Der and I are Canadians, born in Canada, our kids have to apply for citizenship because they were born outside of the country. The passport picture and the citizenship picture are two different sizes so you have to have the exact dimensions or they won't accept the pictures. Plus, you can't have any fingers showing so the parents can't be holding their little babies and their eyes have to be open. You can imagine how easy that is with a one-month-old baby and a light shining in his eyes! Oh, I'm not looking forward to that day next week. At least I know what to expect this time! Once we get the pictures, then I can head to the embassy and get all the paperwork dealt with. Let's hope I do it all right so I don't have to make any extra trips there.

Kirsi is still doing well with her potty training. She doesn't go all the time but she's letting us know more and more often when she has to go. It would be great if she were fully trained by the time Mom leaves; come on, Kirsi, we have three more weeks!! She's also working on going to bed by herself at nap time. She doesn't like it when Mommy doesn't stay with her till she falls asleep but she's learning to deal with it. She's in her room right now playing quietly with her babies and animals but not sleeping. We'll see if she ends up falling asleep or not.

Here are a few recent pictures of our kiddos...

Kirsi in her Germany dress:


Pretty girl:
Aidan Bear:


Look at those strong legs!

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