Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas this year here in Santiago.  It was lots of fun having Nana and Papa here to celebrate with us.  Here are some pictures of our fun day:


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  Wherever you are in the world, may you enjoy a wonderful Christmas season filled with love, peace and hope.  And all the best to everyone in 2010!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jamaica bound

We accepted the contract offer from the American International School of Kingston for Der to be the Head of IT.  (Click on the school's name to go to the  website.)  He will also be teaching some IB Diploma classes.  He's very excited about the job, as they are looking at many different progressive tech options.  We're also excited about the opportunity to live in Jamaica.  Their culture and history sound fascinating and we can't wait to learn more about it, as well as explore the island.  Other than the job itself, the main reason we decided to go there is that it's much closer to home.  The flight will be short and it will be cheaper, definitely cheaper than flying from Chile.  Plus, we should be able to convince people to come and visit us there!!  ;)  We'll find out the good places to stay and we'll share the info for anyone who'd like to come visit.

The bad thing is that the country does not allow dogs in and Simba is very much part of our family.  However, we have a couple options for him to stay with people at home.  That means that we know he'll be taken very good care of and we'll be able to see him whenever we go home to visit.  It makes us less sad to not have him come with us. 

Don't worry about security issues - we spoke to several people who live there and they reassured us that the violence is limited to certain areas of the city and that we won't have any need to go to those parts anyways.  We'll be in the northern part of the city, away from the water, and it seems like a good place to live.

Here's a website for those of you who are curious and want to find out more about Jamaica:

By the way, the weather forecast for today is 27C.  :)

Messages from Santa

Kirsi and Aidan both got messages from Santa today and wanted to share them with you.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Club

This month, we read Doreen Orion's Queen of the Road for our book club book.  We got together last Wednesday and Michelle and Linda arranged to talk with the author.  It was a good chat and we enjoyed discussing the book and talking with the author. 

We were her first international book club so she blogged about us and included our picture.  Here's the link:

Saturday, December 12, 2009


This last week has been hectic in our household, to say the least. We've been trying to get our holiday down south organized but have been held up by car rental issues. Hopefully that'll be dealt with today so I can book the apartments or cabins for most of the trip.

Last Thursday, Simba went in for his surgery. This was the third time he had the cancerous growth on his lip removed but this time, the doctor took much more tissue in the hopes that he'll get the cancer removed once and for all. Simba came through it well. He has many more stitches this time and has to wear the plastic cone for 10 days. We go today for his 5-day-post-op appointment and then after 10 days the stitches come out and we'll find out the results of the biopsy. Let's hope that this is it!

Then Thursday night, we were eating dinner and Aidan didn't want to. So we let him out of his chair while we finished eating. He decided he wanted up and wanted to try some veggies. He had a small piece of red pepper and tried carrot for the first time. He had them in his mouth for about 10 minutes when he had a fit. He was screaming and crying and ended up choking on what he was eating. I flipped him upside down and managed to get out most of what he had in his mouth, which was very well chewed at this point. However, there was still a piece that he couldn't get out and kept coughing, trying to get it out. After about 10 minutes of this, we took him to the ER because it was still in there. The doctor that saw him was concerned about his uneven breathing so she had X-rays taken, as well as had an ENT doctor look at the top of his breathing area with a camera that went through his nose. He screamed bloody murder with this procedure and I honestly think that this was what cleared the lodged carrot because his breathing was totally normal after that.

However, the doctor wanted to make sure so she sent us to the main hospital (via ambulance!) to see a pulmonary specialist. You should have seen our little guy strapped to the gurney and looking around. They wheeled him out to the ambulance and loaded him and I sat in the back with him and a nurse. The whole time, he didn't make a peep. He even fell asleep in the ambulance. :) Once we got to the main hospital, the specialist said that is was very important that they be able to check out all possibilities so that no foreign body in his lungs or bronchial tubes. To do that, they needed to do a bronchoscopy, which meant Aidan had to be put under general anesthetic. Der and I both thought they would be going overboard but after consulting with our pediatrician, we decided to go through with it, just to make sure. I went home with Kirsi (yes, she was there with us the whole time!) and Der stayed with Aidan. The procedure was done around 10:30 and was over in half an hour. Thankfully, nothing was in there, though they did see an inflamed area where something had been lodged. Aidan and Der stayed overnight in the hospital.

Friday morning, Kirsi and I went to pick up Aidan and Der. It took over an hour for them to be discharged but by 10:30 we were on our way home. We decided we'd pick up Simba since we were already in the area. His surgery went well and the doctor is hopeful that he got all the cancer. Please keep our buddy in your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday morning was a community garage sale that we'd been preparing for for weeks. It was busy but we got rid of a lot of stuff, especially the little junk. Unfortunately, they didn't want to spend more than $1 on any baby stuff, so I still have plenty of that.

Then Sunday, Kirsi got sick. She had a wicked, wicked stomach flu that hit her hard. It started with vomiting, then diarrhea, back to vomiting and then intense stomach pain and no energy. We let her be all day Sunday and all day Monday but by evening she was in so much pain and couldn't stop vomiting so I took her into the ER. She got an IV drip for the stomach pain (to release the gas and liquids caught in her tummy) and she got an anti-nausea med also. She was such a big girl - I was so proud of her. She kept still the whole time, even when they put the needle in. The nurses were great - one even explained to her how the needle worked and showed her everything (after it was all done, of course).

She only got better Friday. The other days, even though she didn't have diarrhea or was vomiting, she was sore and so weak that all she could do was lie around. She watched more Hi 5 and Franklin than she's watched in months! She's now feeling better, thank goodness!

So, yes, we've been busy. It seems like we've spent all our time and money in the clinics lately. Let's hope that this is it for a very, very long time!

Now, it's time to focus on Christmas. We're going to get baking and doing Christmas activities, though it's sort-of hard with it being summer. We've had 7 years of having hot Christmases but I don't think I'll ever get used to it.

Phuket - Be Nice or Get Out

The second part of our December break was spent in a little AirBnB 3m from the beach in Phuket, Thailand. The majority of our time was spe...