Friday, April 30, 2010

Scrapbooking Project

A friend of mine, Amanda, came up with a fun project for us to try.  Here's the link to her blog so you can give it a try if you'd like:  I can't wait to get mine started!

Friday, April 23, 2010

You learn something new every day

Last night, we went out to dinner with some friends that we hadn't gotten together with in a long, long time.  It was great food and great conversation.  Since it was a bit of a celebratory event, with both of us moving on to a different and exciting location, we decided to order a bottle of wine.  It was up to me to order since I "know more" about wine.  I don't know if I know more, but I know what I like and don't like.  I don't like really acid-y wines nor do I like very full-bodied, wood-y wines.  So, generally I stick with Cabarnet Sauvignon wines here in Chile.  I had had a CS from a certain vineyard and it was quite good so I chose that one off the menu, but it was a "step up" (reserva especial) from the one I'd had.  So I thought we were safe.

When they opened the wine and got me to try, I almost spit it out.  It was horrible, awful, blech!  I got my friend to try it, thinking that maybe it was just me and my tastebuds.  She thought it was was too strong and acid-y as well.  So, I told the girl that we couldn't drink it and that we'd like to order something else.  About 10 minutes later, a guy came over and talked to us about the wines.  I told him what we wanted and didn't want in a wine and we went with something else.  It was OK, not great, but at least drinkable. 

When it came to getting our bill, we were charged for both bottles of wine and they brought the wine to us in a little bag to take home.  It seemed strange to me so we asked to see the bill again.  The guy who brought it out was a different person again and he said initially we were charged for only one wine.  I looked at it more carefully and nope, it was both bottles.  So, I got into a discussion with him.  (*Note: it was not an argument, only a discussion, though Derwin was terribly uncomfortable throughout it all.)  He was so busy trying to explain why we were charged for it that he wasn't listening to my questions.  I understand that we made them open the bottle (though they sell it by the cup so I don't understand why they couldn't have kept it to sell by the cup, but whatever, that's a different topic) so it's an expense.  So, after about 10 minutes of back and forth, this is what I found out...

1.  The reason they open the bottle and give you a taste is to see whether the wine is good or bad (meaning if it's "off"), not whether or not you like it.
2.  They will try it also to make sure it's bad.
3.  You go on your merry little way with a bottle of gross wine and a lot of money later.

Lesson learned?  If you don't know the exact wine on the menu, never order a whole bottle.  It's much safer to order by the glass, even though you don't get the same selection, because if you don't like it, it's only the glass you're paying for, not the whole bottle.

So, guess who's making some sangria today?  :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Digi layout

I had taken a big break from learning how to do digital layouts because I ran into a few speedbumps.  Tonight, I decided to go on to the next step and come back to the frustrating re-colouring bit later, when I needed to. 

I'm taking my online class with Jessica Sprague ( and she's a great teacher.  This quick layout is from her class that I'm taking. 

I know that not all layouts will not be this easy but it's such a cool option to be able to put together something so quickly if I want to.  

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today was a big day for Kirsi.  She spent the afternoon with her friend, Agustina, without either Der or me there.  This is a huge deal!  Kirsi is fine with Pascuala, our nana, and with our friend, Marie, and her son, Yoann.  But other than that, she's nervous about staying somewhere, even for a short while, without Mommy or Daddy.

Agustina didn't have school today, so I took the kids over to play.  Kirsi and Agu play so well together - they enjoy each other's company a lot and have a ton of fun together.  We stayed for a couple hours and then I had to leave to take Aidan to a doctor's appointment.  Kirsi was totally fine staying with Agu and Marilu and didn't blink an eye when I left.  I called Marilu after the appointment and she said they were still having a great time so I picked Simba up from his haircut and took Aidan home for a nap.  We picked Kirsi up at 3:45 and she was excited to see us and tell us all about her day.  Marilu said she was missing Mommy around 3:00 or so but then the girls got to watch some TV and curl up on the bed so they were happy.

We're so proud of our big girl.  :)  Just another step on her road to growing up.

And Aidan has some big news.  On Wednesday, I decided to turn his carseat around.  I'm an advocate for extended rear-facing in carseats as it is much, much safer for the child.  But his legs were starting to look so squished and uncomfortable (though he never complained once).  So, I decided it was time and Der was fine with it.  So, he's now forward facing and he likes it.  I think it's a bit strange for him to have his legs hanging down instead of being up but he seems to like seeing out ahead of him and facing the same way as Kirsi.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

SCAL info and a Great Scrapbook Giveaway

I've joined a couple scrapbooking message boards and they're great!  There are wonderful people there who share their ideas, knowledge and opinions on anything scrapbooking.  It's been a great way for me to gain inspiration and try out some new techniques.

A friend there has a blog and has many tips, tricks and ideas on her blog.  If you are interested in learning some new things or participating in a giveaway, click on this link.

Easter and Birthday

Easter was lots of fun for both kids with our indoor and outdoor egg hunt. They had a blast! And they both enjoyed dyeing eggs too. Since Sunday was also Kirsi's birthday, we wanted to do something extra special for her so she wouldn't just think it was all Easter stuff. So, I took her to get her nails done - which she absolutely loved - and to Starbucks for a muffin. Then, we all took her out to dinner to her favourite restaurant here, Applebees.

Monday, Aidan came down with a funny cough but I didn't think anything of it until that night when he was wheezing a bit and coughing all night long. I knew it was a form of croup, so off to the doctor in the morning. She told me that it was the beginnings of it but he didn't have a cough that was bad enough to need the steroid mask (thank goodness). So, we got some stuff to help with the inflammation of the throat and the cough but not much else we could do since it's a virus.

Yesterday was Kirsi's birthday party. We invited all her playgroup friends plus some of her other friends, so it was a total of 12 kids at our place, along with their parents. Definitely a full house but lots of love! After a few kids arrived, Kirsi complained of having a really sore tummy and was almost crying. Since I was busy hosting, I let Derwin take care of her. Inside I was panicking - what if she has a tummy bug? What if she barfs all over the place? That lasted about half an hour; then I went upstairs to be with her. I saw that she was fine playing with her best friend upstairs and wasn't complaining of the sore tummy so I figured out what was wrong. She was so anxious and stressed out about so many kids at her party! She likes playing with friends but she's not a natural when it comes to big group settings so she has to get used to it. We haven't been to playgroup in a few months so she wasn't used to seeing so many kids at once. Once we figured it out and she verbalized it, no more problems. She knew she could go upstairs if she needed a break and we had a great time after that.

For more pics, go to our Photobucket site.  If you need the address, message us.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Simba in Sri Lanka

I've been slowly scanning our old negatives and came across this photo of Simba in our yard in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Here's Simba in our can see the waterfall in our living room behind him.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Easter Weekend

Der has had a long, long Easter weekend and it has been so much fun!  We've been keeping busy and it's great.  :)

Thursday morning we had to get our notice letter to the landlord notarized - a lovely experience as always! - and then delivered it to make sure they have plenty of time to find someone else to live here.  Then we did some organizing around the house for the move.  We've been going for walks after supper for a while now and the kids and Simba really enjoy it.

Friday morning, we did more sorting and organizing.  We made a lot of headway so it shouldn't be too much work to get it sorted closer to the end.  Because the kids were so good while we were working both days, we decided to go for a long walk and make a trip to a different playground.  It was nice to do something out of the ordinary.  Then we went to one of their favourite playgrounds and let them go to it!  After nap, we took a drive around the area and took photos of some of our favourite spots and others just to help us remember our day-to-day life here in Santiago.

Today was a big day...we went to the MIM, the Children's Museum here in Santiago. Kirsi has been so excited to go and couldn't wait to get there!  It's pretty far away, about a 40-minute drive, but it was light traffic today so it wasn't bad at all.  We arrived 10 minutes after opening and there was only one other car in the parking lot - woo hoo!  The kids had a blast there, trying out all the different exhibits and displays.  Aidan was pretty nervous at first but once we did the bubbles, he seemed to relax a bit.  Highlights for the kids:
* piano keyboard that plays the notes when the kids step on the keys
* laying on the bed of nails
* bubbles
* preschool area - computers, car ramp, lacing buttons, dropping a ball in and watching it go down, bugs
* buttons (Aidan)
* the simulated earthquake and tornado
* trampoline
---- Der learned that he could never be an astronaut after doing a chair spin, uber fast.  Poor Der - his head is still spinning!
It was so much fun for all of us!  Kirsi didn't want to leave and actually, neither did we.  :) 

After supper today, we dyed Easter eggs together.  This was Aidan's first time and he thought it was pretty cool.  He liked dropping the eggs in the cups and seeing how they changed colour.  :)  He thought it was pretty funny to try and drink the dye too.  What a kid!  Kirsi LOVES dyeing eggs and wanted to do more than the dozen we had ready.  We used the Princess egg dyeing kit for her so she knows which eggs are hers tomorrow morning.

And then tomorrow morning.  Easter Bunny fun, Mass and then celebrating our baby girl's 4th birthday!  More of that to come.  Happy and Blessed Easter to all!

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...