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First time to the Dentist

I did this layout of Kirsi's frist trip to the dentist.

More backyard

Here are some more pics from our backyard.  This is one of our green little lizard friends. The kids love to go lizard "hunting" in the backyard.  We see how many lizards we can spot.

A few plants and flowers in our yard:

And the kids playing in the backyard in their jammies.  Kirsi was talking on the phone to Gramma and Aidan was riding his new trike.

Kirsi's First Day

I did a layout today of Kirsi's first day of school.  It had lots of elements to it and it's very colourful but it's cute.  It's a template from Jen Caputo and the papers are from the kit dgk0023 Summer Fun.

Sweet Boy

I did this page in my last lesson of Jessica Sprague's Up & Running class.  The font is Anthology from and the alpha is from KPertiet.  The rest of the materials are care of JS.  :)

Cleaning in the tropics

Strange topic for a blog, I know.  But I just have to share because it's incredible.

Aidan is down for his nap now, so I decided that it was time to get some cleaning done.  I did the dishes, put the laundry out to dry and then decided to clean the bathrooms.  You know, clean the sink, tubs and toilet.  Not very strenuous but you do have to scrub and bend over, right.  Honestly, after about 15 minutes, I had sweat pouring down my forehead, on my arms and even on my legs!  I've never experience this before.  Yes, I used to get really sweaty in Sri Lanka but we had a full-time housekeeper so I never had to do deep cleaning.  Oh my goodness!  What will I be like when I get to mopping the floors?!  We've swept up but I have mopped and scrubbed the floors yet; I can't even imagine what it'll be like.

Anyways, just had to share.  :)

First Day of School

Today's was Kirsi's first day of school.  We have been building this up for a long, long time because Kirsi hasn't been very excited about starting.  We felt, though, it would be the best thing for her socially with the move.  She'll be able to make new friends quickly and she won't feel lonely for her friends back in Chile.

I must say, though, that it has been really hard for me.  I'm not ready for my baby girl to go to school, no matter how good it will be for her (selfish I know).  I'm coping but the tears come very quickly any time I think of it.

Anyways, here are a couple pics from this morning.

Another layout

As you can tell, I'm right into digital scrapbooking now.  I think it's because I don't have my scrapbooking stuff here and I'm dying to be creative.  This layout is of Kirsi as a birthday girl this year.  The template is from Jen Caputo for Jessica's Sprague's class and the patterned papers are Fairy Princess from Scrapping Sisters.

A couple more pages

This weekend I've really been wanting to do some scrapbooking but without our shipment here, that wasn't happening.  So, I decided to buckle down and work on digital scrapbooking.  Here are two more layouts that I did for practice.  This is a 2-page spread of our big road trip that we took to start out 2010.

Another digital layout

I just finished another digital layout, using the materials provided in Jessica Sprague's Up & Running course.  I love how it turned out!

I love how digi scrapbooking looks but I find that if I get stumped in Photoshop, I get discouraged easily and I don't feel like going back to it for a while.  I started this class months ago and I'm still working on it!  But, slowly but surely, I'm coming along.  I can say that I feel more comfortable using PSE but I'm still not where I can say that I could jump into the digi scrapping world.  Maybe me not having my scrapbooking supplies here will help me more in this area.  Let's see.  :)

Only parents understand the excitement of this...

Aidan peed in the potty this morning!!!!!  He has been very slow to warm up to the idea of potty training and just hasn't showed much interest.  Then earlier this week, he decided that he needed to "poop" on the potty every 5 minutes, literally.  So I would have to truck him to the potty and lift him up for him to sit there about three seconds and then say, "All done."  Yeah, not very fun especially because my shoulder has been killing me with all the lifting.  But I don't want to discourage him so I do it.

Today was more of the same but this time he actually produced something!!  You have no idea how excited I am!  Let's hope this is the start to the end of diapers and not just a one-time thing.

The honeymoon is over

When you live overseas, you go through distinct stages of adjustment, the first one being the honeymoon stage.  Everything is great and fabulous and all you see are the exciting, new things that are waiting to be discovered.  Then reality sets in and things are no longer so rosy.  Well, that reality check hit us on Sunday.  
We took a taxi to a different grocery store to get some more food and supplies.  It's a great store - it wasn't that we were disenchanted with.  It's just that everything, I mean everything, is so expensive here.  $5 for six tomatoes, $6 for a bag of frozen peas, corn and carrots, $30 for a sponge-style mop, like this one.

We started wondering how we will ever afford to live here.  Even if I can get some tutoring, it's going to be really tight.  So, that was a preoccupation for the rest of the day.  Thankfully our utilities shouldn't be more than what we paid in Chile (hopefully less) so we're just going to have to wait and see what everythin…

Our house

Our first family photo in Jamaica.  We went with the other new teachers and the administrators from AISK to the beach for the day yesterday.  It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast.  They didn't want to leave!

A beautiful tropical flower in our backyard:

As promised, here are some photos of our house.  This is our living room as you see it from the front door.

This is our dining room.

This is the screened-in porch which is right off the dining room and living room.  This is the best place to be first thing in the morning.  It's cool and peaceful and it has a certain zen while you sit here enjoying the backyard.  You can see that we've brought some of the kids' toys here and they love to play here.  And thank goodness we brought some toys with us because our shipment has been delayed for at least a month.  It is only leaving Chile today rather than arriving in Jamaica 3 days ago.

Here are some photos of the backyard and outside area.  It's a small space but it'…
So, we've been in Kingston for 2 1/2 days now and it's been busy!  Wednesday was a full, full day and the kids had to come along for all of it.  We started out early to apply for everyone's tax number, which actually didn't take too long.  We had to run back to the school to get some more paperwork in order before we headed down to the ministry responsible for issuing work visas.  We spent a long, long time there but once we were in the air conditioned part of it, none of us minded.  There are four other new teachers so we've gotten to know them pretty quickly since we've spent the majority of the last couple days together.  After the visa stuff, we went back to AISK, had some lunch and then a tour of the school.  Some grocery shopping followed that and then it was home and to bed for all of us!

Thursday (yesterday) was a great day for us because it was much more relaxed.  We got to spend the morning at home so we did some tidying up and spent an hour or so at …

Welcome to Jamaica!

We have arrived in Kingston, after a long and wonderful summer in Canada with our families and friends.  :)  We had to travel a very long time for a destination that is closest to Canada than any other we've been in.  We left Regina on Monday morning at 9:25 and had to fly to Calgary.  We met a friend of mine from high school and her two sweet little girls for lunch at the airport and had a good visit before we had to catch our flight to Toronto.  At the food court at the airport, there's a beautiful view of the Rockies and the city.  The flight to Toronto was OK but the kids were getting tired and ready to be settled.  It took us a while to get ourselves sorted before we could head to the hotel.  We got in rather late but we hadn't eaten supper so we treated ourselves to room service pizzas and then crashed at 10:15.  Talk about a long day for the kids!

We were up at 4:45 to be able to catch the shuttle to the airport.  We had the best porter in the world - so happy and f…

Ciao, Ciao Chile!

Wow, four years in Chile are done!  It's so hard to believe that our time here is over.  I have so many fond memories of our time there, the main reason being that our little Aidan was born there.  We made many good friends and we will miss them dearly.  We will also miss Pascuala, our nana, more than words can say.  She became part of our family and it was so very sad when we had to say good-bye.  

We had some fantastic trips during our time in Chile.  Our first South American trip was at the beginning of our second year here and we went to Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls in Argentina, both of which were fabulous trips and definitely worth seeing.  

In our summer holiday that year we did our first big road trip and camping trip to the south of Chile:  Villarrica/Pucon area, Valdivia, Chiloe, Frutillar, Puerto Varas.  It was a great time and we had so much fun and saw so many beautiful things.  I think it was my favourite trip that we did while in Chile.    The next year we went sout…