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December 24th

Our first few days at home have been filled with much eating, visiting and getting ready for Christmas. Mom had done her Christmas baking before we arrived and I alone have put a huge dent into her supply. ;) It’s just so darn good! Can I blame it on being so cold out that I need to keep up my energy? I wish, but since it’s over 20C in the house, I don’t think that excuse is valid. ☺ We went to see Uncle Bob, Auntie Kathy and met Lyn for the first time. It was great to visit with them again.

Kirsi has had a blast with Gramma, Grampa, Uncle Jarrod, Uncle Bruce, Auntie Deanna and Teagan. She loves playing with everyone and telling stories to them. She has surprised us with her transition here; she hasn’t been shy at all. She’s been completely at ease since we got here. Der and I went shopping on Monday and left the kids with Mom, Dad and Bruce. When we were leaving, I told Kirsi that we’d be going to Regina but we wouldn’t be gone too long. She thought for a second and th…

December 22nd again

Aidan decided to wake up at 5:30 Sunday morning so it was an early start to the day! Dad woke up when I got up and he wanted to see Aidan so I brought Aidan upstairs to play. He sat and played for an hour without fussing at all and Dad was amazed. Aidan definitely impressed Grampa! He went back to sleep an hour later and he, Kirsi and I slept until 8:30. Yeah!
We had a day of visiting. Nana and Papa stayed until early afternoon so we got to play and visit with them for the whole morning. Bruce came over with Teagan and they stayed for the day. Kirsi was so excited to meet her cousin and so were the rest of us! Teagan is a sweet little baby – she just looks around all the time and takes everything in. She likes a lot of action and doesn’t like to be sitting around for long. That’s why she loves her Jolly Jumper; she’s so cute when she’s in there because she just gets jumping all over the place! Jarrod came over for a while too so we got to visit with him too. Auntie Kathy …

We had no internet for a while!

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December 22
We made it! We’re back in Canada now and it feels great. It was a long journey but everything went really well. We were on a new plane from Santiago to Toronto and it was as pleasant as is possible on such a long flight. Kirsi was so excited to be on the airplane; even though she’s flown before, she didn’t remember any of those flights so this was a very exciting event for her. She was super in the airport – she just hung out patiently while we waited to board, keeping her backpack nearby. On the plane, she picked out which seat she wanted to sit in and couldn’t wait to get buckled up. She thought it was the coolest thing that she could sit in the seat like a big girl and wear a big-girl seatbelt. Take-off was pretty neat too!

Aidan was a good baby on the flight too. He fell asleep just before take-off at 9:00 and he pretty much slept until an hour before we landed. He woke up often but went back to sleep right away. Kirsi was far too excited to go to sleep. It t…

Are we flying or not?

That is the question we're asking ourselves right now. We're packed and planning everything as if it were a go but we really aren't sure. It all depends on the lovely weather in Toronto. Please, oh please, let the airport be open tomorrow morning and let us fly in!!! If not, we'll have to make alternative plans.

Last Minute Errands

When you're getting ready for a big trip, there are a million last minute things to do. This week has been quite busy already. Kirsi and I have made Christmas cards and Christmas cookies. We decorated them yesterday and then started the deliveries today. We took a platter to Starbucks, along with some from Julie and Asher, to our friends there. They were so happy with them! We also exchanged Christmas gifts with Asher and Liesl and that was fun. Kirsi picked out a baby for Liesl and a mini Magna Doodle thingy for Asher. Kirsi loves the front-end loader she got and Aidan thinks his stacking toy that you can pull around is pretty neat.

Packing is almost done and I've even started packing for our trip to Argentina after we get back. I got the brainwave to pack a set of clothes for both kids for each day in a plastic bag. That way, I don't have to root through the suitcase; I just have to pull out a bag and voila their clothes for the day. I'll also have a cold w…

Our Kids Are Scared of Santa

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Dana took Kirsi and Aidan for Santa pics this morning. Neither liked Santa much as you can tell by this picture! Kirsi calmed down enough with Mommy right there but Aidan is another story.


It's in my hands

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Aidan's passport, that is. Yes, the passport saga is over - finally. The kids and I went in to the embassy today to pick up his passport. I took his Chilean passport, just in case there were any mistakes in the Canadian one so they could issue a visa in it for him. Talk about learning to be prepared; Der and I have learned to think of many possible situations, just in case. Der phoned me about 3 minutes after I had arrived at the embassy to tell me that they had just called him to say that I was picking up Aidan's passport. He said they didn't give him a chance to say anything, so even if he had wanted to object, he wouldn't have been able to!

The next thing to get is his citizenship card. They say it should be ready in 6 - 9 months so we should have it around his first birthday. Then that'll be over and done with. Yahoo!

And here's a pic of the kids just for fun:

Cool Dude

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Aidan was in his stroller one afternoon so I grabbed Kirsi's sunglasses and threw them on! He seems to like them. :)

Feeling better

I'm feeling better, thank goodness. 5 days of resting, being careful and no lifting or bending really helped. That and I'm doing my back exercises again. Yesterday was my best day in a week. I felt pretty good all day, though at night my back started hurting again.

Tuesday I went to a dermatologist about my wart. Yes, that thing is still there. Jackie, I tried the duct tape treatment. It made it smaller but didn't get rid of it. She burned the sucker with liquid nitrogen - yikes! She used a thing that looked like a blow torch and had it as close to my finger as she could get it without touching it. Then she sprayed the chemical on my finger for at least 10 seconds. She also gave me a prescription to put a tincture on it every night, starting that night.

So, I went to the pharmacy and took in the prescription. I thought I'd be able to pick it up in a few hours. Nope, she said it would be ready the following day. So, in the morning? No, in the afternoon. …

Acupuncture again

Yesterday I went to my first session of acupuncture in Chile and it was fantastic!! Benedikte is from Norway but has been here in Chile for 7 years. She's studied at the university here and has worked with a Chinese doctor for 4 1/2 years. She did the needles - and she put in a ton, wherever I had pain, and she stimulated them quite a bit - and something called moxa. They're compressed herbs that she puts in between the needles and then burns them and it helps draw out the inflammation. In my other two acupuncture experiences (Kuwait and Sri Lanka), I'd never had moxa done but the heat felt great. She didn't do the cupping because she worked quite intensively on my back and wanted to see what happened. Cupping is when you heat some glass cups and put them on the painful points, also to draw out inflammation. My next session might be Wednesday and then Friday. I'm so excited!

Ouch!

Yesterday was a normal day until about noon. The kids and I had run some errands, then went over to a friend's place for a visit. When we got home, my back started feeling funny. When I went to put Aidan in his baby hammock (it's lower than a crib), it's like my back gave out on me. I was in excruciating pain all afternoon. Der came home from work early to help me with the kids and to let me rest (isn't he great?!). He took the kids and I laid down for a nap for a couple hours. We were both hoping that my back pain was just from stress and tiredness but it was still as sore as before. So, as much as I didn't want to go, we went to the hospital so we could see what was going on. I honestly couldn't sit without it being extremely painful and walking wasn't very fun either. And forget about holding the kids, it was so painful. We got to the hospital around 5:15 and I didn't leave till three hours later. The doctor checked my reflexes and ruled …

New pictures

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I just got our latest pictures uploaded so enjoy a few!

Kirsi in Uncle Dean's sunglasses and hat:


Kirsi swimming by herself with the noodle:


Aidan at 5 months old:



A few more of Aidan:


The kids and Simba with Auntie Kristin and Uncle Dean:


Kirsi's not so sure about that peacock:


Our kiddos:

A Chilled Out Day

After so much running around for Aidan's passport and just life in general, I've decided that the kids and I need a chilled out, relaxed day at home! Today, we're going to just hang out around home and relax. I'll do some laundry (I'm already two loads in and it's not 9:00 yet), get stuff ready for supper and maybe even do some baking. We'll go for a walk and play out in the backyard. We need a day to just stay at home and not do anything if we don't need to.

The Passport Saga

Dealing with the Canadian Embassy when trying to get a child's passport has not been high on my list of efficient or pleasant experiences. With Kirsi, we had to get her a passport right away so we could get a visa for Chile. So, at 2 weeks old, I took her in to get the picture taken. I showed the photographer the paper with the requirements and he took the picture. Mom, Kirsi and I went to the consulate in Colombo (about a 30-minute drive each way) to submit all the paperwork. When I gave the lady the photos, she told me that they weren't good, that the size was wrong. I was so ticked off because it's not the easiest thing in the world to get a 2-week-old to look straight at a camera and have her eyes open. The woman recommended a photographer relatively close by so we went straight there (after having to look for it because I didn't know where it was!). Since I wasn't planning on having to get her photo taken again, I didn't really think about what she…

Siete La Tazas

Had a few minutes at the end of the day and am a little brain dead with programming report cards so I thought I'd take 2 minutes and throw together another Animoto video. This time, I made one of our trip with Aunty and Uncle to Siete La Tazas.


Fun morning

This morning, Kirsi and I had a Mommy-Daughter outing. I needed to get her some sandals and it's just too hard to do it with Aidan along (he's already impatient with shopping and he's only 5 months old! lol). So, Derwin kept Aidan and Kirsi and I hit the mall. We went to Falabella and tried on a few different pairs of shoes; Kirsi was so great during it all. She tried them on, walked around for me, told me which ones she liked best and sat patiently while I looked for different sizes. Then we found her a pair of jeans because she outgrew her size 2s and her other jeans are too big in the waist for her and another pair of summer pants. She's all ready for the summer now!

Then, we went for coffee together. She bought me a coffee and a carrot muffin for herself with money that Daddy gave her. We sat outside and enjoyed our coffee time. It was a lot of fun - we watched people and giggled together. It felt so great. :)

After that, we went to Easy, a store sort-of …

Good-bye!

The last few days were spent doing little things here and there while Kristin and Dean were here to visit. We took them out for Peruvian food on Thursday night. I love Peruvian food - it's so tasty! I was diasppointed, though, in my aji de gallina - it was very bland and not the usual flavourful dish that it is. Oh well, I know better next time.

Yesterday, we took them to Mall Sport, a big mall filled with sports and recreation stores. You can find tons of stuff there - camping gear, hunting and fishing stuff, biking equipment, boats, horseriding gear and pretty much anything for most sports. Plus, they have a rock climbing wall there as well as a huge race track and some virtual sports areas. This is also the mall where we sometimes take Kirsi to jump on inflatable games - we call it Bouncy World. Kristin and Dean thought it was a pretty cool place and they enjoyed looking around at everything.

Last night we had to say good-bye to Auntie and Uncle. Kirsi was very sad and …

Vina del Mar

Yesterday, Kristin, Dean and I took the kids to the beach. We got off to a relatively early start and got there by 10:00. We drove through Valparaiso to let Dean and Kristin see it but we didn't get to go down to the port. There was something wonky happening in Valpo and Vina yesterday. There was tons of traffic, lots of police out directing traffic and buses filled with people blowing whistles. I wonder if it had to do with the city workers being on strike in Santiago; maybe it's a country-wide protest for higher wages? Anyways, we bypassed the centre of Valpo as I didn't feel like driving through more crazy traffic than I needed to.

We stopped at Vina del Mar and walked along the boardwalk for a while. All the stairs that went down to the beach were pretty steep and we had the stroller so we decided to go to our regular spot in Renaca. Kirsi had so much fun playing in the sand with Auntie and Uncle; they buried Auntie's legs with sand and then buried Kirsi'…

Why is it so hard?

Warning to anyone who might care, this is a post about breastfeeding. Why can I not pump milk? Why is it so hard for me?! This is ridiculous. I have an electric pump and I try to pump at least three times a week. Usually, I only get 1 oz.; if it's a good day, I get 2 oz. That's not enough to feed Aidan. I wish that I could just slap the pump on and get 6 oz. in 10 minutes like most other women. Here I am, 25 minutes later, with 1 oz. pumped. Pumped milk is like liquid gold to me - precious! I've tried a million different things to help and some things do help a bit but I still don't get much. What's up with that?! OK, I'm done complaining now. :)

Santiago Zoo

Dean and Kristin got back from the Elqui Valley on Friday night so we had the weekend with them. Saturday was just a lazy day around the house but yesterday, we had a big day. We first went to church and then from there we went to the Santiago Zoo. It's located on Cerro San Cristobal and it's supposed to be a great place to get good views of the city. We hadn't been there before so it was new for us too. It's a popular place for Chileans to spend a Sunday - there were tons of people there yesterday.

There is a good variety of animals at the zoo, which is neat, but some of the enclosures were terrible. It made you feel bad for the animals. Kirsi was so excited to see all the different animals but wasn't too keen on seeing the monkeys. Ever since the time we were at the Buin Zoo and the baboon jumped on the wire fence and screamed at us, she's been freaked out by the monkeys.

We didn't go up to take the cable car because we had already spent a lot of …

Big boy!

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Yesterday was a big day for our little baby boy. It was his first day eating solid foods.

Aidan's sleeping has been awful for the past month and lately he just doesn't seem satisfied after nursing. It's like he could keep eating and eating. So, we decided to give him some food to see if that helps. It totally goes against what I wanted to do because I feel that a baby's digestive system just isn't ready for solids until they're older. He's one week shy of 5 months and I wanted to wait until the 6 months if possible. He had other plans! I didn't want to give him rice cereal in case he gets constipated from it (he only poops every 2 or 3 days as it is) so we gave him avocado. He did so well with it - he took to the spoon with no problems at all and didn't mind the avocado. He didn't make any of the funny faces that Kirsi made when she first had it either.
What's going on here?


Daddy feeding Aidan avocado:


Kirsi's turn:
Hmm, got anymore…

Summertime

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It's summer now. No doubt about it. It's been piping hot the past three days so the beautiful, mild springtime weather is gone and the hot summer days are here. I'm not complaining, though, because I'm going to enjoy it all I can before heading back to the Great White North at Christmastime!

Kirsi and Der have been going in the pool every day for a few days now. Kirsi LOVES going swimming, even though the water is still pretty cold. Most pools here aren't heated so you rely on the sun to heat the water up. It's time to get out when Kirsi's lips are blue. :) She loves splashing in the water and jumping in with Daddy catching her. The latest thing is throwing her little balls in the water at Daddy and then him throwing them back at her. Simba is super hyper whenever they're in the pool but doesn't like it in the water. Der took him in a couple times and he was scrambling to get out! Then there was the time he fell in to the pool. He doggy …

Visit to Vineyards

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Yesterday (Sunday) we drove to Santa Cruz, about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Santiago, to meet Kristin and Dean and spend the day with them. We arranged two tours of vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, one of Chile's most important wine regions, especially known for their Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

We first went to the Viu Manent vineyard, a well-established, family-run winery. Our guide was Freddy and he was great. We learned a lot about making wine and about the vineyard. It's neat to visit the same vineyard more than once because you learn more about it since every guide adds different information to the tour. The highlight for Kirsi was going through the vineyard by horse and carriage. She thought it was pretty neat. We did the wine tasting and I surprisingly liked the Chardonnay. Normally, I don't like Chardonnay as it's too oaky for me but theirs is quite fruity and I liked it. Dean preferred Viu Manent's specialty, the Malbec, which is pretty strong wine.…

Kermess 2008

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We went to the annual event of Kermess at Nido (Der's school). It's like a mini Folkfest or Mosaic, where all the countries represented by the student body at Nido have a booth and they serve food and drinks from that country. There's also some entertainment but usually it's not so great, this year being no exception. One of the groups was a band of 12-year-old girls and they seranaded us with "Highway to Hell". Der said that the Mexican dancers were really good, though. We enjoyed a great Falafel pita from the Israeli booth (YUMMY!!), a Nutella crepe from France's, a kebab (ie. shawarma) from Turkey's, choripans (a type of sausage) from Argentina's, Chicken Tikka from India's and a southern iced tea from the U.S.'s. We also got some Canadian stuff from the Canada booth - Kirsi got a little Canada flag and a little change purse. Got to support our country!

They also have a games area for kids. They have jumping games, fishing for li…

Cranky boy

The last couple of days, Aidan has been cranky. I don't see any bumps on his gums but that doesn't mean teeth aren't bothering him. He's been fighting sleep so much too, which he has never done. Normally, he cries his tired cry, I give him his soother and his bunny, lay him in his Amby, put on his Sleep Sheep and he goes to sleep. Now, he cries when I give him his soother, he cries when I lay him down and fights sleep like crazy. What's up with that?! Plus, he's been waking up at least three times a night to eat lately and he guzzles the milk. That makes for a very tired Mommy, let me tell you!

Siete Tazas

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In Chile, they celebrate November 1st and since it fell on Saturday this year, we had a long weekend. We decided to leave after school on Thursday and go to the Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, which is southeast of Santiago. It took us over 4 hours to get there, with one kiddie break of about 15 minutes. By the time we got there, it was dark so it was a little tricky to find our cabin in the dark but we did it - just lots of pulling over to shine the headlights onto signs. :)

On Friday, we decided to do the hike to the Siete Tazas (Seven Cups) and the Lion Waterfall. It was an easy walk to the falls and they were gorgeous. We decided to go down to the river to see what it was like. The hike down was a bit tough but it was definitely worth it. The river was beautiful and Kirsi had a great time throwing stones there. Aidan was sleeping for most of the time at the river and I didn't want to climb around on the rocks with him in the Moby wrap so I stayed put and enjoyed th…