Showing posts from January, 2008

Longevity Game

How long will you live? Play this game and see.

As we all know, there are many lifestyle factors that, along with genetics, help to determine how long we might live. According to the game, I should live to age 91 and Der to age 89. I did pretty well in all areas except exercise - I'm a lazy butt. :( I need to get some motivation to get off my behind and get active. I go in bursts where I do really well for a few days and then I slack off. I know exactly what I need - an exercise partner who will call me up and get me going. When I lived in Saskatoon, I had my friend Sandi who was my motivator. She got me going to the gym and would call me up to go for a walk some evenings. Once I got into the routine of going to the gym in the morning, I always went. When I didn't, it felt terrible. I need another Sandi here!!

It's interesting to hear everyone's exercise stories and how they are motivated. It's taken …

Chilean Christmas


One of the tough aspects of being overseas is that we are often away from friends and family at Christmas time. This year was better because Dana's mother was out visiting from Avonlea and Uncle Trent came to visit from Vancouver.

To share our Christmas, and Kirsi's first 'real' Christmas where she could open gifts, we created a video and posted it online. You can download the video by clicking the Video link is a big file though (19.67 MB) and the video itself is rather small.


One of our pre-Christmas activities was a visit to the Veramonte vineyard west of Santiago in the Casablanca valley. Veramonte is known for it's white wines because the valley's climate is cooler and is subject to many fogs. We were able to get a tour of the vineyard, our second actually as we took Nana and Papa there during their visit to Chile. You can see more of our pictures of the vineyard and our other travels at our flickr site or at our ballofdirt site.


We're expecting

We're very excited to share with everyone the news that we are expecting another child around early July. There's some debate over the exact date because of the size of the baby. The doctors feel that he/she is too big for that age. I'm happy with it being a big baby. Daddy wants a 7 footer he can put in the NBA, or the WNBA. Europe is good too.

Kirsi knows that there is a baby in Mommy's stomach but is not yet old enough to grasp what is going on. Still, she is a very sweet and caring child who I'm sure will make a great older sister.


Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are off to a great start to 2008.

We had a great holiday with Dana's mother joining us and my friend Trent out as well. It's great to have family around for the holidays.

One of our gifts to each other were Kiva gift certificates. Kiva is the micro-finance company that takes your loan and distributes it to people who are trying to build or start a business in a developing nation. When they repay the loan, you can get your money back or loan it to someone else. It's a great idea and an easy way to help people out.

I loaned my $25 to Hadjaga Fattahov (pictured above) in Azerbaijan. He wants to take the $1200 USD and expand his shop and buy more clothes to sell. I choose Hadjaga because he looked so humble yet proud of his store in his picture. It's also good to have his photo because if he doesn't repay me the $25 dollars, I'm flying to Azerbaijan and taking a bat to his knee...just joking.

We also …