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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 …