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2009

Here is our year in review video!

Christmas 2009

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We had a wonderful Christmas this year here in Santiago.  It was lots of fun having Nana and Papa here to celebrate with us.  Here are some pictures of our fun day:












Merry Christmas

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We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  Wherever you are in the world, may you enjoy a wonderful Christmas season filled with love, peace and hope.  And all the best to everyone in 2010!!




Jamaica bound

We accepted the contract offer from the American International School of Kingston for Der to be the Head of IT.  (Click on the school's name to go to the  website.)  He will also be teaching some IB Diploma classes.  He's very excited about the job, as they are looking at many different progressive tech options.  We're also excited about the opportunity to live in Jamaica.  Their culture and history sound fascinating and we can't wait to learn more about it, as well as explore the island.  Other than the job itself, the main reason we decided to go there is that it's much closer to home.  The flight will be short and it will be cheaper, definitely cheaper than flying from Chile.  Plus, we should be able to convince people to come and visit us there!!  ;)  We'll find out the good places to stay and we'll share the info for anyone who'd like to come visit.

The bad thing is that the country does not allow dogs in and Simba is very much part of our family. …

Messages from Santa

Kirsi and Aidan both got messages from Santa today and wanted to share them with you.

Kirsi's:
http://portablenorthpole.tv/watch/55a9591e8d896dc38ce42a8b3803d3e9

Aidan's:
http://portablenorthpole.tv/watch/a9450ed083bb4082c984ae7c2a7da033

Book Club

This month, we read Doreen Orion's Queen of the Road for our book club book.  We got together last Wednesday and Michelle and Linda arranged to talk with the author.  It was a good chat and we enjoyed discussing the book and talking with the author. 

We were her first international book club so she blogged about us and included our picture.  Here's the link:
http://www.doreenorion.com/blog/2009/12/an_international_incident.html

Wow!

This last week has been hectic in our household, to say the least. We've been trying to get our holiday down south organized but have been held up by car rental issues. Hopefully that'll be dealt with today so I can book the apartments or cabins for most of the trip.

Last Thursday, Simba went in for his surgery. This was the third time he had the cancerous growth on his lip removed but this time, the doctor took much more tissue in the hopes that he'll get the cancer removed once and for all. Simba came through it well. He has many more stitches this time and has to wear the plastic cone for 10 days. We go today for his 5-day-post-op appointment and then after 10 days the stitches come out and we'll find out the results of the biopsy. Let's hope that this is it!

Then Thursday night, we were eating dinner and Aidan didn't want to. So we let him out of his chair while we finished eating. He decided he wanted up and wanted to try some veggies. He had a s…

What's new in our part of the world

It's been a long time since we last updated, except for videos (all thanks to Der for sharing those). Sorry about that. It seems like I have less time now to sit down and write something more than a few lines. We're keeping busy, as usual. When you've got kids, when aren't you busy, eh?

Lately, we've been outside enjoying as much of the warm weather as we can. We've had the strangest spring since we've been here. The warm weather only came sporadically all through to November and even this month, we've had some cold, cold days. I still have my winter clothes in my closet because of this goofy weather. Normally, it's perfect weather by now and we're in shorts all the time. By this time last year, we had been in the pool for a month. This year, the water hasn't had time to warm up enough to even consider going in. I hope the summer weather is here to stay now and we can enjoy our backyard even more.

Aidan is now 17 months old and is…

Sunday Morning Movies

Kirsi Dancing



Aidan Talking

Kirsi in Action Handing Out Candy

Kirsi's biggest thrill this Halloween was handing out candy to all of the neighborhood kids. She was so excited. At first, she sat on our doorstep and would run with the big bowl of candy to the gate. Eventually, Kirsi and Mommy sat her chair beside the gate where she would sit with the bowl on her lap.

As a father, to see her sitting there, so tiny compared to the others and brave, was heartwarming.



Tyrone, by the way, is a character from The Backyardigans, Kirsi's favorite show.

Sunday Morning Videos

Just going through some of our videos on a beautiful Sunday morning in Santiago, Chile and we thought we'd post some.

Here's Kirsi's "I'm Dizzy" video.



About 3 weeks ago, Kirsi, Aidan, and Daddy went for a bike ride.



And finally, Aidan showing where his nose and ears and mouth are! :)

Happy Halloween

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Halloween is a very popular event now in Santiago but we're told that 5 years ago, no one celebrated it at all.

We started our day off by bringing out the sprinkler and letting the kids and Simba run through it.  Kirsi loves that kind of activity but not nearly as much as Simba does.  It was all new for Aidan and he was fine watching.  A couple of times he ventured in and was fine as long as the water hit his legs.  When the sprinkler moved up and hit him in the back, he would squinch up his face and clench his body up and move out as fast as he could.


After the kids went down for their nap, Dana and I went to work on getting food ready for a Nido Halloween party where we met with other Nido staff and their families for supper and different activities such as a kiddie parade, cup cake decorating, and a pinata.  We dressed up as Fred Flintstone, Wilma Flintstone, Pebbles Flinstone, and Bam Bam Rubble.





For Kirsi, the most exciting part of her day was sitting by the gate and handing ou…

Happy Birthday to me!

Today, I'm 34.  Wow!  For some reason, that number seems really big.  Much bigger than 33.  I'm not feeling old yet but 34 is starting to get there.  :)  It's been a great day.  Yesterday, I went for a manicure/pedicure that my friend, Monica, got for me.  It was great to get pampered and now I have pretty nails.  Love it!  Then I went out for dinner with a few friends, which was great.  Good food and great company.  Not only did they treat me to dinner but they also got me gifts - thank you so much!  Just going out for dinner with them was enough. 

This morning, I woke up to two wonderful cards from Kirsi and Aidan.  Der had put together a few pictures of them and me over the year into a birthday card - it was so sweet!  Then I had birthday presents waiting for me in my Inbox.  Der got me a gift certificate to Kiva so I could help out someone else start up or improve their small business.  Today, I chose to help a group of ladies from Bolivia who want to help their famili…

Playgroup

Last night, we hosted playgroup for Kirsi's age group.  The kids had a ton of fun playing together - they played with the kitchen, the tool set, the ball house and then headed outside to run around together.  Every time they get together, they get better and better at playing together.  There was Kirsi and Caroline (the only big girls) and Zane, Santi and Tymon (and Aidan).  It was great to see them together having so much fun.  Like usual, Kirsi hardly ate anything for supper, maybe four bites of a bun.  But Aidan ate FOUR hot dog weiners, yes, four!  I couldn't believe how he kept wanting more and more!!!  He loves chorizos (a type of spiced sausage) but he can't eat them because he gets an awful tummy ache a few hours after chowing down.  So, I thought the plain weiners would be better.  Well, he woke up off and on from 7:30 till 1:00.  Twice, he drank almost an entire sippy cup of water - gotta love all the salt in those darn weiners - but the rest of the time, he just…

First Thunderstorm

Yesterday, around 3:15 in the afternoon, it started thundering.  It was strange, really, since we haven't experienced thunderstorms since Sri Lanka.  By 4:30, when Der and I were finished tutoring, it was starting to rain.  By the time we got home, it was pouring rain, hailing, thundering and lightning!  It was awesome!  The air smelled so clean and fresh and it was great to listen to it coming down.  It was the first time our kids got to see lightning and hear thunder too.  Kirsi said she was scared but she didn't act it; I wonder if she was pretending to be like Franklin in the book we have about thunderstorms.  :)   We took Pascuala to her big bus stop so she wouldn't have to wait in the rain and the streets were a mess.  The drains were full and the water was shooting up through the manholes.  The streets were flooded so there were places we had to go super slowly so we wouldn't get the sparkplugs wet.  Yesterday was the first time in a while that I didn't mind…

On the mend

After Kirsi and Der got sick, we thought we had this flu beat.  But on Friday, Aidan got the worst case of the flu of all of us.  He started vomiting at 4:00 in the morning and was still throwing up at 10:30, so I took him to the ER.  They gave him some anti-nausea medicine and then some Pedialyte.  We had to stay in for over an hour for observation, to make sure he had stopped vomiting.  He hasn't thrown up since but now he's got diarrhea.  Poor little boy!  He's getting better finally.  Then on Saturday night, I got it bad too.  Today, I'm fine, thank goodness.  Der, though, is still feeling rough.  He's on round 2 of this flu so hopefully he can kick it soon.

The Sick Fairy

has hit our house.  According to Der, "our house is a vomitorium."  Nice.  Kirsi woke up at 1:00 and threw up all over the place.  It was the first time she'd thrown up and she was freaked out by it.  We got her in the shower while we cleaned up everything - sheets, blankets, pillows, carpets, PJs.  Der got her down again and it happened again.  Kirsi said, "I don't like this.  I don't want it to happen again!"  Poor thing.  We're just waiting to see if Aidan gets it or not.  Lovely.

Has spring really sprung?

After another cold, rainy weekend in Santiago, we have enjoyed one beautiful spring day. Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous and it looks like today will be too. Is it too hopeful to think that spring might finally be here? I've got the weather forecast up for Santiago and it looks like one cloudy day is in store for the next week. That I can handle, but I'm not holding my breath. Usually by this time, the weather is perfect and we enjoy lots of time outside. Yesterday, the kids spent an hour at the park with Pascuala while Der and I were at work (I'm still tutoring). Today, the plan is to get out for a walk and some playground time also. Plus, Kirsi has her horse-riding lessons today. Let's hope that this is spring for good now and we can get the sand toys, hats and sunscreen out for a few months!

Uruguay

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The Kitch family and Grandma JoAnne spent our Dieciocho holiday in Uruguay and had a great time.  We spent a couple of days Montevideo, which has a very nice casual pace for a capital city.  The people are friendly and at least 75% of them walk around with a mate cup and thermos of hot water in their hands.

We arrived late Saturday and spent Sunday walking around the city.  Things were kind of slow but we got in a huge street market that spanned over 7 city blocks.  We also went to an agricultural exhibition that had over 90,000 people attend.  It was packed and very much like any ag-exhibit back home.  We also spent some time walking around the plazas.
Then it was off to Colonia del Sacremento, an old Portuguese smuggling town that is still well preserved.  The weather was great and we enjoyed a lot of walks along old cobblestone streets.  The town was originally built in 1680 and is full of character and good restaurants.  The kids also got some time in throwing stones into the Rio …

Trip to Uruguay

Hola!

We've been slowly working on a blog about our trip to Montevideo and it's almost ready.  In the meantime, I thought I would post some videos of the trip.  Uruguay is a beautiful country.
Montevideo



Driving to Colonia & Colonia del Sacramento

Kirsi didn't realize she was being videotaped here. She's become quite a little model in front of the camera and loves to pose!



Driving to Punta del Este & Punta del Este






Haircut day

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Today was haircut day in our household. Gramma did her hair first and then started with Aidan, then Kirsi and then Mommy. We love Aidan's little hippie hairdo and all his little curls but it's getting hard to control it. He gets wicked bedhead and then it takes a lot of work to get it under control. Kirsi was next. Her hair was getting quite long so I asked Mom to take a good chunk off. She looks so sweet now and her hair looks super healthy.

OK, there is a whole new format to this and I have to figure out how to move pictures and text.  I hate changes that aren't obvious!

Kirsi and Aidan At The Olympics

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Kirsi and Aidan Dancing

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Our little slugger and dance machine!

Since we've been back in Santiago, we've been busy socializing. We had to see everyone that we hadn't seen in a few weeks so it seemed like we were out every morning visiting or running errands. But it's been great to see everyone again. We've also started getting back into a routine again - tutoring and scrapbooking for me, horse lessons for Kirsi and playing all together once Daddy gets home.

This morning, the kids were up before the crack of dawn so we've been doing lots of playing in the living room. The kids have cooked all kinds of food for us, they've done some dancing and Kirsi played some baseball. Der tossed the balls to her and she hit them. She did a great job - it was awesome how many she hit!

Aidan has a great new dance move. He makes a fist, puts his elbow on his hip and bounces up and down. It's hilarious!





Kirsi and Aidan in Avonlea

Here's a short Animoto video of Kirsi and Aidan in Avonlea!

Here's a couple of short videos of Aidan walking at Grandma's house in Avonlea.



Getting back into the swing of things

We've been back in Santiago for over a week now, and we're getting settled into a bit of a routine. We've been busy every morning, visiting different people that we hadn't seen in a couple months. We went to the playground with Abby, Lily and Julie, went to play with Stephen and Margaret and met a new friend who lives across the street from us. We also visited Elizabeth and Sy and their new baby, Cairo. We had one stay-in day because it was pouring.
This week has been rainy, rainy, rainy. Last Saturday, it actually snowed at our place but it didn't last for more than a couple hours. Tuesday and Wednesday were rainy days where it just rained and rained. The great thing after a rain is that the air is clear; it's so nice to breathe clean air! During the clear times, we got outside for walks.
I also started tutoring again this week. I'm working with the same Middle School boy that I worked with last year. It's great tutoring him again. I'm a…

Even more pictures!

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Watch out! Baby with a racket!!

Auntie Kathy and Aidan blowing bubbles:

Uncle Dean showing Kirsi the snow geese. Can you tell Kirsi loves Uncle Dean?

Feeding the geese with Auntie and Uncle. The geese were well behaved that day!

Aidan checking out the Canada goose. I'm sure he's wondering what the heck that thing is!

Aidan is walking! These are the first pictures I got of him walking, though he'd been doing it for a few days.

I had to get a picture of Kirsi and her first Canada goose:

We went to Candycane Park in Regina one day with Auntie Kristin. That was a stroll down memory lane. I hadn't been there since I was a kid and we met up with Clay, Jackie, Kim, Uncle Dennis and Auntie Karen. The kids had lots of fun there!


Checking cows up in the hills. I'd say that was one of Kirsi's favourite things to do on the farm. Aidan loved seeing them too, but he was a little nervous if they got too close to the truck.

We had a Miller BBQ out at the farm on August 2nd. …

More summertime pictures

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Our time in Avonlea was busy. We didn't get in as many visits as we had hoped but we did get to visit with some people. We had a Wagner family reunion at Dunnet on July 25th and that was fun. We went swimming and Kirsi tried mini golfing for the first time. I think she liked writing down the scores more than anything. That's where she met her new friend, Olivia. :)
Then we went in to Regina to the Science Centre and spent the afternoon there with Auntie Kristin and Uncle Dean. It was lots of fun!

Aidan loves the bubbles!

Driving the combine:


Making more bubbles:

Aidan and Gramma (notice he's playing in Gramma's water cup):

Playing mini golf:

Bunny ears:

Kirsi with Auntie and Uncle:


Picture Time!

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I finally got the pictures uploaded to our Photobucket site. I'm just putting a few on the blog but if you'd like to see more, go there. If you need the link, let me know (leave a message or email me) and I'll get it to you.
More Swan River fun!
Aidan found a great spot...

Nana, Papa, Kirsi and Aidan:

Kirsi and Papa picking strawberries:


Nana and Kirsi snuggling:


Avonlea Fun

On Sunday, July 19th, we said good-bye to Der as he had to go back to work this past week.  It was a tearful good-bye but we've been managing.  Since then, we've been kept busy with running into the city for this and that, playing outside, going with Grampa to the farm, going on the boat, and just having summertime fun.  On Saturday, we had a Wagner family reunion.  It was great to see so many cousins, aunts and uncles again!  There were people there that I hadn't seen in years so it was good fun.  Not everyone was able to make it but even so, there were 93 of us there!  Next week, we're having a Miller get-together at the farm so we'll get to see everyone on that side then.
At the reunion, there was a lot of visiting but we also went to the pool for a while and Kirsi tried mini-golf for the first time with Auntie Kristin and Uncle Dean.  She liked golfing but she enjoyed writing down the scores even more.  Her little cousin, Olivia, joined us and the two of them we…

Fun in Swan River

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We had so much fun when we were in Swan River. When we first got there, we were greeted by the whole Kitch crew - Nana and Papa, Brody, Hannah, Auntie Rhonda and Uncle Ian and Carson, Grace, Auntie Rhonda and Uncle Travis! It was great to see everyone again. :) We headed up to the lake as soon as we could so we could enjoy the great outdoors while the weather was nice and while Rhonda and Ian were on holidays. We all bunked in the cabin - thanks to Brody and Hannah for giving up their room for us - and spent the days outside. We went to the lake, played at the beach, went for boat rides and tube rides and had campfires.
On Canada Day, Nana and Papa had a big family BBQ at their place. They invited everyone over for a visit and supper. We got to see lots of people - Auntie Ev and Uncle Ejner, Erin, Rob and Myley, Ryan and Kristen, Aunt Marlene and Ed, Aunt Louanne and Dwight, Orest and Carolyn and Bruce and Barb. (I really hope I didn't miss anyone out!) It was a full house …