Our kids are acting out of sorts. The dogs are hyper - barking and howling - and starting barking matches all the time. Der's students are wonky. And I'm feeling loopy. We've come to the conclusion that something is up. There's a palpable charge in the air, though not sure if it's a good or bad thing. It's a very weird sensation but we've felt it all day.
We've been asking questions about life there and one of the questions wasabout a good part-time preschool for Kirsi. We assumed that AISK would be like the other schools we've worked at in that they would not allow part-time preschool students but they do. We'll be putting in Kirsi's application this week!
Today, we were in a new store and I was holding Aidan. He showed me one of the hanging lights. Then he said to me, "Mommy, three lights." And there were three lights hanging in a row! He hasn't even shown interest in counting so for him to know that there were three lights there really shocked me.
Last night during prayers, Kirsi had a special request. She said, "God, I really want to be a princess. Would you please make me a princess?" :)
We are definitely into the "me" stage at our house. Aidan knows what he wants and isn't shy about asking for it and Kirsi is getting used to this. We've had several screaming matches of "Me!!", "No me!!", "No me!!". Let me tell you, it gets loud.
This morning, we had a breakthrough. A bit of background info...last night, Kirsi fell asleep with one of Aidan's socks on her hand. When she woke up this morning, she still had it on. She came downstairs to say good morning. Aidan saw the sock on her hand and he said, very nicely I might add, "Me turn." I asked him, "Your turn for what?" He replied, "Socky-poo". So Kirsi let him wear it, no problems. It was so awesome to see!
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I've been thinking about trying out digital scrapbooking for a while now and I finally decided to take the plunge. We bought Photoshop Elements and I signed up for a fantastic online class (at jessicasprague.com) and I did my first layout. It's pretty basic but I'm really proud of it! I felt pretty comfortable doing it and I think I just may enjoy this way of scrapbooking too! Here it is:
Today, just before noon, we had another big shaking up. They are now telling us it was a 6.9, though earlier reports said 7.2; all I know was that it was big. The kids and I were just leaving the playground at Lider when it happened. We were driving so we didn't feel anything at first. Then we stopped to turn left and I saw the windows of a store across the street moving. It was like they were shaking, like waves. But I figured they were just repairing the shop and that's why. But then, a second later, I felt the car moving. I asked the kids whether they were moving around and shaking the car and Kirsi said no. It was such a weird sensation, like we were in a boat in really rough water. Like riding the big waves.
When we managed to turn, I saw a man who had gotten out of his car and was talking to another man. He motioned that there was shaking and then I got it. We were in the middle of another earthquake! I didn't feel anything else but apparently it lasted …
This morning Aidan woke up early, around 6:30. I let him chatter away until he got too loud. I brought him into bed with me and he didn't want to lay down and go back to sleep. Instead, we snuggled and sang songs and played little games. It was fantastic! I love those special moments early in the morning. Even though Simba woke me up at 4:15 and I wasn't able to get back to sleep, those snuggles made my day!
The other afternoon, we were watering our front lawn. We looked out our front window and saw that several kids from the neighbourhood - about 10 - 12 yeas old - were staring at the sprinkler. They were running their hands through the water, sticking their heads in it and generally just in awe of this "thing". When I went out to move it, one little girl asked me, "Where did you buy this little machine?" :) Goes to show you how sheltered some kids' lives are. Here in our neighbourhood, they either have an underground automatic watering system or their nannies water with just the hose. So interesting!
At supper last night, we asked Kirsi to lead us in prayers:
Come Lord Jesus
Be our guest
And let this food
Unto us be fresh
You gotta love kids!
3 more earthquakes/aftershocks during the night last night. A couple of real good shakes.
School is closed this week as there is no electricity there. They've been running on generators but that's consuming fuel that is in short supply right now. The hospitals rightly get fuel first.
Lots of looting going on. Someone came to Pascuala's door the other night and said that he was from Concepcion and that he had nothing. Pascuala's neighbor shouted out "don't believe him, he lives down the street."
And it's not like they're taking food or water or blankets; they're taking TVs and washing machines. It's just opportunistic thievery at it's best.
As well, some are freaking out with the groceries here. A friend was shopping and she had her cart loaded up. She went to get some item down t…
There are many people who have asked us if there's anything they can do to help out with the relief efforts following the earthquake in Chileon Saturday morning. Der and I think that the best way for people to get money to us so we can pass it along is through PayPal. We have a PayPal account under Derwin's name. If you already have an account, just enter Der's email address in the Send space. It's firstname.lastname@example.org . If you don't but would like to set an account up, email one of us and we will help you do it. If you pay via PayPal Credit or through a bank account, we don't believe there are any charges. We do ask you to please pay the transfer fees if paying by credit card, though. Thanks.
Our nanny, Pascuala, came to work today and said that everything in her house is fine, thank goodness. She said that there are some panels she will need to replace in her dining room but it's not essential so she's not worried about it for now. Plus, she wi…