Sunday, December 31, 2006
In other news, Auntie Linda was the receipient of another new moment from Sean. She was feeding Sean his lunch and he was happily munching away on his cheerios. He grasped one and while holding it out to Auntie Linda he said, "Here." How neat is that?
Now for something completely different, last night Nick, Linda and I went to the PEI Rocket game. (Marko wasn't feeling well) What a blast!! I love going to hockey games and yelling and jumping up when our team scores. Unfortunately the Rocket lost but it was still fun. I think the funniest part was when I was coming back to my seat after visiting a friend of mine between periods. I was just wandering along when I happened to notice the gentleman beside me and he looked so familiar. I quickly realized that I knew him from Ontario but I could not think of his name. I considered not saying anything since I might look like a dork not knowing his name, but I went for it anyways.
So I said to him, "You work in Ontario don't you?"
He looks at me like I have 3 heads, and mumbles, "Umm yeah, I live there."
"Yeah, yeah," I replied, my mind was whirling as I scrambled for some sort of personal connection that he might remember me by.
"Ummm, you're a friend of Jamie MacKay's right?"
"Yeah!" He says happily. Great, now we're getting somewhere!
"Yeah, I used to live in Bowmanville, you know and worked at that horrible Chinese school."
"Ahh" (the light finally came on) "The school from Hell!"
"Yes! Yes, thats the one, you remember. I'm sorry but I can't remember your name."
"Right, Stewart, I'm Laura."
"So, you're here for Christmas?"
"Yep, here until January 7th."
"Cool, cool...hmmm well guess you'd like to get back to your seat."
"Yeah, I think they're starting again."
"Nice to see you."
There was a bit more chat about teaching but in a nutshell that was the conversation. How silly eh? Only in PEI could you go up to someone and say "Hey you work in Ontario," and be able to figure out who they are.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Tonight was a different kind of fun. We had a bunch of good friends and new good friends in to see Bride and Prejudice. Yes, I did mean to say Bride. It's a Bollywood parody of Pride and Prejudice. And yes, there were men here to watch the flick too. I would have to say that it was really quite an amusing film. In India the films are censored quite a bit and so they don't allow any kissing on screen. You wouldn't think that would matter too awful much except when they get to the most climatic moment in the film and you just know that the two main characters are going to kiss, and then the girl just nuzzles her head under his chin. Very weird. And there were some super cheesy parts too. My favourite was when the guy and gal were walking along the beach and music is playing and you hear singing and all of a sudden they're walking in front of a black choir standing on bleachers in the middle of this beach!!
I must apologize for the lack of pictures. Again something is wrong with our little camera so Marko has to find some time to tinker with it and get it going again. Such fun!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
We received another Christmas card today! This one was all the way from the UK, from my friend Mary (FREAK). Wow, her little boy Peter has grown so much! What made me the happiest though was reading that she and her family are coming to the Maritimes this summer!! I can't wait to see her!
I also just wanted to wish the Hope family a very Merry Christmas. I don't just mean my mom and dad and sister, but all my aunts and uncles on that side of the family too. I got to thinking about Christmases past and how when we lived in Ontario, the Hopes would usually get together at our place. It was great! Our aunts and uncles are the best! They would humour my sister and I and play all the little games we made up! We loved it! Then we would have dinner and wear those silly looking paper hats!
Now that brings us to more recent Christmases spent in Nova Scotia. And I want to say Merry Christmas to the Wuite family! After the Christmas Eve service my Uncle Frank and Aunt Holly would have us up for really yummy eats and drinks. I remember one year trying deer venison..that wasn't so yummy but the wings totally made up for it! Of course I wish a very Merry Christmas to my Uncle John and Aunt Judy who live all the way out in Alberta too! We never spent Christmas together but always received a phone call! :)
And how could I forget Marko's Dad and Donna who also live way out west. Merry Christmas to you both as well!
Jennie and Sean spending some quality time together.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I thought I might give you some background info as to the beautiful charcoal portait of Sean I posted for my wordless wednesday. It was drawn by a lovely Russian art teacher at the school that Marko's mom and sister teach at. Using two photographs, she came up with what I beleive is the dearest picture of Sean I've ever seen. Marko and I went out and bought a frame for it this evening. We've hung it in above Sean's toy cabinet in our living room. She totally captured Sean's personality; his whole happy little outlook on life!
Of course Sean's favourite toys were the boxes stuff came in!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
We had a very lovely and relaxing Christmas. Sean didn't get up until around 8 and he played with his nativity set and then we did stockings. Marko's mom and sister came after one and we got into the presents. Sean had a blast with all the wrapping paper and boxes. Sean got some pretty neat stuff. Marko and I got him a few things, we were happy to get him some mega blocks. I always loved playing with Lego when I was little. The coolest present I think that Sean got was his own personal trampoline!! Grammie and Auntie Linda brought that from Cyprus. At the moment he mostly enjoys crawling all over it. He likes to boogie on it when we turn some tunes on for him.
After all the presents we got busy preparing our Christmas dinner. We have soooo much left over turkey! It was a lovely dinner, we had dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip whip dip, rolls and for dessert we had apple pie made by Gramma Hope. Finally, we sat and watched that Christmas classic Pirates of the Caribbean! :)
Unwrapping his first gift.
Monday, December 25, 2006
On Christmas Eve we went to church for the special service in the evening. I was a little concerned how Sean was going to do since he would be up well past his bedtime. I am so happy and proud to report that Sean did amazing! He didn't fuss at all. He was mezmerized by everything, all the pretty lights, the songs and even his Daddy reading at the front of the church. He called out Dada, when Marko began reading, super sweet! We were going to go around looking at Christmas lights but by this time Sean had had all the excitement his little body could hold. So he and I went home and I put him to bed where he went to sleep in a snap. Marko and his mom and sister went around to see the lights. This gave me time to get things cleaned up and prepared for Christmas day.
Gramma and Grampa Hope got Sean a Little Peoples Nativity set and I couldn't find any wrapping paper or a bag big enough for it so I set it up on the living room floor for Sean to enjoy as soon as he got up. He seemed very happy with his new toy and barely wanted to stop playing to have his bottle. We opened our stockings already too. Sean's stocking was full of winter clothes; two toques, mittens and socks with hockey logos on it. Later this morning we will have Marko's mom and sister over and will get into the presents! I can't wait!
Isn't he sweet?! All set to go to the Christmas Eve service.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Today was an absolutely wonderful day! I had to work early and late and that was okay, I really enjoy working with my elderly couple. They have a lot of fun teasing each other and me so we get along really well. After work we headed home to get things ready to go caroling and have people in afterwards. Unfortunately it was raining a wee bit so the turn out wasn't great but those that were able to make it, made the most of this exciting experience. I must admit that I have never before gone caroling and I was somewhat nervous about doing it. I shouldn't have been because it was just really fun to do. We were an interesting sight to behold, there were Marko and I with Sean in the stroller, Shawn and Haley with Olivia in a stroller and their two boys, Lukas and Sylas bouncing along beside them, and Linda was right there in the midst of it. The children were great. Lukas would pick out a few tunes for us to sing and ring the doorbells. Sylas was candy greeter. Olivia and Sean were the super cuteness factor. Sean was so good throughout the experience. I was so proud of him! The people who opened their doors seemed genuinely happy to have us if not a wee bit surprised. I can't wait to do this again!
After caroling we all hung out in our apartment for some refreshments. It was soon time for Sean to have supper and go to bed. We quickly settled him to bed and then Marko and I desperatley had to head out to do some serious last minute shopping. We were both somewhat dreading this as we figured the malls and such would be complete mayhem but it was a necessary evil, so we headed out. But before we got out the door, Shawn presented us with a fresh turkey donated by a couple from a church! Woo Hoo! We had already bought our bird, but this Turkey could've had ours for it's lunch!
Anyways back to our outing. We stopped at Pizza Delight and were happy to see how quiet it was there. We had a lovely meal and set out to conquer our last minute shopping. We headed straight for the mall and had no problem getting a good parking space! Inside was even better, there was no crowd, no lines and LOTS of clearence items!! We had the best last minute shopping experience ever! We got everything we needed and stayed within our budget!! How awesome is that?!
When we got home Shawn and Hayley were still there chatting with Marko's mom and sister. I was thrilled about that 'cause we hadn't really been able to visit with them and I'm always excited to be a part of grown up talk!
So, yes I can now finally say that I'm ready for Christmas...oh dear...just remembered that I should probably wrap some last minute presents that I bought at the last minute...Oh dear...
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
He is trying to "help" right? Hes not actually actively trying to drive me insane...
I'm still working with Sean to point to his nose. He'll point to the side of his face so last night I tried this:
Cherrio on the nose, surely he can't miss it!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
My little Snowmen welcoming committee.
I hope you enjoyed your visit, I'm glad you could come and take a little peek at my decorations. Merry Christmas to all!!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
After putting Sean to bed, Jennie and I went to see the Christmas Cantata at Grace Baptist Church. It was really good. It was great to go there and see so many friends! Afterwards, Jennie and I got some coffee at Tims and then drove around town looking at all the pretty Christmas lights. Now, if you happen to be living or visiting the Charlottetown area over Christmas, you simply must visit what I shall affectionately name the 97.1 house! Our friend Matt mentioned to go see this place. I'm so glad that he did, cause it is so freaking amazing! The owner has lights all over his lawn and house and has them timed to flash in time to some music that he has playing on the radio station 97.1 FM. This is a definite must see! To get there, just head for the Charlottetown airport on Brakley Point road and turn unto MacLean Ave. From there turn right on Canon Dr. You can't miss it, really you can't! We had a bonus feature when we were there. There was a van parked in front of us with like 4 or 5 nine year old boys. They were just rocking it out in the van. Then they got out of the van and continued to dance up a storm. Then the music went sorta slow, so the one little fella grabbed the other and tried to force him to slow dance. It was hysterical!
Here are some super cute bedtime pictures of Sean:
"I'm looking over a..ah, this ain't no four leaf clover."
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Here's the crew: from left to right are; Nancy, Mike, Brian, Bonnie, Nick, Marko, Troy, Matt and Malcolm. Jennie was there too but she was sitting right beside me so I couldn't get her in the shot.
Friday, December 15, 2006
"I'm walking on sunshine!!"
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
Time to go play.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sean is looking into what it would be like to live life as a turtle.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Anywho, things are getting busy as we head into the Christmas season. I love Christmas! I love all the pretty light displays people put up. One of the traditions Marko and I have is to drive around Charlottetown on Christmas Eve after church just to see all the lights. Living in a basement apartment we don't have much opportunity to put up our own lights.
In other news, Sean is trying out new things. For instance, this afternoon he zerberted (that is to say, he blew a raspberry) on the floor. He did this for quite some time, apparently this is quality fun for him! He also enjoys eating white cheddar kraft dinner.
Lately Sean has decided that the best way to play in the tub is with his bucket on his head! He absolutely loves it! He squeals with delight and tries to poke his tongue through one of the holes. It is so funny to watch!
He is still such a smiley boy. At church he had smiles for everyone. The ladies were commenting on how content he is in the nursery, he has no problem playing with toy after toy until we come down to get him. Another fun tidbit from church, between services (there is one at 9:15 and another at 11:00) there is a fellowship time. There is always plenty to eat and drink at this time. Sean loves to eat the crackers, bits of bread and cheese that we give him. I was holding Sean and talking to my friend Shirley, when Sean leaned over to her and tried to feed her his piece of cheese, all the while there is cheese oozing out of the side of his mouth!
"Check out my train, Mommy!"
Friday, December 08, 2006
Gramma Hope and Grammy Peric!!
Yes, it would seem the grammas have the intuition about their little grandson. My mom was off by 2 ounces and half an inch, while Marko's mom was spot on with the height and off by a pound. Since they were both ohhh soo close I felt they both deserved the prize!! They will both be receiving their very own $5.00 gift certificate to Tim Hortons!! Wooo Hooo!!! Congratulations to you both! Grammy Peric, I'm just going to hold onto yours until you get back from Cyprus. Gramma Hope yours will be in the mail soon!
So in case you're wondering the official stats on Sean are: 28 lbs 2oz, and 30.5 inches tall!
I want to thank everyone for their participation. It was great to have all the guesses in there. I also must thank Brian and Bonnie again for being such die hard competitors! Love the comments!! Too funny!! I hope that today's outcome appeases your wrath over Marko's involvement in the contest?! ;)
Have a great weekend everybody!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
... Now. Sean says, "Do it! Make my Day!!"
Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).
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Tomorrow is Sean's 1 year check up. So I'll have his weight and height measurements for you. But in the meantime, would anyone like to take a guess as to how much he weighs and how tall he is? There will be a prize!! How exciting eh?! So get your guesses in quick! (for your reference, Sean was 9 lbs, 5 oz and 22 inches long at birth)
On a side note, the camera is on the fritz again, so I may not have many pictures for you for awhile. Marko is working on the problem and hopefully will have it fixed soon!
It's Hammer Time!!