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We made it to Alberta on Tuesday afternoon. Asher was a trooper (McDonald’s really helped). We stopped at the Alberta border for a picnic lunch, but there were ants EVERYWHERE! They were the red & black kind that are pretty big & they didn’t look like they were very happy. They were really truckin‘ it & they were all over the ground & the picnic tables & the playground, so we packed back up & went to McDonald’s for lunch. It was too bad b/c we were looking forward to having a nice picnic lunch again, but it was nice to be in the air conditioning too.

Asher woke up at 6 yesterday, but we figured he was still adjusting to the time change, so it was ok. He was pretty tired yesterday morning, so we took him out to Costco & Walmart to get a few things & keep him awake ’til naptime. He does enjoy Walmart! Last night Chad & Grandma took him to a playground & he thoroughly enjoyed that. I enjoyed a leisurely bath while they were out.

This morning I heard Asher wake up around 6 & ask to watch Bob the Builder, but that was all he said, then I heard him around 6:30 say that his night-light had come on (it’s on a timer & he can get out of bed when it comes on in the morning), but he went back to sleep until 7, so it was nice that we all got a bit more sleep last night.

We’ve got most of our things unpacked, but I haven’t started on the new-baby gear yet, I just don’t know where I’m going to put all that stuff & I don’t really want to think about it either. Hopefully I’ll get inspired in the next few days to find a good place for it. I think Chad’s mum would like that.


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The day started as a typical Saturday. Asher woke up saying he wanted to go to McDonald’s for Pancakes (he knows the routine). So, once were all ready, off we went. It was raining a bit when we left, but we were hoping that the showers would be over by afternoon b/c today was also our church picnic day.

After breakfast we decided to head to Sarnia b/c Chad has not been to the animal petting farm yet (& it’s free), so off we went. I rained some more on our way, but we figured that Asher would be in the stroller, so as long as it wasn’t actually raining when we got to there it would be ok.

Well, we kinda got sidetracked. First we went to Starbucks. Then we were right next to Goodwill, so I though we should just pop in & see if I could find some maternity shorts. I didn’t find anything there, but I was still in the mood to look & since Value Village was just down the street, we figured we could have a look there too. Once again, no luck, but we were right next to Staples & we’ve been contemplating getting a GPS, so we thought we’d have a look.

We finally got on our way again & saw the CAA, so we stopped there to get maps for our trip from Ontario to Alberta since we don’t have a Canadian atlas & maps are free. Then we went on our merry little way. But Janene had mentioned that she had found some maternity shorts at a consignment shop in Sarnia, so we had to go there…. On our way, Chad saw a sign that the pet shop had puppies, so we HAD to bring Asher in to see those (he was more interested in the fish).

I had no luck at the consignment shop either, but I did get a few longer maternity shirts since mine are starting to show a band of belly which I am not too crazy about. It was getting on 12 o’clock at this point, so we decided to stop for lunch.

After a delicious Subway sub (& cookies) we hightailed it for home since Asher tends to fall asleep in the car immediately after lunch & will not transfer to bed for the remainder of hios nap. So we drove home & kept bugging Asher to keep him awake until we got there so he could have a good nap.

Chad headed off to the chuch picnic shortly thereafter since council was planning a softball game against the youth. Asher & I joined him after naptime. The rain held off until just after the game was over & then it started thundering & pouring & FREEZING! Luckily I had decided against shorts for Asher & I, but Chad was wearing shorts & had no coat, so he was pretty cold.

We stayed just long enough for dinner & then came back home. I think most people were doing the same thing b/c it was pretty miserable & cold & most people were not really prepared for that kind of weather. We came home & gave Asher his bath & Chad & I both commented how nice it would be if we could have a bath as well, but there’s just not enough room! (This is a picture of Asher a year ago in his tub. We only have a shower, so we had to improvise.)

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While we were on our holidays, Asher got a SpongeBob Happy Meal toy. Now, I’m not a big fan of SpongeBob, mainly b/c he is aimed at small children, and his humour is more adult than kiddish. So, I’m not a fan. However, we were limited on the number of toys we had for Asher, so I decided that since this new toy wasn’t a choking hazard, have could have it.

I may not have told him the truth though, when I told him the strange yellow creature’s name. I actually told him it was a piece of cheese. I had many chuckles over hearing him sing from the backseat, “Oh where, oh where piece of cheese go? Oh where, oh where a be?” Chad told me I shouldn’t rename famously known items such as SpongeBob, but by then it was too late.

Well, on Saturday when I took Asher for our traditional breakfast at McDonald’s, who was on the TV? SpongeBob! It took most of the meal before Asher noticed, and when he did, I really got the chuckels. He called out in a loud voice, “Piece of cheese on TV!”

So, dear reader, do you think he’ll be scarred for life, much like the children who find out past the age of 10 that Santa doesn’t exist?

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Today we went into London to do some shopping. Chad had some Christmas money that has been burning a hole in his pocket. He wasn’t really sure of what he wanted (other than a haircut), so in & out of shops we went. We had the stroller, so it wasn’t too much of an issue w/ Asher.

We started out by going to Starbucks b/c that’s the way one is supposed to begin shopping on Oxford street, obviously. There is literally a Starbucks every block, it can’t be a coincidence. Up & down the street we went. We decided to appease Asher for lunch & eat at McDonald’s. He’d been such a good shopper & he didn’t even complain when we passed the first McDonald’s, he just watched it slowly go by.
After lunch we stopped at a green space for Asher to run around for awhile. It was a bit wet, but we thought it more important for Asher to get a chance to expend some energy than to keep his shoes clean, so off Chad & Asher went chasing pigeons. Shortly thereafter I heard a wail that was distinctly familiar. Apparently Asher had been running to investigate a statue & found the only puddle in the park, slipped, fell & cracked his head on the cement base of said statue. Amazingly he was more concerned about being wet & dirty than the fact that he had a giant goose-egg forming right b/w his eyes. We cleaned him up as best we could & moved on. I figured it was about time for a nap & kids tend to sleep better after they bonk their heads!
On to more shops. Chad still had not bought anything & it was going on 2pm. We had circled all the way back to where we had started & the rain began to fall. We decided that since Asher was now either sleeping peacefully or passed out in the stroller, we’d go into Starbucks & read for awhile until the showers passed. At about 3pm we decided to head for Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square since there are a few more shops along there.
Chad suddenly remembered there was a jacket that he really liked in one of the shops we had gone to earlier that morning, so we went to try & find it. We had no luck, BUT he did finally make his first purchase…. a pair of sunglasses! We decided since we were so close to Chinatown at this point we really should have dinner at Wong Kei‘s since it was where we went almost every week with our friends Jeffy & Meigan. It was all we remembered it to be & Chad really enjoyed the garlic hot sauce.

After a scrumptious dinner it was time for the traditional dessert…. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! I was sad to discover they were not serving “One Sweet Whirled” as it is my absolute favourite, but I made do with a scoop of “Coffee, Coffee, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!” & a scoop of “Baked Alaska.” They were the perfect compliment to each other. And off we went to try to find Chad’s jacket once more.
After nearly an hour we managed to find the correct shop, but in the course of the day they had sold the last of the jackets he liked. Needless to say, he was disappointed, but hopefully he’ll find something else to take his mind off the “jacket-that-wasn’t-meant-to-be-Chad’s.”
Now we’re back at G&M’s & I’m doing yet another load of laundry. I thought I’d make it until we got back to Canada, but I didn’t really want to haul a bag of wet muddy clothes back with me. Sounds like the washing’s done, so I’d better get everything all laid out on the radiators! Yay!

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I found this on a blog I read & thought it looked fun, so here it goes:

What was I doing ten years ago (1998):
*Going to Dordt College
*Studying for Finals
*Worrying about my future
*Getting ready to go home for the summer
*Enjoying hanging out w/ my friends w/o much real responsibility

5 things on my to-do list today:
*Get some groceries
*Bake a cake
*Figure something out for dinner
*Take a nap

5 snacks I enjoy:
*Sour Grape Candies
*Hot Tamales
*Ice Cream
*Hostess Suzy-Qs
*Soft Homemade cookies or brownies

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:
*Hire a maid
*Go live in England
*give to my church
*Save for kids’ college

5 bad habits:
*staying up too late
*not cleaning the house
*not eating healthy
*not working out
*spending too much money on good deals

5 places I have lived:
*Poulsbo, Washington
*Claresholm, Alberta
*London, England
*Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Strathroy, Onatrio

5 jobs I have had:
*Espresso Barista in drive-thru espresso stand (great for someone who loves Lattes)
*Drive-Thru at McDonald’s (great for someone who loves Grilled Chicken Sandwiches)
*Mail order Manager at Frontier Western Shop (great b/c I didn’t have to deal w/ customers face to face)
*Switchboard Operator at Charles Russell Solicitors (great b/c I could check email all day)
*Medical Assistant at East Paris Internal Medicine (great b/c we had free lunches everyday)

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Yesterday Asher was sick. He had a pretty high fever, and whenever he finally got out of bed, he’d ask for a drink, some bread, followed by a return to bed. All in all he spent 5 hours out of bed. I had the most wonderful day! Of course I was housebound, so that put a bit of a kink in the day as I had things I was supposed to go out and do, but all in all, a day spent indoors while your child sleeps isn’t a bad day! I read, I finished season 7 of Gilmore Girls, I mucked about on the computer for awhile…. Of course, today he seems to be making up for lost time. He just tipped over his toy basket and announced that he made a “mess.”

Saturday mornings we usually go to McDonald’s for breakfast. I’m not sure when this tradition started, but Asher has really gotten into it. This morning (after we made sure he wasn’t sick anymore), we asked him if he’d like to go to McDonald’s. His response was, “Eat, Pancakes.” Funny how he knows that in the mornings he gets pancakes there, b/c at any other time of the day he merely says “eat” if we talk about McD’s.

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