so I just left my hair alone.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
so I just left my hair alone.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I was watching an old episode this afternoon and one buyer found some cast-iron dog figurines used as doorstops in the unit he had bought. One of the figurines was a scotty dog. Do you remember Scotty from my grandfather's house? He too is made of cast-iron and was fashioned as a doorstop, just like the one on the show. They only difference is that our Scotty is about twice the size of the tv scotty.
What was so amazing is that the buyer took the dogs to a shop to be appraised, and the scotty dog was valued at over $500. Just think what our larger, heavier, most beloved Scotty could be worth!!
Friday, October 18, 2013
|We had a little snow on the way down...|
|So close! You can actually see the border crossing from the freeway.|
|Shazia's dress was amazing!|
|A beautiful Sunday morning|
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Our friends were great in helping us move. We couldn't have done it without them. They fed us dinners and breakfasts, and helped us load up the moving truck and clean the apartment. It was so difficult to say goodbye to them. I am so thankful for them and love them very much!
Girls side: Kenji and Trina Hara, Analee Razeau, Tara Tasse
Boys side: Will Hara, Lauren Razeau, Ray Tasse
With Carmen Tribiger. She and her husband Eric were so awesome when Keith and I moved to town. They gave us a bunch of furniture and kitchen stuff for free. And she gave me a job!...or allowed me to babysit her cute kids.
Keith with Kenji, Will, and Lauren
My cute primary class. I loved teaching them!!
Hopefully our Edmonton friends can come visit us soon, because I miss them like crazy!!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Our upstairs neighbors in Edmonton were the managers of our apartment building. They had just finished school, and were looking for jobs out of the city. If they got a job, they would be moving away and the manager position would be open. The family in the apartment next to us were in line to take the job for manager, but they no longer wanted it, meaning that the job would be open for us. This was exciting news because being manager means steeply reduced rent, a much larger apartment, and the ability to save money for the future. It also meant a commitment to stay in Edmonton for 5 or so more years.
We were kind of torn as to what to do. We really wanted to manage, and we really wanted our friend to find a job so that he could support his family, but we didn't want our friends to move away because we loved them. We prayed for us, we prayed for them, and we just hoped that it would all work out.
All summer long we waited to hear whether or not a job was coming for our friend. He is a teacher, so the closer September came, the more stressful it was becoming (for us, and for them). As August came to an end, and still no job offer, we reluctantly conceded that our friends were staying (hooray!) and we would not be managing (boo!). But it was okay; nothing had changed.
As consolation, Keith and I went on a big shopping trip. We just kind of went crazy at the store, restocking our freezer, buying legs of lamb and other unusual items, updating with new dishes and small kitchen appliances, and spending money to make ourselves feel better.
The day after our extravagant purchases, Keith received an early morning phone call. It was his head supervisor, asking if we would be willing to transfer to Kelowna. We had hoped that this request would come eventually, we just weren't expecting it so soon. We asked for a day to think about it. The more I considered the idea, the more I knew that this is what we were supposed to do. There was a reason why our friend didn't find a job, there was a reason why we weren't going to manage, and this was it. We weren't supposed to stay in Edmonton. WE were the ones that were supposed to move away.
In the end, we decided that Kelowna was where we needed to be and we said yes. I can't help but be amazed at how it all happened. We had prayed that it would all work out, and it did, just not in a way we were expecting. Heavenly Father closed one opportunity, but He opened another. I'm not sure yet what our purpose in coming to Kelowna is yet, but we will figure it out eventually.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Let's just say the knee had a greater effect than the mental messages had...just in the opposite direction...
Monday, September 9, 2013
I can't help but notice that fall is already starting to come to Edmonton. While the days are still warm and sunny, a few leaves flutter to the ground every day and occasionally a cool wind blows. I love fall, but it means the end of summer and the beginning of winter.
Lucky for me, I only had to spend one winter in Edmonton, as we are moving at the end if the month. Keith's job offered him a transfer and we are taking it. This time we are headed to Kelowna, BC. This is a great opportunity as it places us within 45 minutes of Keith's parents' house, and we'll finally be near family.
We are definitely sad to leave behind the great friends we have made in Edmonton, but we are excited for the new adventures that await us!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|Kalamalka Lake. There's a little dot way out in the middle of the picture. That's Keith's head. |
He just couldn't resist the water, stripped down, and jumped right on in.
If only us girls could live with such abandonment...
|Niece Dean. She's a water baby and thinks she can swim.|
|Keith's sister, Dawn, and brother, Caleb, swam in an open-water meet on Okanagan Lake. |
It was so fun to cheer them on.
|Cousin, Corey, and fiancee, Nicole, got married. It was awesome!|
I had a weird thought as we were driving home at the end of the week. As this trip was falling over our anniversary, it was also almost marking a year since we moved to Edmonton. That evening, as we pulled into the city, I couldn't help but remember how exactly 364 days previously (one year minus one day) we were doing the exact same thing, at the exact same time. The difference is that the first time we were going to a new place to start a new life, and this last time we were going home. It was kind of an eerie feeling to realize how similar the drive and arrival were to our first arrival a year ago.
We had a fantastic vacation!
Monday, September 2, 2013
We celebrated the best way we knew how: we went to another wedding! This time it was Keith's cousin, Corey, and his new bride, Nicole, who were getting married. They were engaged about 5 months before we were and had their date set long before we did, but it turned out that we both picked the same day, just a year apart. August 17 is where it's at!
Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband! I love you!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A few weeks ago, I bought a couple of chickens. Two came in this particular package, and it was 30% off, so I thought, "Why not?". I then went home and threw them in the freezer.
We decided to have company over for dinner on Sunday. As our guests were three and we were two, I thought, "Five people, two chickens? Why not?". I lovingly slathered those two birds in my own special seasoning mix (mostly consisting of butter), and I threw them in the oven.
I overestimated how much meat five people can eat and I underestimated how much meat two chickens can make. We had quite a few leftovers. Being resourceful, I thought, "Chicken pot pie for dinner tomorrow? Why not?", and I threw that chicken in the fridge.
After a light lunch of cold chicken, I made my pot pie filling. The last of my potatoes, the two skinny carrots, the wimpy celery, half an onion, and the rest of the leftover chicken. I spooned my filling into my crust and sadly had leftovers. I had made too much. My pie pan would hold no more. I thought, "More leftovers for dinner on Tuesday? Why not?". I spooned the rest of the filling into a casserole dish, and threw it in the fridge and the pie in the oven.
Keith and I ate a wonderful pot pie dinner, but we didn't eat it all. I thought, "Leftovers for lunch? Why not?", and Keith threw it in the fridge.
After a lunch of reheated chicken pot pie, I had to decide what to do with the leftover chicken filling in the fridge. I thought, "Biscuit top instead of pie crust? Why not?". So I made some biscuits and threw them in the oven as well as my topped chicken-filled casserole dish.
After Keith's and my delicious chicken and biscuit dinner, our two chickens are finally gone. 3 days, 5 meals, 11 plates. We ate every last scrap.
But now I have some extra biscuits....
Monday, August 12, 2013
The greatest part of this temple trip is that we were able to seal Keith's mom and her siblings to their parents as a forever family. Keith's Oma had joined the church when her children were young, and all of her children followed her. His Opa, however, though always supportive of his family in attending church and activities, never believed in a God and remained an atheist until his death. Finally, after years of waiting, Keith's mom and her siblings were able to finish the temple work for their father and their deceased siblings, and were able to seal their parents and family together in the temple.
It was an amazing and special day, and I am so grateful that I got to be part of it! Forever Families Rock!