Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This morning at breakfast Joia was making some waffles for herself while Keenan was sitting in his chair eating Cheerios and milk. There was a cake sitting about a foot away from him and apparently when Joia looked back over he had managed to reach the cake with his little red baby spoon and get a piece, intact, into his bowl with the Cheerios and milk. He was chowing down and trying to get it finished before anyone could take it away. The even funnier part, apparently he didn't want anything to do with the cake last night when Joia offered it to him.
Later in the day Joia was downstairs with some of her siblings and after a little while realized that Keenan and Shaelyn (his cousin who is about a year older) were not in sight. She asked if anyone knew where they were and was told they were in the other room with Grandpa. Well Grandpa was in the other room, but no kids were to be found. At this point she heard some noise upstairs and raced up to find Shaelyn in the bathroom with the water running into the tub which was now half full. Keenan came around the corner dragging a full laundry basket toward the bathroom. Further inspection in the tub revealed, in addition to the water, a number of clothes, a few towels . . . and the remote control for the air conditioning unit. The punch line on this story? After Joia had gotten done ringing out a few of the towels, she was piling them on the edge of the tub as she rang them out, Keenan came toddling back in and pushed one of them back into the water.
Sorry, no random picture today, I need to get to bed.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
An excerpt from the story follows:
Those who believe in the infamous hairy giant say he could be roaming the woods from California, up the West Coast, and across Canada, the CBC reported. Skeptics say concrete evidence such as skulls or bones has never been found, and footprints or photographs could be altered.
Sily skeptics, of course no one has ever found skulls or bones, Sasquatch is still alive. Just read about it in this article. You know, sometimes they just make it too easy.
For those of you who may have thought, "Egads, Joia and Keenan are also in the woods of Ontario, Canada. They could be in grave danger," do not fear, Bigfoot is a long way away from them (approximately 1800 kilometers, see map below). You can get the full story here or the abreviated version here if the link to the full version is not working.
Point A is approx where Sasquatch was last seen, point B is
approx where Joia and Keenan are at with the family.
Thanks to Dr. Ramage for inspiring this post. The poor guy found out today that Quebec is double the size of Texas. Ouch.
Monday, July 28, 2008
When he first arrived Keenan was a little shy around everyone other than Joia and Andrew. But yesterday he warmed up and had a great time playing with his cousins. Grandpa took him out for a canoe ride and I'm told he just generally was bathing in all of this new attention.
Today, he warmed up even more . . . too much. The poor little guy has had a fever to 102 and has just been miserable. He hasn't been eating very well and just isn't happy unless Joia is holding him. Andrew had about a day and a half while he was here with fevers and chills but no other symptoms that just resolved on it's own. Please pray that Keenan gets better very soon and that no one else comes down anything.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
After a quick phone call back to Florida to figure out where they had made a wrong turn they were directed to I-94 and from there it should have been a pretty straight forward 7+ hr drive into Detroit, across the bridge or tunnel to Windsor, and up the 401 all the way to Toronto before heading almost straight north. I just gave the cottage a call and they said Andrew had called about two hours before saying they were about two hours out, so I hope to get a call soon saying they have safely arrived.
Just to try and make things a little more interesting I'll try and post a little something that I'm interested in also. So for today we'll talk about gas prices. For those of you not as familiar with Canada, the speed limits are higher, 100 on provincial highways. Knowing Joia she was probably doing 110 or 115 . . . km/hr that is. While their speed limits are deceptively higher, their gas prices are deceptively lower. Most gas stations have their prices posted at about $1.164 to $1.418 according to the GasBuddy site for Ontario. The downside is that this is per liter (or litre if you really want to be Canadian aboot it) not per gallon and in Canadian Dollars (CAD) not U.S. Dollars (USD). With an exchange rate and the fact that a liter is larger than a quart (4 quarts to a U.S. gallon) that works out to about somewhere between $4.50 and $5.50 USD per U.S. gallon. This can be summed up in the formula below.
Thanks to http://boating.ncf.ca/convertgascdn.html for the formula and easy reference conversion table as well as to Yahoo Finance for the exchange rate so that I didn't have to think very much while tired.
I'm on call tomorow, but will try to give an update on Monday after I hear how things are going.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tomorrow will be spent mainly getting Keenan and I packed for our trip. With the one bag limit, it will be interesting if I can actually fit all the things we both need into one bag!
We had guests over for dinner tonight, so I tried a new dessert that my sister in law, Steph, just told me about yesterday. It was really good!
(I'll try to post the recipe on the dessert blog tomorrow)
Our new friends Brock and Chastidy (from a few blocks over), and their daughter, Brooklyn came over for lasagna tonight. Chastidy is part of the women's Bible study group I'm part of, and we actually just met Brock for the first time on July 4th. He works at Eglin as well. We were both saying after they left that we wish we had gotten to know them better sooner, because they are moving in a few weeks to a base in Ohio! =0/
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It's only 10:00 in the morning, and today has been a great day already. =)
This morning, Keenan, Andrew and I went for a walk. We were trying to beat the heat, but at 7:30, it was already getting really hot out!
Myrtle stopped by for a quick visit and she brought along a bunch of gifts that her niece, Julie, had bought for Keenan. (I have only met Julie once, but she Loves to buy gifts, and has given Keenan things several times!) Look at this stuff!
Right now, Andrew is out digging up random stuff in the front yard that we don't want (how great is he??)
Monday, July 21, 2008
When I got home, we packed a lunch and headed to Destin. I needed a couple things at Old Time Pottery, and we got a few things at Wal-Mart as well. Then we headed to the Air Force beach on Okaloosa Island. Unfortunately, when I had Andrew go check on the water conditions (I didn't want to go in if it was going to be filled with algea like it was on the 4th), he said that yes, it was pretty bad. Bummer! We stayed and had our lunch in the pavilion anyway.
We went a little further up, where the sand wasn't so deep, Andrew checked the water (which was great), and headed to the beach with our stuff while I put sunscreen on Keenan. At this point, a Sherrif's deputy came along and told us that we couldn't park there at All, or we'd get a ticket if a cop came along! Poor Andrew packed our stuff back up, and we drove a little further to where the Sheriff had said there was a place with parking and bathrooms. It was perfect! The water was as clear as can be, no waves, and Keenan could play much more safely without me constantly being afraid he'd get washed away! I may Never go back to the Gulf side again! =)
Last night Andrew and I played several games of Uno Stacko (for those of you who don't know... it's a combination of Jenga and Uno - very fun!) We got better each time we played and ended up working on our Ninth new layer!
Here's video of a few tense moments on our tallest one yet!