Family


Well, it’s been four months since I’ve had time to write anything much. I have a little bit of time today, since I have the day off, but I’ll still be busy. I wish that I had some more time to write, but most of the time that I would have had available is now being taken up with writing minutes and such, since I took on the task of being the clerk to council at our church. It’s not too difficult of a position, but it does take away from some of your time – especially if you are the type of person who is picky on details as I tend to be, and not so much a natural writer.

On other fronts, my daughter Niamh is in Jr. Kindergarten now. She goes twice a week and is enjoying it. William is in Grade 1 now, and he seems to like it as well. He doesn’t seem to mind going every day of the week, and he seems to be flourishing this year. We bought him a bunch of “Bob Books” and he really enjoys reading them, so his reading skills are rapidly improving. He also pays much better attention when we do devotions at supper time and can usually repeat most of the details of the Bible stories that we read.

Alana just had her birthday yesterday, so I bought her “Corner Gas: Season 004”, and went out to get her ice cream from the Marble Slab Creamery. On Sunday we will celebrate her birthday with my parents, brothers and sisters in law after church.

Anyway, I should probably get to writing the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting, as well as notes on the home visit on Monday…

A fairly quick update of the last couple of weeks.

On Saturday, William and Niamh finished off their swimming lessons for the season. On her third try Niamh finally passed her course, and William passed his as well. Niamh will start her next lessons in the summer, but William will be playing baseball instead.

Also on Saturday, Alana went to a community garage sale and picked up a bike for Niamh. We have a few kids bikes, but Niamh is still too small for them, so Alana found a 12-inch rimmed bike for her to learn on. So after brining the kids back from swimming lessons, I installed the training wheels on Niamh’s new bike and helped her learn how to ride.

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Well, the new baseball season has arrived, so I’ll do a quick summary of the first few games. I’m on my brother Doug’s team this year, and it looks to be a fun year, despite the start. We lost our first two games, first against Matt’s team by two runs, then by another team by about 8 runs, or so. Last night we played our third game and earned our first victory by a score of 31-10. Hitting-wise, I’ve started out okay, with nine singles, two doubles, and one triple in 17 at bats, so it’s a .706 average and .941 slugging pct. Fielding has been okay, but could be better. In the first game I played second base for one inning and all I can say is that I’m back in the outfield now. William will be playing T-ball this year again, but that won’t start for a few weeks. It will be fun to watch him again.

Alana and I have both been under the weather a bit for the past couple of weeks or so. Headaches, and sinus infections seem to be generally what is bothering us. I have been feeling a bit better the past two days, though, so I’m thankful for that. William missed two days of school last week due to a flu. He was throwing up quite a bit, so Alana had him on Thursday and I worked from home on Friday so I could take my turn. Niamh started complaining of a headache in the middle of the service on Sunday morning, and she had a high fever, so Alana took her home and she stayed in bed all day. She decided to throw up as well, once on me (which is fairly easy to clean up at least). Yesterday she wasn’t feeling to well when she woke up, but seemed to get better quickly after that. She seems to be doing pretty well right now.

So there’s a little update on some stuff. I haven’t had much time to write much else, but other than that, the kids are finishing their swimming lessons up this week, and we finally got off dialup (we cancelled our satellite TV service as well, since we don’t watch much anyway, and would prefer watching what we can better screen on DVD anyway).

After a few weeks, I suppose it’s good to put in an updated entry.

I must admit that I probably spent too much time watching the Winter Olympics. They aren’t all that important, but they are fun to watch. Canada took in a record (for the Winter Olympics) 14 gold medals, including the Men’s and Women’s hockey gold. This was a nice change from earning no gold medals in the previous two Olympics held here. The United States also did well, earning a record (for the Winter Olympics) 37 medals total. The ski cross and snowboard cross events were pretty interesting to watch and the hockey matches (particularly in the Men’s tournament – the Women’s matches were mostly blowouts) were great to watch as well.

Near the end of the Olympics, Alana and I went 5-pin bowling with William and Niamh at an event for Alana’s work. The men’s curling final was on while we played. It was the first time bowling for both of the kids, so they had to get used to it a bit. Niamh is still pretty small, so her balls took quite a while to reach the pins. A couple of times we had to throw another ball to get it moving again. The rails were up, so there were no gutter-balls. William did a bit better, and ended up with a decent score. Alana and I didn’t have our best games – we haven’t played in quite a while – but I think Alana must have beat me in the end. The kids didn’t care what the score was, though, and they seemed to enjoy it. We ran out of time in the end, so we couldn’t finish our game (we had to finish a game of BINGO before we could move on to the full game and that took us a while), but we all had a good time anyway.

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A quick entry (maybe) about what’s been going on in the past few weeks.

Earlier on in the month, while there was still snow, the kids and I went tobogganing a few times (once with Alana as well). It’s too bad there’s not much snow lately, so we haven’t had much of a chance in the past little bit, but I’m thankful for the lack of snow in other ways (i.e. for driving purposes). William also got a new (for him) pair of skates and a hockey helmet (both for free – I don’t know how Alana finds these things), and he got to go skating a couple of weeks ago as well.

Niamh went to the eye doctor last week and she’s now started wearing a patch for 2 1/2 hours each day. The glasses haven’t gotten rid of her lazy eye yet, so this is the next step. They expect that since we caught it relatively early (so they say) that the patch should be sufficient.

The kids have both started swimming lessons again. Niamh is redoing the course she took several months ago, while William is moving on. Being older, William seems to be progressing quite well, but I think they both enjoy the lessons quite a bit.

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Well, again it’s been a while since I’ve let everyone know what’s been going on, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to review the year to let you know what’s been happening around here. It’s been a couple of years since the last one, so here it is:

January

I had the day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and since William had been asking for a long time to make a snowman, we put on our snowsuits and went outside. The snow was much too powdery, and not sticky enough to even think of making a snowman, however, so since we had plenty of drift snow, we made an igloo instead. We’ll have to wait for a bit more snow this year before we can make another one, but we both enjoyed it. Later on in the month, William thought it would be a good idea to haul out the swimming pool and go for a swim, but he decided against it when he was told he wouldn’t be allowed to swim with his winter coat on.

At the end of the month the family went to the skating rink to go skating with the rest of the church. William tried skating for the first time and it went pretty decently all things considered. Niamh had the double-bladed skates on and didn’t do a whole lot, but they both had fun.

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Sunday night was interesting, to say the least. William and I went over to my parents’ house accross the street from church to say “hi” for a few minutes before heading home. It started to rain and thunder a bit, so we were going to stay there for a few more minutes to wait it out before heading home.

A couple of minutes into the storm Alana called wondering why we weren’t home yet and asked us to come home (she’s a bit frightened of thunder). So William and I ran accross the street in the pouring rain and thunder, jumped into the car, and drove home. The downpour was intense and it was a bit hard to see, but we got there soon enough. After a couple of minutes at home with Alana and Niamh, the weather got even worse – the sky turned green and the rain and wind were at full force. We were a bit concerned about tornados, given the conditions, and since we don’t have a basement, Alana wanted to go to my parents’ house for better shelter. So, I ran to the car to get it ready and waited for Alana and the kids to jump in the car too.

Sitting in the car and looking at the storm I had to wonder to myself, “so why are we going to drive around in this weather?” But, a few moments later Alana and the kids were in the car and we were off. This time it was even more difficult to drive. The rain was all over the windshield and it seemed like the wipers were rather ineffective. We dodged around all the fallen branches on the roads and arrived at my parents’ house in one piece. I parked the car in one of the branchless locations in the driveway, and we ran into the house.

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