Friday, November 30, 2007

Sisters

We're having a girl! I still can't believe it. Russ and I and whomever else hazarded a guess were pretty sure we were having a boy, so when the ultra-sound woman said we were having a girl, I was completely shocked. I don't think I realized how sure I was that we were having a boy, until, even when going to bed last night, I was still questioning with Russ about whether or not they had it right. But of course they have it right. Good grief. Both Russ and I are really excited. It made it so real! For the first time I really felt like I was having a baby. We already have tons of girly clothes and I must admit I was a little nervous about having a boy. I mean, I guess you just get used to what you have and you wonder if you would know what to do with the other gender. I'm really excited for Genevieve too. It's so fun having a sister close to your age. Granted, there were definitely times when I think we would have begged to differ. We had our fair share of sibling fights, but we had some great times too. And now I absolutely love having a sister so close in age. We get along so well. She is definitely one of my best friends. I also wanted to say thanks to all of you who let me know that you are reading. I must admit I wasn't looking for any sort of compliments, but I'll definitely take them. It's really good to know who is out there and who still doesn't know about our blog (or doesn't care).



This is a pic of me, my sis. Allie and my other sis. Carly the night before Carly left on her mission (note the lack of mascara and red, puffy eyes. Ok so Carly isn't technically my sister, but my cousin. However, in my heart she's my sister.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Who is Out There?


So when I post my blog I'm extremely curious as to who is actually reading my oh so glorious posts. I know those of you who are the faithful commenters (which I love), but I'm sure there are more out there. So if you do read and don't like to comment, please just leave your name in the comment box with this post. You know, kind of like a guest book. I just want to know who is out there reading. I also don't remember exactly who I sent an e-mail out to. I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

More Tripping

Well here are some more pics. We also visited Dick's, which has all of this drive-in type fare for super-duper cheap. After grabbing something to eat we went to the White Elephant. They have all sorts of great games and toys for such amazing prices. And of course, no trip is complete without a trip to Costco. I am enamored with Costco. It's sort of a family thing. Everywhere we go, we have to visit the Costco. Sometime maybe I'll have to do a blog devoted to the glorious Costco.







And here is the little landing strip, five minutes from Nakusp. Some day, in my wildest dreams, I want to fly right into this field. Wow that would be SO cool!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Nakusp


Out in the middle of British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. I love being there. I feel so calm and happy in myself whenever I'm there. It's a bit in the middle of nowhere, but boy is it worth the effort to get there. The weather wasn't the greatest while we were there, so the pictures didn't turn out as wonderful as I had hoped (and of course, it's me taking them so we can't expect anything all that amazing).







So now to the explanation of the whole adventure. . .

NELSON B&B

By this time I should probably be pretty good at knowing and thinking about what kind of place/activity is good with a child, but apparently there's still a light on, but nobody's home. We stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in Nelson our first night. It was on our way to Nakusp and I thought it would break up the drive nicely. Also, if you've ever seen Roxanne, it's all filmed in Nelson. But a Bed and Breakfast with an 18 month old who didn't sleep a wink on our journey to Nelson, until an hour before reaching our destination, set us up for a real disaster. The Bed and Breakfast was also a bit different than anything I've ever stayed in. Most are hotel like, with a more homey feel. This one felt like we were asking a guy we didn't even know, if we could crash at his place for the night. It was anything from private, very uncomfortable, which made the plethora of times Genevieve woke up crying agonizing. She woke up super early because she was of schedule and had slept so poorly the day before. She was exhausted, but she absolutely refused to go back to sleep and we just couldn't bear letting her cry and send our host into fits of rage. So we tried to keep her happy and quiet for the two and half hours we had to wait until breakfast was served. The guy was ok about the crying, but he wasn't all that understanding either and was sure to let us know that he had heard it all. To top the whole thing off, I had been freaking out trying to keep Genevieve from breaking anything in this guys house. I was especially concerned about a stone chess set, which she was completely infatuated with and didn't want to keep her hands off. In the end, it was clumsy and clutsy me who broke one of the castle pieces. Consequently, between my guilt and apprehension at what I was going to tell our host the next day, and Genevieve's fitful night of sleep, I slept horribly. Russ slept pretty bad himself. We were all really stressed and uncomfortable. So even though I'm sure many of you would never be as silly as me, I'm still warning all of you with children to avoid Bed and Breakfasts like the plague until your kids leave home, or some generous family member will watch your kids for you.





Nelson




We went down to a park right by the lake and let Genevieve chase the ducks. She loved it at first until it became evident that she couldn't catch a single one. We decided on our return to the car that it was another bad move. Our shoes were covered in lovely duck turds. Upon trying to clean Genevieve's shoes I began to dry heave and had to run away before I lost my breakfast. One happy note on Nelson was our delicious dinner the night before. Genevieve wasn't so pleased, but we made it and the food was quite good.

NAKSUP

Finally, Nakusp, or at least that's what it felt like. Our chalet was such a welcome relief to the B&B the night before. We finally felt like we could breathe and use the bathroom in comfort. Our three days there were glorious. Genevieve got to bed on time and could take her naps which provided us with happy times hiking, swimming and playing games. What a fun trip it turned out to be. It was so great having Allie, Dad, Kim, George, Matt and Betty there to enjoy it with Russ, Genevieve and I.








Well I have to run to church...more to follow

Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween



Halloween was a lot of fun this year! It's great to have a kid, so that you can enjoy it all over again. I was so sad when I got too old to dress up and go trick-or-treat. It was the worst when the older people opening the doors would give you "the look" that you were too old for this. I love all of the kid things about Halloween and all of the really scary stuff, is just WAY too scary for me. I hate scary movies, gory costumes, haunted houses and all of the activities reserved for those who can't trick-or-treat anymore. So it was fun to recapture the magic of Halloween through Genevieve. She was entranced by all of the lights, pumpkins and decorations of Halloween. She was oohing and ahhing with everything she would see. She loved trick-or-treating, which surprised me. I wasn't sure she would understand, but by the last few houses, she was tugging Russ and I along, knocking on the doors and picking her own candy. Here's some pictures.







If you're interested, my mom has some more pics of Halloween on her blog www.karenbrentstewart.blogspot.com or on her facebook.

Farmer Grant's Pumpkin Patch



So I guess we believe in supporting our local farmers. I few weeks after the last pumpkin adventure, Russ and I took Genevieve to Farmer Grant's Pumpkin Patch. I've been going ever since I was Genevieve's age and so the tradition must live on! If I was really ambitious I would find the picture to prove it and scan it in, but alas I'm lazy, tired and surprised I'm getting this far. This explains why every post is like two weeks late. Plus it's much more fun to just read everyone else's blogs.




Genevieve's favorite thing were all of the animals. She loved sticking her fingers into all of the animals cages. She would stomp and giggle. It was so cute and so much fun, I just couldn't make her stop. She figured out in like three seconds how the bunny cages opened. She didn't understand why they all couldn't come out and play. Even when the bunnies and chickens would nibble her fingers, she would just scream and giggle with delight and do it all over again.


I think Genevieve and the goat must be thinking the same thing.