Monday, December 11, 2006

Home Sweet Home

We had a great time in Manitoba visiting my family but it's good to be back home! We arrived back in Abbotsford at 1 pm yesterday and it was nice to have the rest of the afternoon to recuperate and visit with Erik's family. Gaining 2 hours was also a nice treat, but I was EXHAUSTED by about 8:30. I couldn't even keep my eyes open to watch the Amazing Race finale and ended up in bed by 9. Can anyone tell me who won?

Erik and I both agreed that this past week wasn't one of those "restful" vacations since we came home more tired than when we left. Of course, that has mostly to do with having two kids. Micah is pretty inflexible when it comes to sleeping arrangements, so we had to be creative in order to get him to sleep in the various places throughout the week. In the end we were extremely thankful we had brought our laptop on the trip since Baby Einstein came in handy several times in helping him to nod off. Here he is watching his favourite DVD in the bed that we made for him in my parents' walk-in closet...

Amazingly, Keziah slept 4-6 hour stretches every night which was wonderful. However, I didn't always get to take full advantage of those stretches because of Micah :) Hopefully that will improve now that we're home. Micah seems to be happy to be back in his own "big-boy" bed and slept quite well last night.

We left Boissevain and went into LaSalle on Thursday. That night I had the chance to see two of my old friends, Rachel and Erin. I got to meet Erin's daughter, Sadie, for the first time. She is SO cute!

On Friday the whole family was together for Christmas. Even Noah came home from the hospital after a 69-day stay! He looks so much healthier than he did 5 months ago when they came to visit us here in BC.

My family definitely enjoyed having a newborn around and Erik and I barely held her since she was passed around so much.

Top L: Cousin Kailyn
Top R:Cousin Noah
Bottom L: Auntie Erin
Bottom R: Auntie Laura

The cousins had a good time together as we could tell by the noise level in the house! There were lots of treats and gifts and even some crafts that Auntie Laura had up her sleeve...

Finally a family photo!

Here's a great shot of all ten cousins. Granny bought matching outfits for all the older kids.

My sister Erin and her husband Steve took some family shots. It was a bit of a challenge with all the kids. One of the best pictures was this silly one that we took right at the end:

Yesterday we boarded the plane with TWO extra suitcases FULL of stuff! Thanks to everyone for all the baby, Christmas and even birthday gifts! And we came home to a wonderfully clean house (thanks to Rosanna & Nate) and a full freezer (thanks to our care group)!

Today I will attempt to unpack our many bags and get things back in order. I also have to think about Micah's 2nd birthday which is in TWO days! We are just planning a simple family get-together this year but I would still like to make a fun cake for him. I have a couple of ideas, but I will need to do some more thinking about that before Wednesday.


Laura said...

It was so great seeing you guys, I can't believe you're home already. Talk about a "whirlwind tour".
We loved having you over for supper. And I loved holding the baby. She is so beautiful. Of course, look at her parents. And Micah is so much fun. I'm glad our girls could get to know him a bit better and associate the name with the face on the fridge.
We love you guys and miss you already.
Olivia's been asking about baby "Zyah" and saying "she's so wittle!"

the Dees fam said...

Wow! I'm glad you're home safe and sound after a busy but nice time with your family. You are amazing, Jamie! Taking two kids (one of whom was not even two weeks old yet!!) halfway across the country and then coming home to get ready for Micah's birthday party and another bunch of Christmas get-togethers! I'm very proud of you!! Can't wait to hear all about Micah's party! Did you get our little package for Keziah and Micah's birthday card in the mail???

Lexi said...

Glad to hear that you had a good time with your family. They seem like a fun bunch! I did watch the Amazing Race and the winners were James and Tyler! YEAH!!

Erin said...

It was nice to hear that you had a good vacation. At least it wasn't bitterly cold here the entire time!!! Glad to hear you arrived home safely also!

Nathan & Rosanna said...

Jamie, if you haven't already heard, the male models won. I am glad you guys had so much fun in Manitoba and also glad that you are all back home! Looking forward to Wednesday's celebrations.

kelly said...

glad you're home safely!! see you

Shanilie said...

Glad you had a good trip. How is life going with 2? You must have a lot of energy to be able to do that so soon after...even when they reach 1 it is still a lot of work....way to go!

Cheri said...

Hey James: Good to see you had a good time in MB. I am looking forward to going home to SK in a week and a half but at the same time I am also knowing that nothing compares to sleeping in your own bed and I will be happy to come home again when it is time!! Cool you could see Rachel and Erin. How are they doing?? I assume Rach doesn't have any kids yet?? If you talk to them again soon tell them I said hi. Take care and have fun with Micah's b-day tomorrow!!

Anonymous said...

Nice pics Jamie! I feel so bad that I never comment much anymore. I feel I only have time to browse all the blogs, but no time to comment! I still love ya!

Kirsten said...

So glad you had a good time! Welcome back home. I just wanted to write and say a Happy Birthday to Micah today! (it is an easy date for me to remember!). Hope you have a great day.