Hey y’all. Remember us? We’re the people that never update our website. We could offer up a bunch of excuses but you’ve probably heard them all before, so why bother.
You’ll see from the pictures that we have a three month old who is growing like crazy. For those of you who love the chubby cheeks and fat thighs, I have the baby for you! Isaac smiles all day long, laughed (real, belly-enforced laughter) for the first time while in Pennant, and is busting out of his 6 month-sized clothing!
Jake celebrated his second birthday this last week. In case you can’t tell, that’s an airplane cake. Lindsay, from now on, I’m hiring you for any and all birthday cakes!! I don’t know how you do it! Anyway, he had lots of fun opening his presents and hasn’t played with anything else all week but those new ones. So thank you to both sets of grandparents for your gifts. His vocabulary is expanding at such a rapid rate that pretty soon you’ll probably be hearing me say “Will he ever stop??”.
We had a really good trip up to Nova Scotia. The weather was so mild you wouldn’t believe it was the middle of November. Danny took off in the middle of it for Singapore, was back in time for a midnight hockey game, and the rest of us just put our feet up and enjoyed the sound of the waves breaking on shore. 🙂
Sorry for that little pause in photos and updates. If you were looking for the Allans from NH, we could be found up in Ottawa visiting with family, or keeping busy at home, frantically chasing after one active little toddler and walking and rocking the smaller of the two.
Jake actually came down with a vicious fever this week (almost 104) and spent the night throwing up in Daddy’s and Mommy’s bed. However, as quickly and violently as it came, it’s gone. He’s back to the sunshine and smiles that you can see in his updated pictures.
You know what I forgot to tell you? I love mowing the lawn. I really do. It’s a joy and pleasure now to be out walking up and down our lawn ever since I got a new Honda mower. I include this last little tidbit of information so that you know we will NOT be heading to Resolute Bay anytime soon. Smile. 🙂
I apologize for the short post last night, but I was dead tired after the long day. I say long, but compared with Jake, little Isaac was wonderful. Truly our Father has been good. If you remember, I posted last time about my thoughts changing around asking how the baby was doing, to how the mother was doing. Heidi is doing well. Little Isaac is doing well. I still don’t understand the strength that the Lord gives, but I am thankful that He does. Many smiles here in Hudson. 🙂
Heidi got back from Nova Scotia and I uploaded the pictures from their trip. It looks like it was pretty relaxing with the fun in Pennant to the gorgeous sunny days at the Murb. [sigh] I should have made it there myself.
Around Hudson, we’ve been mostly relaxing and doing “summer” things. As you might imagine, the AC has been going full tilt and we’ve been spending our time doing everything from picking blueberries (with neighbors), to visiting the beach, to riding the bike and diving. I took a very wonderful trip up into Vermont last week on the bike, exploring the twisties up there. The person I was with was headed to the Blue Ridge and it made me very nostalgic for the several trips we took down there.
Speaking of the bike, I should probably put some new pictures up. I’ve done some pretty serious modifications: new Clear Alternatives turn signals, shimming up the back end frame by 5 mm (lifted the back end by almost 2 inches), installing a new undertail (ripping out the old structure) and wiring harness and putting in LED lights. Last thing to go is the new high mount Hindle pipes which are supposed to get here next week … Performance? Greatly improved.
While I’ve been in Singapore for the last week, Heidi has been home in Nova Scotia. You might think that mine was the more fun trip, but 23 hours on an airplane is hardly what I call fun.
Initially, I was supposed to be in Singapore for the half the week, and then Hong Kong for half the week. As the later part was cancelled, it was just the one destination. I was disappointed. Singapore was just like any big city in North America. Even in Chinatown or the Arab quarter of the Indian quarter, I really didn’t get a sense of history or culture. Given that the island was only settled 200 years ago and Singapore was only “established” in 1965, I guess that makes sense. Culturally, it is 70% Chinese and 20% Malay. Interestingly though, English in the primary language and the language of business, although Mandarin what you most often hear on the trains and in public.
So no culture, but you know what you can find? Shopping malls! Shopping malls in every train station, on every block and in every direction. It makes no sense to me. Apparently, Singaporians like to shop.
If you get the chance, I do recommend the night safari or the Singapore zoo. I’ve never seen so many animals. The night safari goes until midnight and you see all the animals that tend to sleep in the day. That was neat!
So it’s finally stopped raining here in Hudson, and the mercury has skyrocketed. I find it unbearable when it’s up over 90 (last two days), but I can only imagine what it must be like for Heidi who gets to carry around number two. I think it’s officially time for the beach and some cold water. Does the following equation make sense?
Pregnancy + Hot Weather + AC = $$$
Speaking of cold water, I haven’t had any opportunities to be diving here in the last few weeks because of the poor weather, but I had one beautiful dive down in Myrtle beach and saw some tiger sharks and some simply huge barracuda on a civil war era wreck. The barracuda were one of the most spectacular fish I’ve ever been able to dive with. Wow!
Wow! So if I was under the assumption that no one read this website before, I hold no such illusions now. Apparently there is some wild rumour going around that Heidi and I are moving to Resolute Bay. Not only that, but we’ve traded our house (fully furnished), for a one room igloo with a diameter of 21.7 feet. Any takers??
Boy. I guess this website will have to be a joke-free zone. Apparently my sense of humour either does not ring any bells, or it falls horribly short. Within 24 hours of the previous post, we were contacted by no less than 4 people to exclaim at our future plans.
Future plans? The plans are not to mow the lawn in April. I was complaining (tongue-in-cheek) about having to mow the lawn in April. My solution for this indignity, was moving up north. No. Heidi, Jake and I are NOT moving to Resolute Bay. We apologize for any such confusion.
In other news, we have the three baby cribs all lined up in the new nursery. 🙂 Any takers?