So… what do you DO all day?

We do things… and stuff.

27 July 2009 July 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 8:30 pm

We are in the middle of an unrelenting heat wave.  It is currently 9:00 p.m. and it is still 34C (93.2F), after getting up to a high of 38C (100.4F) today.  I’d be handling it a lot better if it would cool off more at night, I think. 

Bailey, Ocean, and I went to Prince Charles Park today for a very quick visit.  Essentially I just wanted to get wet in the wading pool and then drive straight home.  It was heavenly!  The cooling effects lasted about 2 hours and would probably have lasted longer if Ocean hadn’t had one of his (extremely rare) freakouts.  By the end we were both sweaty and exhausted.  😦

We got some great news this week.  Steve’s work managed to give him his vacation days for this upcoming weekend after all (long story) so we are going to Clinton War!  We are so excited.  We’ve decided to stay in a hotel instead of camping though because we can’t fathom how we’d fit all of the gear into our tiny car now that we have a baby.  Luckily we found a fairly inexpensive motel right in town.

I am currently trying to figure out how to make a garb for Ocean out of a pillowcase.  I would have to do it all by hand, and I have no idea what I’m doing but I figure the worst that will happen is we’ll be out a pillowcase that we never use anyway.  Also, I found a simple bonnet at WalMart (of all places) today and dyed it tonight with tea.  Bailey and Steve both have wonderful garb so that just leaves me.  😦  My only dress is not breastfeeding -friendly and what I bought for AT War doesn’t make me feel pretty.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some pictures of the last couple weeks.

We took a road trip to Lytton, and I showed Bailey, Steve, and Ocean the Stein.  We went to Asking Rock and then to the place where I did my fast a few years ago.  Here’s a picture of Asking Rock.  There are ancient pictographs on the rocks, but I’m not sure how well you can see them in this photo.

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Asking Rock

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Lytton is where the Thompson River (blue) meets the Fraser River

Also in the last couple weeks we visited at my Dad’s house with some cousins from England.  Christine (the mom) is my Dad’s first cousin.

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Here she is holding Ocean.

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 Bailey shows Ocean her favourite stuffed animal, Black Paws.

P7240055 smallerThe Cooper’s ladies love us!  We didn’t win, but the guy who did win this failed to come pick it up in a timely manner so they saved it for us.

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Just what the sign says :).  Ocean turned 2 months old on July 24.

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Later that same day, he helped Bailey play Paper Mario.

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12 July 2009 July 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 5:04 pm

Well… apparently I underestimated/forgot just how much a newborn baby would take out of me!

My apologies for not posting more frequently.  We are finally settling into a rhythm with Ocean though, so I hope to post more frequently.

Luckily for me, Bailey has discovered that she loves cooking!  I haven’t made a meal in a few days now.  She has tackled pancakes (from scratch), chili, rice krispie treats, french toast, smoothies, and spaghetti.  The happiest part for me is that I didn’t even realize that this was her first real “obsession” since we started unschooling.  Unschooling has become such a normal part of our lives that I wasn’t even looking for learning… it just happened!  (Hmm… maybe that’s why it happened.)

Steve and I have realized that unschooling never truly ends.  Lately he has been obsessed with improving his chain maille skills.  I, for some reason, have been interested in learning about the monarchy even though I am by no means a monarchist.  Since I was watching so many DVDs and reading so much about royalty Bailey couldn’t help but be influenced too.  She decided to send a card to the Queen.  Apparently every letter gets a reply, although the reply comes from her ladies-in-waiting.

We’ve been taking small road trips as a family.  First we went to Clearwater for an SCA event.  Then Bailey and I went to Ashcroft to visit an unschooling family (hi guys!).  A few days ago we took a lovely drive along Westsyde Rd. to the McLure ferry, then returned back home on the highway (hopefully that link shows the route to the ferry).  This week we hope to go either to Merritt or to Lytton.  I’m hoping for Lytton as I want to show Bailey and Steve my family’s property as well as the Stein.  We didn’t go last week because the Lytton ferry was closed due to high water.

Ocean continues to grow and gets cuter every day.  He is smiling regularly now!  Breastfeeding is still a bit of a challenge, but compared to a few weeks ago it is a breeze.  We might never be 100% off the bottle (I still give him a 4oz bottle of formula twice a day when my nipples just can’t take it anymore) but I don’t care.  Just being able to breastfeed at all is a huge joy.

Here are some newer pictures:

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Around two weeks old, next to a pamphlet with drawings of “actual size” fetuses.

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Lord Silvestro della Volpe holding Ocean at AT War.

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Silvestro and Rosa

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Bailey and I on the McLure Ferry

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Ocean, thinking about smiling, on July 11, 2009.