Five Years

0663-August 21, 2010-16_09_42Today it’s been five years since Peter and I got married. Today is the first wedding anniversary where I’ve looked back at pictures of that day and thought, “We look young.”

This past year of marriage has been a big one. We had a baby. We bought our first house. I mean, I know that’s not a long list but those are fairly big, life-changing, time-consuming, wonderful, sometimes stressful events.

There is no one I would rather share this life with. It’s not perfect, it has its hard times but it is full of jokes and laughs and adventures and love. Oh, our little house is full of love. It has been a year full of delight as we get to parent our girl together. There is so much to be thankful for now and there is so much to look forward to in our future together.

P.S. Wish us luck tonight as we go out for dinner and leave our baby for the first time!

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Things That Happened Without the Internet

We moved! And it turned out that our new house had never had internet hooked up before. So we waited two weeks. They sent a guy. He needed a truck. We waited a week. Another guy showed up. And twenty days later we have internet.

Yet just as it did in the nineties, life exists without internet. Here are some of the things we did:

    • We moved! We’re now in our new house!
    • We enjoyed one last sunset in the boathouse.

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    • We finished renos on the new house! (Depending on how you look at it, we may or may not have finished said renos before we moved in. But they’re done now. Mostly.)
    • I cleaned a house. Then I moved and cleaned another house.
    • Pearl and I went on many long walks to explore our new neighbourhood.
    • Some of those walks were simply so she could nap away from renovations.
    • We also had some good backyard times.

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  • We found the quickest route to the corner store. Important.
  • We explored the local beaches and found the best spots for swimming. While we’re no longer right on the water, there are a couple of really nice beaches just five minutes away.
  • Peter took a week off work so that he could actually enjoy some of his summer.
  • We waited four hours at the ferry terminal! Pearl didn’t seem to mind too much.

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    • We spent a lake day with friends. Pearl did awesome, even taking a nap in our friends’ trailer. We took her swimming in the lake and she liked it a lot better than the ocean. After a gradual entrance, she was eventually clinging to a pool noodle and kicking her legs. (While one of us held her.)
    • We got burgers from our favourite joint and had a picnic at another lake.

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    • I fit into all of my pre-pregnancy pants! (There was one last pair that was holding out on me but they finally gave in.)
    • We went to Vancouver and visited family and got to introduce Pearl to some family for the first time.
    • I bought non-maternity clothing for the first time in over a year.
    • Pearl slept in her own room for the first time!
    • Pearl slept in her crib (not her bassinet) for the first time!
    • Pearl’s going through some sleep transitions so there were a couple of days that looked like this:

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  • (But things are getting better!)

Basically, we are having a terrific summer.

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Reading With Pearl – July 2015

The Gammage Cup – Carol Kendall (A Voyager Book, 1969)

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I first read The Gammage Cup at school in grade seven and loved it. While it doesn’t quite stand up to an adult reading, it’s still a fun read. It’s got fantasy, adventure, swords, and mysterious fires. As well, it deals with the importance of being unique and not blending in with everyone around you. Yes, it’s dealt with in a simplistic way, but it’s suitable for the target audience. I had fun reading this one and I think when Pearl’s about ten to twelve years old, she’ll enjoy it too.

For now, she enjoyed the book’s bright red cover.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, 2007)

This was the first book I’ve read to Pearl that I hadn’t read previously. I’d been interested in it since it come out a few years ago though. It’s a big fat book with a combination of words and pictures (but not in a comic style). While its size may make it intimidating to a reluctant reader, it’s actually a very easy read. The writing is minimal (sometimes not even filling the page) and parts of the story are told through the pictures.

I enjoyed the setting of the train station in Paris (fun to picture, since I’ve been to a few train stations in Paris) and the idea of living in the walls and secret tunnels of the station. The clocks and magic and books and film all add to the old-timey and magical feel of the book.

Unfortunately, it’s not that well-written. It’s overly simplistic, a little bit repetitive, and suffers from too much telling rather than showing. Yes, I know, it’s a kids book but that’s no excuse. There are many very well-written kids books out there. Too bad this isn’t one of them.

Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien (George Allen & Unwin, 1973)

This was a Tolkien book that I had never read but had picked up a cool, second-hand copy somewhere along the way. It was fun to read it for the first time with Pearl. It’s an odd, somewhat medieval little story and it’s hard to tell who the hero is. Farmer Giles wins out in the end but he isn’t exactly a heroic figure. The story features a cunning dragon though and a chatty dog and there’s some fun, sly humour to it. I don’t know that it’s exactly a kid’s book but it’s a quick read for any Tolkien lover.

Secrets at Sea Richard Peck (Dial Books, 2011)

I feel like I’ve read Richard Peck books before but I don’t recognise any of his titles. This story follows Helena, her two sisters, and her brother as they leave America and travel to England at the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Helena and her family are mice, following the humans that they live with.

It’s a charming story, with a little bit of history and some parts that reminded me of The Borrowers. Helena is then narrator and has all the hallmarks of the bossy older sibling (something that didn’t exactly endear her to me). Deep, thoughtful fiction it is not. But it’s funny and well-written and Peck uses repetition well to establish voice and imagines a world of mice running exactly parallel to our own in a charming way.