Monday, November 5, 2007

Thanksgiving Visit

My mom and dad came out almost a month ago (yes, I've been slacking already on the blog front). We were lucky to spend Thanksgiving together. I love having them visit - it's always a lot of fun.

The kids each got one special thing from grandma and grandpa. Ana was so excited about her new kitty from Build-A-Bear. It was really cool there but way too many things to buy. We got a pair of shoes, one outfit, and pj's - all for little Rose.

My sweet little guy...

Sam and Grandpa out for a walk. The kids got tired so they ended up getting rides.
Zachary's special gift was a car mat. A wonderful invention that has offered lots of enjoyment.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Note the yummy pumpkin pie on the counter.

It rained almost the whole week they were here but we did get one nice day on Thanksgiving Monday and went for a walk in the woods by our house. It was beautiful and only a few slips on the muddy trail - nothing serious though.

On one of the rainy days Grandma baked cookies with the kids. It was a lot of fun.

Lots of extra chocolate chips were needed...

We had a great time! Come back soon.

October also had highlights for both Sam and I. Sam headed off to Thailand for a very quick (6 days) trip. He saw all the Asia missionaries who were together for a special retreat in a really great Thai resort. I was so jealous that he got to eat authentic Pad Thai and have this amazing coconut soup every day. Lucky!

At the end of the week he was gone I also got to go away. I attended the Surrey International Writers Conference in Surrey, BC. I stayed at the hotel for two night and attended tons of seminars and met lots of great people. I'm beginning to take writing a bit more seriously and have even tried to schedule it regularly into my day so I keep going on this book that seems will never be fully written! I learned lots of great things about dialogue, setting, characterization, how to create great villains, and lots more. I also got to hear one of my favourite authors read from her new (as yet unpublished) book. It was an awesome weekend.

While I was gone the kids stayed with good friends and had a great time without us. Sam picked them up on his way home from the airport and was super Daddy for 24 hours while jet-lagging! I don't think I could have done it.

Ana and Zac are doing great. Ana is loving kindergarten and Zac loves being at home and they're both still on the sugar high from Halloween. I'm a little nervous about the dentist visit this afternoon.

More to come after the next grandparent visit happening next week.