|This picture is from August- no snow. We have the cutest. kids. ever.|
After 6 months of living in a deep freeze filled with snow, we have finally had a Spring day. And the residents of this city are all walking a little taller, smiling a bit bigger and definitely wearing less. I found myself shoveling snow yesterday (it wasn't as warm, but warm enough) in a T-shirt. Today we took the kids for a bike/walk around the neighborhood, I am happy to admit that in my T-shirt AND skirt, my legs weren't the whitest. After 6 months of not seeing the sun, we get pretty bright skin around these parts. We're not out of the wintry woods yet, it's going to cool off in a few more days, but we'll take all the 20+ degree days we can get even if they're sporadic at this point.
|Pancakes and bacon got us through a very long winter.|
|Not exactly the field conditions Tim had in mind when taking this gig...|
I've kept up with triathlon training throughout the winter and am raring to go with races lined up for the summer. I've been racing here and there with winter runs and even a skate/ski/run triathlon. Saskatoon is full of crazy people doing crazy things to keep sane during the winter months, and I love it.
Celia turned 2 in March, and boy oh boy, have we forgotten what 2 feels like. There's a whole lot of development happening in a short time, and to quote Ramona Quimby in Ramona Forever, "I think it is hard work to be a baby". She's a riot, and a party and the final 100 meters of a 1/2 marathon at times, and she fills up this house with personality. It's hard to believe how much we love these kids in such a short time.
|Springtime fishing expedition|
Tim had a very successful year academically, one of his big achievements was landing a 2 year research grant for work in the Great Slave Lake region (NWT). He's made the trip up a few times, and we're hoping to get the family up there too, although probably not this summer, since this summer is effectively over next week now that we have a school-aged child. While he was on one of his trips in June, the girls and I headed east for a few weeks with my family. It was lovely to see my folks, and lovely to be home. I miss the ocean, I miss the hills. I miss what it smells like and tastes like to run in the fog in the early morning on the coast. I hope I can keep milking an annual trip home out of our budget- it really does me good. Great for the girls too. Edie and Buppa fished almost every night, we explored and had a wonderful time just being with our folks. We also got to see some great old friends, including my cousin Ryan and his family who live in Indiana, but were home visiting his folks- man, I love that guy. Home is good.
|Ceeley and her subject, PA National Park|
|Hey! We still like each other!|
|Dee and her subject, PA National Park|
|The girls in PA National Park|
We're looking at an action packed Fall, with Dee starting school- yikes, Tim teaching 2 courses and taking a trip to China mid-semester, the girls are starting gymnastics and Celia and I are looking forward to some fun adventure-seeking together. Should be a slice.
|Celia's newest trick|
Congratulations to my big sister and her new husband who just got hitched, we're looking forward to a great celebration with you next summer. Much love to you both.
Thanks to our 5 readers for keeping on us about our lack of posting :) More pictures and stories to come, I promise!
Love to all, Laura