Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Well, Santa found us in Utah this year. Christmas morning began at a very decent hour, in fact I found myself fidgeting in bed around 8 a.m. with no signs of life coming from any other family member. Isla woke up shortly thereafter and the magic of Christmas began. Our morning was seemed to have it's especially precious moments, with our fair share of giggles and squeals of delight from the kids.
Roscoe got a bike.
And even let Isla take him for a spin on it.
Isla was thrilled with her baby highchair and new booster seat.
Daddy made breakfast.
And Mommy made a cake.
And there were many other generous gifts from family, thank you!
Later in the afternoon we headed over to our friend's place, to celebrate Christmas dinner with a group of Logan imports. Four couples with kids, and two fellow grad students - all of us from different places, here in Logan this holiday and with no family in town. It turned out to be a great night with plenty of laughs. Many thanks to our friends here in Logan for filling the family void this year. As my sister said so eloquently in her own blog this Christmas, "I am thankful for good friends close by, who remind me that family is not just people who share your blood, but your life."
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We’ve had a couple of days now to unwind from the busy days of semester end, recuperate from the epic journey we made to get here and are beginning to acclimatize to the glorious hot weather here in Mazatlan. Whew!
Semester end – Robin had his final crit that went well, well enough to allow him to leave it all behind for the next 10 days anyways and enjoy a well-deserved vacation with his family. I managed to finish and mail off all the Christmas packages, pack and even clean the house before we took off late Monday evening into what was the start of a country wide snowstorm.
The Journey – We woke up at the awful hour of 4 a.m. in Salt Lake City to several inches of freshly fallen snow and frigid temperatures. A very cold shuttle bus and cranky driver skeptically delivered us to the airport where we checked in and patiently waited at our boarding gate. The kids seemed happy and excited despite the early wake up call, likely because I gave them free reign on the enticing snack bag mmmmm…chocolate at 6 a.m.
That snack bag became a vital survival tool when we ended up sitting on the runway for an additional two hours after boarding because of weather conditions. Only one runway was open due to the snow accumulation over night which meant waiting our turn for take off privileges, which when finally came round, we had to turn back because too much ice had built up since our initial de-icing and we had to roll on back for a second round. We did finally make it off the ground, two hours late, which meant we only had 15 minutes to connect to our second flight in Phoenix. Fat chance I thought. But wouldn’t you know, we made it. An adequate image of what happened would have been: Robin fighting his way to the front of the plane to get off, boarding passes in hand, loaded down with a duffle bag, snack bag, toy bag, and laptop bag, and running the length of several football fields with me not far behind, pushing Roscoe in an umbrella stroller and Isla hanging off my back legs flailing… and we made it!
The second flight from Phoenix to Mazatlan was fairly uneventful other than the fact that the kids had been up since 4 a.m., were both starting to get a little wiggy and restless. Luckily we had the entire back row (both sides) to ourselves and could corral them in. The most hilarious part was that they both fell asleep AFTER the plane landed while we were waiting for people to disembark the plane.
Acclimatizing – The weather is brilliant here. Hot, sunny and not too muggy at all. We’ve already enjoyed a dip in the pool and several trips down to the ocean to feel the sand between our toes. For Roscoe, a trip to the beach means feeling the sand between his toes, fingers, in his hair, ears, up his nose and in his diaper. He doesn’t seem to mind though! And from what we hear of the weather back in Utah, we’re lucky we flew out when we did.
Looking forward to a whole week more of this....