Sunday, October 31, 2010

What a treat!

Spideyman and the most adorable little ladybug I have ever set eyes on moved into our house about a week ago and began training for what turned out to be a most eventful Halloween eve last night. Here in Logan, Utah, this holiday is much anticipated and well celebrated, but ironically never on a Sunday should the actual day fall on the sabbath. We had been forewarned to be prepared for trick or treaters on the Saturday night and spent the day baking and preparing our costumes for a neighborhood party down the street.

It was a good thing it wasn't farther than a half block away because I might not have made it to the house in one piece had it been any farther- my friend Donna and I made the trip on ill-fitting rollerskates as part of our costumes as roller derby girls: Sin-derella and Black out Betty!
The party was a great opportunity to 'see' some neighbors and friends that were curious to hear about my surgery and recovery, and it was an extra special treat that Grandma Lady offered to babysit the remainder of the evening so that we could go out again to the adult party after bringing the trick or treaters safely home.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Home at last. I exhaled a giant sigh of relief on Sunday afternoon when we arrived back in Logan after our 6 week absence. Robin was home making pasta for Sunday supper and greeted us with open arms and a noticeably clean house. It didn't take long before the kids hauled out all their toys, the laundry piles were sorted and the kitchen smelled like home. It feels good, really good to be home and looking ahead.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Farewell to the Golden Days

Well we said farewell to our home away from home, here in Golden. I can hardly believe it has been a month since my surgery and I am due for my final follow up appointment this coming week. With fingers crossed on tuesday, the retinal specialist that did my surgery will have a peek at my peekaboos and tell me that all is great and I can return to the life I once knew.

Golden has been great. As mentioned again and again, I couldn't have done this without the help of my mom. But the kids and I will surely look back fondly on our days here with so many fun memories and achievements accomplished.....

.....where Roscoe was pottytrained.

....there were in-house spa treatments

.....where Isla championed her two wheeler.

....where breakfast was accompanied by live music.

....and there were endless hours to talk on the telephone.

It was terrific to catch up with so many friends, thanks to all that helped fill the hours of my days by taking time out of their busy schedules to chat. It has reminded me that as my life will surely soon return to its hectic pace, it is important to connect with loved ones both near and far. Farewell Golden days, we're looking forward to getting home.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Makings

Sure, I've been loafing around for a month, listening to podcasts and playlists, having my meals made for me and my kids cared for. But what's Robin been up to? Besides taking up permanent residence in his studio cubicle I hear, firing wood and soda kilns simultaneously and applying for student loan money......he's also part of a show in Banff this month at Willock and Sax. Read on.

Willock & Sax gallery in Banff is exhibiting,"The Makings" this month, a group exhibition of ceramic works will feature a changing progession of ceramic artists. The show is an evolution, featuring established senior gallery artists, a selection of innovative mid-career, and emerging individuals.

Ceramic artists will include John Chalke, Barbara Tipton, Bradley Keys, Les Manning, Fran Cuyler, Neil Liske, Ed Bamiling, Sean Kunz, Katrina Chaytor, Priscilla Janes, Aaron Nelson, Jenn Demke, Robin Dupont, and more throughout the month of October. In addition, historic works by Luke Lindoe and Walter Drohan will round out the exhibition.

Reception with artists in attendance, Saturday, October 16, 2-5

Willock & Sax Gallery
211 Bear Street in Banff National Park
Banff, Alberta, Canada

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for children and for how easily they bring laughter and love to any home.

I am thankful for food and for my good fortune in life that I needn't worry about going without.
I am thankful for family, for their unconditional love and support, and all their kookiness! Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Rockies Recovery

The little town of Golden, B.C., is literally right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We've been here nearly a month with my mom, recovering from my eye surgery, and despite strict orders to lay about and do nothing, our days seem to fill up easily with all sorts of fun and adventure.

Now that I am seeing better each day, its been wonderful to soak up the mountainous terrain in these parts. We've taken many walks along the river, on the trails and even a bike carraige one day, appreciating the incredible colours and scenery.
With all sorts of enthusiasm and surprises up her sleeve, Grandma Lady has aptly entertained and delighted my children tenfold. There was a fabulous playhouse that arrived, by forklift no less... trips to the park, playgroups, road trips through the mountains, teaparties with real china and more.
We've even celebrated the major accomplishment of Miss Belle riding her two wheeler bike without training wheels! With the groundwork that daddy did with her earlier this summer, she caught her balance no problem the other night in the back alley and has been at it ever since. Hurray Isla,we'll always remember our stay in Golden as the place you rode your bike for the first time.

My mom was a true saint to take me and the kids in for this unexpected period in our lives. Without any hesitation she stepped up and offered to care for my kids and I, post surgery, so that Robin wouldn't have to delay his graduate studies. She has selflessly given up her entire fall practically to help potty train, make meals, insert eye drops and spoil her grandkids and daughter rotten. We are so lucky and thankful to have had this time together, realising sometimes lthe unexpected in life also brings wonderful surprises.
With much more to be thankful for, we're headed into the Thankgiving weekend and excited to spend it with cousins,aunts and uncles. Let the cousin craziness begin.......