I just might never go home

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

First I have to start with the fact that I have a very small kitten trying to nestle in on my lap while I write this on my iPad, and my furry little friend has already sent me to a few different screens thanks to her wandering paws. So hopefully this actually will go well...

I had wanted to post regularly during this trip, but, as with all travel, some things don't go as planned, and throw you off the plan for a bit. We arrived here Monday last week, my brother-in-law arrived back home from business in Calgary (my home), and brought an incredibly nasty bug home with him. He got home about midnight Tuesday and I didn't actually see him until Friday as he was laid up in bed that whole time. No eating, barely drinking, just sleeping and coughing up a lung. Oy. And even though he wasn't actually around us, we still managed to catch it. My oldest, and my sister's youngest caught it, and boy, those two poor little kids have had a really high fever from Friday up until today which is Wednesday. Syd has never had a fever like that before, let alone for 5 1/2 days! Yesterday my sister and I finally broke down and took them to the doctor thinking the length of the fever was getting a little weird. Ad sure enough, today they are both fine. Anyway, point being that I have been super busy, super sleep deprived, and overall haven't gotten around to blogging.

Since we were hanging pretty low for 5 days ( did I mention that thank god I got my shopping done Friday, before the fevers showed up??), we really haven't done an awful lot. But with what we have done, I have seen some great things and have loved being down here. Visiting a city purely as a tourist where you stay in paid accommodation, is so different than staying with someone and seeing what it is like to actually live there. In my opinion, you definitely get a better feel for a place while doing the latter, but I often choose the former just so I can do things on my own schedule and be more relaxed. This trip however, I am with my sister who is my best friend in the world, so I can't get any more relaxed than I am while with her.

While being here I have realized something about the American way of life. People say that Americans are lazy and that is the reason for the obesity epidemic. However, I see that more as a result of the fantastic conveniences they have down here. Let me tell you, as a mom with two little ones, ( 2 1/2yo, and 16mth old), I have a whole new appreciation for the conveniences down here. I WISH we had some of them back home! For instance, to drop your kid off at pre-school, you don't even have to get out of your car. You pull up in the drop off lane and a teacher is there to great your child -unbuckle them and everything! - and take them safely into their classroom. For someone like me who will be dealing with pre-school come fall, and I will be having to get both kids out of their car seats, haul both through the snow and -30C weather, let me tell ya, I could totally use a service like that! And then, my sister had to do some banking. Not just go to a bank machine kind of banking, but full on signing papers and such. She called her banker ahead of time, a few minutes later we pulled into the drive-thru, a teller comes on the screen welcoming her and saying her papers are on their way. Blumph. There come her papers along with a pen through a shoot, she signs the papers, puts them back in the shoot, the teller thanks her and tells her to have a lovely day. !!!!!! Ok seriously, not only is that incredibly efficient, but again, as a mom with two little ones, that would have taken me half an hour to do back home. And don't forget I'd be doing it in freezing temperatures. EVERY mom with little kids needs this service! And of course there is the drive-thru pharmacy too. And these are just the things I have experienced in the last couple of days. I'm sure there is a ton of other cool drive-thru things. So like I started earlier - these amazing conveniences, which to some people like myself would be a total lifesaver, to others it is just making it so they never have to get out of their cars, thereby leading to what others perceive as laziness. I'm not quite so sure why people would want to stay in their cars so much in such an amazing climate like this, but I most certainly could see why in a place like freezing Canada people would be ever so grateful for such a wonderful thing! Instead, we seem to be going the opposite way where even trying to find full-serve gas stations is getting difficult. WE are the ones that need to stay in our warm cars! Then again, I guess all things are relative. When my sister-in-law came to visit us in Canada, she was astounded by the fact that we had drive-thru coffee shops and HAD to get pictures of the whole thing since they don't have that in Australia. I can only imagine what she would think of it down here...

My sister lives in a gated community that is on a golf course and has a country club etc. The clubhouse is a mere 3 min walk from her house, complete with full gym (with daycare, I am so moving in with her!), a massive pool with a crazy huge twisting waterslide, and a great park for the kids. I am not kidding when I say that I am totally moving in with her. She spends her summers (which down here is about 10 months of the year) hanging out at the pool with the kids and having a cabana boy bring her a fresh cocktail. Seriously? Tough life.

Tomorrow my wonderful hubby arrives, and I am looking forward to seeing him. It seems like forever since I last saw him. With him being away for work, then us being down here, and then when we get home he will be away again, I feel like we hardly see each other anymore. But, we have 5 more days down here, then once we get home we only have 5 weeks before we head to Australia. Not bad. I'll try to handle it. ;) Then again, I'm not kidding when I say I might change my tickets to stay down here a while longer. Why go back to nasty winter? Yuck. Then again, I am looking forward to not sharing a room with the kids, so that's a plus for going home.

It will probably be a busy few days once John gets here, so I may or may not have time to update. I'll try though. But for now, I think I'll grab a glass of wine, and enjoy the quiet while the kids peacefully sleep. :)
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