Saturday, October 15, 2005

LONG overdue update!

OK - So I realize that it has been an insanely long time since I have updated this, and for that, I apologize. To any of the faithful who still check here for updates - you're the best!

So, here are the highlights of the last few months.

July & August
I couldn't work so I got to be a housewife - very interesting experience. I was surprised at how busy I managed to be with keeping the house. It was kind of nice to have a very clean house all the time and the time to cook and bake. There were days when I was a little bored, but Carissa and the Lucht girls were always there to keep me company and many a day were spent walking (7 miles!) with Carissa and hanging out with Mel and the girls.

The other thing that kept me busy was putting in our yard. Phil and I planted nearly 10,000 square feet of grass. Now for those of you who have never planted grass, you may be thinking as I did a few months back - how hard can it bed? Let me tell you - a lot harder than you think! We have 60 cubic yards of compost (fancy name for manure and other decomposing matter) dumped on our yard. For the front yard, we hand shoveled it into a wheel barrow and then dumped and spread it where we needed. Thankfully, we were able to borrow Alex's tractor for the back which made it 100 times easier! After that there is the rotatilling, flattening and leveling, rolling, lime, seed and finally peat moss. But, after days of hard work - we have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood!

September
The first week of September we got wonderful news - I was allowed to work again! Oh happiness and glee! I spent two weeks working at ProPack shipping ski jackets. I was just so happy to work again that I really didn't care that it was just warehouse work. I also interviewed for a position with a real estate team and was blessed to receive the job.


The other HUGE news for September is the addition to our family (no, not Phil and my's immediate family). Jackie (my sister) and Dave Pasko had there first baby. Emmaleah Faith was born around 11:30PM on Tuesday September 27th! She was just over 7 lbs and has a FULL set of hair! Oh course, being that I am trapped in the good old US of A right now, I couldn't go up to the hospital. But they came down here for Thanksgiving, so it's all good.

October

While I admit that I do prefer the way that Americans make Thanksgiving such a massive holiday and it's so important to them, the Canadians really got it right with the timing! October is a much better time for it than 4 weeks before Christmas! Anyways, Phil and I got to host our first holiday meal. After a few mishaps with finding a turkey, at 9pm on Friday night I finally purchased a 21 lbs turkey and prayed it would thaw by the next morning (which it did). 22 people gathered around our table to enjoy and partake of Canadian Thanksgiving. Although it was planned for us Canadians, I think that we had more Americans than Canadians there.

Work
As I mentioned before, I now have a new job that I love!!! I am doing the Communications and Marketing Manager for the The Johnson Team Real Estate. I get to work in an office in Fairhaven, an older part of Bellingham featuring beautiful brick buildings (a mix of old and new), cute but expensive shops and organic hippies. While I don't always agree with the politics of the people in the area, it is beautiful and a wonderful area to work in. For pictures go to
www.fairhaven.com

I am blessed to work with an amazing group of people and have work that I'm actually challenged by. I prayed all summer for a good job and the Lord has answered my prayer!

Phil's update
So this has been mostly about me so I'll update you on my wonderful husband as well. He decided to only take one course over the summer which ended up being an extremely wise decision for two reasons: we were insanely busy planting our yard and the prof of the class he would have taken was a real jerk!

He enjoyed his month off of school taking the time to relax, and of course hike. Along with his buddy Nick Page, they did a 47 mile trek over 3 mountain passes in just 51 hours! CRAZY!!!!! While they did manage to sleep both nights, they were pushing it to finish on Sunday and make it to the Rendezvous point with me. They were quite a mess when they got to the other side, but alive and mostly healthy.

This quarter Phil is taking two courses. One of them is an IT course which is perfect since it coincides with his project of building a freight database at work.

That's about it for now. Please leave comments as I would love to hear from you, and again, sorry about the length of time between posts - I'll make sure it doesn't happen again!