Friday, May 25, 2007

TOO long between Blogs!

WOW where has the time gone? I seem to blink these days and a week has passed. We have been busy busy with lots of baseball, ball hockey, field trips and getaways! On the long weekend we headed up to sunny Ossoyoos for a family getaway with the Douglas gang. Grandparents, cousin and Auntie and Uncle. We had a lot of fun but best of all was the sun was shining, it was nice and warm.

So much seems to be going on these days I don't really know where to start or stop, Josh's birthday is right around the corner so we are in the midst of planning. Learning that our schedules are seriously over booked these days. YIKES!

Before we know it school will be out and summer will be here, I can't wait.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Where have We Been?

Well I have an excuse! On April 22 my wonderful husband sent me away. He sent me to Oceanside California, ever been? Well if you haven't it is BEAUTIFUL! Don't worry he didn't send me by myself, he sent me with my sister and my mom. My parents had rented a condo for a month my dad stayed for 3 weeks then me and my sis went down to spend the week with my mom. We had lots of fun, many hours spent laying on the beach or by the pool, long walks every morning with the ocean in full view and of course TONS of shopping!

This is where we stayed.

The condo we stayed in was very nice, but the best part of it was the ocean right out our window. It was right on the water, so every morning and evening we spent most of our time on the balcony watching surfers, beach volleyball and the waves.

our view from the condo.

our view out on the pier.

all those black dots are surfers.

Now the downside to the condo! Yes we had the beautiful view of the ocean but along with the beautiful view of the ocean came a not so beautiful view of a homeless man. This homeless man with a baby buggy strolled all around the beach, we only got to see him on what was apparently cleaning days. The public washroom was very close to us and a shower to rinse of sand, do you see where I am going with this? My mom had warned us, but really nothing prepared me for what I was about to see. I think it was around lunch time and I was eating my sandwich out on the deck noticed the homeless man sitting at one of the tables. As I looked closer I saw that he was taking off his socks. Once he did that he had a bucket and filled it with water I thought hmmm maybe he is going to wash his nope. He continued to gear down to his undies, walk over to the shower with a bar of soap and wash himself. It was more then I could handle he washed EVERY part! It was so horrible, my lunch was finished very quickly. The next day the police were talking to him I think asking him to move along and that he did.

There was one more oddity about the condo. We were upstairs which was great never heard a thing from any of the neighbors, but oh my goodness you should of seen one of the neighbors. This guy was so strange. Mom warned us about him too, but again nothing truly could of prepared me for what I saw. Now we were above this man, so often when we were sitting out on the balcony he was below but we could not see him, we could only see the strange look on every ones faces as they would walk by. Let me tell you why their faces looked so strange. Everyday from about noon on this guy, currently named Cheech compliments of my dad, would sit out on his deck and soak up the rays. Doesn't sound to odd does it? Here is the catch, he would sit out there with his accessories which consisted of bubbles, windmill, whistle and those really large sunglasses that big bird wears on sesame street. Do you have a picture yet? Every time someone would walk by and if he was pleased with them he would whistle with his train whistle, if he was not pleased with you he may yell out some nasty word. We haven't figured out what made him choose yet, but once when I walked by I didn't' get the whistle!! He seemed to favor animals and occasionally we would hear him bark at the dogs walking by. He gave us many hours of entertainment. I didn't get a great picture of him as I think that I lost whistle privileges after I attempted to snap this one of him.

We had a wonderful time and I am so thankful for the chance to go away with my mom and sis. This was a surprise gift from Ryan with a little help from my mom and dad. He became Mr. Mom, while I was away, maintaining the house, his job, the kids busy schedules and even making Avon deliveries for me!
On the last day Cara Lee decided we needed to do something adventurous so we rented a cobi bike, it is a seven seater bicycle. It was indeed adventurous, I attempted to video us for full action footage, and it turned out to be a great way to see where we were!!!