Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Vacation

We're back from two weeks in New Brunswick with my family and although we enjoyed the time away, we're glad to be home. We drove the 24 hours to NB with all three kids in one little van, straight through on the way there. We stopped over night in Utica, NY on the way home. Overall, the kids did great! Who wouldn't get a little stir crazy after that many hours in the van. We took out one of the middle row seats so there was some floor space for diaper changes and for either Eric or I to sleep while the other drove. Elijah and Isaiah were in the back row, Micah in the middle and usually either Eric or I sandwiched between the two in the back, feeding Isaiah a bottle while he was still in his seat or coloring and playing with Elijah. Portable DVD player, a wonderful thing! Not sure how the pioneers on the Oregon trail did without it. We watched a DVD of Looney Toons cartoons for about 6 hours straight one afternoon, so I've had enough Donald Duck for the rest of my life. I'd have some great pictures to post too, but I dropped our camera and it is no longer functional. So you'll just have to imagine what we looked like after 24 hours in the van.

Its always nice to visit another church. Go Woodstock Wesleyan!

My mom was also gracious enough to stay with the boys several times so that Eric and I could spend some time together. That was WONDERFUL but also made us aware of an awful truth. If you're not into the bar scene, there's not much to do in Woodstock or any other small town. Those of you from small towns can probably relate. You can't even go hang out at the mall- it doesn't exist. And Tim Hortons attracts a certain crowd- we'll call them MATURE. No wonder the church has a void when it comes to 20s and 30s without kids. Help me out all you 20s and 30s. Where do you go? What do you do for a spontaneous, unplanned night out? Any suggestions? Maybe we're just not creative enough.

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Robin said...

Coffee shops, or a restaurant with not much traffic so we're not rushed. We take a book of interesting questions; a journal like "Blue Day Journal" for compiling lists of favorite jokes, snacks, etc.; or we each write 15 questions on individual pieces of paper, put them in a pile, then take turns drawing and answering questions. Ask questions like: Where are the top 3 places you'd like to retire? Or, if you could have lunch with any person alive right now, who would it be and where would you take them? Great for an evening to reconnect!

Kim and Joel said...

We usually go to one of our favorite (cheap) resturants. We usually catch up on our week that way. Because we both like sports, a lot of times we watch football or soccer games together or at the resturant. Coffee shops are another place we go. We like that atmosphere. If we want to stay in we sometimes will rent a movie, make dinner together, etc.
Although we haven't used it yet, we bought a book of 100 romantic nights-there's a lot of books and stuff out there for fun creative dates. It's getting fall now, but we really like picnics. I guess if you wanted you could have a picnic inside.
THose are just a few ideas. Glad you got to spend some time together and see family.

Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.