4 months later…

*this was written 3 weeks ago

Holy guacamole Batman. After my fifteenth blog post request, I thought, “I better get on this. My fans are waiting.” No time like the present to embrace my guilt and get on with it.

I think all people really want to hear about is Keira and our house, so I might as well please the masses and start there. Phil and I are fine too – thanks for asking!

Little K is now 15 months old. Her vocabulary has changed so much. I think she understands everything, which makes me VERY nervous. Her favourite word at the moment is bubble. Her favourite food is banana. And her favourite objects are boots, books and balls. So pretty much anything that starts with the letter B is her favourite. I’m not sure how many teeth we have now. At least 10, but I’m not allowed to inspect very closely. 2 are very angry molars. Keira is a real trooper though. She very rarely wakes up in the night even when she’s sick. In fact,┬ásometimes she really should notify us that she’s been sick, so that she doesn’t spend all night in her cot surrounded by last night’s dinner.

She’s got a little posse at nursery. There’s 3 of them – Poppy, Lorelei and Keira. They have there own language. They fall asleep holding hands. They wave “buh-bye” to each other. They also seem to steal, smack and cause each other much grief. So basically they are true friends. Keira changes rooms on Monday though, so all that is about to change. Keira will go from being the head cheese to being one of the youngest and possibly the only non-walker.

We bought bikes and today was my first attempt at cycling to nursery. It was tough and I’m glad we all made it out alive. It wasn’t the actual cycling – although the arctic-like temperatures didn’t help – that was difficult. It was the getting on and off and through the nursery gates and out of the house when you have a little person who thinks it’s a great time to bounce up and down on the child seat.

We’ve pretty much all been ill since November, but┬áthere’s no real point on dwelling on that. If I seem nonchalant about that fact, I promise you I’m not. I’m actually extremely paranoid and worry so much. So far I have no solution though.

The 2 weeks we were in BC we were all healthy and had the most amazing time. I still can’t believe how everything worked out. It was such an amazing Christmas. We didn’t push it this time by trying to do too much. We got lots of time with family. Of course, it’s never enough and the time flies by and I’m still glad we came. And I hope you all enjoyed seeing us, because we’re never flying again! We are still recovering from flying with a 1-year-old. She decided sleeping was highly over-rated on the way to Vancouver. We did meet the nicest people on the flight though and found comfort with the other parents across the hall who had a son slightly older than Keira.

Is that a good enough Keira update? There’s so much more, but where to stop and start. I’ll probably just need to blog more regularly (hah! no promises!).

When we got back from Canada. Our house was covered in a layer of dust. This was actually amazing news. Our friendly builder, David, had pulled out a chimney, removed two ceilings and re-plastered the whole lot. He managed to do it all in a week, which was actually ahead of schedule. What do you do when you find a good builder? You keep him busy and at your house!

So he moved on to decorating our living room. That’s what they say in England – “decorating.” It just means painting basically. We had plaster cornicing (crown moulding) put up, a new light fixture, radiator and painted the walls and ceiling a dark, dark green-almost-black. I love it!! I couldn’t be happier.

It all sounds very lovely; however, Phil says we’re basically “glamping.” We have exposed floorboards, which are permanently dusty. A radiator leaked on Keira’s carpet. Her carpet is already dingy, so this hasn’t helped. We have our sofa in the kitchen (our new, lovely sofa is at risk everyday of spaghetti stains and plaster dust). Everything is still in boxes. And I see no end to this state of living in the near future. We have 1 room finished (less floors and skirting boards (translate: baseboards), so I have a feeling we will be spending a lot of time in there. Our bedroom is next on the list. And we’re still debating what to do with extending the house and whether to go back into the garden or up into the loft. And how to live through all of that!

In other news, Phil just passed his probationary period at work. Yeah!! Celebrate! Keep those cheques rolling in because we need them! Okay – I need them, so I can do exactly what I want to the house.

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Back in London

After 6 weeks on the road, we are back in London and slowly adjusting. Jetlag has been a bit of a b@#$% on the return. Keira was awesomely amazing on the flights. The way there she sat and played and chatted in the pull down cot. And on the return flight, she slept the whole time – even through the seatbelt light coming on and me having to move her from the floor (where I got in trouble for putting her – in my mind, that was the safest, comfiest place for her), to the activity chair provided by British Airways (not so safe and not so comfy) and then mostly on me (after the seatbelt light came on).

You’ll have to bear with me as I try and make sense of the gazillions of photos I have.

Anything I say about the time we spent will seem so cliche. It was simply the best having time with friends and family. Family really is everything to us, which seems counterintuitive to people who move across the globe. I’m still grappling with this in my head and how to explain it. I don’t have an answer yet.

We’re still up in the air with all our house stuff, but we have to move by August 22nd, so please cross your fingers, toes, and for those of you who are particularly dexterous, anything else that you’re able to.

P.S. There’s many more pictures, so please don’t be offended if you weren’t included in these ones. I just picked from the one’s I had most readily available whilst Keira is sleeping.

Grandpa McDougall

Grandpa McDougall

Uncle Krev-y-pooh

Uncle Krev-y-pooh

Nanny & Keira

Nanny & Keira

Abuela, Grandpa McDougall and you can guess who the baby is

Abuela, Grandpa McDougall and you can guess who the baby is

Great Aunty Jo

Great Aunty Jo

Grandma June

Grandma June

Aunt Lacey, Uncle Krev & Nanny

Aunt Lacey, Uncle Krev & Nanny

Great Grandpa Ferris

Great Grandpa Ferris

Great Grandma Ferris

Great Grandma Ferris

Great Aunt Gigi (a.k.a. Caroline)

Great Aunt Gigi (a.k.a. Caroline)

Grandpa McDougall, Abuela & Uncle Krev

Grandpa McDougall, Abuela & Uncle Krev

Great Aunt Kathy

Great Aunt Kathy

Great Uncle Don

Great Uncle Don

Great Aunt Carol & Uncle Gerry

Great Aunt Carol & Uncle Gerry

Grandma & Grandpa Freeman

Grandma & Grandpa Freeman

Alison, John & Emmett

Alison, John & Emmett

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Little Lucas (not family, but practically family and just too cute to not include)

Little Lucas (not family, but practically family and just too cute to not include)

Tomorrow’s the day

After 2 years and 1.5 months in London, we will be flying back to the West Coast to see all the smiling Canadians we love so much. A part of me feels like it was just yesterday that we left Vancouver and part feels like it was even longer. Wish us luck on the long flight!

This month we’ve had Gaby (my cousin) and Amanda (Phil’s cousin) visit. It was so nice to see family. Oh man! Can’t wait to get my fill of the rest of you lot.

This is going to have to be short as we’re madly scrambling to pack everything for tomorrow mornings departure.

Ahhhh! Can’t wait!

Cue the onslaught of pictures…

 

Last day of swimming lessons

Last day of swimming lessons today

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"I'm not afraid to throw my weight around if I have to."

“I’m not afraid to throw my weight around if I have to.”

Standing

Standing

Future neighbours hopefully

Future neighbours hopefully

You could learn a thing or 2 from this girl Keira. Look at her moving already!

You could learn a thing or 2 from this girl Keira. Look at her moving already!

Dad's

Dad’s

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Thanks for the lift Gaby! The royal helicopter was much appreciated. Made the trip from Kensington Palace to home much quicker.

Thanks for the lift Gaby! The royal helicopter was much appreciated. Made the trip from Kensington Palace to home much quicker.

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"So explain to me who you are again." Second cousins?

“So explain to me who you are again.” Second cousins?

"I'm trying."

“I’m trying.”

Arsenal celebration. They won the FA Cup. No idea what that really means.

Arsenal celebration. They won the FA Cup. No idea what that really means.

Thanks for the visit Amanda!

Thanks for the visit Amanda!

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First date night in 6 months. It was so, so, so nice! It was also our 6th wedding anniversary.

First date night in 6 months. It was so, so, so nice! It was also our 6th wedding anniversary.

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Keira enjoying an installation at Clerkenwell Design Week

Keira enjoying an installation at Clerkenwell Design Week

Thanks Aunty Caroline for the amamzing Canadian Roots onesie

Thanks Aunty Caroline for the amamzing Canadian Roots onesie

Babies!

Babies!

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Picnic time. Gotta love the sunshine.

Picnic time. Gotta love the sunshine.

"No Gaby, this cucumber is exactly the right size."

“No Gaby, this cucumber is exactly the right size.”

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This is how she used to sleep - with the blanket and pillow so that she couldn't move. We've finally moved on from that.

This is how she used to sleep – with the blanket and pillow so that she couldn’t move. We’ve finally moved on from that.

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Yeah, we haven't exactly figured out how to make this less messy.

Yeah, we haven’t exactly figured out how to make this less messy.

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"What do you think? Is this my best side?"

“What do you think? Is this my best angle?”

She's heavy, isn't she Gaby?

She’s heavy, isn’t she Gaby?

All the girls are wearing them. Very East London.

All the girls are wearing them. Very East London.

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I'm awake and life is great!

I’m awake and life is great!

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A Wonderful Weekend

Where to begin on our last weekend in Vancouver. We got off to a great start on Friday night with probably around 40 friends and family members stopping by at Hooker’s Green in Yaletown for a few bevvies. It was an eclectic mix of co-workers, friends from highschool, friends from other places, my family, and Phil’s family (Alison and John represent!). I only had one glass of wine all night due to my hectic schedule as hostess for the evening. So thank you so much to those who came out!

Dad, Aunty Jo and my bro Krev

Dad, Aunty Jo and my bro Krev

Cousins Gabbi, Mak and Me

Cousins Gabbi, Mak and Me

My Mom and Aunty Caroline decided to stay for the weekend, and we laughed and laughed and laughed all weekend, which probably prevented me from crying and crying and crying. The actual packing work didn’t get started until late Sunday, so it will be a miracle if we’re ready to go for Saturday.

Mom, Me and Aunty Caroline

Mom, Me and Aunty Caroline on our balcony

Saying goodbye to people is hard, and I don’t like it. Lots can change in two years (consider this foreshadowing).