Liam's 73rd Month
Liam is 6!! He had a great time at his
Pirate birthday party, going on a treasure hunt through the yard
and with his treasure chest birthday cake.
Liam will be starting something exciting in
the fall—flag football!
We took a wonderful family vacation in
May—to Baltimore to the aquarium, to the Air and Space Museum in
Virginia, then we went to Richmond and Chester to visit all of
our old friends there. We also went to a couple museums in
Virginia Beach and came home via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Liam's 74th Month
Liam is becoming such a big
boy—Kindergarten is over! Now on to first grade!
Liam's 75th Month
Big news this month—Daddy is being
transferred for his job—to Montreal! He will begin his new job
there in September, not sure yet when Mommy and the kids will
make the final move. Should only be a temporary move, 2-3 years.
Lots to do—selling the house, finding a new house and schools.
Mixed emotions all around.
Liam's 76th Month
Plans for the big move underway. Looks like
Rachael and Liam will attend Kuper Academy for school in
Montreal. They didn’t have a spot for Susanna in their
preschool, so Mommy is looking for a place for her. Daddy went
and found us a house to rent for the time we will be there. It
looks like Mommy and the kids will make the move at the end of
October, so everyone will start school here in NJ. But, we did
make the decision to pull Liam out of football—we didn’t want
him to start and then have to leave before the season was over.
He doesn’t seem to be as disappointed about it as Mommy and
Liam's 77th Month
Another year of school begun! 1st
grade—yay, full days of school!
Daddy left for his new job in Montreal this
month—it was very hard to see him leave, but the rest of us will
be very busy getting everything else ready while he is gone.
Liam's 78th Month
Wow, what can be said about the month of
The movers came to start packing us up the
Sunday before Halloween—Hurricane Sandy hit us the next day. It
was two days before they could even get their truck back into
the neighborhood. Of course, power went out Monday night, which
made the movers’ job even more difficult. Luckily, we didn’t
have major damage to the house. They had packed up the kitchen
on Sunday, so what little non-perishable food we did have was
packed. Thank goodness for Pam Deiss and Norm Glover—they really
took care of us during that week. We were supposed to have been
packed up and headed out on Wednesday (Halloween) afternoon. It
was 4:30 Saturday afternoon when the moving truck finally pulled
away from the house. The kids were such troopers during that
week—just took everything in stride, even the cold, dark house.
We got as far as Maw Maw’s house Saturday night (it was
wonderful to be in the land of lights and heat), then made it
the rest of the way, crossing the border, on Sunday, November 4.
We heard from friends that the power didn’t come back on in our
NJ neighborhood until Tuesday evening. Needless to say, we
didn’t get to have a Halloween this year.
Liam's 79th Month
And the adjustments begin. We spent the
first week living in Daddy’s temporary housing apartment while
we got the house ready to live in. It was the middle of the
month before Rachael and Liam were able to start school at Kuper
Academy. Susanna was able to start a week after we got here.
Liam seems to be adjusting extremely well—even the French
doesn’t seem to bother him too much. What was really strange for
Liam was going to school on Thanksgiving—not being able to watch
the Thanksgiving Day Parade. We did manage to have a turkey
dinner that night, though.
Maw Maw and Pots were our first visitors
this month. We hope they will be able to come as often as they
did in NJ.
Liam's 80th Month
Christmas in Canada!! We had a nice first
Christmas here—the kids were very glad to see that Santa tracked
us down. They are very much enjoying the snow, too. We were hit
by a big storm two days after Christmas. The kids also enjoy
having two weeks off for the holidays, too. We made our first
trip back to the States to Maw Maw’s house for New Year’s Eve.
It was wonderful being “home” again.
Liam's 81st Month
Cold, cold, cold!! We have realized quickly
just how cold and snowy Canada can be. One day, when the kids
got out of the car at school, the car thermometer read -20F.
Brrr! We are just trying to take it one day at a time, making
sure everyone has snowpants, boots, coats, hats, mittens every
morning when we walk out the door.
Liam's 82nd Month
Ok, even the kids are getting tired of the
snow. As soon as it starts to melt, more gets piled on. We are
looking forward to two weeks off for Spring Break next month.
Mommy and the kids will spend it in the States.
Liam's 83rd Month
Mommy and the kids had a wonderful trip to
NY, NJ, and PA for Spring Break this month. We got to Maw Maw’s
house on Sunday and spent a couple days getting caught up on
doctor’s appointments and shopping for things we can’t find in
Canada. Then we went to East Windsor to visit our friends there.
We even went to WCB for lunch. On the way from NJ to Manheim, we
stopped at the King of Prussia Mall and had lunch with the
Pickar family—it was really good to visit with them for a while.
Then we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We went to the
Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz (the oldest pretzel bakery in
the US) and learned how to twist pretzels. It was wonderful to
be in a place with no snow and warm sun. We came back through NY
and spent one last night with Maw Maw before coming back across
Liam's 84th Month
Grandma Mel came for a visit for Easter
this month. It was good to know that the Easter Bunny visits
folks in Canada.
May 10th 2013