Sunday, January 25, 2015
Rocky isn't represented in a photo here because she was out in the hall with the older girls talking about teenagery things.
This morning when Rocky finally rolled out of bed Daisy was already eating breakfast. Rocky said, "Hey Daze, I catched some z's last night."
She paused in a way that made it clear she had been rehearsing this line all night and into the morning. Daisy for her part was nonplussed.
"What are z's?"
Sorry Rocky. Wrong audience.
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Brandon had a conference to attend in Vancouver so the rest of us tagged along. While he was presenting papers and listening to lectures we were able to do a little bit of exploring. The verdict: Vancouver is beautiful.
I am still not sure about how fun it is to drag my kids around but they were pretty interested in it all.
Our first stop was a lucky one. My good friend Abbey took us to her brother's studio. He is the man behind the new Nickelodeon show Blaze and the Monster Machines. He usually lives in New York but happened to be in Vancouver the same time we were and he let us watch them work on the final sound editing for an episode that will be airing next year. Everyone was extremely nice to us and made the kids feel like honored guests.
Brandon presented two papers. One was about a self-translating Puerto Rican poet named Uruayan Noel. The second was on an old version of Spanish called Ladino that was preserved when the Sefardic Jews were exiled. He worked hard preparing his presentations. I didn't get to hear them but I can say that he sure did look good when he headed in.
While he was hobnobbing with the academic crowd Abbey and I were herding the kids through the city. We took this little boat across the bay chasing after the promise of the "city's cultural and artistic heart" and the Kid Market which was sure to be a hit with the little ones. What we found instead was a tourist trap. It was as charming as could be minus the fact that the indoor playground (imagine what you might find in a McDonald's) cost $10 a kid. We opted to skip out and grab some food instead.
|Say Cheese! This is my favorite statue ever.|
What would a trip to Canada be without sampling some Poutine.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Christmas Eve held all of its normal charm. We spent the morning at the Jolley Family Breakfast and then hung out at the Rigby's all afternoon. Of course we stuffed ourselves on Pizza Hut pizza as per tradition. Then it was back to Oma's to read the Night Before Christmas and the story from the Bible.
The girls fell asleep almost immediately but I couldn't. I was too excited.
A Side Story: For a couple of years Rocky has been begging for a Vitamix. You may have never heard of this appliance but it is an extremely powerful blender. They are sold at Costco and often the company will send in a salesperson to do demonstrations in the store. This guy names Patrick was stationed at our store in Eugene. I will admit that he was a great salesman, and quite charming. Rocky would beg to be able to watch the demonstration and would have stood there all day if I had let her. Instead of giving her the usual tiny sample cup he would give her a big red solo cup of whatever he made. He let her choose the next recipe and decide what kind of fruit to put in the smoothies. At first I thought that she just had a crush on him but one day when we came home she told her dad, "I think I am in love....with the Vitamix." The obsession only grew worse when the company sponsored her favorite cooking show, "The Jazzy Vegetarian." In November when I asked the girls what they wanted for Christmas and she said Vitamix I flat out told her no. It is a powerful blender, which really means that it is an expensive blender. Brandon asked Rocky, who is 6, what she would do with a Vitamix this is what she said, "I am glad you asked. You can make soup. You can make smoothies. You can make everything." Part of me thinks that she has a chance at stealing Patrick's job one day.
When we took her to see Santa and she asked for the Vitamix he was totally taken aback. It is true that she is the first 6-year-old to have asked for that particular gift. I told her that Santa doesn't make blenders and she took it well. "It doesn't hurt anything to ask."
Of course you know where this is going. Due to an incredible sale and small Christmas miracle we were able to buy one. Rosy helped me pick the one with the red body. It hid in our house for a week despite the fact that her baby sister kept saying to Rocky, "We hid the Vitamix." Lucky for me Rosy says all kinds of nonsense all day long so nobody even listened. The blender was the thing that kept me up on Christmas Eve.
They girls woke around 7 to a miraculously snowy morning. We all curled up on Oma's bed and snuggled up to watch the Christmas Story movie on TV and wait for the breakfast casserole to heat up.
I failed to mention that Daisy also received her heart's desire. She wanted a hand-held lime squeezer. We found her gift at Dollar General. Both girls were equally thrilled.
And after you freeze your buns off in the snow it might seem like a good idea to heat up some hot chocolate, but Rocky had other plans. Nothing at that moment would be better refreshment than a frozen pineapple smoothie made in your brand new Vitamix.
And from that high point we went down a long, vomit-filled, fever-wracked week that I don't really feel like remembering.
All in all though it was a lovely trip. The holiday was filled with parties, food, friends and family that I didn't bother to photograph. We had so much fun, in fact, that I cried all the way to Idaho on our way home. It isn't that I don't love Eugene. I would live here forever if I could, but it is just such fun to be with family. If I could only get all the people I love to move here, now that would be perfect.
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