Wow, I've really let this blogging idea slide. I should have been writing more about my coding adventures in the last years. I don't really know where to pickup. I blame it on having 3 kids keeping me busy. As soon as I get home they're begging me to wrestle or play with them. I try to oblige most of the time. But I'm not complaining, I love my kids.
Life is more important than blogging, right?
Tomorrow Abby and I are making the drive to Manitoba. Julene and Joel are staying back since Julene isn't up for travelling right now. Abby is really good at entertaining herself, plus, she can watch movies while driving - not me. She's excited to eat at a McDonalds, I'll have to find one for lunch and/or supper.
It has been a long time since I've done all the driving myself. But since we'll only be driving during the day it should be ok.
Winter has finally arrived. That makes it seem like I have been waiting for it to come. I think I was. Sometimes I miss having a proper, cold winter. When snow stays on the ground until April. I want to be able to dig snow forts in drifts with my kids. Lately I've been playing a lot with the kids. Building Thomas the Train track routes and bridges. I get disappointed when the track gets messed up, it can take a lot of time to maximize the use of the table top.
We are just back from a 2 week Christmas holiday. During the holiday, Julene and I left the kids with our parents and took a holiday-in-a-holiday 4 day trip to Arizona to have some time to ourselves. We took a Grand Canyon tour which was amazing, and also did a desert tour where we were able to drive our own tom car (an Israeli made off-road vehicle).
Now we're back and getting back into the swing of things. It took a while but we seem to be getting back into the swing of things.
Our last summer trip is nearly upon us, and it's a big one. A ~15 hour drive to Gardenton Manitoba. The plan as to how to drive it keeps changing, I believe now we're looking at driving through Friday night and arriving Saturday morning. This will be our first drive to Manitoba with kids. We had always flown, but now that both of our children are over 2 and require their own ticket, it's no longer financially feasible. Our drives this year to Kelowna, BC and Swan Lake, Montana have gone well (read: the kids didn't cry the whole time) so we have more confidence than we had when we first started talking about doing this drive in Spring.
Yesterday I picked up a new camera to replace our dying Canon Powershot S3 IS, which I purchased way back in May of 2006. I decided on a Sony NEX 3. It was the best bang for the buck that I could find. I'm really looking forward to playing with it all next week. I'm tempted to try and become a contributor at iStockphoto, so I'll be looking for shots that I could submit. Lots of potential on the farm for that - from landscape, to rustic machinery, to cute baby animals.
After this week of holidays, things will supposedly be going back to normal. I hope to resume work in the basement as that has been idle with all the yard work and holidaying.
Now if only my ribs would heal up.