Thursday, February 16, 2012

An eventful few months...

Christmas has come and gone, and I haven't written much since then so this will be my effort in hopefully writing a few necessary posts.

1. I want to say that we bought a jetski, but really I should say that Chris has gained a son.  He has been hounding me for a boat for a while now, and we decided to compromise on a jetski.  It arrived at our house in the afternoon, and when I came home from work I was greeted by Chris, a sponge, the hose and a HUGE smile on his face.  He had already washed it down and was just basking in its presence-beaming with pride.  The Ferris Bueller's Day Off quote came to mind as he reached for the shammy to lovingly dry it off "he never drives it, he just rubs it with a diaper".  Hopefully that won't be true about the driving part though...

We took it out on Australia Day (Jan 26th) and, oh man, can that baby HAUL!  I have heard all the stats from Chris, but this thing is top of the range, "supercharged" with 215 horsepower (same as a motorcycle engine).  Apparently it can pull at least 2 skiers at once, but we have yet to put that to the test.  I guess just ooooooone more reason to entice people over for a visit! hehehe.

kid + candy shop
2. People that have heard my husband's voice know that it is pretty gruff.  I tried to find a good video to post, but most involve us acting like idiots, so preserving our dignity is much more beneficial than illustrating a point.  It never used to be that way, but tackles like this...every game for the past few years have resulted in his vocal chords retreating into hiding.

Originally we thought it was just scarred, and that over time it would go back to normal-but no such luck.  He saw an ear-nose-throat specialist who thought he could make it better.  Chris had surgery at the end of january and wasn't allowed to speak or even WHISPER for 7 days.

We are still hoping that it will improve but haven't had much luck yet.  Hopefully it will just take time.

I have however stumbled across this video which would be excellent practice.  Turns out Ken Tamplin could teach him a few tricks of the trade, as he has quite the range.  Turns out I have now watched this video a baker's dozen times, and still find it hilarious.

Ok so that might be jumping the gun just a bit, but according to Ken, he'll be singing like a songbird by lunch time.  Maybe I'll slow it down and start with something like this:

I love this singing pig!

3.  We have booked a trip back home for a visit in MAY!!!!  We are excited and will spend time in LA, Edmonton, _______maybe another stop, and Honolulu for a week with our aussie friends who are meeting us on the way back.  We are EXCITED and can't wait to see everyone and catch up in person!

4.  We have a new foster pooch.  Meet Ralph.  He is a bull arab, crossed with adorable.  He is huge, and a big love bug.  He was also scheduled for euthanasia which just breaks our hearts.  He is fast becoming close friends with our other fluff ball, and we are loving having 2 dogs.  Makes me feel a tiny bit less guilty when we are at work during the day.  Woomble has been spayed, and Ralphie will go at the end of the month.  We will be relieved when that happens as the RSPCA invests that money in them and then they cannot be destroyed.  Next stop, finding them homes.  Sadly we are falling in love with them by the minute, but we still want to keep fostering to keep such lovely animals from being killed.

this guy has the wisest eyes. i sometimes feel like he understands english and can tell what i'm thinking.    

our little motley crue. we love them.
he's HUGE!


  1. I was actually just thinking last night that it had been a while since you had shown us a glimps at your paradise! The jetski looks soooo fun.
    The puppies are beyond adorable and it makes my heart happy thinking that they will have a chance to be a part of a family now thanks to you!
    I am so excited you are coming for a visit. I wouldn't want to dissapoint your man and be anything but HUGE and pregnant when he sees me each time ;)

  2. I wish I got to stop over in Hawaii on my way back home just as a matter of corse. :)

  3. "The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. (Cue the music) Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion..."
    "It is his fault he didn't lock the garage"
    Never gets old!
    Also, TELL ME you've signed him up for lessons at ken's vocal! That is pure gold. And I'm waiting for your youtube video response to that... I sense a duet with Lindsay Butler coming on...

  4. cokes, would love to do a duet with linds-but I don't have that kind of "vocal power, range, clarity and pitch". Funniest thing is that I played that for Chris, laughing my butt off, and his response "that actually sounds good, especially at the end" hahahah.

  5. These are lovely photos too!
    No wonder you are tempted to keep Ralph. He's so big but looks so at home there. What a gentle giant. Woomble looks like she's having a ball too. No wonder it's hard to let them go.