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Saturday, January 31, 2009
I had a lovely chat with my Queenie(Corinna) tonight. Daddy and I thought she looked so beautiful in the pictures she posted. I have to confess, that I love her curls...having said that she looked some nice in her straight hair too.
Corinna has had such a busy school year, and with one student leaving and a new one in hand, her experience continues to broaden. She is really hoping that this upcoming spring break may lend itself to allowing her to travel home to PEI. I hope that happens for her.
Joe and her and 'the boy' have spent a lot of time skating. Awsome!!! Tonight the daddy and son were out skating while the 'mommy' got supper ready for them.
Aunika appears to have an ear infection....poor baby girl. mommy is treating the pain and fever, if she does not improve by Monday....then off to the doctor they shall go.
Roxann has had the carpet removed from her bedroom this afternoon, and was waiting for Scott and Mark to began installing the hardwood. Dassi was sleeping when I called and Scott-Isaac was chatting to his mother at the same time I was.....much to his mother's dismay.
I had a chat with Isaac last night. he was working on his laptop, downloading new gadgets and sharing with me some of his older ones. The oil patch had slowed down, and this is a bit too early for that to happen. Becky was knitting a scarf, and visiting with her sister. Dino was sleeping...the big old lazy LUG! hehehe lol
We haven't heard from Daniel for a few days, and we all await his pictures of his jungle hike and his scuba diving expedition. WE LOVE HIS PICS!!!
Daddy is doing fine and I am recovering remarkably well for an old-timer.
I Love You All,
God Bless; Mother/Nana...Good bye January!!!!
Friday, January 30, 2009
This has become one of Nan favorite pics of her!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As well, these cold cold days of below -40, starting an engine the size of the one on our pumps (a 2250 horsepower v12 diesel engine like those used on cruise ships) is particularly hard. They are set up with a circulating coolant heater, and still take 3 hours of heating to start. The roads we drive on are usually coated in ice, requiring our tractor trailers to put a full set of tire chains on, covering 9 of 10 tractor tires with metal spikes. The driving is stressful (and sometimes scary) enough, that so far 2 new guys quit because of it. However they were both from Saskatchewan, which is no comparison to the Canadian Rockies. So Dan, that is a glimpse at what my typical day looks like. At least ice is clean, it wont be long before this happens:
Although I enjoy work, I really enjoyed being away from work for two weeks this month (even if under the circumstances that brought me home). It was a really good opportunity for Aunika and I to spend some much needed Daddy-Daughter time. We had a fairly irregular schedule that mostly consisted of the same events every day. We would wake up whenever and walk around the house with Nonni in arms for about an hour. Wake up time was sometimes around noon because her schedule got really messed up being up all night in the hospital that night. Then after our hour we would try having some breakfast, usually apple sauce. She never had much of that. We would then find something to do...either go to town for some shopping or chores, or watch a Baby Einstein movie, or play with some toys. Then it was Nonni's naptime with mommy. During this time daddy would do his chores, like work outside (with a walkie talkie of course, courtesy of Roxi). Then Nonni would be awake for all hours of the night until about 2-3 am. One night She went to bed around 10, which we thought was awesome...thinking her sleep patern was shifting back to normal. Then she woke up at 2 am, ready to party. So I packed her up and we went grocery shopping! The first 24 hour grocery sore we went to was closed till 4:30 while the one worker took his break. Being only 3 I decided to try the other IGA. It was closed until 5:30 for maintenance. So we drove to Timmies for a double double, MacD's for a cheese burger, then back to the first IGA and did our shopping. We go some funny looks walking around a grocery store at such an hour. What an adventure. Well, time for bed for me. Hope to talk to you all soon. Take care.
Check it out Dan, I got my hair cut and straightened. I'll be back to Curly Sue by morning but hey, it was fun for a change.....it was super nice out today so Caleb, Kevin & I (who were lucky enough to have the day off) went out sledding all afternoon. We built some sweet jumps, that took up most of my time.....after we eat, Joe, the boy I are going to go for a skate and then call it a night.
Well, looks like you're having a blast! Some of those pics were amazing and I'm sure there will be plenty more to come. I really liked the ice castles, but OH MAN! do I want to go visit you at one of those warm places....I think I'm gonna quit my jobs and come play instead....yeah. So when do you go back to work and when do you get off for summer break? Are you still thinking of coming back to do your masters?
Anyhow, soups up so I gotta run....LUV YA & MISS YA A BUNCH!!!!
This is What Corinna looks like when she's all done having her picture taken, thats the woman I know and love...
This picture is for your lady friend, So she knows she has the J-Man's "Seal Of Approval".
This is a picture of me, cuz I know you miss me!!!
Just a picture of a rig I was on when I work as a safety supervisor, I'll show you all (mom) what a completed wellsite looks like next time I come back from Zama, and come this spring I'll be using a helicopter and an ATV to get to some of my more remotes wells so I'll put some of those 'adventures' up as they come. oohh and dan I'll start taking pictures of my self laying on my couch just for you (in grotesquely slothful positions) . With Love, Joe
Auntie Joan, her granddaughter Grace, Cousin BeckieAnn
says....Hi Daniel...How is China???