We just got back from a relaxing and warm and fun trip to Mexico. We took the kids to Puerta Vallarta and had a great time. We stayed at a really nice resort, the Melia Puerta Vallarta and were lucky that no one got sick, it only rained for about an hour the whole time and we got to do some really awesome things.
The flights were not ideal for the kids traveling, both of the flying very very late at night, but as usual they both did fantastic. Even Lucas on our flight home was so excited that at 3am when we took off, he watched about an hour of Harry Potter, just because he was excited to be on a plane and have his own TV.
The resort we stayed at was very nice. They had a good big pool that wasn't too deep for the kids, but deep enough they could jump in and out. The food was pretty good (although I always get sick of eating the same foods all week). And they had a smaller buffet table for the kids, which Lucas and Nathan really enjoyed being able to pick their own food. They also had cereal on the the kids buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which the kids thought was great. The resort also had lots of other things to do too, Lucas started to learn to pool and fuze-ball.
The shows that they had at the resort were spectacular, so we were sure to catch them all in the evenings. Plus before the show they had a mini disco, which the kids really enjoyed.
We did do a couple of little excursions, one day we went right into town, which I loved. It's always nice to see how other people live. In Mexico it often open your eyes to how lucky we are here (although they don't get snow....)
We also went on a trip to Las Caletas. We watched the whales on the boat ride over and then the boys had a really fun time at the kids adventure park there. They both went zip lining, which I wasn't sure if they would like it or decide not to do it, but they were both very brave and did it. We also got a chance to relase baby sea turtles into the ocean.
It was a really great vacation. We all came back with a little sun in our skin and more relaxed and enjoyed some quality family time together.
Well January had lots of ups and downs. The downs were mostly with work and luckily I only work 3 days a week, so the good times still out weighed the bad times, although the bad work times, did often creep into my days off and the good times with the kids. But we did do lots of REALLY fun things this month.
The one sad thing that happened that I can write about and want to write about because it's never happened in the 8 years as a teacher and I hope it never happens again is that we had a student die. This is the saddest thing I've ever had happen to me as a teacher. And his funeral was packed full of people. He was young and going to be a great x-ray technologist. It is such a waste that someone who was so vibrant died.
Okay on to happier things. First was taking Lucas skiing. It was his first time and it was really important to us that he liked it. We didn't want to pressure him because we want him to love it as much as we do. We didn't want it to be a bad first experience and him not want to do it again. So we started off on the bunny hill. Pop came with us and gave Lucas some great tips to start with. Pizza and french fries and how to lean on each leg to turn. After about two runs, he said he legs hurt and wanted to go in. We made a deal that after 3 more runs we would go in and have a break. Well of course on the next run he started to get use to the skiis and started to "get it" a bit. So we didn't go in and skiied and skiied. At lunch time he said he wanted to try the big hill. So off we went onto the gold chair and went up the mountain. The chair was pretty fast, so I was worried he may be scared or didn't like it, but he thought it was great. Luckily Pop can ski backward so he helped Lucas down the first time. Really that kid was hooked! It was me who at the end of the day, said my legs were sore (as I hadn't been skiing in 7 years either) and wanted to be done for the day. I forgot how much I loved skiing. Being in the mountains, surronded by nature and friends brings a sense of peace and being humble.
It was also Mom and Dad's 30th wedding anniversary!! Can you believe it, 30 years is a long time. It was a great celebration at the Banff Springs hotel for brunch. Delicious food, delicious company in a beautiful setting.
We also celebrated Dad's birthday! Which was a fun evening of good food and friends. Darryl also helped Dad work on finishing their basement.
Things continue to be good with Lucas and Nathan. Lucas is now excelling at school. He's going through the reading levels for french books really fast. He was "etoile de la semaine" and he presented in front of his whole class. He's answering questions in class and doesn't get upset if he makes a mistake. Mom noticed a big difference taking him to school. We got Nathan signed up for preschool for next year and he is very excited about it. We've been working hard at getting him learn recognize all his letters and know what they mean. Although I think lots of his brain is taking up with big boy stuff from hanging around with his brother. But they do get along really well so that great!
We are so lucky to have such great support and people around us to spend
our time with. We live a sweet life and are so lucky to have great
people to spend time with. We are also healthy and happy and lucky. So
even though work has been incredibly challenging this month, I get to
come home to fun boys to play dodgeball and UNO with. And spend my
weekends with great family and friends.