Thursday, September 30, 2010

Crazy & Cute, What a Combination!

I have been a bit ill which has officially caused me to lose my mind! I figure that if I can make fun of myself  instead of getting upset it will help me get through all of the crazy things I have done lately. Majorie Hinckely once said, "The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefet to laugh, crying gives me a headache." Here's what I've done so far that has cause me to laugh and maybe cry just a little...

1. Atleast 5 times a day I say words in a sentence backwords, or say words the wrong way all together

2. I put the milk jug away in a cupboard rather than in the fridge where it obviously belongs

3. I set the television remote in the wall cradle for the A/C remote, and put the A/C remote on top of
    the TV (We didn't even notice this until it was getting hot and time for some cool air.)

4. I crashed my car into a cement post while pulling into my driveway (already somewhat of a terd on
    wheels, this was still extremely upsetting.)

5. I can't seem to remember anything and put things away without recalling later where I have put them

Now, I don't know if these things were caused by being sick, medication, sleep deprivation, or a combo of the three...or if these are just silly excuses for my foolish behavior, but I'm losing it right? Anyone ever feel this way??

In other news Emma has become a skilled talker and is cracking me up every day. Here's a list of what she has been saying lately...

1. This morning she crept over to the side of my bed and put here face to mine. When I peeled my eyes open she looked at me and exclaimed with a big smile, "Mommy, you waked up. I'm so powd of you!"

2. When she came outside with an ever patient daddy to view the damage to the car she said ""Mommy what happon?" I said, "Mommy broke the car." Then she said, "Oh mommy, I buy you new one k."

3. A few days ago Emma noticed a scratch on my face and said "Mommy I'm sooooo sowwy you hewt yoursewf." She is not quite pronouncing her her L's or R's just yet but this was super sweet of her to say!

4. Whenever she is on the couch she pats the seat next to her and says, "come hit by me." when we correct her and tell her to say "sit by me, I swear it sounds like she says "shit by me!"

5. On a daily basis at some point she tells me, "Mommy, I'm reawwy sad." When I ask why she says with tears in her eyes, "I miss my puppy, I need my keka."

So there you have it, 5 crazy things I've done and 5 cute things Emma has said! Whew, what a week!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Taco Soup in 90 degree Weather!

It occured to me today, as I was simmering taco soup for dinner, why my mom thought it was odd that I wanted to go and get soup in the middle of summer (this was in July, while we were visiting Medford). I remember eating homemade soup on cold, rainy days as a child. Now I'm here, making this large pot of soup in 90 degree weather, where the sun is shining, and the earth surrounding me is green and lush. It's strange to live somewhere where the weather pretty much goes from hot and rainy to hot and dry, and I am missing Fall. I want to put on a sweater and a pair of waist slimming jeans for pete sakes! Instead of stomping my boots in a pile of crisp fall leaves, I am crunching crabs with my tires as I drive-sick and wrong I know, but it sounds awesome! I think Jer might miss the changing seasons a bit too. A few days ago he bought cocoa mix and we both enjoyed a steamy mug of hot chocolate in our humid house! So give fall a kiss for us, and tell him that while he has forgotten to come here I am still trying to pretend he exists!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yoho Yoho a Pirates Life is NOT for me!

Ahoy Matey! This weekend we set sail on a pirate ship with the significant others group at SGU. Emma was extremely excited about going on the ship since she has been asking to go on a boat since we got here. She has never been on a boat before and so I was a little worried about how she might react, but it seems she had a great time.  Immediatly upon boarding she asked for a pirate hat and gun. I on the other hand spent most of the time hiding in the lower deck near the bathroom. Yes people I still have my dignity; I refused to chum water with a few others up above and did my puking in private! I should have known that my stomach would not approve of the swaying ship.  At any rate I survived the excursion and was grateful the rest of my little family had fun. While aboard we dressed as pirates for pictures, drank juice, ate snacks, and shot cannons into the water. The ship also moored at flamingo bay so we could swing from ropes, walk the plank, or climb the ladder for a wavy but refreshing swim.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life Lately

My blog seems to suffer lately due to a severe case of writer's block, or is it because life here finally feels normal? Not much about Grenada shocks me anymore. I'm used to the people, the culture, the lack of inexpensive but tasty restaurants, the crazy bus drivers, men peeing on the side of road, the expensive groceries, the rain coming down in sheets and flooding the streets in just a few minutes, the short banking hours, the sun going down by 6:30pm, having to wear sunscreen and bug spray daily, the sweltering humidity, constantly sweating from said humidity, legs always itching from mosquito bites, pesky ants in my cupboards, swimming at least 4 times a week, craving a smoothie everyday, only wanting to take cold showers, fun Friday nights spent together as a family or with friends, being asked for money everywhere I go, and the rest that living here entails.

 Life just seems to go on as it would at any other time or place. We are completely adjusted to the routine that medical school and living on a tropical island requires. I love being here despite some of  the odd things I've listed above. Living here feels natural, like we've been here a very long time.

Emma doesn't know any different. She is in heaven with the beach or pool as her playground.  She also loves attending the GAP (Grand Anse Playgroup) this term. I'm thrilled that she can finally tell me what she wants to do, Like "mommy, I wanna go wimming." or "I wan go schoo," or "I wan watch a mootee (movie)" or "I wan see Kody and Ayee (Allie)." She doesn't seem, however, to understand why I can't fulfill her almost daily request of "mommy, I wanna go to gammas house day."

For Jerod, time goes by quickly. He is busy of course with school and has already completed 3 classes for term two and is continuing 3 others. Every now and then he squeezes in a game night with friends, a movie, or some beach time with us. Mostly though he's at school listening in lecture or studying. I am proud of his commitment towards success.

As for me, I stay busy keeping Emma entertained, reading books on my new Nook that I never want to put down, watching movies with terrible acting at night with my good friend Ashley, cleaning like crazy, cooking new things, planning activities for young womens with little to no resources, chatting about motherhood and busy husbands with friends at the pool, attempting to burn more fat at SGU's gym, and catching up on my favorite TV shows via the Internet.

So that's it. That's our life lately. Boring as it seems I wouldn't have it any other way, at least for now!