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Tobogganing Oop

December 3rd, 2006  · stk

Not all snow is bad! Alex had fun yesterday, tobogganing down our driveway, into the front yard. [A short video of her joy, can be found in this post]

Alex tobagganing down our driveway

Shredding the Driveway (Sorta)

At least Alex found joy in all of the snow we were handed!

We inherited a lot of 'junk', when we bought the property: an oil drum filled with sludge, scrap lumber and wood, metal pieces, chains, etc. Most of it is scattered across the entire place and we've started cleaning it up, trying to return the forest to a more pristine state.

Not all the 'junk' we're finding is undesirable. One of the items we found was a plastic, steerable snow sled (I think they're called 'snow shuttle sleds', but I'm not sure. We also have a couple of plastic discs and a thin, plastic toboggan.

I bundled Alex up and let her try bombing down the slight incline into our front 'yard'. The thin plastic toboggan didn't go fast enough for the Oop, so I dusted off the snow shuttle and let her have a go at it. (I was afraid that she wouldn't understand the concept of 'steering' and end up in a pile somewhere).

I shouldn't be such an overprotective Dad, I guess, because not only did she get the whole steering concept, but she had a hoot bombing down the driveway. Her only complaint (besides stopping) was that she wanted to go 'faster'!

I took a short video of one of her first runs. Have a look at "Oop - Our Daredevil"!

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The Nickel Tour

November 15th, 2006  · stk

We've been in our new home, on a 5-acre wooded lot, in Yellow Point, on Vancouver Island, for nearly a month. Join us for a virtual, web-tour of the property.

Oot 'n Aboot the Hutton House

For the first time since we've been married, just over 5 years (where has the time gone?), we're home OWNERS, instead of renters. It's also the first time we've lived on acreage and we're excited about that too. We've been here less than a month, but we thought we'd post a brief online tour of the property, for our far-away friends and family.

If real estate is about location, location, location, then we've got a great spot. Yellow Point is an absolutely fantastic, picturesque, pastoral setting. Parks, farms, an English Pub, Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts [1 2 3] ... it's all a short walk or drive.

The 5-acre property is pretty nifty. There's a beaver pond, a seasonal creek, a clearing, woodshed, pump house, chicken coop and play house. There are many tall cedar and Douglas fir trees and oodles of places for Alex to explore.

Check out our new home in the woods!

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Officially Moved

October 24th, 2006  · stk

We're officially moved into our new Vancouver Island home. Rats, deer, dial-up, boxes, wood stoves ... we've been here one week and there's still lots to do ...

Knee-Deep in Boxes, But Functional

It's been nearly a month since we vacated our Edmonton abode. Rachel has been working and living in Nanaimo, renting a room from Liz, who lives close to the hospital. Scott and the Oop have been to California and back, visiting grandparents (who all think that the Oop is 90% cute and only 10% "pain in the ass").

We took possession of our Yellow Point home on October 17th, as planned. It was nice that Cathy (the previous owner) allowed us to put our stuff in the garage, because it meant (in essence) we were ALREADY moved! Of course, the big task was still to haul it all INSIDE and UP the stairs.

We've been here a week. Read on about our current state of chaos ...

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Sunflower Project (30-Sep)

September 30th, 2006  · stk

120 days ago, Alex planted her tiny sunflower seed at day-care. On Sept.30th, the day we packed up the U-Haul truck to move to Vancouver Island, it bloomed!

September 30th: "At the Bloomin' 11th Hour!"

Alex's sunflower has bloomed in the nick of time!

Exactly 120 days ago, Alex's tiny fingers poked a single sunflower seed into a soil-filled Styrofoam cup, marking the beginning of "The Oop Sunflower Project". The plant has been through a lot, since then. It germinated in the Styrofoam cup, at day-care and since been transported, planted, transplanted, trampled by a cat, pummeled with rain and hail, suffered through hot sun and cold winds, been tied to a stake (twice) and after all that ... it managed to bloom - the day we moved from Edmonton!

The "Oop Sunflower Project" is a success!

Read on for the rest of this final update. For the full project story, which contains all of the updates in one article - head here.

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Packing the Toddler

September 26th, 2006  · stk

At 3 years-old, Alex cannot quite grasp the full meaning of our 1200-km U-Haul move. It's created some funny, touching and endearing moments. Read about them .................

The Oop: On Packing, Boxes & Upcoming U-Haul Move

Two years ago, when we moved to Edmonton, the Oop was not yet a year old. She wasn't walking. In fact, she was just learning to crawl. Moving was easy ... we just put her in a box! Now, Alex is nearly three years old and there isn't a box big enough to hold her.

Packing the house with a toddler has been quite the experience. On the plus side, she wants to help. On the minus side, she want to help. :-/

There have been moments of levity and precious memories, as she grapples with the whole concept of moving, trying to help and with some of the things she says. I try really hard to remember that she'll only be this young, innocent and cute for a short while and that I really should cherish these moments. I don't often succeed, when I'm covered with sweat, two-years worth of dust, tired from hauling too many boxes filled with our endless supply of material possessions (how did we end up with all this CRAP?) and -mostly- just wanting it all to be DONE!!

To learn more about our toddler's perspective on packing and moving, read on ...

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