Thursday, August 13, 2009

Never a dull moment in Student Development

One of the things that I appreciate about working in Student Development is the fun that we have together. We had our staff retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and on one of the days were asked to give a brief presentation for the rest of the team. We decided to spruce it up a bit by dressing up in crazy costumes with no real purpose. It was hilarious and we created a special memory. And in case you're wondering, yes, that is a penguin beak on my face!
We had to take a staff photo for Univeristy purposes and are a little afraid that this is going to come back to haunt us - or end up in one of our publications or something.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Ahhh...there's nothing like some "snug" time with Daddy! Priya has become quite the snuggler these days (she cutely calls it "snug") and has LOVED the special time with Daddy now that we are home again.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Home At Last

We finally made it home! The day went well for the most part. We left Steinbach at 5am and arrived at the airport by 6am. I had no problems getting through customs in Winnipeg and sat at the gate for about 45 minutes before boarding. When I checked in they told me that there was almost no chance of there being an open seat on the 1st flight to use Priya's car seat. But it definitely worked out in our favor and we ended up with an extra seat! Priya slept for a whopping total of 30 minutes! But hey, it was better than nothing. :) She was an angel on the flight so I didn't mind.

We had about 2 1/2 hours in Denver to kick around (we had a minor delay there) and then hopped on our 2nd flight for nearly 3 hours to San Francisco. The flight was totally full so we didn't have an extra seat. But we survived. :)

In San Francisco we encountered a delay that kept us there for 3 1/2 - 4 hours. That was pretty brutal but again we made it through. We lucked out on the last flight at the last minute and ended up getting 2 seats as well! I think a stinky diaper may have helped but that's another story... :)

Ashish greeted us at the airport and Priya's reaction to him brought tears to my eyes. He enthusiastically called out her name, she turned around, squealed very loudly, and then ran to him with her arms outstretched. It was a beautiful sight to see father and daughter reunited. We were pretty happy to see each other too. :)

So after 16 hours of traveling we are safely back at home. Ahhhh...I had a wonderful time in Manitoba but there really is no place like home!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Oma's Big Day!

Today was another terrific day! Both Tanya's, Emily, Judy & I got together in the afternoon for coffee at an adorable little place here in Steinbach. We had an amazing time sharing stories and getting to know each other better. Before the end of our time together every one of us had teared up (in a good way). Ahhhh...female bonding at its best! :)We then got together with everyone for Oma's 85th birthday party celebration. There was no end to the fun we all had together today!

Oma received a digital photo frame as her birthday gift today. Everyone gathered around to see the photos that everyone sent to be included on the frame.
We also celebrated my parents' 40th anniversary today too.

Flying Hot Dogs and Tacos, Oh My!

On Friday morning we attended the Pioneer Days Parade in Steinbach (boy did that ever bring back memories from when we attended the parade as kids!). The weather was pretty bad (it rained through most of it), but we enjoyed it nonetheless. I remember candy being thrown at these parades as a child but this far surpassed anything I had ever seen! They threw candy, freezie pops, water bottles, sodas, hot dogs, dog food packets and much, much more! Well, some of it was handed out, but still... They even gave out soccer balls! It was quite the party!

In the evening, Greg and Tanya had us over for a fabulous Mexican Fiesta Night! This had to be one of the funnest nights I've had in years! We played Wii (my first time), Rock Band, Telephone Pictionary (and wow did we ever laugh!), had a fabulous meal (thanks Tanya) and had an all-around wonderful time together!