Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On the beach

The water rushes towards me. As it washes over my feet and my legs, the force of the moving water threatens to knock me over. As it retreats back to the ocean, I feel the sand being pulled from underneath my feet. I don't know if the tide is rising or falling. Still, I stand firm, and await the next wave. This is our family's journey. This is Kolbjorn's journey.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MRI and travels

We just got the date for Kol's next MRI - Friday, December 2nd, at 3:00pm. We'd appreciate your prayers, if for nothing else than our nerves. The last MRI indicated that there may possibly be new growth, but Kol has been feeling fine, with no unusual headaches or any other symptoms, so we're not too worried... but yes, we are still a bit nervous.

Also, we realized that we hadn't mentioned our upcoming travels - in less than 48 hours, we should be in the air on our way to California! We're going to be there for five days with my parents - our itinerary isn't set in stone yet, but we're planning on a couple days at Disneyland, a day or two at Legoland, and hopefully a day at Sea World in San Diego. The kids are also looking forward to seeing the ocean for the first time, although I don't expect we'll do any swimming (except maybe at the heated pool at the hotel).

We're all getting pretty excited - it should be a great family time for us, and any excuse to get away from snow and ice is just fine by me!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Regina fundraiser for Camp Circle O'Friends

On Wednesday night, we were honoured to be a part of a charity auction put on by the Canadian Progress Club - Regina Centre to benefit Camp Circle O'Friends. Kol was asked to give a short speech, similar to what he did for the National Inside Ride fundraiser for CCoF earlier this fall, and he did a great job:

And we all got to dress up real fancy too:
We clean up pretty good, eh?
Thank-you to Camp Circle O'Friends and to the Progress Club for making us a part of this event!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Home again

56 hours and 1200 kilometers later, we have arrived back home from Calgary. Kol's dental work went quite well - all his mercury amalgam fillings have been safely removed and replaced with composite. He also received intravenous vitamin C as part of the mercury removal protocol, which meant that he had to drink a lot of water afterwards to help flush out his system, which meant that our drive home from Calgary was frequently interrupted by "the call of nature".

The rest of our stay in Calgary was enjoyable. The hotel was good - it won't be winning three or four stars in any travel guides, but our room was clean, the staff was friendly, there was free WiFi, and the beds were comfortable. IKEA was good for the most part, except for the disappointing discovery that they no longer carried Daim candy - after spending the necessary few hours walking through the store, I was really looking forward to getting a big bag of Daim. The Apple store was amazing - I got to try out some different Mac systems and iPhones, and we got a recommendation for a good drop-resistant iPad case - but the only thing I brought home from there was a list of what I want to buy if I win the lottery stumble across a backpack full of unmarked $20 bills get a few good programming gigs.

As much as we enjoyed this trip, the best part was still arriving at home, seeing our "missing" girls, and having our family together once again. Be it ever so humble...