Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
We went home to Canada for an AMAZING summer vacation. Rob's job in Canada couldn't extend his leave of absence for him to continue working with the UN so we made the difficult decision to return to Ottawa. In retrospect this is wonderful. We miss home. We want to go back to Ottawa. Badly. We get our dog back. Our house back. Our family and friends back. Siiiigh. :)
We're in Panama until October and then will move back to Ottawa to enjoy the Fall colours. In our last few weeks here we've been beach trekking every weekend and are taking in all the turquoise water, tidal pools and sea shells we can. Man, will we miss the beach. The above photos are a mix of what made our Canadian summer vacation so poignant and our last few weeks here in Panama so special.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Let me preface this post by saying that we, as a family, have been sick since since January. At no point in the last 5 and 1/2 months have we all been healthy. Rashes, sniffles, sore throats, fevers, putrid bug bites, vomiting, phlegm- you name it, we've had it. And I'm SICK OF BEING SICK! Our family doctor down here has described Panama as "the perfect petrie dish", meaning viruses love this environment. It's damp, it's hot, it's humid. Voila! You're sick. Add to the mix that there must be viruses down here that are new to us, as in our systems don't have any way to fight them and it feels like we're under attack. On this note alone, I'm ready to come back to Canada, where at least the viruses are ones we've had before and maybe have a measure of being able to defeat. Zella has had it the worst, I believe. She doesn't even know that she's sick. As only a kid could do she has figured out how to use her snot-filled nose to to hammer out a disgusting version of Name That Tune. No kidding. She says things like, "Mom, guess this song..." then proceeds to breath through her nose in time to various pieces of music. ENOUGH! It feels like Panama is beating us right now. Now, if you'll excuse me I have to blow my nose for the 30th time this morning.