Friday, May 18, 2018

Family (and Joe) updates

I'm trying to keep up at least one blog post a month!! I do love writing it and especially love looking back through at the memories from time to time. I am terrible at printing photos, so this is my main way to store all of my images. I'm going to look into getting my blog printed as a memory book one of these days.

So, a lot has changed since my last post. Mainly - I started a new job!! I'm so excited to say that I'm now working in the private sector, with a truly amazing and forward thinking company called Perennia. I'll be working closely with the fishing industry to develop new seafood products and help reduce seafood waste, and help to grow the value of NS seafood exports. The best part? I get to work from home. Saying good bye to my cubicle felt so, so good - and what a luxury it is to have a much more flexible schedule and ownership over my projects. I can now attend class trips, work remotely from Fredericton at times, go for walks when I need a break and still feel super productive. I'm truly happy with this new arrangement.

All is well with the boys these days as well. Caleb is deep into the world of Mine Craft at the moment, but now that the weather is warming we are spending lots of time in the backyard and shooting hoops on our new basketball net. Odin's big personality continues to grow each day. He's a force to be reckoned with, but I wouldn't have it any other way. He is very crafty at trying to get what he wants and has the quick negotiation skills of a seasoned lawyer. He keeps us on our toes for sure.

Bad news about the three Joe's however. Two of them have recently died, as Odin's new obsession seems to be with death. He talks about it all the time, asking who we know that has died or what happens when we die. Do we just go flat? Do we come back? Thankfully, he has stopped wanting to talk about death each night right before bed, because it was getting a bit creepy! But, we still have one Joe and he is still very present in our lives. It seems that Odin uses him as a way to reference events or experiences that haven't actually happened so that he can feel included. For example, when eating or trying something new, he'll always say something like, Oh yes, I've had this before at Joe's. Or, yes, I did see that movie at Joe's house one time. Things like that. It's adorable and I'll be sad when the day comes that  our last remaining Joe is no longer part of our every day.

I thought it would be nice to end off with some photos of a game that my sister-in-law Mary, gave us for Christmas. None other than Pie Face, which has absolutely no strategy or purpose other than to watch people get whip cream thrown in their face. The boys think it is the best game of all time. Well, Caleb loves it at least. Odin won't go near it, but that's ok because he tried it once at Joe's!

Greggy going down!

Aly action shot

Caleb desperately hoping to get pie-faced!

And Mama Linda cuddling up with Odin after all the excitement!