Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Alangasi 5km

Maria won a local 5km race last Saturday. Won the biggest trophy ever (nearly 1 metre) in the smallest race ever! and 60 bucks. Dad and kids came in last :)
Listened to mom's radio interview last night on Pantera 960 am
Had lunch at Jean's after, who lives right in the plaza at the finish line. She is married to an Ecuadorian, teaches year 2 at BSQ and is going back to Toronto next year.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ilalo hike

6 hours! Bit more than we'd bargained for! Maria carrying Ramon on her back for bit in the baby carrier as opposed to the backpack carrier....it was a bit tough on her! I carried Carla most of the way up and Ramon most of the way down. Ilalo is 3200m...we started at about 2300m...it's an extinct volcano, surrounded by many active ones.
The second photo is Ramon ready for his 1st day of school! There were a few tears for a few days...now he's as happy as can be :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Losing things

A blog entry sans fotos? Yes indeed.

In the past few years, Maria and I have lost a number of items. For awile, I chalked it up to old age, but lately I think it has more to do with the fact that life is more complicated with kids. So I'm blaming it on Carla and Ramon. For example...packing up to go for a hike was a simple affair....grab a quick bite to eat and chuck a few items in the pack, with a quick check of the hiking check list on the fridge. Now...it's trying to do that while feeding, toileting two kids while keeping them ammused. In other words...running around in circles, chasing our tails and eventually around 8am, as opposed to 6am, we make it out the door.

What have we lost? ....a nice big umbrella on the bus yesterday....Ramon's sunglasses on a ridgetop last week....a camera in a taxi....Maria's wallet in a taxi...$25 bucks worth of groceries I left on the front seat of a taxi.

And so it goes....Now where did that damn dog dazer get to?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What we did on our Christmas holiday 2009-10

Well our holidays are now more about the kids than cycling or climbing in some exotic locale. Maria’s family came to visit us (Except for Hector and family who were sick with the flu). It’s really difficult to post under every picture, so here is a list of what we did, describing from top to bottom.
1. Grew my 1st new top tooth!
2. Went shopping.
3. Had dad suck my big toe
4. Played in the hot springs.
5. Watched llamas.
6. Saw some hot flowers
7. And some other funny flowers
8. I just love doggies!
9. Saw some of historic Quito
10. Played a game with my brother
11. Went hiking above our house….that’s Cayambe volcano in the background….it’s right on the equator!
12. My best pal Mafe!
13. Dad got a prize from a famous Ecuadorian runner, named Silvio Guerra. For pushing us kids in a 10km race he won dinner for 4 at a local restaurant.
14. Hanging out with my cool $114 shades that mom won for me in a race.
15. More shopping
16. Siesta time!
17. Mommy’s babies
18. More hiking
19. Me in my little bear suit.
20. More hot springs
21. Hiking in the Amazon rain forest
22. Playing with my 2 girlfriends in the tree house.
23. Me and my tio Carlos
24. Ramon’s 3rd birthday party
25. Me and dad
26. Tia Vilma and Carolina
27. My dad thinks he’s an explorer…but with us two kids he only gets to explore the inside of a mall these days.
28. My new red dress.
29. Our Christmas tree
30. Building a tree house with dad
31. Ditto
32. My new swing
33. That’s me, Carla
34. My tricycle
35. Camping with dad overnight in the front yard.