What a life, fresh food markets, chocolate dipped strawberries, street parties and the Grand Prix in town, what more can you ask for???
Well that's not quite all, we have spent the past week or two reaching out to start new friendships, this being an island thing isn't much fun. We have found a babysitter giving us the time to go out and try our hands (technically feet) at swing dancing. It was great to get some time together, it was great fun but we have to get our jive and cha-cha steps out of our heads and swing rhythm in. Eleni behaved for our new babysitter and seems to have her wrapped around her finger already; they were off to the park within minutes of the babysitter arriving.
Jen’s found free-cycle and sent me out onto uncharted streets to find a college boy – heading back to Texas and didn’t want to take his stuff back home. We got a few nice freebies out of it so worth the trip.
It was Canada Grand Prix weekend in Montreal this weekend and that meant that the whole city was in party mood. The street a block over was closed off and the shops moved some of their stock onto the streets, lots of cars and I even got to play a little PS3 with Eleni. A little further away a different street party was happening where the road was blocked off for at least 5 blocks and more street venders and sales with comic strips drawn in chalk on the bitumen all the way down the street, very cool. (Not to mention the Daddy/Daughter PS3 street time).
Grand Prix was also an excuse to meet up with some other Aussies over here; I went down to meet them for a beer on the first night of celebrations. I had a drink in Rue Cresent the central street for the city’s Grand Prix party. I also managed to walk up a street that had been reserved for Ferrari parking – life is tough.
Church was good last Sunday with a BBQ after the service we had some good chats and got to know people better. The youth groupers were sent out on a Spiritual treasure hunt. It was a really cool idea – to get to know the parishioners better they asked them about how they came to faith, if they had experienced a vision or angelic visitation, or how they came to Christ. It was cool to crash their get to know you activity with our own and sitting with new friends we got to hear some of their stories while the youth were asking their questions.
Life continues on full speed, Eleni is settling into a new routine, we have been getting tough with sleep times resulting in her beginning to wake less at night. She now sleeps without a nappy (yay) and insists on brushing her own teeth as well as arranging her own clothing AND accessories. She has become a little Mummy as she checks, "have you got everything you need," and today in Bible study after a walk to the park checked in the door to ask if I was ok! As you can tell she is winning hearts in a big way and settling in with some of the people at Church which is great. She actually cried last week when Sunday School wasn't on because of the youth service.
Marty loves his job but continues to wait for a few more things to fall into place so he can really sink his teeth in.
So basically we miss you all but as you can tell are making the most of things - love to all, Jen, Marty and Eleni xxx