We're home again. Back in the frozen north. The very frozen north.

We spent the last few days of our trip around Sylvan Lake and Medicine Hat--more specifically, Eagles Nest Ranch on the edge of the Cypress Hills, which is only a little over an hour north of the Montana border. The whole south of Alberta was experiencing the most lovely chinook--a weather condition which, sadly, never reaches our little Peace River town since we are too far from the Rocky Mountains and too far north besides. While they had a bare skiff of snow and a warm face-caressing breeze on the other extreme of our province, we had another inch or two added to the already-high mounds of white stuff yesterday.

So, because of the extremely sporadic and dial-uppish nature of my internet connection over the last week, I decided to wait until I got home to continue the update of my trip. However, there is a LOT that I missed, so I plan on relaying it in little blurbs throughout the rest of the week. I haven't even uploaded the photos from my camera to my computer yet!

However, for now, I just wanted to say "HI!" I don't even have time to update beyond that. We got home on Friday night, and it didn't take long to discover that Jabin was no longer thrilled about sleeping in the crib, and alone in a room at that, since he had been sharing sleeping quarters with his brothers for three weeks. The only reason we hadn't moved him out of the crib before we left is because we did not have beds to move everyone "up one" into. After Friday night's fiasco, however, we decided to improvise. We moved Jude's and Noah's beds into Jabin's room, and took Jabin's mattress out of the crib and put it on the floor.

The plan is to turn Jude's and Noah's old room into a dressing room/school room, as I will be starting to home school Jude starting tomorrow. (More on that later.) However, that room has been steadily moving up the list of priorities on "rooms-to-be-painted" since we moved in here, and since it was nearly empty, and we had the paint, we (meaning me) decided yesterday that now was the time.

So. I need to go help finish painting it. I start teaching tomorrow, and I need to put my house back in order before my students arrive and try to find the piano under the mess!

Happy New Year, friends!