Friday, August 3, 2007

Meet Bailey Gobbato!






Bailey is the newest member of our family, he is an adorable ball of gorgeous brown fur (yes brown - almost like a chocolate lab). He is so friendly, very cuddly and playful and it's so hard being away from him when we're at work. We originally were going to get 2 kittens once our back room was completed but Bailey needed a home and we fell in love! We'll see how he is this next month or so to see if we should get another kitten to keep him company or if he's an "only child" kind of cat! Feel free to visit and meet him if you'd like!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

3 months later...

Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last update... is anyone still out there reading blogs?? I was reminded last night by Buffy and Rob that it's been awhile since I've written ;) So much has been happening and this year has been flying past at an extremely fast pace.

Franco and I just celebrated our one-year anniversary with a trip to Toronto this past weekend.. we had a great time! Did some shopping, LOTS of walking, a little relaxing and just an all around great time.

Last night Franco and I became parents to a beautiful brown furry kitten... Franco hasn't seen him yet since he was in Toronto overnight so as of yet he is still unnamed... I will post pics once we pick out a name! He is so fluffy and affectionate. A little bit of skin & bones right now but we'll fatten him up! My mom and aunt found him wandering my grandpa's property and brought him home to add to our family! We're considering getting another kitten in about a month or so if he seems bored with both of us working full-time but so far he's pretty self-entertained and perfectly content. Time will tell...

If anyone still reads this leave a post.. hope everyone is having a great summer!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Gotta try this...

Okay, this sounds a little weird but it's hilarious, you gotta try it out:

1. go to www.google.com
2. click on "maps"
3. click on "get directions"
4. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
5. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
6. click on "get directions"
7. scroll down to step #24(on the left side)

Let me know what you think you should do v. what google suggests that you do!

Friday, April 13, 2007

More pics...

This is us in Kampala, Uganda.



These are some ugly huge birds that flew all over Kampala. This picture does them no justice...


This is what they call "load-share" in Uganda. Every couple days or so the power would go out. Sometimes for a couple hours, sometimes longer. This time happened to come on the evening before we left for Kisumu,Kenya and had to pack. The power was still off in the morning so we packed by candlelight!


Here we are riding a camel while spending the day by the pool at a resort in Kisumu, Kenya. We went with the volunteers from the Netherlands (it was a Sunday so of course a day of rest!).

These lizards were everywhere in Kisumu, Kenya. They are so cute... I especially love their "fingers". One morning we woke up to one silhouetted against our curtain. We really love the fact that they eat mosquitos!

More to come...

Africa cont'd...

I was asked to share my favorite part of the trip but I’m not able to pick just one, so here are a few:

Visiting the primary school in the slums of Kampala. These kids were sooo excited to have us there. They were constantly surrounding us, wanting to hold our hands, take pictures with us, sing for us, etc. Everywhere you go in Africa, the sound of children singing is something you will get used to very quickly. They LOVE to sing and it brings so much joy to everyone who gets to hear it. These kids were an absolute delight to spend the afternoon with. They even followed us all the way to the main road where we had to get a taxi.


Seeing the incredible impact that one person can have on another’s life. Vivian, the lady who runs the B&B in Kampala also runs a Crisis Pregnancy Center. One the girls she had at the center was working part-time for her at the B&B. We didn’t get the opportunity to speak to her because she didn’t understand English, but Vivian told us her tragic story. She was raped by her step-father and now pregnant with his child. Her mother is into voodoo and witchcraft and whenever she visits her daughter, she is very mean and bitter towards her. Vivian has taken this teenager into her home and is teaching her many life-skills as well as showing her what real love is all about. This girl now has the chance for a good future.

Meeting Martin and “momma”, an incredible couple living in Kisumu, Kenya. This couple has 3 kids of their own and has adopted 15 orphans of all ages. Can you believe it? They have 18 kids living at their house right now. Not only that, they plan on adopting more. I don’t know what these kids were like when they first came to the house but when I met them, they are well-rounded, loving and extremely helpful kids. They have chores and responsibilities like everyone else, but they are loved like crazy by two incredible people who have transformed what could have been a horrible, lonely life.


So these were a “few of my favorite things”… I’ve included some pics as well as added a couple to the previous post.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Back in cold Canada...

Was it really only 2 weeks? I can’t believe how much we saw and experienced in the short 2 weeks that we were in Africa.

We arrived in Uganda early Monday morning (March 26) and were immediately pleased by the hot sun that greeted us at the airport. (Our average temperature was about 90 degrees).

The first thing we were exposed to was the absolutely CRAZY and INSANE traffic that is in Kampala (the capital of Uganda). This city is comparable to Toronto in size but has only 2 traffic lights that we saw (which were ignored by most drivers) and seemingly NO traffic laws. Most roads had only 1 lane of traffic each way but you wouldn’t know it by the way people drove. Africans in general are a very relaxed people, usually not concerned with time…until they get behind the wheel of a car.

Cross at your own risk was the general rule… the fastest way to get around town was on what they call a “Boata-boata” (I spelled it the way it’s pronounced), which is a motorcycle. Seems somewhat safe right? Nope… scary is the word. The 3 times that I had to take one I was praying the whole way there. These motorcyclists don’t wear helmets (with the rare exception) and certainly don’t have one for you to wear. They weave in and out of traffic very quickly, usually missing the cars beside, behind and in front of them by mere inches (this is not an exaggeration at all). They are also swerving to avoid hitting the endless potholes that are scattered every few feet (some the size of small cars).

So that was our first experience in Uganda.


As for food… there is fresh fruit everywhere and you can get it cheap. The pineapples and banana’s taste sooooo good. Franco and I stayed at a bed & breakfast owned by a wonderful woman named Vivian who also runs a Crisis Pregnancy Center. This woman is so amazing. The food she cooked was incredible and made adjusting to Africa very easy on our stomachs.


That’s all I’m going to post for now, I’ll try to do a couple to try to get everything in as well as include some pics.

Hope everyone is doing great!

Friday, March 23, 2007

About to leave...

I can't believe how quickly time has flown by... Franco and I leave TOMORROW for Africa. Thank you to everyone's prayers and well wishes... I haven't had time lately to even check blog let alone post so I apologize if I've been ignoring anyone.

I am really looking forward to leaving for 2 weeks... long flights but I really don't mind them - it's all part of the travel experience and I LOVE that!

We met with a friend of ours (Joe) today who's from Windsor, but has been in Africa for the last 2 years with Christ's Hope. We got to see pictures and he was able to give us a better idea of what to expect when we get there.

It looks like we'll be able to travel to Kenya as well so we'll be in Uganda for about 6 days total and Kenay for 5. We'll travel back and forth by bus which is about a 7hr trip but you get to see the whole country side which is supposed to be beautiful.

We found out that we will definitely have access to bottled water which is great news and that there is lots of local fruit readily available so I'm not so concerned about the food. Joe told us that the banana's and pineapple are amazing so I'm looking forward to that.

Well...this is a quick one but we've got lots left to do so I'll try to post when we're there but if not, I'll definitely post when we get back. And there WILL be pics! ;)

Have a great couple weeks! Buffy & Rob - we're looking forward to seeing you guys on the 6th! We fly in a few hours before you so we may be able to meet you at the airport with my mom.

Later!

Friday, March 2, 2007

A little "add-on"

Well, as I said in the previous post, I got the message too late regarding being interviewed with A-channel - HOWEVER, I received a phone call from CBC yesterday who asked if they could interview me THAT DAY...oy...totally not prepared. I wasn't even wearing make-up yesterday!

But I put my vanity aside and said yes! They met me at work on my lunch, taped for about 1/2 hr and it was on the 6pm news! I give "kudos" to whoever edited the clip, I didn't look nervous and I wasn't flubbing my answers so... yay for editing!

I hope the message got across and I hope the homecoming soldiers get an incredible welcome with Windsor covered in yellow ribbons!