Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jaxon's 2nd Birthday

To celebrate Jaxon's 2nd birthday this year, we had a themed "Teddy Bear's Picnic" party for him. Amanda was in charge of all the preparations for the party and, as his her family tradition, she went all out for the party. Tim's job was to make sure all the leftover food found a good home. Speaking of food, here is just a little bit of the picnic lunch that we had for the party.

Since it was a Teddy bear picnic party, we invited a bunch of our friends, and Jaxon's friends to the church where we had blankets set up for people to picnic on. Everyone was invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal. To start off the picnic, everyone was supposed to first decorate their brown lunch bag, then go to the food table to make their own sandwich and get other goodies to put in their bag lunch. Then everyone sat down on a blanket and enjoyed the picnic, without having to worry about bugs or other picnic pests. There were also a couple party games set up for the kids to play, but mostly they entertained themselves by running through the halls and chasing after each other. Below is a picture of Jaxon enjoying his lunch with the Stubbs girls and the Gehmlich girls.

When it was time for Jaxon to open his presents, there was no lack of people who wanted to help him unwrap the goodies and play with the toys. Below Jaxon is looking at some of his gifts that he got for his birthday.

Here Lola shows Jaxon his card with Thomas the Tank Engine on it.

When it came time for dessert and time to sing "Happy Birthday" to Jaxon, he wasn't quite sure what to do. We had him sit in a chair and we all sang to him, but all he wanted to do was just grin at everyone like he was getting his picture taken. Amanda decided that little cupcakes for everyone would be better than one giant cake... more bite-sized for the little kids.

All in all, it was a very fun party, and Jaxon really seemed to enjoy it. I think he was feeling a lot better than he was at last year's party, and had a fun time with his friends and family and playing with his new toys. Thanks to everyone who came out and also all those who have sent their well wishes to Jaxon and to us.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Update from the Pisko Family

It’s been quite a while since I last updated things on the blog here. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to update everyone on what’s been going on. If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you’re probably already aware of most of the new stuff.  But if not, then this will all be great news for you.

On the last post I was updating pictures of our Christmas vacation up to Edmonton to visit Amanda’s parents. Since then we have confirmed with a doctor’s appointment and ultrasound that Amanda is pregnant expecting our second child in August. We are both excited to have another baby, and Jaxon appears to be excited to be a big brother. When we ask Jax where the baby is, he runs over and pats Amanda’s belly and gives it a hug.

Since we found out we were going to have another baby, we decided that our current living conditions were too small to accommodate our growing family. And thanks to our neighbor Duncan, who decided to form a house-buying coalition, we have decided to build a house in south Calgary.

Here’s how the story goes. We really like the apartment complex that we live in, mostly because of the neighbors we have. So Amanda had an idea last year that it would be great if we could take all the “cool people” from the complex and all move into houses on the same street or neighborhood so we would all be close together on our very own “Wisteria Lane” (a little Desperate Housewives reference for anyone not in the know). But it was just a thought that we never gave a second glance at, until Duncan came up with the same idea and ran with it. So in February, four of the families from the complex went out and got pre-approved for mortgages and Duncan called up some builders to find out what sort of volume discounts we could get if we had a group of people all ready to buy. Through some negotiating, lots of talk, a few scary situations, and quite a bit of worrying, Amanda and I found a really sweet deal on a Spec home in a new community in south Calgary. We signed the paperwork on the home without any of the other members of our coalition committed to moving to the same neighborhood. Since that time, Duncan and his family have bought in our community, and another of the coalition member bought in the south west. We’re still working on the last coalition member to get them to move south with us.  We’ll have to wait and see.

The latest progress on the home as of last Saturday was that the house was framed and the roof trusses were being assembled on site. Windows and doors were on site, ready to be installed. The anticipated move in date for us is late June / early July. So we will be nice and settled into the new place for when Amanda has the baby. And she will be nice and huge when we have to move, so she won’t have to do a lot of work.

I’ll update with pictures and such from the construction once we have our first meeting with the site supervisor. Since it is a Spec home, we don’t get to make any decisions about the colors of the walls, cabinets, carpet, etc, and we can’t change anything in the floorplan. But at the same time, we save a ton of money because that process is streamlined for us. Everything is decided already.

In other news, February 21st was my 30th birthday. We decided that since we had just signed the paperwork for our $300,000 home the Monday before, that I didn’t need any presents from Amanda and Jaxon. Instead we had some family and some friends over and expensed the pizza and cheesecake to my work as a reward bonus and we played some Rock Band and Mario Kart for the Wii.

Speaking of Birthday news, this Saturday is Jaxon’s 2nd birthday party, with Sunday being his actual birthday. Amanda has been going crazy planning the party to try and make it as fun as last year’s party. Jaxon appears to be feeling better this year than he was last year. He had a cold last year and was tired and cranky most of the party. This year’s theme is a Teddy Bear’s picnic and I will try to post pictures once we get some from the party.

I think that pretty much fills you in on everything that’s been going on for the last 3 months. Hopefully the next update won’t take 3 more months.

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