The Frozen African

The Frozen African

Friday, December 30, 2016

LIFE UPDATES JULY & AUGUST 2016

Let's recap !

- U.S. Independence Day weekend in Baltimore ! Our flights were uneventful and the weekend was quiet. When i used to live in Baltimore, we would go to the Inner Harbour and watch the fireworks. This trip, we focused on just hanging out with family and catching up. We went to brunch, watched kids movies, played with the kids, and did some shopping. Very quiet weekend !


- Mid July, we celebrated our 4 yr anniversary (YAY!!!) early (our actual anniversary date fell on a weekday) and my mother in law graciously offered to stay overnight and watched DJ, while we stayed downtown for the night. It was our first night away from DJ and it went great. We had dinner at Ace Mercado (Mexican fusion restaurant). While the portion were tapas size, it was definitely good.

The next day, we went to Gatineau Park at Lac La Peche. Last year, we went to Lac Phillippe so it was nice to change it up. At first, it rained a bit, but luckily it stopped and we were able to enjoy our day there. This year, DJ decided to follow us in the water and we had a blast. Though, Guillaume had a minor accident with some tiny minnow fishes that decided to nibble on the freckles on his back. We thought it was cute until he got up and i saw he started to bleed a bit. Yikes !! But nothing bad. Afterwards, we enjoyed some much needed ice cream.





- Around that time, DJ started swimming lessons. We  started the classes when he was 6 months and it was fun. This year, Guillaume and I took turns swimming with him and we could see the changes in him, and honestly i think he enjoyed swimming more with G. It was fun sitting on the sidelines and watching them being cute :)


- DJ also started seeing a chiropractor early August once a month because his left leg was a bit turned. The chiropractor assured us that it will eventually correct itself as he grow up, but doing monthly would help him just in case. We can the difference and sometimes we can see when the leg start

-We went to a work event early August and we go to watch the fireworks at the Canadian Museum of History. The songs playing during the fireworks were so fun that we were singing to all of them. Of course, our selfie game was on point !





-In mid August, we flew to Edmonton for the wedding of Guillaume's best friend and it was fun. We made sure to take DJ to the Castle Downs playground early morning (wedding was around the afternoon) so he could run around and spent some energy. One of the best decision we made was to bring the tablet in case DJ was getting bored at the reception, and it helped calmed him down. Later, DJ was tearing up the dancefloor and i think had a minor crush with the photographer. it was so cute :) One thing we benefited from the trip was that we decided to fly out of Calgary instead of Edmonton, and we were able to see family, friends, and fellow blogger Lisa (Hi Lisa !). I had never been to Calgary before and i really enjoyed it.

















Saturday, December 10, 2016

LIFE UPDATES MAY & JUNE 2016

Hello everyone ! Hope your weekend are going well !


I'm going to spread out my updates so i don't make too long posts.



-When we came back from our trip to Ivory Coast in mid-late May, i resume my position at my current contract. However, my hours were starting to get reduced and eventually my contract ended. Luckily, a week and half later, i got another contract position (story of my life right now!) in Gatineau which is so different from previous position. This is more involved, but i have a longer commute now. Guillaume and i had to switch our roles for DJ's daycare (He would drop him off and i would pick up) so i could leave the house very early in the morning to avoid bad traffic. It is challenging at times, but we are making it work.

-In the subject of daycare, DJ had to switch to the new one because the former home daycare provider had to close hers. I was sad because we love her so much (i still see her!) and we were nervous because we had to enter a rat race of finding a decent daycare around us within 2 weeks and half. Some were too far for us, some were primary French (we prefer bilingual, but we have chose one if we had no choice), and the ones who were close to us were full. Luckily, one of G's old high school classmate, V., (we live in a small town) could squeeze us in her home daycare until next year. Thankfully, she was able to give the full time spot to DJ. At first, we had wanted to put DJ in preschool when he is 2 and half, but we had to potty train him per preschool requirement. As he was showing no signs of interest and he was having fun at V's daycare, we decided to keep him there until he starts junior kindergarten. This gives us time to look at other schools. The sweet thing about V's daycare is that DJ is playing with kids whom parents went to school with Guillaume so it is a little bit of a flashback for him, but it is funny that our kids will probably end up in the same school probably. MAJOR TWILIGHT ZONE !!!

- In May, we also decided to interview for babysitters. We mostly rely on Guillaume's mom (his dad lives too far) for babysitting weekly on Saturdays or odd days we need a break, but we also wanted to have the option to give her a break and find somebody we would comfortable to watch DJ if we need a date night. Our babysitter search was a bit weird. We found a few people via our neighbourhood Facebook group, but some were too young (around 12-14 but we needed somebody that could drive in case of emergency), some failed to show up for interviews, and the ones that did show up were ok. Then i decided to use Care.com and i found T in late June and she ended up being perfect for us as she works at a daycare in city, more mature, has her own car, and DJ actually like her. She come some Sundays when we need a break/need to clean the house, but we did use her once for a date night and it went fine. So far, it is working.

-In June, i decided to apply for a U.S. visa to go visit my sister in Baltimore for Independence Day weekend. The process and interview went smoothly. I was excited to see my sister, my brother in law, and my nieces again. It is funny because when we came back from ivory Coast, we said that we would not travel for awhile (except for a wedding later in the months), but we jinxed ourselves LOL ! Oh well, onto July then !!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

YAMOUSSOUKRO, BEACH EXCURSION, AND LAST DAYS IN ABIDJAN

I realized i never finished doing the recaps for our trip to Ivory Coast. Better now than never...



When we booked our trip to Ivory Coast, we decided not to stress too much about what we wanted to do. We were going to let family decide what they wanted us to do. We just didn't want to do too much.

One thing my dad wanted us to do was to visit Yamoussoukro and see the Basilica. Yamoussoukro is the political capital of Ivory Coast. It is not as big and populated city, but it has a decent population. It is only 1hr 30-2 hrs drive from Abidjan, depending on traffic.

The main attraction in Yamoussoukro is the Basilica and she is worth to see !

The Basilica of our Lady Peace was a gift to the Vatican Church by our former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny (R.I.P./ best President ever!!) and it was constructed from 1985 to 1990. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in September 1990.

Fun fact: my parents were there when it was consecrated, and they said it was such a huge honor and amazing thing to see.

I am going to stop blabbing and let you see for yourself (somewhat):








This sculpture is made ENTIRELY out of wood ! IMPRESSIVE !!



Shenanigans outside the Basilica !



This was Guillaume and I's first time to see it, and it was breathtaking. DJ had fun fun running around everywhere, and the ride back home was sweeter as he slept the whole way, and we saw CROCODILES !!


Hello friend !!

The following weekend, my parents took us to the beach and i was in heaven. Guillaume could not understand why i was obsessed with beaches, until he saw the view:



We did not do anything specific, except relaxing, eating, and playing in the water a bit. This is how i like to roll !!







Heck, DJ was just fine laying his diaper and playing in the sand. Yes you read it right, i left my son in his diaper because what the fuck ever! We are on vacation LOL!!











It was the best way to end our vacation.

The last days before packing up to leave, we just stayed home and enjoyed family. The atmosphere was a bit heavy because we knew that we didn't know when we will see them (flights back home are quite expensive), but we were happy we got to be there.

My dad feeding DJ :)

My mom watching music videos with DJ on tablet :)


Cousins and DJ playing in the pool ! Free babysitters !