The Dniester River with Moldova on the left and Transnistria on the right. Photo taken December 10, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A week is just about right...

It's fun being a grandparent, but a week alone with the grandkids is just about enough. I think that we forget the amount of work involved with looking after little ones. Man, it takes an extra half hour or so just to get out the door to take them somewhere.

Thankfully, our daughter and her husband return from Cuba this evening, and they can take over once again!

But that's not to say that we didn't have some fun moments. They both sure are cute sometimes.

On Friday we took the kids to the soccer dome. They have a one hour free play time in the morning, and the kids can just run around and kick the ball. It was fun, and I got some exercise running around with Cameron. Running around like that, kids just never seem to get tired!

Saturday morning was library time and we went and got some books. I think Cameron is going to be a good reader.

Here's a video Ruth took (I didn't realize that she was filming it!) of Cameron reading his own book. Of course he's not really reading it, but it's been read to him so many times that he knows the story pretty much by heart.



The last couple of days the weather has warmed up a little, but it sure was windy yesterday. Today is supposed to be a high of 9C (48F), so that's a little more seasonal, and then on our last day here tomorrow it's supposed to be almost tropical, with a high of 15C (60F) and sunny!

We fly out of here early Tuesday morning...have to be at the airport somewhere around 5:00am! We're taking the milk run back to Las Vegas and we have to connect in both Philadelphia and Dallas, so we don't arrive in Vegas until around dinner time. But, it was only $268 CAD ($208 USD) for the one way flight from Halifax to Vegas, so we don't mind the extra time. Besides, we love flying!

There are a lot of pheasants in the area, but they normally remain hidden. But they're searching for food now and the front lawn here has started to show a bare patch and this one pheasant comes out and pecks around on the lawn. I can't get a decent photo of him because he flies off as soon as I try and go outside, so I had to take the pics through the front window...

A ring necked pheasant.

These pheasants aren't natural to this area. They were brought here from China in the 1850's.

Some good spring deals starting to show up on Amazon...



22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pheasant! Since they are non native, do they do any damage or take food away from the native birds? Sounds like you did a good job for a week if the kids weren't whining about missing their parents constantly.

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    1. Thanks Sherry! From the research that I can find, no they don't seem to do any damage or take food away from other birds. They were brought to North America solely for hunting and in fact it seems that there are even places that breed them only to release them back to the land in order to keep the supply and demand for hunting purposes.

      Well we certainly would like to think that we did a great job. The kids are still alive at the end of our tour of duty so that's always a good sign. We really did love our time with them.

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  2. Through a window or not, that's a great photo of the pheasant. You have more stamina than I do, I don't know if I could do a whole week 24/7.

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    1. Yep, it was tiring for sure but it was definitely worth it to spend the time with them. There is certainly a reason that humans were made to have children at a young age, that is for sure!

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  3. I'm with Jan, a whole week would do me in!

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    1. We have to admit, it just about did us in! We wouldn't have traded the week for anything though, and we have some great memories of our time spent with them.

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  4. Have a safe trip back to Sherman and warmer temps!

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    1. Thanks Dianne, looking forward to some nice weather and our bed!

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  5. just finished a week with our grandkids (our Cameron) but we only saw them on the weekends and that was enough to wear us out...

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    1. It is easy to forget how busy life is with two small kids when it has been years since you did it with you own. Lindsey and Justin are doing a great job with Cameron and Sadie and we are so proud of them both. Can't wait to see them all again sometime in the next year.

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  6. Don't you just love how kids tell stories by the pictures - I know how kids wear you out & the responsibility seems double when they are grandies.

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    1. Cameron has obviously heard this story many time because he had it almost down pat word for word. It was so much fun hearing him "read" it book to his grandfather. Yep, they sure can wear you out but it is so worth it!

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  7. One good thing about being with the Grands for a week, you can really feel how long a week can be:)

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    1. A week, try just a day! It seemed like some days, the day was never going to end but now that the week it over it seems to have gone by fast.

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  8. You are lucky to be young grandparents! I'm thinking a week might do me in...:-)

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    1. A week did do us in! We loved our time with them but we were also happy to see Lindsey and Justin return. I look back and wonder how I managed to get everything done when our kids were small but somehow things always got done and the kids survived but there is definitely a reason for having them while you are young because when you are older you just don't have the stamina or energy.

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  9. The Chinese ring-necked pheasant is the state bird of the great state of South Dakota, my adopted homeland. Guess they were introduced elsewhere as well!

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    1. I noticed that when I checking them out. Pheasants are indigenous to Asia just like are ostriches to Africa so if you see them anywhere else in the world then they were imported.

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  10. It was a fun week but very busy, enjoy flying.

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    1. Yep a very busy week, looking forward to relaxing a little over the next few days.

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  11. Striking birds, don't you think? I do. Wish we had them here in NorCal, but we do not. Enjoy Vegas!

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    1. They actually do have them in California but they don't seem to have them "wild", they have game/bird preserves for hunting purposes both private and public.

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