Thursday, July 23, 2009

Where's Grandpa's House?

Vinson: "I want to go to Grandpa's house."
Val: "Vinson, where is Grandpa's house?"
Vinson: "In the computer."

And he's off!

This was filmed about 2 weeks ago. now he's walking all over the place and wanting to be turned loose. Pretty awesome for 10 months!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Český ráj (Bohemian Paradise)

Monday, the 6th was a Czech holiday so we decided to go on a výlet (day trip - it's such a good word and there's not a really good English equivalent).
We had been wanting to visit Český ráj for a long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
As you can see, we brought Vinson's "ikle" (motorcycle) along. It helps him walk a lot faster... Due to the nature of the trails we ended up walking on (see pictures), I got to carry ikle quite a bit. It was all worth it though for the last kilometer of trail, when it was the miracle that helped Vince finish the 5k hike. He's quite a trooper, when he needs to be.
Benji had a lot of fun walking (with help) up and down the rock stairs. He is a really happy kid most of the time. He loves being independent and mobile!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

So . . . do you know if you're staying yet?

The question we get asked all the time! The only problem with it is we STILL don't have an answer. We want a job in the U.S. - then we can move closer to the family, hopefully close enough to drive home for the holidays. The problem is the jobs Dan has applied for are with the BLM or Forest Service and they are taking FOREVER to decide who to hire. We almost wish they would just say, "sorry, thanks for trying we had a million applicants and didn't even see your form hidden in the pile." Then at least we could go on with our lives with one plan. I'm trying to eat all of our food all by myself of course :) (to prepare for our move to the U.S.), and at the same time I am planning how to rearrange the apartment for the next year. I can only mentally pack all of our stuff into 6 suitcases so many times! Seriously. We have to decide soon . . . come on job! You want Dan, you just don't know it yet. Get on it!
We will decide soon. If there is no job, we have ourselves a great gig here. Good job, already accepted to a PHD program and professors clammering for the native English speaker to help them with their projects. We love Prague and have a lot of great friends here but as the Czechs say, "všude dobře, ale doma nejlíp." - Everywhere is good, but home is the best.