Saturday, August 9, 2008

Miss Getinski

Our small sized girl is a crazy getinski. Like most little ones, she loves to go all the places that we do not want her to. Lately she has taken to pulling everything, and I mean everything out of all the cupboards that she can reach. Since we have a small kitchen these cupboards have lots of stuff that she should not be playing with. Here she is getting into the flour.


That same cupboard actually has all of our food products, so it is very important to reach the very back and pull everything out.

In our living room is a sliding glass door that opens up onto a glass partition preventing you from falling the two stories down. Anya loves to sit with the door open up against the glass partition and look outside, especially when it is raining out. Quite often she takes random items and shoves them under the glass, to a dreadful demise on the rocks below. Anyway- the other day she climbed from the couch onto the end tables and then peaked over the banister. at one point she had pulled herself up in a pull up on the railing. Yea, fun!


These are just super cute, because we all know she is-




In other news, some folks have been asking what we are doing with ourselves next. This is a very interesting question. The current plan is that we are moving back to Ottawa September 1. Adam is currently finishing his masters degree here in Aber, and will be done at the end of this month. He applied to 3 Phd programs that he was interested in, here in Aber, McMaster in Hamilton, Ontario, and Arizona State in Phoenix. He was accepted here and in Arizona, but missed McMaster by one spot. So it all came down to money. They do things a little bit different here than they do in the UK. They do not have funding for all the people they accept to Phd programs. Some funding is available but thye pass it out really slowly as thye receive various grants and such come from the government. Arizona offered Adam funding but in order to go there Adam needs a visa and since the US visa department is backlogged forever we have to defer for a year. So we decided to move to Ottawa in order to live for a year until the US visa comes through. If Adam gets a good job that he likes than we might stay there. Yesterday Adam had a meeting with one of the professors at the school. The Prof basically told him that money was coming to Adam very soon and that they really want him to stay here. Although this is great news, there are many problems. The money that they can give him is not quite enough for us to live in this very expensive place. Also, we have all of our furniture and stuff in storage at home that we are paying for, and we miss North America. So, we might have some decisions to make soon. I was so excited about going home that it is hard to get excited about staying here for three more years, but at the same time the thought of doing a Phd for three years instead of five or six in the States would be great. Like everything in life, it all comes down to money I think, and really I should not be worrying about this since nothing is set.
So there you go, life is pretty up in the air right now. But for now, we will be moving to Ottawa in September and hopefully finding jobs and such there.

7 comments:

Blake and Catherine Potter said...

haha wow that is cute, Benson hasn't gotten into the food yet...i'll have to tempt him and accidentally leave some flour on the floor so I can take cute pictures like yours, lol.

Lynn said...

wow, still a possibility of Aber for another 3 years. I wish you didn't miss North America so much, cause it seems like that degree would be so cool (educational envy). Of course we miss you over there so far away, but Ottawa is far away from me also, so. . . . .

D+E Gibby said...

So many great options; something will work out and feel like the best choice. We think it would be great to hang out in Anya's birth city,;) but I can see the definite advantages of the other two places. It sounds like you're moving forward until you feel guided a different direction. Anya will be a fireball of cuteness wherever she lives!

Liz, Casey, Acacia & Josh said...

Anya is so cute! You and Liz C. have these cute little blonde babies!

Good luck on the degree decision! Always nice to get the degree in as little time as possible, but I always favor on the side of less money, a little more time myself, much to the dismay of Casey...

james n mary said...

hang in strong mommy! three years will go by SO QUICKLY. It's just the getting started part that makes us antzy! James applies to Pharmacy School here in the next month then it's a waiting game followed by a 'where's the money at?!' game. argh!

your kid. she hearts the cupboards! and remotes. and making your heart go boom boom STOP!

Liz, Casey, Acacia & Josh said...

Sorry this is in response to a question on my blog... The Church Education System has 3 different tours that are just for seminary teachers, taught by people from correlation. They establish relationships with everyone one the trail, people who live there, Bureau of Land Management people etc. So we get a pretty great tour. And there are only other CES people on the trip, so we all learn a lot! The kids stayed with Keith and Laurie Griffiths, no rides, mostly just sage and stories...

altanoreida said...

Chrysalis! Your darling girl is such a cutie. I love to see all the pictures you have of her. It has been so much fun for me to read about what you guys are up to. Good luck with making those PhD decisions.