Friday, 16 November 2007


As of Wednesday, the dishwasher is running again! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Catching Up

A lot has been going on....

Oct 31: Abigail turned 6! I took the kids and the triplets from next door around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. The first time our kids have gone trick-or-treating in four years. It's only about a mile around the block, but add all those walks up long driveways and back while pushing Bug in her stroller and I felt like it was quite a workout! Alex was volunteering with the boy scouts at a fall carnival at the church where the troop meets.

Nov 1: Abigail's tooth came out- her first! Unfortunately, the tooth fairy seems to have either forgotten about it or still thinks we're in Scotland. I'm sure she'll get around to it- soon.

Nov 2: The kids and I all went to the doctor to get our flu shots. Poor Abigail got all worked up and was crying before her shot. She stopped just after getting it. I'm supposed to take her and Aidan back for a booster next month; hopefully it won't be so traumatic. Aidan was funny; after he got his he gave a small, nervous giggle. I guess it was from relief it was over with.

Nov 3: Abigail had her Spongebob Squarepants themed birthday party. Several girls from her ballet class came over to help her celebrate. The next day we saw many of them again at another birthday party!

Nov 9-11: The Cub Scout fall family campout at Lake Limestone. We cheated and took our camper and it was great! The weather was lovely- we could see the rainstorms on the other side of the lake. It looked very pretty from our vantage point. We took our canoe and Tartan took Aidan out on it, but the wind made it hard going so that was the only trip out. Kyrie caught a perch (which we released). It made up for the one that got away at a family campout a couple of years ago.

Nov 13: Alex found out that he won 3rd place for his short story in the South Montgomery Library Teen Writing Contest. We're very proud of him. He might have done even better if we'd discovered sooner about the contest. He had about a week and a half to come up with an idea, write and edit it. The contest had apparently been announced at the beginning of October. We're also very proud of Kyrie whose steamboat watercolor won at the library level of the Little Toot watercolor contest.

Trusting in the Lord and thankful for all our blessings,
Naomi for the Colliers

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Griffin Lodge

The South Branch Regional Library recently decided to have a Teen Writing competition, so naturally I decided I'd enter to see if I could string together a reasonable story. I learned that deadlines are a writer's best friend - if you have five days to write a story you don't waste them. I wrote a story titled Griffin Lodge, and I think it was a pretty good story - very P.G. Wodehouse meets ambiguous fantasy. And thus it came to pass, Griffin Lodge won third place. And there was much rejoicing. Happy happy happy. Now to spend my Barnes and Noble gift certificate - and probably most of my allowance to boot!

- Alex the deliriously happy.