Monday, October 4, 2010

Peter's on his own for those four cases of wine we brought with us...

When we got a higher than expected tax return this last April, Peter and I decided to make a batch of wine. The batch we'd made in February of 2009 had lasted us over a year, but had just run out. We ended up splurging and making two batches, one inexpensive one to use for sangria, cooking, etc, and one higher quality one that we could enjoy with a nice meal or when friends were over.

Then we found out we were moving here to Bogota.

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Simon's drawing for daddy

At first we were unsure if we would be able to bring it with us in our air shipment. We were told no one day, then yes the next, then back to no. In the end they allowed us to bring it, but said we'd likely have to pay duty and import taxes on it.

On all 48 bottles.

Imagine our surprise and delight when it all arrived safe and sound and duty-free. Yeah!

Imagine my dismay when I realized that I would not, in fact, be able to enjoy said wine... least not for the next eight months.

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Liam's drawing for daddy

That's right folks! Not to be confused with a black Spiderman symbol, that's actually a baby in my... um... I'm not sure why the baby is in my chest... Nor why I look about four feet taller than Peter, who seems to be channeling the Green Lantern.  I'll clear that up with Liam in a few weeks when we start learning about human anatomy (I'll also try to limit the amount of Justice League he watches).

Those of you who follow me on Twitter are already privy to this information and were of great assistance in helping me come up with a fun way to tell Peter the news. Someone -whose name Twitter won't let me go back and look up! argh!- offered up the fantastic idea of making a shirt that would read, "Made in Colombia". I loved the idea and (although it took me a day to find the blank shirt I knew I had in "a box somewhere" and two days to cut out and hand-stitch all the letters on) love the final product even more.

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Sorry for the crummy pics. I took them at night under halogen light.

I know it's a bit wonky, but stitch quilters cotton onto a ribbed knit is easier said than done. I don't mind it though. It's clearly handmade. I wasn't trying to fool anyone.

(The fabric for those interested is a rad print from Alexander Henry called Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead or Sugar Skulls. I love it and have it in three colourways. Here's a link to a pic of the full fabric.)

If you're wondering, this came as a HUGE SHOCK. Seeing as I wasn't able to become -or stay- pregnant with either Simon or Andrew without the help of hormone supplements, we really didn't even think it was a possibility. Even with that knowledge though, we still always play it pretty safe (not safe enough, clearly). And while I did always want to have at least one more baby at some point, it was not really in my plan for this year.

It was not AT ALL in Peter's plan.

So like a good and compassionate wife, I filmed him while he was opening the boys' cards and the little shirt I made. I haven't had the chance to upload the video yet, but it'll be worth the wait. I promise. I can tell you that in includes the lines, "Shut up!" "Are you kidding me?!?" and "Turn that thing off."

Good stuff.

So yeah. In eight short months we will be Bundys plus one. A family of six. Wow, thinking that still makes my head spin.

Now to figure out what to do about all my maternity clothes and baby stuff being thousands of miles away locked in storage...


  1. ahhhhhh! congratulations :)
    so happy for you guys!

    p.s love liam's drawing. so cute!

  2. Probably a good thing the boys were there when you told him or there could have been some other words used! Congrats! I hope this pregnancy goes so much smoother for you and that you don't feel sick etc. We're thinking and praying for you. ahhh...little Columbian baby!!!

  3. ps...Heather must be excited! now, let's make them both girls!!!

  4. Amy I am so excited for you...I look forward to reading about your year, thank you for sharing this with us. sarah

  5. How exciting!!! :)

  6. Congratulations Peter and Amy!!! So exciting!


  7. holy crow! what wonderful news. congratulations. can't wait to see the video!

  8. congrats, Amy! I guess this is as memorable as it gets as far as souvenirs go :)

    Our #4 was quite a shock for me too. I knew I wasn't done having kids but I desperately wanted a longer break for a change. It took me a few days before the constant state of anxiety started to fade away, and then I told Mark...

    Everyone told me that going from 3 to 4 was the easiest, but I never actually believed it until I got to experience it. You'll love it! (no sarcasm there :)

  9. hahaha...haha...hahahahaha! :) I love it! 4 will be awesome for you guys! Can't wait to see the video. Love ya!


  10. The shirt looks great...cannot wait to see the video! David laughed so hard when I told him the phrases you listed that Peter said in the video. So excited for you guys! Just think...the wine will be that much better 8 months from now.

  11. CONGRATS AMY!!! YAY!! I'm sooooo happy for you!!! What a blessing!! Can't wait to see the video!!lol ;o) Here's to a happy healthy 9mos (err, 8mos) Much love to you all!!

  12. Ahhh so exciting! Congratulations! So funny how that just kind of "happens" ! You're just having all kinds of adventures!

  13. woo-hoo, woo-hoo... i am so happy i'll get to be sharing this with you in person!!! and you know i'll have lots of maternity clothes to pass on... and likely some baby things too!!!
    loads of love!!!

  14. Congratulations Amy & Peter! Exciting news!

  15. p.s. No doubt Joshua (and others) can help Peter out with the wine!!

    Congratulations! How awesome!

    I wanna see the video!


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