Saturday, September 29, 2007


Well the post of happiness has finally come! Jason has written his UFE and for now in our thoughts we are done! We don't find out the results of his exam until the end of November, so until then we will hope for the best. He went in prepared and no major catastrophies happened, so we are hoping for a good result with all this hard work. It's so nice to have both of us working normal hours and then enjoying our family life together in the evenings. Jason has started his rec Volleyball and is really enjoying that. We were able to find a babysitter this week so I went out and subbed this past week and it was a really good time.
Jayda is just growing so much everyday. She's already 3 ft tall so we know that we are going to have a TALL girl on our hands. She is so active, nothing has changed about that and spilling out more and more words everyday. She loves doing her sommersaults and yelling out "TADA" when she is done. She has also started thinking the phone is for her when it rings and always wants to have her turn to chat. It's so cute!! Sleep is still always a challenge with her. She's been tending to get out of bed and come downstairs to visit us in the middle of the night. Makes for great lacks of sleep during the week but she's just so cute, how can you be upset? So we walk around like Zombies with a cute little girl to show for it. Jayda's been enjoying her swimming lessons learning her kicking and blowing bubbles. Her favorite has to be the slide she could run back and forth to the slide the whole lesson and be happy.
As for me I have somehow gotten myself lured into training for a marathon. I HATE running so this is going to be such a challenge for me. A co worker showed interest and asked me to join, I didn't realize what I was getting into and now am in training for next years Okanangan Marathon(qualifier for the Boston Marathon). I have lured Jason in with me, so we'll be running that next year after plenty of brutal training that has already begun. We go to the marathon Thanksgiving weekend to help out and see what we have gotten ourselves into. After Thanksgiving weekend we are looking forward to a visit from my parents who are stopping by on their way to my cousin Jen Prince's wedding in San Diego, CA. So we wish Jen a great wedding and my parents a safe trip and can't wait to see them!
We are getting a little homesick for our families, especially with the knowledge that we won't be able to make our way home this Christmas. We hope to hear from you all and that you keep us posted and a part of your lives. Emails and phone call are always welcome but we'd love some company so please start making plans for the summer visits so we have some family time to look forward to! WE love you all and hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Hey All!
We are late on the latest post but enjoying our summer days outside loving the beautiful weather!
Last weekend we made our way out to Chilliwack to see Al, Carolyn and fam while Mike, Jenn and Larsen visited. We had a great day on Al's yacht at Harrison Lake and had some good visiting before we made our way to Dino Town. Jayda had a blast there, kinda like a flintstone park type atmosphere. We also got a visit a couple weekeneds ago from my friend Becky from Medicine Hat. We had a great girls weekend together and can't wait for her to come back out. Earlier in the month Dan & Doreen came for a visit and enjoyed some of Kelowna's atmosphere with us. We had a nice visit and look forward to their return next year. Jayda's been loving her trampoline and starts her first batch of swimming lessons next weeekend. Daycare is going well but she's having an adjustment period moving from her crib to her bed. Jayda loves her new bed but doesn't like the idea of sleeping in it. Just jumping, reading, playing and singing, no one should really ever HAVE to sleep?! She keeps us busy.
Jason is getting down to the wire, he writes September 18th, so everybody keep him in your prayers!! He's done really good passing his mock exam and is trying to keep on top of things keeping up a good study schedule. Jason starts his rec volleyball league the day his exam ends. So he's excited to move onto more exciting parts of life. We'll also be trying out snowboarding this year, so we're looking forward to some snow in the mountains.
I'm busy at work, learning lots and keeping busy running with Jayda.
Keep in touch everybody and we hope you are all doing well!

Sunday, July 22, 2007


July has already been a busy month for our family! At the beginning of the month we tried to make like it was summer and spend some time at the beach. We also made our way to the yearly wakefest here in Kelowna, fun, fun!! Jason has been slaving away finishing up his last real module for CASB. Like usual our family likes to keep it complicated, so, Jason had his final exam for CASB on a Friday, was done by about 2:30pm, then by 3pm we were off to the airport flying out to Chris's wedding. We then hopped in a car and made our way to the Hat. The wedding was fantastic and it was so nice to see our friends and family. We met our new niece Mattia Ann and our new cousin, I guess...Larsen Mayo, little cuties!! It was a quick visit and we made our way back to Kelowna for some yardwork and waterskiing to finish up our summer holidays. Thankfully, we found out that Jason did pass his final and we are done with CASB!! Will not miss it at all!!! :) We're so happy to see our lives change and spend more time together! Jason is now off for the summer to study for his big exam in September. So we'll be enjoying the evenings and weekends together like normal families! SO EXCITING!!
Jayda just got a trampoline and is so excited to get jumping! Finally some entertainment for her in our yard while we slave away! :)
Well we really enjoyed seeing everyone who made it out to the wedding! Thanks to mom and dad for all the hard work and help!! We love you all, keep in touch and we hope to see some visitors out here soon!

Thursday, June 28, 2007


This month has been a whirlwind for all of us here! We started the month off with a visit to The Mayo Family in Chilliwack. What a great visit and beautiful drive! They so graciously hooked us up with some trees and plants for our yard. Thanks again Mayo's!! We had a trench dug for our cedars which started out as a good idea. After two days of delay and freaking that the hole wasn't going to be dug, it was. They dug this trench 3 x 3 ft - HUGE?! Our ground was full of boulders and rocks. So the job of getting the dirt back in the hole has been quite a chore! In the process of getting the trees in, I fell, and ended up fracturing my T5 vertebrete. I've been in chiro three times a week since then and am on the mend. The heartbreak of our month was having to put both of our dogs down this month due to health issues. So it's been an emotional rollercoaster around here. Jayda is learning new words everyday and walking down the stairs just holding onto the railing now. She's such a big girl! Jason is almost down to a week of work left before the summer break to study for his CA Exam in September. We're all excited to start spending some more time with him! We're excited for the upcoming wedding for Chris and Patricia, only two more weeks! Exciting!! So we'll be back in the Hat on the 13th so we hope to catch up with a lot of people then.
Hugs and Kisses!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Life at the Hatch-hold

We have been a busy group here at the Hatch-hold. We are planning out some landscaping for our yard. After much thought and questioning to the Mayo Family. We've decided to put in some Cedars to outline the perimeter of our yard. Such a simple job, you would think. but it's taken up our lives lately. We luckily have had lots of willing help. We had friends over to help us find the pins for our property line tonight. What an adventure! Thank goodness for metal detectors! So we'll be driving out to Chiliwack next weekend to pick up the Cedars that the Mayo's have so graciously donated to our yard. We're excited to get in a visit with some family too, I can't believe we've been here almost 4 months and still haven't made it out to Chiliwack.
We spent our weekend pruning our trees all around the lot. Our cherry and plum trees were done earlier in the season but we hadn't gotten to our others. The fruit trees are growing like mad and we have no idea how we will even get rid of all the fruit. The flower bed is in full bloom with some tulips that are now gone, lilies, rose bushes and another one I think called Lucia, it smells really pretty. We are enjoying having some beautiful flowers to come home to.
Last weekend we had a fun time taking in Kelownas "May Days". There was a parade and little exhibition to go to. Jayda had a great time. After our hot day at the parade we made our way to the waterpark. Jayda was a little hesitant at first but a hot day is pretty welcoming for some cold water fun at the waterpark. She ran around the park and even went down the mini waterslide a few times. I'm sure we'll be frequenting the waterpark this summer.
Jason, as usual, spends all his time working away on CASB. He goes to Edmonton the weekend of Father's Day to take a UFE prep course(for his big test). Poor guy just doesn't get a break!
Jayda is go, go, go, as always. She's taken a real liking with shoes lately. She's constantly trying on shoes and can even get them on the right foot now. Jayda loves to watch her "Dora" in the morning and sings and dances along to the songs. She's become a big girl walking down the stairs by herself when holding onto the railing. She understands "sorry" now and will hug and kiss you if she's hurt you or your feelings, or made a mess, it's so cute!
As for me, I've taken up an evening class of Ju-Jitsu(self defense) with a friend. I'm still busy taking my classes at the YMCA on my lunch breaks. Most of my day is spent taking care of Jayda or at work. I'm excited to have my husband back soon to spend some time with and help! Only 5 more weeks until the end of Mod 5, woo hoo!
We love you all!! Congrats to David on his new job offer at TD Bank. Good job buddy!
Keep in touch!
The Hatch Family

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hello Everyone!
What have we been up to lately????
Well...Jason is working furiously on Module 5 for CASB. So the LONG hours continue! Jason has also been playing Volleyball every Thursday in a Co-ed league here in town. Last week, Jayda and I, went since he had an early game. He's getting back into it and so excited to be able to play Volleyball year round. Jayda enjoyed running around while she watched her daddy play, yelling "daddy, daddy", "ball, ball", it was really cute!
Jayda has been enjoying her time outdoors at daycare. They spend lots of time on the playground and in the sand box. Jayda loves to try to climb the ladder to the slide on her own. This much to the dismay of the daycare lady. She's constantly chasing her down trying to help her up before she helps herself up. This week she took a tumble and got a fat lip, poor baby?! Jayda is also learning not to pick flowers. She's tried to pick a couple of ours and the daycares but she's learning "no" and there have been no casaulties yet, thankfully. This also meaning now she can tell everyone "no". She loves to answer "no" to everything! Fun, fun, fun!
As for me, I've just been busy trying to progress at my job and take care of Jayda. I had a great Mother's Day with Jason spoiling me!! He took me shopping while he babysat Jayda and cooked for me all weekend. It was a great time!
Our family wishes all you Mother's out there a belated "Happy Mother's Day"! Congratulations to The Kuehn family on the purchase of their new home.
Take care everyone and keep in touch! We love and miss you all!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A weekend with mom and a boy for the Mayo's!

We just had a FABULOUS weekend with Mommy dearest. We had a great time shopping and touring around. She was a delight to have, useful as always, helping to get the house organized and baking like a mad woman! We loved it and it was SO good to see some family. It's getting kind of lonely out here. Thankfully tax season is ALMOST over!! Woo hoo! Jason has been working so hard! He just joined a competition Volleyball league that will run pretty well year round. So he's very excited about that. Plus, waterski season is just around the corner. We all went to another boat show this weekend to get the summer mood started. We've been doing lots of walks around the area. Becky Bates got to join this week on her visit. It was great to see her again too!! Kelowna is in Beck's district for work so we get the pleasure of seeing her every couple of months to catch up! Good to see ya girl!
Jayda had a bit of a rough weekend. She got an ear infection in the midst of cutting molars and then reacted to the antibiotics. So we're at home today getting some rest after a few sleepless nights. Daycare has been good for exposure to disease! Geez, the life of a working family, fun, fun!
We'd like to send out big HUGS AND KISSES to the Mayo family who just had a baby boy!! Larsen Ronald Weston Mayo, weighing in at 5lbs 4oz's(I think)?! What a cute little man! You guys did good! Congrats and we LOVE and MISS you!!!
We love to hear your updates via email, keep them coming. Love you all!

Monday, April 9, 2007


We are hoping everyone had a delightful Easter. We had a fun Easter morning doing an Easter Egg hunt with Jayda. She then thought she needed to eat all the chocolate. Much to her dismay she was limited but I don't think the child has seen that much chocolate ever! So fun!! Jayda has been learning lots of new words including her new friend Elmo's name. She's still very shy when it comes to the phone though. She likes to listen to people but doesn't ever really say much. It's weird because during the day she is such a little jabberbox. She loves to sing, talk to herself, dance around and CLIMB!!
The weather has been fantastic lately. We got a little bit of rain today but it's been quite warm. Even with the rain today it was still 17C. So we are happy that summer seems to be on it's way! All the golf courses are open and the ski hill just closed this past weeekend. Jason is chomping at the bit to get waterskiing! Our ritual Sunday walk by the lake teases him every time.
We are still really enjoying our place. Our neighborhood is quite small and we went around and met all the families. Seems like a good group. Their are only 10-12 houses in our area, the rest is Orchard so we are pretty isolated. It sounds like everyone gets together for neighborhood BBQ's etc, so it should be a fun time.
We'll be starting to do some work to the yard once Jason is done tax season. So far just lots of unpacking, organizing, sorting. All that fun stuff!
Well keep in touch everyone...hope you enjoy the pics!
The Hatch Family

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


We got moved into our place and are LOVING it! Work is going well, busy, busy but learning lots. Jason is hard at work until late at night and working weekends. Jadya is growing so quickly! She's been learning so much at daycare, it's been good for her. She is now drinking all her milk in a sippy cup during the day and bottles only at night, we're so proud! Such a big girl! She loves to run in and out of the house looking out the balcony. She seems to really be enjoying the house and we love that all the doors close so she can run FREE like the true CRAZY she is!! We put together Jayda's tricycle this week, she loved it! Can't quick reach the peddles but climbs all over it like a jungle gym and makes daddy push her around the house. We're going to take it down to the lake for a walk this weekend. We're excited! So life is busy but we're looking forward to seeing everyone this summer when we're back in the Hat for Chris's wedding. Yes, Chris is getting married...CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS AND PATRICIA!! So it's looking like we may be back in July, we'll keep you posted.
Love you all, hope life is going well, we love and miss you!
The Hatch Family

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Getting ready to move, hoo-ray! Looks like the move might take a few trips since the trailer is much smaller than we had anticipated. OoPS...says Jason! Going up and down the mountains with the trailer should be FUN times!! Got to live for some adventure, right?!

Jayda's been quite sick this week with a respiratory virus. Poor baby, it's so sad to see her crying everytime she coughs! Jason has had to take work off all week since she's too sick for daycare. So I go to work all morning while Jason takes care of Jayda, we have supper as a family and then Jason is back to work until about midnight. He's been so GREAT working SO hard! We're crossing our fingers daycare will take Jayda back on Monday, we really need to start working normal hours again so Jason can get in some OT. Gotta love tax season!

We hope everyone is doing well, next post we'll be in our house, FINALLY!!!! :) LOVE YOU ALL! LEAVE COMMENTS!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

It's SPRING....almost!

Things here in Kelowna are going well. Jayda started a new daycare this week. She is now being watched by a Scottish woman who watches three other children Jayda's age. She has become very vocal this week and seems to really enjoy the interaction with the other kids.
Work is going well for both Jason and Andrea. We are getting excited to take possession of the duplex mid March and get out of this place.
We had a visit from the raccoons this week, they got the dogs all rialed up! I don't think they'll be back with Coal & Cass's scary barks.
Jayda is now saying "Thank you" and "Love you", she's getting so smart!
Well, we love and miss you all. Today was a beautiful summers day, we're happy to be into a nice spring!
The Hatch Family

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Appliance and furniture...done...onto better things...

Well, life goes on...we finally got our appliance and furniture purchased..EXPENSIVE..but...DONE!! We spent lots of time researching and hope we got everything we desired for a half decent price?! Work is busy, busy but we both are plugging along. Jason is starting the LONG tax season hours, making up for his time off in the summer studying for the UFE(Uniform Final Exam). We will be SO happy once this is all done and we can start spending some time together as a family. It's so weird transitioning from lots of time off and time together to Jayda in daycare all day and us at work and not getting home until about 6pm. We got to work and it's dark, we come home and it's dark. So it can be depressing but Friday we both took off early and enjoy the SUNSHINE of the Okanagon. It was so beautiful out, for clouds, clear skies and a beautiful sunshiney day! Those are the days we LIVE for!!! Everyone is out golfing here, it's mid Feb, we can't even believe that's possible. Driving ranges are full of people and the paths are full of life and going. We love it! We are counting the days until we can get out of this house and into our own. It's so hard to keep Jayda out of all the knick knacks around here. You realize how unbaby proofed an older couples house becomes over the years when your child is slowly showing you everything that should be put out of reach. What a bum?! Jayda's got this funny little fred flintstone dance she does now when she gets excited, it's SO CUTE! She's so much fun! I pick her up from daycare and she's so excited to see me and when daddy gets in the car she just whines "Dada, Dada" until he acknowledges her, which of course doesn't take long. She just adores her Dada!! She's getting so tall and beautiful, Daddy and I are getting worried!
Well we love you all and hope all is well in your households. Seems everyone is on holidays so SOAK up some sun for us! We are hoping Grandma is feeling well, seems after all her surgeries for her recently diagnosed breast cancer she's back again for a broken leg. Just can't get enough can you Grandma. Our prayers are with you. We love you!
Hugs and Kisses to all!
The Hatch Family

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Life as of today...

Life here in Kelowna has been busy. We closed on our duplex this week. We just wish we could move in NOW! Unfortunately, we don't take possession until mid March, so that's a little discouraging. We're excited to get out of this place and into our own. Living out of boxes is not all it's cracked up to be!! :)
We took the dogs to the vet this weekend, that was EXPENSIVE!!! Boy oh boy, always something going on with those doggies. Frustrating. Then to top it all off Andrea locked her keys in the car, just what we needed. So there is never a shortage of things our money gets wasted on. Grrrr...guess that's life.
All the families seem to be heading off to their tropical destinations, we're jealous! My family is off to Florida for reading week, Jason's sister Carla is off to Hawaii and Jason's parents are heading off on a Mexican cruise. Our move has planted our feet here so we better at least get a nice summer allowing us to feel like we've gone on a holiday. Doesn't look like we'll be visiting any tropical destinations any time soon. Darn it!!
Other than that life is pretty mundane right now. We just go from work to home, eat supper and get ready for the next day. The weekends so far have been filled with trying to find appliances and furniture for our house. So we've been busy but not with anything too exciting! Hopefully we'll be able to find some evening babysitters one day and Jason and I might get a night off. So far that's looking like that may be a ways away. One day hopefully!
It snowed again today so the coldness never ends here. We've been under clouds since we got here so the weather is definately different. The native Kelownians say that this weather is not typical of this area so we are hoping for the best and praying the summer is as good as was described.