Ryan & Peggy

Combining the Chinese and Canadian culture to form a new one called Family

One Month of Food

Over the weekend Peggy and I prepared one month’s worth of food over two days.  We are experimenting to see if this process will actually help us in the long run.  We will find out if spending 12-14 hours over two days will help us save time in the long run.  It was certainly a long and hectic day preparing for 30 different meals but we had fun.

Since it was our first time we were obviously behind schedule from the beginning but we finished.  I couldn’t function after 10pm or 13 hours of work but Peggy hung in there and worked for another 3 hours putting her total at 16 hours in one day.  I guess it’s safe to say I was pwned by a pregnant woman.  Man, can she ever work.As the day went on however, we (namely I) was getting a bit more irritable because we were far behind schedule and hungry.

The benefit of doing it is that we were able to have friends over tonight because dinner was already prepared.  We just invited them over this morning and they were able to make it.  It was great and we are hoping that with all the prepared meals we will be able to host more people.

Help Us Decide Which Jack-O-Lantern Is Better

Last night we had a pumpkin carving contest and it was a lot of fun. Actually a video of the whole thing was streaming live online. I recorded it so that I can repeat it at a later date because it was a last minute decision to record it. I didn’t tell anyone that I had plans to stream it online so we didn’t notify anyone nor did the people involved really know what was going on until it started.

Every year we try to make it a tradition to carve pumpkins for Halloween and this year is no different.  We knew ahead of time that we wanted to do it and Peggy went ahead and purchased the pumpkins.  We also notified a few people to come over and we would have a contest but due to last minute events coming up last week, we had to change the dates and we didn’t even know when we were going to have it until the weekend.  So in the end, we only had 4 people to help carve pumpkins but it turned out to be a lot of fun anyway.

We decided ahead of time to have a contest and the losers will have to make a pumpkin pie for the winners.  Now that it is all done we need your help to decide who has the better jack-o-lantern.  Here is a picture of the finished products: they are named “Mr Sinister” and “The Witch” (we’ll let you figure out which is which)

The two Jack-O-Lanterns for the 2009 Pumpkin Carving Contest

The two Jack-O-Lanterns for the 2009 Pumpkin Carving Contest

A clear view of the final Jack-O-Lanterns and our scupting area

A clear view of the final Jack-O-Lanterns and our scupting area

Please add your votes to the comments below before 11:59 PM October 30th and we’ll tally the votes and proclaim a winner.  Also, I am going to add the live feed to this website (in the video box) so that you can watch the whole process.  Surprisingly, all the talk about toothpaste did not result into a single tube of Colgate making it into the video.

Our New Son: Kaleb

On March 8th our son Kaleb was born. He was born early in the morning after a long night of labor. Peggy will be able to tell you about all the details, she would remember it better than me. It is an experience she won’t forget any time soon.

He is a wonderful addition to our new life and brings us great joy. It took him 3 months to finally sleep through the night and for that we are extremely grateful. Here are some pictures of our wonderful boy. He really does bring some joy to our lives.

This is a close-up of the wonderful new addition to our family

This is a close-up of the wonderful new addition to our family

Kaleb & Daddy

Kaleb & Daddy

Our First Family Picture

Our First Family Picture

To follow in Daddy’s footsteps, Kaleb now has his very own blog.  We will always have more pictures of Kaleb at his blog than here, but since he is our son, I don’t think we can have this blog without pictures of him.

Labor is taking forever…

On Monday we went to see the midwife and at that time Peggy was already 4 cm dilated. This was big news for us because Peggy was already in the second stage of labor and we had no idea that we were in the first. So I took the rest of the day off to get caught up on the last-minute things that I needed to get done before the baby comes. It is now Thursday night and the baby still isn’t here. Her contractions are getting closer and closer together but nothing regular or uncomfortable for her.

This whole waiting game is really killing me. Everywhere I go I’m on edge that Peggy will call or her contractions will spontaneously start becoming stronger and we won’t be able to get to our preferred birth place. I am excited about the whole process and I know that these days are truly exciting knowing that she could go into labor at any time, but the perfectionist in me is pulling his hair out.

I like things to be known and planned for so this whole on-edge feeling wherever I go is uncomfortable. I know Peggy is the one who is pregnant, but I’m the one who is uncomfortable. Once the baby is born, I will definitely look back on these days and laugh at my behavior because I am truly acting like a goof-ball, I even know it now.

Anyway, if there are any other fathers out there who are going through the same thing or have gone through it, any advice or comments are appreciated. Thanks.

Our New Focus at Ryan & Peggy Dot Com

I’ve been thinking about a finding a focus for Ryan & Peggy Dot Com over the last few weeks because without a focues we will just be shooting around in the dark.  Also as long as we don’t have a focus we won’t know when we’ve reached the point where we want to be.  This blog is a place where you will be able to learn about our family as well as grow with us as we go through different stages in our lives.  But I want our blog to be a unique place on the web that makes us different than the millions of other blogs out there.

Our Focus

I have been wracking my brain to discover what makes us unique and how we would be able to focus our blog to give us an edge.  After about a week of thinking about it wherever I went I got an idea of what makes us special from the other 6 billion other people on the planet.  As you may have seen from the pictures on this website, and various home videos that I am Caucasian Canadian and Peggy is Chinese which means our home is a combination of two completely different cultures.

After talking to Peggy about this we decided that our blog will now have a focus on our family but with a special focus on how the Chinese and Canadian cultures impact our marriage and family.  There is no actual way for us to remove our cultures from our marriage and family life because that is the way we grew up so our impression of marriage and family were given to us this way.  So with our website we will accentuate our cultural differences and how they have shaped our marriage and home we’ve made together.  By doing this we will take advantage of our uniqueness to help you learn about our two cultures and what we have done to keep them alive.

A Bonus

Another thing we would like to bring to this website is history and interesting tidbits of each of the cultures to help you understand both cultures better.  I have learned so many things about the Chinese culture since I have been married to Peggy.  I also have learned a lot about myself being married to her and quite a few why and why not’s.  There many things I do that I never knew why, and since Peggy is from another culture she would wonder why so that would challenge me to find out the reason.

I hope you enjoy what we will be bringing to you and if there is anything you would like to know about either culture, please feel free to contact us and we’d love to share.