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BC Holiday: Day 7

Friday morning I had the chance to hang out with another best friend of mine, Christine! It’s always exciting to hear what’s going on in her life.4 (3)After that, I brought Tim to the ferry so he could go bachelor-partying all weekend long with the boys, and I went with my parents to the family cabin on Hatzic Lake. I love the quiet there, and I knew that Calvin would have a blast with all the space to run around. Both boys got to go on the ride on mower with Grandpa, which is a kind of rite of passage at the cabin. Then Calvin tried out the tire swing!
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BC Holiday: Day 6

On this day, I had a lovely visit with one of my best friends, Megan. I got to meet her little guy for the first time!
3 collage That afternoon, Calvin had his very first hair cut. Not much was taken off; mainly just the longer stranglers that come with having never cut your hair. I didn’t want him to lose his curls! It was fun to have Roxie, who cut my hair throughout my childhood, do his first cut. He sat nice and still!3 (7)For the next days’ post, click the link below this post.

Long Weekend with the Mortons

Our friends, Anna and Karl, who recently moved from Victoria to Regina, drove in to visit this past weekend. Aside from family, I have to say that they are the people who our boys receive the most loving from. And we love them too!

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I won’t bore you with the details, but in general, the weekend was full of games being played, balls being kicked, coffee being made, and food being eaten.

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Thanks for coming!

Our Christmas Holiday

Between Tim’s last few vacation days, overtime hours, and stat days, we were able to have 2 full weeks back in BC with our families for Christmas. And a full 2 weeks they were! Here is what we all got up to.

December 20
Travel day. It took 19 hours from our house to Tim’s parents’ house in Nanaimo.

Calvin was way too wound up during our ferry ride, for it being 10 pm.

Calvin was way too wound up during our ferry ride, for it being 10 pm.

December 21
In the afternoon we left the kids with the grandparents and went to do a little last minute gift buying and had a leisurely walk by the water. In the evening, we went to see Tim’s sister, Catherine, in the last performance of a Christmas production she was in.

Tim, Tim Hortons, and west coast drizzle. Great afternoon!

Tim, Tim Hortons, and west coast drizzle. Great afternoon!

December 22
This was Sunday so there was church in the morning of course. We decided to do the Sevenhuysen Christmas that day instead of the 25th because Jordan and Amy needed to be in Abbotsford on the 24th. So we had our turkey dinner, played games and music, then opened gifts once the boys were in bed.

Auntie Lisa and Calvin dueting.

Auntie Lisa and Calvin dueting.

Turkey leg! Om nom nom!

Turkey leg! Om nom nom!

December 23
We played with the puppy, Amber, and went for a walk.

Calvin wasn't scared, but wasn't super in to the puppy as much as she was in to him

Calvin wasn’t scared of her, but wasn’t super in to the puppy as much as she was in to him.

At the Nanaimo harbour.

At the Nanaimo harbour.

December 24
Calvin helped Grandpa with chores in the barn and had fun chasing the alpacas around. We then went to the Christmas Eve service.

Here, piggy piggy piggy!

Here, piggy piggy piggy!

Vroom!

Vroom!

Handsome boys, all ready for church.

Handsome boys, all ready for church.

December 25
We woke up and after breakfast, the boys (well, mainly Calvin) got to open their gifts. Calvin wasn’t too interested, but rips some paper anyway. I’m kind of glad this kid is still not so in to presents. In the afternoon we went for a walk at Piper’s Lagoon. That evening we ferried back to the mainland and headed to my parents’ in Langley.

What's inside? Clothes? Yay!

What’s inside? Clothes? Yay!

 

Family photo by the water.

Family photo by the water.

 

A west coast beach.

A west coast beach.

December 26
This was the day of the Thiessen gathering. All my siblings and their children, with the exception of Isaac who was with his mom’s family for his birthday, came to my parents’ place and we had a wonderful day exchanging gifts, hanging out and eating our BBQ. Kate even dropped by on her way to Abbotsford from Vancouver!

Uncle Nathan and Victor exchanging grins.

Uncle Nathan and Victor exchanging grins.

Cul-de-sac hockey.

Cul-de-sac hockey. Look! Remnants of snow!

Hi Kate!

Hi Kate!

December 27
I got together with two of my best friends, Carleigh (who left for a trip to Benin the next day) and Megan (who is due with their first baby in a couple weeks!). It is always so good to catch up with them.

The old trio, together again!

The old trio, together again!

December 28
According to my lack of photos from this day, and a blank space on my calendar, nothing happened this day.

December 29
This was our Visit the Great Grandparents day! We went to Abbotsford and saw all of our grandparents who live there.

Calvin makes Opa smile.

Calvin makes Opa smile.

Nana loves the babies!

Nana loves the babies!

My Oma and her husband (Uncle Abe) of a couple years. Love them!

My Oma and her husband (Uncle Abe) of a couple years. Love them!

December 30
My sister-in-law had a few of our cousins over to hang out with our babies. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…all the cute babies are in our family!

Piper (3 months), Victor (2 months), and Anna (5 months).

Piper (3 months), Victor (2 months), and Anna (5 months).

December 31
The boys (not including Victor because he is needy) stayed home and watched hockey while I went shopping with Megan for baby things. In the evening my parents went to some friends’ house, so we put the boys to bed at 8 and partied until 10pm.

There was a lot of hockey watching between Canucks and the World Juniors. This was the scene in the family room a lot of the time a lot of the days.

There was a lot of hockey watching between Canucks and the World Juniors. This was the scene in the family room a lot of the time a lot of the days.

January 1
I got to see my friend Christine! In the afternoon we were going to hang out with my brother and his family, but that was unfortunately cancelled due to sickness.

High school buddies.

High school buddies.

January 2
This was a full day! Our friends Anna and Karl graciously made the trip over from the island just to hang out with us for a few hours! Then we had dinner at a family friend’s place (whose daughter is a friend of mine and also has a young baby), followed by another trip to Abbotsford for an engagement party for Jordan and Amy.

Hi, friends!

Hi, friends!

The two cuties, watching while we ate.

The two cuties, watching while we ate.

January 3
We had brunch at Cora (it’s so hard not to put a “‘s” on the end of that) with all of Tim’s siblings who were on the mainland for various events. In the afternoon Tim’s friends from school back in Nanaimo who now live in Richmond, came over with their boys. This visit was cut short, again due to sickness. And we didn’t get any pictures. Sad. In the evening there was an extended family gathering of Tim’s side, you guessed it, in Abbotsford.

At Cora, they give the impatient children stamps and Cheerios.

At Cora, they give the impatient children stamps and Cheerios.

January 4
We went to my sister and brother-in-law’s place for lunch then headed to Stanley Park with the entire family for a ride on the train. It was a really lovely day with all my siblings and nieces and nephews.

Boy cousins!

Boy cousins!

I've seen the new bridge a couple times now, but it still looks so beautiful and majestic next to the old, dinky orange one.

I’ve seen the new bridge a couple times now, but it still looks so beautiful and majestic next to the old, dinky orange one.

Oma, Grandpa, and all the grandchildren.

Oma, Grandpa, and all the grandchildren.

Let's go training!

Let’s go training!

January 5
Travel day back to Edmonton. I could’ve done a separate post and called it “A Moose, Two Poops, and an Oops”, in which I tell the story of seeing a moose closer than I ever have, changing two super poops on my lap, and watching a car behind us spin out and slide into the meridian. But I decided to fit it all into its own sentence instead.

It was a full and lovely vacation. I was so glad to fit in visits with so many people. Normally I can only squeeze in one or two. When I think of how we originally were not going to plan on going back home for Christmas, I think we must have been crazy!

BC Holiday: The Babies

A bonus of our trip to BC was to meet a handful of babies that friends and family members have had in the past couple months! There were also a couple yet-to-be-born babies to “see”.

I already mentioned meeting my oldest brother’s baby girl, Anna, who is my third niece.

Anna and our little one will be the closest in age of the Thiessen cousins so far, only 3 months apart.

Anna and our little one will be the closest in age of the Thiessen cousins so far, only 3 months apart.

Also in Langley was my friend Amy and her three-month-old, Jonah. Amy and I have known eachother since we were children, with our families attending the same church.

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IMG_2803I then got to hang out with one of my best friends, Megan, who just recently announced she is due with their first in January! I am very glad we had an opportunity to get a belly photo of the two of us. We have known each other for always. Our mothers went to church and school together when they were growing up. I hope our kids will grow up as friends as well.

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Then on Tuesday, Tim, Calvin and I made a whirlwind trip to Victoria to see some friends and more babies! Mostly Calvin just wanted to see Anna.IMG_2845But we also went to a park to hang out with the girls and their kids too.IMG_2828

Chavon could have her second any day now!

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Raya, the newest baby in the group.

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It was nice to have a baby girl after the last three (who were also the first three) were boys.

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One of the last times Calvin and Ethan (in the middle) saw each other, they looked like this:

553460_10151998403240315_189318712_nOn the way back to my parents’ place from the ferry, we stopped in to visit with my cousins, Andrew and Naomi, who had their baby girl just three days before my sister-in-law had Anna!

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This is a little dark, but it was so cute! Mackenzie was sleeping in her swing and Calvin was just crouched there, watching her go back and forth. Then he decided he wanted to swing her himself.

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Calvin was actually really gentle with all the babies he met. He mostly pet their heads and made cute little sounds like “doodle doodle doodle”. The only trouble was if he had a wooden hammer in his hands. Because of course you are allowed to bang on anything if you are wielding a wooden hammer (don’t worry…no babies were hurt). So I am hopeful that he will be the same way with our newborn.

It is interesting thinking of all my different friends, in Langley, Victoria, and now Edmonton, and how my relationships with them all are different. My Edmonton friends I know only as parents. I don’t know much of their background or who they were as teenagers. I feel like I am learning from them, since the majority have children older than mine. My Victoria friends I got to know as they were students in college, becoming newlyweds and recently parents. I got to learn alongside of them. I have known my Langley friends through all stages of life, and it’s fun to watch them become parents now, continuing the circle. I wish I was closer to them to see this next stage more first hand, but I am content with the special little visits I get here and there.

And that concludes the baby tour! Besides Chavon, there are two people on my pregnant people list (yes, I actually have a list of my friends’ due dates because there are so many to keep track of) due, and then it’s my turn! Only two more months, which is kind of crazy. And seeing all these newborns didn’t help prepare me for my own in the least. Good thing I know first hand that the knowledge comes naturally. I’m excited!

 

 

A Visit With the Mortons

Our good friends, Anna and Karl, drove out from Victoria to pay us a visit this weekend! It is rather convenient for them, really, since Karl has a brother near Calgary. They arrived on Thursday evening and just left this evening so we had two full days to visit, and it was so great!

While Tim worked on Friday, I had the difficult task of entertaining them during the day. However it started with Karl doing the entertaining.

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We then spent the morning window shopping at West Ed. We went to Galaxy Land where Calvin went on his first ride.

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We came home for lunch and lounged on the couch under the ceiling fan while Calvin napped. Then it was pool time! Calvin enjoyed being sprayed with the hose.

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The evening was spent once again inside under the fan. It’s getting warm here, people!

This morning we wandered across the street where there was a garage sale. Calvin test drove a foot pedalled car, but we ended up coming home with a great wagon that is perfect for carting him to the park in.

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Then once again there was a nap for Calvin and couch lounging for us. This was followed by a trip to get some delicious frozen yoghurt. So yummy!

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The yoghurt place happened to be in the same mall as the brand new Lego store, so of course we had to take a peek.

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We came home to more pool time, hotdogs, and then they were gone. We had a great relaxing couple of days with them, and now they are off to continue their long weekend and we have two more days to enjoy to ourselves!

Thanks so much for coming, guys! Hope to see you again soon!

Throwback Thursday: How I Met My Valentine

It’s Valentine’s Day!

To me, that means I make food that I know Tim really really likes. Oh, and I made him a little card and stuck it in his backpack for him to find when he got to work. We are not big celebrators of this “holiday” or even our anniversary really. To be fair, we have only had one anniversary and we had a two week old baby at the time.

Anyways, I thought that today would be a good day to document how Tim and I met.

When I moved to Victoria in April 2008, I subletted half of a room in a house from the niece of a family friend. The other half of the room was rented by Kate. We were room mates for a few months, and since I didn’t have any of my own friends, I hung out with her and her friends. One of her friends was Tim. We attended the same parties or get togethers a few times, but being both introverts  we never spoke a word to each other. I knew Tim as Kate’s geeky friend who liked Nerf guns.

In the Winter and Spring of 2010, Kate and I were room mates once again. And Tim lived only a couple blocks away from our place. Kate would go often to hang out with him on the weekends if I had to work or something, but I never went over. Then, that Summer, we all started hanging out together more. Tim was looking for a new church to attend, so he started going to the one Kate and I went to. Since we lived near each other, we would walk there together. The walks were fairly quiet, as we warmed up to one another, but soon I considered him a friend.

A month or two after we were hanging out more, Kate got a job in For MacMurray and left us. Her farewell was something along these lines:

You two are not allowed to hang out together when I am gone because you are going to have too much fun without me.

But we disobeyed. A very short while after she left, I invited Tim to go to Symphony Splash with me, where he then invited me to go see “Inception” with him because he really enjoyed the movie, and I had not seen it yet. Little did I know that the movie was our first date, even though I paid for myself.

A few weeks in to our new found relationship, we knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, and were engaged after 6 weeks of dating. That’s how we do it, folks!

Maybe I will have a post about our engagement and our wedding another time.

And for now, here are pretty much the only two good photos we have together of our dating period:

French Beach on Vancouver Island

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A perk of my old job – I took Tim on a whale watching tour. Best date ever, and it was free!

And a photo from 8 months later at our wedding. This was a nice surprise to find on our wedding disc from our photographer:

That's Kate.

That’s Kate.