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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 Sevenhuysens

Yes, there was one more part of our trip to BC! I have just been a slacker on posting about it because of my lack of pictures. But I don’t want to leave anything incomplete!

When we left Langley, we headed to Rossland where Tim’s sister had an acting job in a local theater for the summer. The whole family was able to stay at the home where she was boarding, which was great! Their backyard wasn’t too shabby either.

Rossland is just one of BCs many most beautiful places.

Rossland is just one of BCs many most beautiful places.

Although Rossland is small, there are still a couple things to do, so we didn’t spend allĀ of our time hanging around the house and playing Settlers of Catan. For instance, we went down to the river!

Calvin got more than just a little wet by the end of the visit.

Calvin got more than just a little wet by the end of the visit.

And we ate ice cream!

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Catherine's in the blue dress. I won't mention the part where they pulled male audience members onto the stage for a tamish dance.

Catherine’s in the blue dress.
I won’t mention the part where they pulled male audience members onto the stage for a tamish dance.

And also one morning we went out for a yummy breakfast.

As you can see, it was very enjoyable.  Apparently there is a better shot of everybody on somebody else's camera, so if you don't want this one on here, you better get it to me!

As you can see, it was very enjoyable.
Apparently there is a better shot of everybody on somebody else’s camera, so if you don’t want this one on here, you better get it to me!

And soon enough we were back on the road headed for home sweet home. We made one little stop at this rock slide I forget the name of, but you have probably heard of. It was quite impressive.

Our little family that I love so much.

Our little growing family that I love so much.

And now home is where we will stay until Christmas time, enjoying our new space and anybody who feels like they want to come visit. Especially after a certain new little person comes! You are all welcome!

 

BC Holiday: The Thiessens

Our official summer holiday. Of course it means going back west to visit with family. What other kind of holiday is there?

Early Saturday morning we packed up the car and hit the Yellowhead. I am going to dedicate one sentence to brag about Calvin: he went the first 10 hours without a single complaint or cry, completely content with toys, books, snacks, and being able to see mountains rise into his view through the window.

All happy and ready for the long trip ahead.

All happy and ready for the long trip ahead.

Mandatory pit stop at Mt. Robson. Not too clear of a day.

Mandatory pit stop at Mt. Robson. Not too clear of a day.

We left Edmonton early enough to be in Langley for supper time. And then we met our new niece, Anna for the first time!

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Calvin also met a new friend who didn’t end up being so friendly. He bit Calvin pretty good but as soon as the bleeding stopped, he went back to the box to pet it again. This is something we have been learning about Calvin’s personality lately…he doesn’t become afraid of things that bite him, so to speak. He also fell down a short flight of stairs at my parents, in a complete backwards somersault, cried for a minute maybe, then went right back to climbing them. He’s a tough kid.

Being more gentle to the rodent than the rodent was to him.

Being more gentle to the rodent than the rodent was to him.

On Sunday, the whole family came to my parents to spend the day together (with the exception of our nephew, Isaac). We enjoyed a yummy waffle lunch, had naps, then went to the Fort in Fort Langley, then came back for some BBQ. I really only have photos of our time at the Fort, and most of them are of Calvin, but here they are for your enjoyment anyway.

Calvin tried out furs...

Calvin tried out furs…

...and blankets.

…and blankets.

He patrolled the walls.

He patrolled the walls.

And spend some quality time with aunts and uncles.

And spend some quality time with aunts and uncles.

 

All the kids (my mom's photo).

All the kids (my mom’s photo).

Other than that day, we had a relaxing time with my parents who enjoyed having a special little boy around for a while.

Cuddles with Oma.

Cuddles with Oma.

Helping Grandpa water the flowers.

Helping Grandpa water the flowers.

Then we were off on the next leg!

Working Vacation: Day 4

Today was a long, full, good day.

We left Cochrane for Banff at 7:30 to get there in time for a 9:00 meeting during which Calvin and I walked up and down the main street, then took refuge from the rain in an indoor shopping centre and went up and down the escalators. The only shops open before 10:00 are the souvenir shops, which happen to be every other store, so our walk wasn’t much entertainment.

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After another meeting, we went to check in to the hotel then found some yummy lunch. One more meeting, then we were off to do some sightseeing!

The first thing we did was a narrative boat tour of the Minnewanka Lake. This lake is super long and skinny, so basically they dive you up then back down, telling you about the local wildlife and the forests along the way. Did you know that the lake rose 10 feet during the two days of rain that caused all the flooding?!

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From there we went to the gondola. The weather wasn’t perfect for it, but it was fun none the less. The scenery is gorgeous, with it without clouds and the gondola is just plain fun anyway.

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We were going to have supper at the top, but apparently they close down quite early. We ended up treating ourselves at the Keg. We got there at 8, making it the latest I have ever eaten dinner in my memorable past. Calvin did super well, considering the only nap he had was about an hour in the car and he was confined to the stroller more than he was able to run around today. But we finally got back to the hotel and he is is fast asleep, only 2 hours later than usual!

Tomorrow we will go to Lake Louise then head back to Edmonton. Maybe not quite as full of a day, but possibly just as long. Then we have a weekend to recuperate and get things done at the house!

Working Vacation: Day 3

Today was the first day where we didn’t have to travel between cities! Tim had all his meetings scheduled for the morning, so he was out the whole time, leaving me and Calvin to hang out together. We had a leisurely breakfast, played in the room then got some fresh air in a field behind the hotel before coming back for nap time. If I had enough forethought, I would’ve asked Tim to leave the stroller behind instead of taking it along in the trunk.

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After Tim came back and we had lunch, we went out for some ice cream in Bragg Creek. That is one area that was highly affected by the flooding. They are still rebuilding roads and many businesses are still closed. You can see damage along the river, in the form of broken and bent foliage (hard to see in a photo though). It almost felt a little bit surreal to see all the “thanks for the help” posters and things they show in the news all the time.

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We came back to the hotel, enjoyed a dinner we got at a grocery store deli, put Calvin to bed, and are currently watching Arrested Development. Ah, the relaxed life!

Working Vacation: Day 2

I’m sure you are all so interested in what we are doing with our vacation, and that is why I am doing this. Also, all the hotels have free wifi, so I have to do something with it!

Today we woke up and I went down to grab some breakfast. I also happened to grab part of our lunch, but they don’t need to know that. Tim had one meeting in the morning so Calvin and I hung out in the room before he came back and we checked out. It was quite a task trying to keep Calvin from dialling the front desk and asking for more toilet paper to shred.

Tim’s next meeting was in downtown Medicine Hat so I took Calvin on a little stroll down the street. Next was a picnic lunch and some playground time! He had so much energy to burn off!

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It was getting hot out so Tim dropped us off at Target and went for yet another meeting, then picked us up shortly after and we went to Medicine Hat’s main attraction, the Historic Clay District. Because this is a not-budgeted-for vacation, we didn’t pay to go in the museum, but we peeked around and it looked like it would be a interesting one, if you are passing through and want to do something.

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Medicine Hat seems like quite a lovely town. We drove around the residential areas a bit, and they are filled with cute old homes. Seems like a nice place to retire to.

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We returned to the highway and made our way back west, and Calvin finally had a decent nap.

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We are staying in Cochrane for the next two nights. Hopefully we can find some more fun things to do!

Working Vacation: Day 1

A couple weeks ago Tim learned that he would probably have a business trip to go on. At first I was a little sad because it lined up right after we got possession of the house, so I would have been all alone for a week, organizing and tidying everything. But then we had the idea that Calvin and I could go along! Why not, right? It was just a bonus that part of the trip included Banff and Lake Louise.

I actually think this is a much needed break for me. If there was ever a time I would consider myself stressed, it would be the past two days. I was frequently getting annoyed at small things and frustrated with things that couldn’t be helped. I am glad I can leave behind the mess and disorganization and do nothing without feeling the least bit of guilt. Then I can tackle everything with a renewed energy and (somehow still not swollen) feet that don’t feel bruised when we return.

So this morning Tim popped into the office to grab some things then picked up the rental car, and we left the house at noon, headed towards Medicine Hat. The drive was of course uneventful, with the exception of driving through a thunder storm just outside of Calgary.

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We checked into our hotel, then headed to Montana’s for supper. It’s going to be fun using a per Diem that is meant for one person and letting it be our entire budget. Those thrifty Sevenhuysens!

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Tomorrow Tim has a few interviews lined up in Medicine Hat, and then we will head west toward Bragg Creek. We will see what Calvin and I get up to while Tim works. I’m especially interested in seeing how Calvin will nap when we are between hotels. What an adventure! If you are interested in what Tim is working on, his company has been hired by Tourism Alberta to check in to how the floods have affected the tourism industry. It’s a project of his that interests me a bit more than his usual stuff, coming out of that industry myself, so it’s fun that I get to tag along.