Saturday, April 26, 2008


Tim's night schedule has been working out well for all of us. He comes home around 8am and goes to bed around noon or 1pm and sleeps till 8:30pm. It seems to make my days go by faster somehow and it's nice to sleep through the entire time he's gone (well, it's not a solid sleep with a toddler around of course :). It almost seems like we're seeing more of him. Definitely isn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.

Last night we went for dinner over at Tim's Aunt Kim and Uncle Danny's (Vassar Electric & Havillah Road Printing owners) house. We were invited over by Tim's cousin Rich and his wife Erika who are living there temporarily since their move from Kansas. Remember me mentioning them before? They are the parent's of Macy, the little girl I babysat a couple days a few weeks ago. They are such fun people! Erika and I always have things to talk about. We had a great time and got to meet another young couple with a 2-1/2-old son whom Cedric loved. They played so hard. :)

Cedric has been making friends with a first grade girl named Olivia who lives next door. They interact over the wooden fence. She often throws pine cones (which he loves :) or, even better, baggies of crackers over to him. She finally asked to come over today and spent an hour over here playing. They seemed to really enjoy each other despite the age difference. She's a nice girl.

We are planning to have a garage sale on Memorial Day weekend. The profits are going to be entirely saved toward our first adoption. We've got a good stash of things to sell already, and Mom and Dad have contributed a lot. I'm hoping to do some extensive advertising for it. This will be our first garage sale and I'm really looking forward to it, especially since it should significantly increase our adoption savings. :)

Isn't this an intriguing picture? So much symbolism.... All good? Some bad?... Simply intriguing.

Monday, April 21, 2008


Something that I’ve asked myself over this past year is if I could bring him back, would I? I’ve decided that, no, I wouldn’t. For my sake, yes, but not for his. Knowing what I know of Heaven, I would not wish him back.

I remember his memorial… there were so many people there. I kept hearing over and over that Grampa meant so much to them because he was so kind. He made them feel special. He cared. He really saw them and gave them his time and his complete attention. He cared about people and things that mattered to them just because they mattered to them. This is how he made me, too, feel always throughout my life.

Grampa’s cared for people. People and relationship were what was most important to him. Grampa’s entire life substantiated and demonstrated Christ’s promise that through His sanctifying power people can and do change.

I have learned from Grampa that people may forget what you did, people may forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

People are what matter to the heart of God, and Grampa new that and lived it.

I want to be like Grampa by also learning and living out that highest of virtues which is love and compassion for people. Grampa, you are my inspiration.

When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?...
Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame?
Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car?
Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement?
Of course not. What will matter then will be people.
If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now?
-- Max Lucado

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tim as "Le Fou"

Tim is going to be in another play! It’s going to be put on by the same group that did The Seussical in which he played a Wickersham Brother (monkey) back in 2005. This time it is going to be Beauty and the Beast, and Tim is going to be Le Fou who is the pathetic sidekick of Gaston, the story’s arrogant bad guy.

Tim went for auditions on Friday and read for a few different characters. I guess for a while they were talking about offering him the part of the Beast! Tim, however, made everyone nearly cry with laughter with his rendition of Le Fou (“the fool” in French, by the way :). Tim would have LOVED to play the part of the Beast (and would have done an absolutely awesome job!) but by Saturday, when he got called back, he had decided that the demands of being one of the major lead characters would not fit in with first being the husband of a pregnant wife and the father of a toddler and then a newborn (the play is going to be performed in October so the rehearsals will go right through late pregnancy and baby’s arrival), not to mention a full time job, so he went prepared to turn them down if they indeed offered him the Beast. They ended up offering him the role Le Fou, and he’s thrilled about it. Le Fou has his own song!

Here’s a picture of Le Fou and Gaston:

We are going to have to get the movie because it has been years since I've seen it. Tim used to watch it frequently with his niece when he lived with his parents and has some of the songs memorized, so his heart is really in this play. :) When the times comes closer, I'll keep you all informed on performance dates if anyone is interested in coming over. I'm so looking forward to seeing him peform again. He loves it and is so talented!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Things that have been going on lately....

The 2nd was Tim's and my 3rd anniversary. It's crazy to think that we've been together for more than 6 years now. It doesn't seem that long.

To celebrate we went out to dinner this last Sunday night at Diamond's Steakhouse in Osoyoos, BC. It's my favorite restaurant by far and the nicest one I've ever been to besides Benihana's (at least that I can remember). Very gourmet and expensive. :) I had the chicken peppercorn (a tradition since we ate there the night Tim proposed) and Tim had a 10 oz. filet mignon steak. Delicious and so romantic. Tim had bought me a dress to wear, which looked great. It fell just below the knee and tied right above my growing belly, showing it off nicely. It was sleeveless with a black and white floral pattern. I wish we had gotten a picture of us together! Tim dressed to match so I thought we looked pretty spiffy. :) Afterwards we went to Dairy Queen for dessert. That's another tradition whenever we eat at Diamonds since the night Tim proposed. :) It was a fun evening.

Thank you again to Mom for watching Cedric! :X

I have been pretty nauseous the last few days, which has been corresponding with an increase in feeling the baby move and kick. Something hormonal is going on. My stretching belly is starting to itch too. :)

Cedric is nearly weaning himself. I was kind of expecting this drop in nursing frequency because of the switch to colostrum. I guess toddlers often don't like the taste so pull back drastically from nursing while their mama is pregnant. It's not unheard of for the toddler to stop nursing altogether but then to start back up again after the real milk comes in once more after the new baby arrives. Cedric can go all day now without nursing but still requests "nani" a couple times a night. His new favorite drink is apple juice (watered down, but he doesn't know that :). He can say "apple juice" so well! One of his several newly acquired double words. :)

A thought for the day:

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Last Sunday we had Tim's cousin, Rich Vassar (Tim's Best Man), and his wife, Erika, and baby girl, Macy (8 months), over for a BBQ. They have just recently moved back into the area from Kansas. It was really good to see them. I had met Erika only once before so it was nice to get to know her better. They are both really fun and relaxed people to hang with. I'm excited to have another couple to get together with!

Erika works a couple days a week down at Havillah Road Printing and her daycare wasn't going to be able to babysit this last week, so she had asked if I would be willing. I thought it would be a good opportunity so we planned on it. It was good to have them over beforehand so that mom and baby could see where Macy would be spending 2 days.

Here are a couple pictures of Cedric and Macy together. Cedric did really well with her and enjoyed giving her hugs and kisses and showing her his toys.

This first picture is a late afternoon "nap time" in front of a classic Looney Toons DVD. They were both very tired and getting cranky.

Cedric is waving to Macy in this picture. She was such an easy baby to watch. Very quiet and sweet.

And here's a better picture of her. She and Cedric do have a similar "Vassar" look. :) We all thought they had the same big, round head.

Here's a pic of Tim and Cedric taking a much-needed nap the next day. Tim just got home from his overnight shift.

Oh, and this was so cute today! Tim was working with Hemi, teaching him to sit and "dance" and the like. Well, Cedric did better than Hemi half the time and sat every time Tim told Hemi to "sit". It was adorable! We had to have them show off for the camera. Note: They are not both getting doggy treats. :)