With our move to Edmonton coming up in about a week (so long as all goes well), I’ve been encouraging my wife to start a blog as a good way to share our experiences with family and friends back home. She’s jumped into the project with both feet, so if you want to get another perspective on what’s going on in my life, take a look-see at Larissa.TimSevenhuysen.com.
Now I have to get her WordPress theme prettied up a bit… :)
Two weekends ago Larissa and I went on what she called a “babymoon,” a term I hadn’t heard before. Apparently it’s a “thing,” though. It was our last little trip together as just the two of us before Baby arrives about six weeks from now.
At her work Christmas party, Larissa won a two-night stay to the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s beautiful out there! We drove up on Saturday after Larissa got off work, spent Saturday night, all day Sunday, and Monday morning, and drove back down to Victoria on Monday afternoon.
It rained all day Sunday, which isn’t unusual on the Island, especially further north. It’s rain forest country, after all! Not the kind of jungle rain forest you typically associate with the Amazon, but rain forest nonetheless. So we spent the day mostly in our room, relaxing and hanging out together. We did venture down to the main floor in the late morning for the special Valentine’s weekend brunch, and it was awesome. The bacon was particularly good.
During the rest of the day Larissa finished crocheting a baby blanket and I watched some sports. It was good to just get away and not have to worry about anything.
On Monday morning the sun was out, so we took a bit of a walk on the beach. I even convinced her to give me a smooch on the cheek!
We didn’t take a lot of pictures, but I’ve included a few below.
We’ve had our time away now, and we’re in the home stretch to Baby’s arrival! We’re moving into our new place this weekend, so Larissa can get down to some serious nesting. Once our move is done, there won’t be any more big items on our Pre-Baby To-Do List, so we’re looking forward to having that out of the way. Maybe once we’re moved in I’ll do a photo tour, or a brief video showing the place off. Depends what I have time for. These stories don’t write themselves!
While Larissa and I were on the mainland last week visiting with family (on both her side and mine), Larissa’s family surprised us with a baby shower. The “surprise” portion of this was no small feat: Larissa is notoriously difficult to surprise.
The closest I’ve come to surprising Larissa was when I gave her an antique secretary desk as a Christmas present a year ago. She had no idea until Christmas Eve, when she followed me downstairs at my parents’ house and found me putting the finishing touches on it.
The way the family managed the surprise this time around was pretty ingenious. Larissa had contacted her cousin, Kristal, asking if she and her husband wanted to get together while we were on the mainland. Kristal invited us over for dinner.
A couple of days later, Kristal mentioned our dinner date to her mom. Aunt Anneliese suggested that they could jump on that opportunity and turn it into a baby shower. Pretty much all of the female sisters, cousins, and in-laws were able to make it work. So we went over on Thursday and had dinner with Shaun and Kristal, and about fifteen minutes after we’d eaten there was a knock on the door and the house flooded with women!
(Larissa cried! It was cute and sweet.)
I spent the evening with Shaun, watching sports highlights and talking about music, books, and movies. In the meantime, Larissa was being showered generously with gifts. Along with all kinds of newborn diapers, toys, and clothes, we also received a brand new car seat! So that’s one of the Baby Fund items crossed off the list. We’ve been taken care of so well that I think the Baby Fund is more or less fully funded at this point. I may have to direct future writing profits towards something else! :)
Thanks so much to our extended family for the baby shower and all of the wonderful gifts.