Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not Yet

Unfortunately, there is no new baby yet. Jackie's labor started to subside last night. They kept her overnight for observaction, but by the morning her contractions were completely gone, so they sent her home. BOO!!!

The good thing about this is that she is 36 weeks plus 4 so a few more days in there can only be a good thing. Also, they were thinking of giving her oxytocin to help bring on labor, which is fine, but the fewer interventions, the better/safer.

The bad news is that Jackie is still pregnant and she is SO ready to be done!!!!

And Shawna - I'm not crazy for leaving! I figured that she had a while left and I had to get home and check my email to see if I had to work today! So there was a method to my madness.

So right now she is 4cm and waiting.... hopefully I will have more news soon.

Now I'm off to make some pizza! Yum! And I might make pumpkin cookies tonight too!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

She's on the way

My sister gave my mum a really great b-day present today - she went into labor! It worked out perfectly because when I finished my orientation shift, I just went upstairs and hung out with her in the family birthing unit for a while. When I left at 8 her contractions were getting stronger and were a few minutes apart. Hopefully I will get a call in the middle of the night tonight!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Full Saturday

Saturday was a PACKED day for me! I got up early and went for my run. I had time to quickly shower and attempt to tidy up the house before my dear friend Shawna came over. We haven't seen each other in 5 years, even though we really don't live that far away and she comes to the US all the time. We have kept up with each other's lives via blogs over the past few years and we finally had a perfect excuse that forced us to get together - Shawna needed to ship a package to my place!
It was quite the reunion! In so many ways we are both the same girls that we were 10 years ago. Of course our conversation included mortgages, spouses, children and careers rather than which boy currently held our attention or who was at youthgroup that week. But at the heart of it was still just Shawna and Nickie - two of the most blunt people on earth! For those of you that don't know Shawna, she is probably even more blunt than me, if you can believe that's possible! :)
Thanks for the super fun day Shawna - we will HAVE to do it again!

When Shawna left, my day was only just begining. I quickly threw on a dress while Phil wrapped the gift and then we were off to Donnie and Audrey's wedding. The wedidng was held at Shuksan golf course and it was GORGEOUS! The weather was perfect and the wedding was outdoors against a backdrop of trees and mountains. It was so peaceful out there! The reception was lovely, food was great, and the cake actually yummy!

Phil and I after the wedding.

We slipped out of the wedding as the dancing was starting, raced home to grab Mathias, then headed north for our final social engagement of the day - a surprise 30th b-day party for our friend Kevin. We spent the evening chatting with friends and enjoying the warm summer evening.

Here's a pic of our good friends Sarah and Kris.

And after this crazy long day, we came home and fell into bed exhausted!

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Sushi Feast

One of the great things about having exchange students, is the opportunity for cultural exchance. For the most part, they are learning about our culture, but last week we got to learn about their culture in the best possible way - FOOD!!!
Mami, Nami and I headed out to the grocery store to pick up the last few ingredients needed for our sushi feast, namely, fresh fish. We were lucky to have the sushi expert of the seafood department help us and she cut us a fresh piece of sashimi grade salmon - YUMMY!
We came back home and the work began. I had NO IDEA how much work sushi is to make! Those girls worked hard for two hours, chopping, mixing, rolling and cutting. Nami has worked in a restaurant before so she set out to make it all as beautiful as possible.
We were joined by a few of the girls friends, including Mami's Korean boyfriend, as well as our good friend Kevin. So altogether, we had Japanese, Korean, German, Canadian, American, and Mennonite (that's a nationality, right? :) )represented.
Here's some pictures of our preparation.

Here is the final feast!

While the girls were working hard on the sushi, I prepared our part of the cultural exchange evening - pumpkin pie! I figure that's a pretty American dessert!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Down memory lane

Today I went back to TWU for the first time in 5 years!!!! It was odd to say the least. We drove around the campus looking at all of the changes (new buildings, etc) then wandered through some of the buildings as well. We visited each of the rooms that Phil had stayed in during his 4 years. The Douglas building still smelt the same, which isn't exactly a good thing :)

As we were walking to the mail area, Phil announced to Mathias that this is where we had met. I wandered into the middle of the lobby and remembered back to that moment, over 8 years ago! A lot has changed since then!

Kaitlyn

Tonight we celebrated Kaitlyn's 5th birthday! (She's the one on the left). We went to the "family" b-day party and had a great time catching up with Julia and her family and hanging out with the kids. Kaitlyn LOVES fashion and her gifts reflected that - over half of them were clothes! I swear that kids clothes have gotten a lot better than I was a kid - they are so much more stylish now!
Happy Birthday Kaitlyn and thanks for the fun night!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Small things

I have a saying "It's the small things in life". I usually employ this saying when I derive joy from some small thing: I got to the bus stop right as my bus got there, a new recipe worked out, my favorite item was on sale, I had a good run - anything really.

A while ago we went and saw the movie Wall-E. Loved it!! I thought that Wall-E was so cute and joked that I wanted to get a little stuffed one. Last night, darling hubby ran into Blockbuster while I ran into the grocery store to grab milk. He came back without a movie, but said he got something for me. A little stuffed Wall-E! I got ridiculously excited! Partly because of the actual little toy, and partly just because my hubby is so sweet and thoughtful. So I now have Wall-E keeping watch over me as I do homework.

Bring on the Germans!

Phil and I love hosting guests - whether it's for the evening, the night, or for a few weeks. Thankfully, we get that opportunity quite a bit. We have noticed that we tend to be getting lots of German guests:
  • last summer Dirk and Sarah came for 3 weeks (Phil knew Dirk when he was in Tanzania)
  • Mattias (who was an exchange student with Phil's parents a few years ago) is currently staying with us for a few weeks
  • Next week my good friend Jen will come for a visit, and she will bring her friend Sophie with her. Sophie is from - you guessed it - Germany!

As I said before, we love hosting so this is great. And as an added bonus - we have lots of people to stay with on our next trip to Germany!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Whistler

Last weekend we took Nami and Mami to Canada for the first time. They were SO excited!!! The whole concept of driving through the border was just fascinating for them since they are from an island country.
We drove through Vancouver then headed up to Whistler. Although it was raining a bit, it was still beautiful up there. The first thing that we did was satisfy our hunger by going to our favorite restaurant up there, Le Brasserie, for some yummy brunch! After that we wandered around, watched the bike races, then headed home.
Here is Mami enjoying the Canadian legal drinking age!

Mami and Nami having fun

Phil and I posing

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Organzing Online

I'm back! I had some computer issues this week, so I haven't been online very much. I was working on organizing my online life when I got a virus on my computer! So here is everything that I got accomplished this week:
  • Switched from my hotmail to my gmail account (including changing my email address with the 20+ different online accounts that I have)
  • Separated my blogs - I know have a separate account and email for my nursing blog, Nurse Nickie
  • Backed up everything on my computer
  • Wiped my hard drive and reloaded Windows and all of my programs
  • Finally set up my financial software

Looking at the list now it doesn't look like that much, but believe me, it was a lot of work!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Japanese Valley Girl

We are loving having Nami and Mami stay with us! They are sweet, kind, fun, CLEAN, eager to learn English and about American culture, and simply a pleasure to have around. That being said, they also have their quirks.

One of them in particular does what I call, the Japanese Valley Girl. Here are some sample converstations:

Me: How was school today?
Mami: Yeah... GREAT!!! (this being said if an overly excited and happy high pitched tone)

Me: Time for dinner.
Mami: WOW!!! Chicken!!!! (this being said if an overly excited and happy high pitched tone)
Me: Yes Mami, it's chicken. The same as 3 other nights a week.

It's funny and quite sweet, but sometimes I just shake my head. I wish that I could post an audio clip so that you could get the full effect.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Lazy Sunday

Usually our weekends are filled with chores around the house, church, seeing friends, catching up on "stuff" and a bit of extra sleeping. Yesterday, Phil and I enjoyed a true Sabbath and did NOTHING!!! I went for a run, we had a late brunch, and then I curled up in my favorite recliner with a good book, a blanket (I know it's summer but I have a weird need to always have a blanket when I'm curled up) and a cup of tea. And that is what I did, ALL DAY LONG!!! Phil took a nap and played video games, and that was the extent of our day. BLISS!

Admission

I think that celebrity gossip is ridiculous. They are just people, the same as you and I, and yet our society puts them up on a pedestal and likes to detail every aspect of their lives. I feel sorry for some of them who just want to have a bit of privacy. For those that are attentien whores, I have no sympathy.



Since I find celebrity gossip ridiculous, I rarely look at it. But every now and then, I do get tempted. Tonight, I prolonged my grocery shopping trip by 10 minutes so that I could flip through People magazine and see the "19 page family album" of the Jolie-Pitts. sigh. It's pathetic, I know. But the kids are cute!