Monday, August 27, 2007

Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

Three years ago today I was sealed to my best friend for Time & All Eternity. I feel so blessed to have Tim as my husband. So much has happened over the last three years. We've had some great times together and it's only getting better. We are so excited to welcome our new addition to the family in March.

We celebrated our anniversary on the weekend. Tim's been working such long hours lately it's hard to get out during the week. We went out to Ric's Grill in the Water Tower (love the view of Lethbridge from way up there) and had the most expensive meal we'd ever had by far. Probably because Tim had the calamari to start and then filet mignon and king crab legs for the main course. (Did I mention I hate all seafood?) Luckily we had gift certificates so it only cost us $6. Then we topped the night off with a movie, The Bourne Ultimatum.

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One-Zero-Zero Percent!

Last week Grampa passed away. He was 90 years old and had lived a long life. Even though he was old his death was sudden. Exactly a week before he passed away he was well enough to go to the temple one last time. How cool is that eh? He went to my cousin's temple wedding on Friday and Saturday, took family pictures on Sunday, and then a few days later got pneumonia and passed away quickly.

In the last few years every time anyone asked Grampa how he was doing he always replied, "One-Zero-Zero percent!" And now he truly is 100%.

I'm so grateful to have had Eddie Barr as my grampa. What a great example he was to all of us. We counted Grampa & Granny's posterity the other day -- when my baby is born (which is due on Grampa's birthday) that will make 110 of their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He's left an awesome legacy for his family to follow.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

I have dreamed a dream

I had a little girl. Ya, in my dream last night I had a little fair haired girl. A girl would be fantastic (not that a boy wouldn't be fantastic). The problem is coming up with a name for a girl. We can't seem to find a girl's name that we love. We have tons that are okay, but none that we love. We don't have that problem with boy names.

What are some great girl names?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Suzy Homemaker...I think not

Took yesterday afternoon off work. Went home and tried to be Suzy Homemaker. My sister gave me a recipe for bread that she said was fool proof. I've never made bread before as it takes way too long to make it in the evening when I get home from work. So this was my first attempt yesterday. And well...not so good. Actually horrible. The dough (or what was supposed to be dough) landed itself in the bottom of my garbage can.
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That now leaves me with 6.5 months to learn some homemaking skills before I'm off work and home full time. Cuz if I can't make bread by then, well good luck trying to learn with a newborn baby in the house. Or maybe I should just stick with what I know and bake cookies and banana bread instead. Suzy Homemaker...I think not!

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Cousin's Wedding

On Friday I went to my cousin Kyle's wedding. Kyle and Melissa were sealed in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Saturday they had a garden reception back in BC. The rain held out and it was beautiful. The reception was in Melissa's grandparent's backyard. The setting and the decorations were amazing! Here are a few pictures (click on them to enlarge):
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Friday, August 10, 2007

Montana Vacation

Finally I downloaded the pictures from our Montana holiday. I know it took me forever. My excuse is I was sick and I'd rather lay down than sit in front of a computer. Anywho, but late than never.

We headed out late on Saturday to go to Kalispell. We got there, stopped for gas, and the guy at the gas station said we should spend the night at Ashley Lake, 20 miles outside of Kalispell. Sounds good. Well after driving more like 30 miles we see the sign for Ashley Lake. That turned into a gravel road for 20 miles and then we heard it. We had a flat tire! It's pitch black outside and Tim's now trying to change a flat tire. We didn't have a jack (what vehicle doesn't come with a jack?), but we borrowed one from a cabin near by. This part of the story is much longer, but I won't bore you with the details. Anywho, the guy that owned the cabin told us that Ashley Lake doesn't have any public camping..NICE. So we head back out and go to a lake that he told us about. Ya, well the site was full. Finally at 1:30 am we pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot in Kalispell and slept there. Ya, that's how we roll.

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We couldn't repair the tire and we couldn't buy a new one. Our tires we're 100% Canadian and could only be bought in Canada. So I phoned my sister and she went and bought us a tire and brought it down to us (more on that later).

We spent the next 3 nights camping on Flathead Lake. So beautiful. Our site was right on the water. We had our own private beach. It was awesome. By this time though I was deathly sick with a head cold and morning sickness. I wasn't having much fun.
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Tim swam with the dogs and took them boating. Actually all 4 of us fit in that dingy at once.
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Wednesday we went to Big Sky Waterslides. My sister Jenn brought her family and our tire to Columbia Falls. They didn't let pregnant ladies on some of the slides, so Jenn and I had to sit out of some. I didn't really want to do the super steep ones anyways. Tim and my sister Britnee did. I liked the tube rides.
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We spent that night at Whitefish Lake (ya not so nice). A stupid train went right by the campsite all the time. So on Thursday, MY BIRTHDAY, we moved on to Dickey Lake. I've camped their tons as a kid. And part of my birthday presents was snorkeling gear for myself and for Tim (I guess it was his bday too) and Dickey Lake is so crystal clear it made for perfect snorkeling.
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And then that evening for my birthday my mom and my granny drove to see us (it's about an hour drive from Jaffray). It was great to have dinner and a bday cake with them. (Don't mind how I look in this photo. I was feeling pretty sick this day.)
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Saturday we crossed back into Canada and visited Mom and Dad in Jaffray for a bit. Then Tim and I along with Dad went to Thunder in the Valley in the Crowsnest Pass. It was amazing. But I don't have any pictures for ya cuz by this day I was super duper sick and not feeling like much of anything. The fireworks were the best I've ever seen. They said they spent $35,000 on them. There were tons of people there though. We had a great spot to see the fireworks. I'm going again next year.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

1st Prenatal Appointment

I had my first prenatal yesterday. It wasn't anything fancy. It's still too early to hear the heartbeat. Went through mine and my family's medical history. And spent most of the time talking about my heart problems (I have SVT). The baby and I are doing well. It's 100% a normal pregnancy. Nothing crazy or eventful (which is so good). The morning sickness is good one day and bad the next. Yesterday was a good day, so I was able to run some errands after work. And far, so good. Oh and Tara and I are now due a week apart.

Friday, August 03, 2007


I haven't been able to get into blogger in ages. I am.

I'm doing well...for the most part. Some days are worse than others. How come no one told me about the puking? Ya, puking in a public toilet at work..not so cool. Oh I guess you did tell me the crappy parts of being pregnant here, here, again here, another time here, once here, etc. I must have ignored that. Ah it's all worth it, right?

I'm lucky though. I have a "puking partner" as we call it. Yep, our very best friends are also expecting their first baby in March. They just found out. Actually Tara's not just due in March like me. We are due ONE DAY apart! Ya, you heard right. Now the question is: Who gets the 'It's a girl!' cup and sleeper? What is that you ask? Let me explain:

Tim and Trent met back in 2000 while on their missions. They were missionary companions. And it turns out they had way too much in common. When they got home from their missions Trent called Tim up and they went horseback riding. From there on out they were best friends. The two of them even lived together. Trent and Tara were married in May 2003. Tara moved in with both Trent and Tim (what a good woman). Christmas 2003 Tim gave Trent and Tara an "It's a girl!" mug and pink sleeper. The joke is both Tim and Trent swear they're gonna have boys first. On Trent & Tara's 1st anniversary Tim and I got engaged and married later that year. And it just all works out. The four of us are the best of friends. Well Christmas 2004 we got the mug and each Christmas following we exchange the mug. Tim and I have it on display in our living room right now. The mug has sparked many questions in both the Nilsson & Rasmussen homes as it's ALWAYS on display. The pink sleeper is now more of a grey color from the dust. This Christmas it goes back to Trent & Tara and then we'll see who gets it in March. So there you have it. It's not every day that someone gets to have a baby at the same time as her best friend. I can already see the day: Tara and I in the delivery room together. Separated by a curtain, but holding hands. While our dear husbands are sipping A&W Rootbeer and talking horses, guns, and trucks outside the room and thinking (but not sharing with the other) that a little girl would be so wonderful if they didn't get their boy.