Are We There Yet?

This is one crazy journey.

Telling the Family April 19, 2008

Filed under: Baby Nielsen,Family — taramayrn @ 2:23 pm

Today I talked with most of my family to tell them about our pregnancy.  I talked with my step-mom, my dad and my step-sisters.  They are all really excited for us and can’t wait to see us in June.  My step-sister Melissa’s getting married.  It’s sad they don’t live closer. 


Welcome to the World. April 17, 2008

Filed under: Family — taramayrn @ 12:24 am

I’m so excited to welcome my new neice to the world.  Sylvie Allison LeBlanc was born Wednesday morning.  She weighed in at 6 lbs 15 oz.  Her big brother Callum is so excited.  I am so happy for my brother Graeme and my sister in law Cathy.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! January 10, 2008

Filed under: Adoption,Family,Sweet Nothings — taramayrn @ 1:02 pm

Just thought I’d pop in here to wish everyone a happy new year.  I hope everyone had a peaceful and safe Christmas.  Chad and I had a great Christmas this year spent with family. 

We had a visit with our bson T and his family in December.  We spent the evening at the Calgary Zoo lights.  We had a lot of fun and we are looking forward to more visits this year.  I will post a few pictures in another post.


Busy Summer October 5, 2007

Chad and I had a pretty busy summer and so I thought I should update everyone on what we did.

The beginning of June we spent a week camping at Goldeye Lake.  It was really peaceful and relaxing.  We spent most of the time just the three of us – Chad, myself and our dog Aspen.  I love our tent trailer – it’s still “rustic”, but it’s much better than sleeping on the ground.  Plus there’s a furnace, which makes me so excited since I freeze my butt off most nights even when it’s super hot out.  Our friends Sif and Cam joined us for the weekend and we spent some quality time with them around the campfire in the evenings and hiking during the day.  I’m still bummed Chad wouldn’t let me take the mine tour in Nordegg. 

For our two year anniversary we decided to spend the day in Calgary having fun.  We went to the Calgary Zoo and took about a million pictures I’m sure.  We then enjoyed an always yummy supper at Red Lobster and some shopping.  It was a great day, aside from the near miss with the bird on the highway home.

We have been contemplating painting our house since before we moved in.  We live in a mobile home, hence the ever stylish wood panelling and the even more stylish orange carpet.  The carpet’s only saving grace was the fact that it wasn’t shag, but still that didn’t mean I liked it.  So, we’ve wanted to paint for years now and I was really getting sick of the carpet.  So, we finally bit the bullet and started painting and ripping out carpet the end of July.  We got the master bedroom, the hallway and the two spare bedrooms painted that first weekend.  We also got the carpet ripped out and replaced a part of the subfloor in the bedroom which had some water damage.  We decided we wanted to lay laminate flooring.  One word of advice – do not listen to the salesman when he tells you “all you have to do is lay and click it together”.  Uh, yeah, no – not that easy.  I mean, certainly it’s a do it yourself kind of project but involves much more than laying and clicking.  So, Chad got our master bedroom floor laid before I headed off to a week long Girl Guide Camp.

So, camp for a week with eight 10 year olds.  I will admit I had fun, lots of fun.  The camp was very well organized and the kids had a blast.  I’m afraid though that seven days with said 10 year olds is just too much.  The kids just couldn’t handle the early mornings and the late nights.   We did well, with only a few meltdowns, nothing an early bedtime one night wouldn’t cure.

So, finally this week we finished the renos.   All I can say is “Praise the Lord”!!  I honestly do mean “Praise the Lord!”  We painted the living room and got the floor laid.  It looks great.  Really great.  I’m so happy.  Now the search for new living room furniture begins.  We’re debating going to a store in Edmonton today for, what appears to be, a great sale.  The only problem is you can’t take your purchases with you when you buy, unless you buy a floor model.  You have to wait 4 to 5 days to pick it up.  We really do not like the idea of having to go back to Edmonton next week to pick up the furniture.  We’ll see, Chad isn’t home from work yet, the store’s only open until 6 and it’s an hour and a half drive up to Edmonton.

Oh, I forgot to mention the great deal we got on three area rugs.  We bought three fabulous area rugs for $200 on sale.  Regular price was over $2000.  Can you say “steal of a deal”? 

I almost forgot – this September long weekend brought a short visit from my eldest brother Graeme.  It was so good to see him and spend time with him.  I only wish his wife and son came as well, and that we didn’t live so far away from each other.  Hopefully the new year will be a good time for Chad and I to go out and visit them.

My second eldest brother Brendon was very ill this summer and so that was a stressful time for all of us.  I’m happy to report he’s back to his healthy self and I’m not so stressed and worried about my big brother anymore.   All is well….

Anyways, this week I started a new rotation at work.  It involves alot more long stretches at work, but then I get two four day weekends per month rather than the one that I had in my old rotation.

Chad is just finishing up his Module 4 for CASB and will write his exam next weekend.  Please pray for him.  Working full time and doing CASB full time is really starting to wear on him and I can see the strain it’s taking on his mental health.

 This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and I have to work although we are going to my mom’s for supper on Sunday.  I can’t wait to have a yummy turkey dinner. 

So, there you go.  You’re all caught up now.  Leave me a comment and let me know you’ve stopped by to read.


Rest in Peace Brandon May 11, 2007

Filed under: Brandon,Cancer,Family — taramayrn @ 3:05 pm

As I have posted about my 11 year old cousin, Brandon , before, I felt the need to post this.  Brandon passed away on Tuesday evening at 820 pm after his 22 month battle with liver cancer.  He is now at peace with our Lord.


Rest in peace Grandma Wheeler January 26, 2007

Filed under: Family — taramayrn @ 1:32 pm

Last evening my Great Grandma Wheeler passed away at the age of 106 years old.  She was still mentally intact even though her body was failing her. 

Grandma Wheeler was an amazing woman.  She marveled at the changes she had seen over her 106 years. 

She was a woman of immense faith.  Her love of and trust in Jesus carried her through many difficult times – the loss of her husband in her early 60’s, the loss of her son and her daughter to name a few. 

My Grandma was a great inspiration to me and the rest of our family.  We were so proud of her. 

Grandma never wanted to live to be 106.  She said it was “unnatural”.  I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to see her childrens’ health fail while she was still relatively healthy.  I know she felt great guilt when her son and daughter died.  Even though she was surrounded by her living children and many other relatives she was lonely.  She longed to be in heaven.  The last week of her life she prayed for the Lord to take her home.

You’re at home now Grandma.  Your devotion to the Lord, your hardwork and your strength has been rewarded.  We will miss you. 

*I realize this post isn’t the most well written.  Please forgive me.*


New Year’s Goals January 4, 2007

Filed under: Family,New Year's Goal,Weight Loss — taramayrn @ 12:51 am

Okay, okay, I know, like I said earlier I am the worst blogger ever.  With 2007 just beginning I suppose it is fitting to post my New Year’s Goals – I refuse to call them resolutions. 

1.  Lose weight – I know one of my last posts was that I was going to lose weight.  Well obviously I didn’t want it bad enough then and have pretty much hit rock bottom.  Both my husband and I are going to be working hard this year to get into shape.  I started my weight loss/get into shape journey today and did pretty well.  I did Weight Watchers a few years ago and had pretty good success with it and so I’ll be using Weight Watchers to guide my food choices.  I am also aiming to get 30 minutes of exercise in six days a week. 

2.  Be a “better” wife – I know that’s pretty darn vague.  I guess what I want to do is just work at keeping my relationship with my husband healthy and happy.  We are both so busy that sometimes we forget how important it is to make time for us as a couple.  So this year I aim to talk to my husband more and to spend more time with him.

So far that’s all I have come up with.  I’m sure as the year progresses I will be able to add some more goals to my list. 
How do you make sure you stay motivated in accomplishing your goals?  What is your inspiration? 

For me, the big thing motivating me with both my goals is that Chad and I plan on starting our family in January of 2008.  🙂

So, wish me luck as I set the excuses aside.