Tuesday, November 30, 2004

family blog spot

i decided to move my blog to this location because it is a more suitable name for derek and i to manage together. i plan to encourage derek to post here as well so you can see how he's doing first hand.

as you can see, i've already moved over many posts (they will still exist on the old site) that pertain to our baby announcement and the updates since august. I hope you will find "thesalmon" a fun place to read up on what we're up to.

i will focus on updating this site frequently and will continue to remind my faithful friends, family and other readers as much as i can to look here first.

:) amanda

Monday, November 29, 2004

Michelle, this ones for you!

a funny thing happened today, it snowed nov 29 04
Well Michelle asked me what winter was like in BC earlier TODAY.

I emailed her and said the weather is fairly warm, doesn't really hang around below zero that much, and it might snow, but don't count on it...

I was going to take a picture of what winter looked like around here because I wrote that its that fall brown colour, kind of been wet and ugly...however, I was proven wrong again. Ok, I know, I'm not in control, I don't know everything! how humbling

Babysitting Miles Grey

I offered to babysit tonight while derek went climbing with the boys...however, the boys were not up to it, so derek came to babysit with me.

derek was so good with miles and was able to calm him down. he would give him to me and then miles would get upset again. eventually miles slept and i held him while he slept until andrew and heather came home.

derek helping miles stand..soo cute...i love my nephew and husband! derek's gonna be a great dad.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Kalen's baby shower

kalen & grandma

these girls sure do love babies! here's kristin, rose, miles & joanna at Kalen's baby shower

heather, miles & mom roy

living room jam time

derek & shawn & ben are jamming right now as i type. its fun to listen to them.

ben is the shredder, shawn's on bass, derek on acoustic. they've gone back and forth between Christmas carol medleys to some of their old hits from back when they used to jam weekly.

i'm waiting to go to a baby shower for my friend Christie...i'm so tired and sore from all the moving i did today. i emptied a huge bookshelf and comandeered a room-switcheroo. marks room is now in the front office area and his former room is our new storage room. it is much more spacious than the last storage room...probably b/c andrew and ben moved the deepfreeze out...andrew apparently looked like a robot from Starwars with a big freezer on his head, covering his body with only legs sticking out--said ben (rob, trivia question for you maybe? do you know what creature that would be?).

it will be interesting go to hang out with all girls (except for babies) after being the foreman (woman) to the guys all afternoon today.

anyway, another page in my nesting diary for the arrival of our new little one. I have two count downs on my whiteboard at work: one for baby, one for Christmas, since i'm not at work today: 2 months 27 days til baby's due date & 28 days til Christmas...YAY to both.


apparently i'm a slave driver

derek and i enlisted some friends and brother andrew to help us out doing some rearranging of our house as we found out that Mark (housemate) most likely wont be back until MARCH...wow. anyway, andrew kept asking for his "15" so here he is taking a break

thanks for the help androoo

here's ben taking his break too from moving stuff to the garage and between rooms in the house. Derek and Shawn went to get the doghouse for Sparky from Leah's parents house and i was the boss lady for andrew and ben...poor guys.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

27 weeks Pregnant...13 to go!

things are going well. the baby is moving around alot and i'm really enjoying being pregnant. i think my excitement has increased now that i have entering the final trimester...wow, i can't believe its been six months already :)

i worked from home this afternoon and it went really well. Sparky played outside in the fenced yard (thanks to Derek for finishing the gate) and he seemed to really enjoy himself--chasing squirrels and when Westley came around they chased each other. it was really good to see him having such a fun time in the yard.

Derek and I went Christmas shopping tonight. I'm excited about going to Ontario and visiting family and friends. I sure hope it works out to see Michelle and her family when we're there.


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

3 months til Baby Salmon's Due Date!

Wow, only three months to go until February 24th, 2005. Thats pretty crazy in my opinion. I am definitely getting more and more excited about it.

Lots of people at work have been asking when i'm going on mat leave, but i don't know yet...i'm told i have to give one months notice, so i guess I'll wait until January to decide for sure.

Yesterday I was trying out a prenatal aerobics video...there were some moves that were supposed to be graceful ballerina moves but it reminded me of the dancing hippos from Fantasia...

anyway, i'm feeling alot better from my head cold today...i'd say i'm 90% better, I have a cough but my mind is fairly clear now.


Friday, November 19, 2004

Ben's 27 years old

here is andrew getting smiles out of miles soo cute

brent & kristin enjoying a little Hayden at BenG's birthday party (27 years old) at the Hetzlers in Mission

congratulations David you're gonna be a brother!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Week 26 belly

my belly is getting bigger...week 26, 14 weeks to go! crazy...i know this picture doesn't really show my belly, but it is bigger. We had a doctor's appointment this week and i'm measuring 27 cm which is right on target...baby is about 2lbs now and just over 1 foot long. wow!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

High Speed Internet & our Livingroom

on monday our good friend craig came by to wait for the shaw guy to come and install high speed internet. so on sunday night we moved the computer desk and set it up in living room. i think it looks so great with our new flooring (thanks again richard, guy, derek and bruce!).

our cute chairs from mom roy in the other end of the living room

Monday, November 15, 2004

whistler rose is getting married!

congratulations to my whistler rose and her josh dykstra! i just got the exciting news that he proposed on thursday and she said yes :) way to go!

sorry this is such a lame picture, my final climbing trip to Smith Rock Oregon was back in May with rose and derek and sparky. apparently i dont have any good pics of you rose!

xoxo much love to you both

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Salmon Baby Names

Since many people ask about what names we are thinking of for Baby Salmon, I thought I would devote a post to that specifically...

We are not going to share what name we decide until the little one is born, but we would LOVE to get your input of names that you think would be cool or go well with Salmon, so we can have more ideas.

Please suppress the urge to post such names as: Smoked, Fresh Water, King, etc. and give us some serious ideas, cuz we could use the help! Its HARD work coming up with a name that we both like.

So if you want to, please feel free to post a comment and let us know of some name ideas (I always found I had more name ideas before I actually had the need to have any...so since most of my ideas have not worked out (aka derek doesnt like them or they dont sound good with Salmon)...I would love the help).

Thank you for taking part in the brainstorming. :)
Ok, several people have posted comments and asked a few questions, so i'll update this to address those:
1. Please dont give names that you want for yourself :)
2. Most names that start or end with the letter "S" probably wont work so that disqualifies alot.
3. We're open to any type of name: Biblical, Classic, Trendy, Uncommon, made-up ;0)
4. A fun game might be to take DEREK and AMANDA and try to come up with a made up name hee hee, you never know right?!


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Baby Essential Items List

I decided to just start a list of essential type items that we have coming our way or currently in our possession for the baby. I will keep this list updated for any interested parties (like grandparents ;) )

-stroller & infant car seat (family shower gift)
-contour change pad (family shower gift)
-diaper bag (family shower gift)
-several knit blankets (family shower gift)
-several traditional knit outfits (family shower gift)
-3 baby quilts (family shower gift & friend of grandma salmon)
-nursery care kit (thermometer, nail clippers, etc.) (salmon grandparents)
-handprint kit (family shower gift)
-bunting bags (like a blanket, made to go in carseat or stroller so baby can't kick off) (michelle & family shower gift)
-Baby Records book (mike & deb)
-8 receiving blankets (heather & andrew, salmon grandparents)
-bassinet (from Grandma Jen & Grandpa Richard)
-bouncing chair (ours)
-doorway jumper with tray (ours)
-lots of stuffed animals (ours)
-new flooring ;0) (from Grandma Jen & Grandpa Richard & us)
-baby bathtub (jackie)
-lots of newborn diapers (jackie)
-dresser (leah)
-change table (keith)
-exer-saucer (keith)
-baby bath ring (keith)
-baby sling (ours)
-rocking chair (muriel)

Belly Button Pops!

Baby Salmon is 24 weeks today.

Derek caught me off guard with this pic tonight but it shows my belly and you can even see that my belly button has officially "popped." Not fully out, but definitely popped. For those of you who think its really early to have done that, a little factoid about me is that i had an outie until i was like 8 or 10 years old, so it has come back to visit!

Derek and I went on a tour of the Maternity ward tonight. It was very weird...i can't believe i'm having a baby! Derek thought it was exciting and I just thought "Wow, this is serious stuff...I have to deliver a baby here!"

The rooms are seriously enormous. There is a bathroom with a full tub and shower, TV and free telephone (local calls). One tiny bed for me to have my labor and delivery. There is a pull out couch for Derek to sleep on. I think our friends will have to bring lawn chairs and hang out AFTER the baby is born, there's seriously THAT much room! So friends, if you're out there somewhere and reading this, figure out a way to smuggle in some lawn chairs and you can come visit the new Salmon baby in comfort.
Its pretty cool, pending that all goes smoothly, they never take your baby out of the room until you leave with him/her.

Derek and I received an invitation to our first baby shower!! It will be held in North Augusta Ontario on December 26th, hosted by Derek's cousin Sharon and Aunt Judy. We went to Walmart and started a baby registry (its a brand new registry they just set up and you can use a scanner to pick all your items just like at Sears or The Bay). We need to go back and check out the strollers a bit more. We are also going to register at Sears because there is a crib there that is really nice that my friend Alex has.

Anyway, looking at all the baby stuff is exciting...wow what a day that will be when we bring the little one home and see how he/she adapts to the bassinet and us as parents! Yay! we're on our way.