Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Thesis Done!

Conrad has just sent off the final copy of his thesis to his defence team! Yea!! His defence is set for July 9. Time to go out for dinner and celebrate (just a little)!

Monday, May 28, 2007


Today was Tessa's first birthday! Time sure flies...and that year went fast. Where did our baby go? She is a beautiful and very happy, easy baby. She didn't get a decorated cake and party but a couple friends still came by this morning and I iced some cupcakes so she could have fun with it and I could take a picture :). We bought her a "noisy toy" - don't ask me why as I think it might get put downstairs soon if the kids don't tire of putting it on all day long. Here are some pictures of her today. Is there such a thing as taking too many pictures??

"Are these for me??" She is the first child I know who doesn't like the crinkly paper...

"I don't really know what's going on here..."

"...but I know exactly what to do with this!"

"It's prickly on my legs!"

Friday, May 25, 2007


Happy Birthday to Lukas! Today he turned 3!! He was pretty excited about his birthday after Anneke's and the week was very, very long for him. Well, May 25th came and he knew exactly what to do when it came to presents and he's very pleased to be 3. It's a fun age to be don't you think?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Victoria Day

On Monday we spent the day with friends, playing games, playing outside, relaxing and enjoying a barbeque together. It was a beautiful day!

Monday, May 21, 2007


Every Tuesday morning a bunch of ladies from church get together to quilt or do other handwork. Over the past couple of months we've been working on a quilt for a teacher from the elementary school who will be moving back to Holland this year. All the school families as well as families from church made a square and we are quilting it. Here's a picture of 3 of us at the frame (I'm not on of course:)). It was a really neat experience and it really was a community effort. I can't wait to give it to her!

And here are all the little people, having a great time playing. You can kinda see some more people sitting around in the background working on different projects.

And finally....I've finished something!! What a feeling of satisfaction to complete a project. I know it's May and snowmen are out of season but I still have it hanging on my wall, just for a week or two, until I put it away for until December.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Happy 4th Birthday Anneke!! It's hard to believe our first baby is 4 already. We celebrated this morning with friends from church. Conrad isn't here because he's at a conference in Philidelphia. Two birthday's in a row that he's gone... Maybe I'll have to go away on his :) We gave Anneke her presents on Tuesday night so that he could be here.The birthday girl with her butterfly cake.
Blowing out the candles. The party was for Anneke and Mckenna who turned 2 today!
Tessa and Evan
It was a full house this morning but a lot of fun and the girls were spoiled. Next week we get to do it again...for Lukas!

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Today we said "Goodbye" to Mom and Dad/Opa and Oma. It was so nice to have them here and I think they enjoyed their holiday too. We are hoping to come to BC in August if everything works out so hopefully we'll see them and everyone else in a few months!!

Conrad left this morning, as well, for Kalamazoo, Michigan. He's going to a conference and is presenting a paper tomorrow afternoon. He'll be back Saturday evening again. It feels funny over here though. He's also going away next week, from Wednesday to Saturday, to Philidelphia for another conference and inbetween the two conferences he has to present a paper here at Western. A little crazy busy for a couple of weeks and then he has some work to do for his supervisor and has to get ready for his defense. He is really looking forward to having it all done!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Opa and Oma's 55th Anniversay

Today we celebrate Opa and Oma's 55th Anniversay! What a wonderful blessing to have so many years together. We pray that they may continue to live in good health and, most of all, live their days to God's honor and glory that they might be a blessing to their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all those they are in contact with.

This morning I went with the kids to visit and I got a very nice picture of them! Happy 55th Anniversary Opa and Oma!


Today we had to reply to Concordia. We have decided to stay here for Conrad to take the opportunity of the post-doc. Concordia has invited him to send an updated resume next year when they will be looking to fill the position again and he will go on their short list, so maybe next year... In the meantime we can keep looking for other postings that he can apply for.

On another note...we had a beautiful day today! We went with Dad and Mom to Stratford. We walked around a bit, looking in a few of the shops (mostly toy and book ones of course!) and them we went to the park by the river. The weather was just perfect and we all enjoyed it.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

having a good time...

Dad and Mom S. are here! The kids are really enjoying it (us too of course!) and it's really nice to see them realize who this Opa and Oma are. Lukas said to me Friday, "But Mom, they're not the real Opa and Oma". He of course thinks of my grandparents as Opa and Oma. Anneke seems to have it all figured out though. Mommy's Opa and Oma, Opa and Oma still in BC and this Opa and Oma! Lukas will be really confused if we do come to BC this summer!