The Calder Family

The Calder Family

Friday, December 28, 2007

Our Little Boy

On December 22, at 2:22pm, a beautiful little boy, Ethan Mathias Calder, was born into our family. He was 8 lbs, 15 oz., and was 21 inches long. We were very excited and pleased to find out our baby was a litte boy, expecially Kevin. He was beaming for the rest of the day! Monica and Kristen love him a lot, and love to give him kisses, hugs, and try to give him toys to play with. They love to help me change his diaper, wrap him in his blanket, and even try to help feed him!
Ethan loves to sleep and eat, and has a very sweet and content personality. We love him so much!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Marriage is fun!

I've seen a lot of people with their lists of favourite things, lists of random facts about them, and other types of lists. I thought I would do a list of fun things that Kevin and I have done together that might be interesting to some of you. Here it is:

1. Backpacking in the mountains - one of the first things we did together after we were married was go on an overnight backpacking trip together, and we've done a few more trips since then - the West Coast Trail (6 days), and the Howe Sound Crest Trail(2 days) to name a few. They were awesome experiences, and it's amazing how conquering over nature brings you so much closer together!

2. Bungy jumping - I know it's crazy, and we didn't actually go at the exact same time, but we watched and recorded each other. What a rush! It was really scary!

3. Travelling (just the two of us) - so far we've been on two trips together. One to Europe in the first year of our marriage (pregnant with Monica), and the other one was to Mexico (pregnant with Kristen). Both times they were a lot of fun. It's a good thing I travel well being pregnant.

4. Running/excersizing - when we can, it is a lot of fun to get out and pound the pavement together, or get on our bikes together. It was fun to train for a triathlon together last year. Unfortunately, Kevin wasn't able to attend the triathlon, but it was fun to have his support!

5. Dancing - both Kevin and I love to dance, and we don't get many opportunities to do so as married folk. Gone are the days of institute dances when we were dating. Once in a while we will find a place to dance, and we have a great time! One of our favourite dances is to jive & swing. Kevin's pretty good at flipping me around!

6. Eating - I know that it goes without saying that most everyone loves to eat, but we love trying different ethnic foods. Vancouver was awesome for having a ton of different restaurants. Some of our favourite cuisines include East Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican and Japanese (sushi) to name a few.

There are other little things we like to do together, but these are the ones that maybe are unique to our relationship. We love having fun together!

Monday, November 19, 2007


For Halloween Monica wanted to be a Chat Noir (black cat), and Kristen wanted to be a princess. That was until last minute Kristen decided she no longer wanted to be a princess, so we scrambled through our costumes and we convinced her that a pumpkin would be a pretty fun costume. So here they are!

Noggins Corner Farm

I am caring for 2 other children full time besides our 2 girls, which keeps me busy. This doesn't stop us from getting out though! One friday in October Monica didn't have school and Kevin had the day off work, and we took the whole gang to an apple/pumpkin/corn maze farm. It was a lot of fun, and it was probably the most beautiful day of the season!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Entering the world of BLOG

Hello everyone. I decided to break down, get myself organized, and join our family in the Blogging community. I thought it might be nice for mine and Kevin's families, who all live in Alberta, to keep in touch with us this way. I am very new to this, and so I hope those of you who have blogs will forgive my inexperience, and hope someday ours will be as nice as yours. You'll have to bear with me until I've learned all about this program. Any pointers would be great.

This is our little family - Kevin, Renae (me), Monica and Kristen. At that time I was about 10 or 11 weeks pregnant. I am almost 33 weeks now, and so I'm a lot bigger. This is the most recent "family photo" that we have, and so I thought it would work as our opening blog.

We are now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the balmy east coast of Canada. It is wonderful to still be living beside the ocean (we lived in Vancouver for 4 years before we moved here) but it is amazing how different the east and west coasts differ. We already love it, and we've only been here for 4 months. I think it helps a lot that the people we've met so far are really wonderful and made us feel very welcome.

Anyways, enjoy our blog. Hope that you come and visit often and check out our family's progress.