S: The vO's in 2009
FC: A Walk Through 2009
1: 2009 was a busy year for the vanOosten household! Much time was spent renovating the back yard, we went to Newfoundland, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica, we joined friends on camping trips, we spent time with family, we learned how to windsurf.... And, of course, Brian graduated and turned 30!
2: Liam was born on February 10, 2009 - the first of Marya's babies to wait until his due date! | Liam Josiah Renkema | Liam's first bath | Evan is a proud oldest brother!
3: Liam Josiah Renkema Liam is the 3rd Renkema boy, 6th grandson, and 7th grandchild in the Van Breda family.
4: VanBreda Family Fun | Birthday Boys
5: What a growing bunch! From left to right: Nadine, Liam, Judah, Reuben, Eli, Darren & Evan | Brian and I stayed at a hotel in town overnight - peace & quiet! So, we shared our pool with the kiddies.
8: Baby showers!
9: We all got to be pretty good at throwing baby showers by the end of the season...
10: The Year of the Babies | Caleb Everett VanDooren February 21, 2009 | Elijah James Vanderheiden March 5, 2009 | Liam Josiah Renkema February 10, 2009
11: Eli Matthew Wilms April 8, 2009 | Levi Nathan Martin March 18, 2009 | Katelyn Grace Glasbergen November 8, 2009
12: My Very First Vegetable Garden
13: A home-grown meal: garden fresh zucchini, tomatoes, beans, and basil. | Mark & Amanda join us for dinner.
14: May 2009: Graduation! | 11 years after beginning his studies at Redeemer College, Brian crossed the stage and claimed his diploma.
15: H O M E * I M P R O V E M E N T S | While the boys transformed our back yard (see next page), I gave a home to our hostas in the front yard.
16: Through the summer, we water-proofed the foundation, built a deck and a fence, had the stump removed, and sodded the yard. | Under Construction | Step 1: remove paving stones | Step II: Let Nick tear up the back yard | Step V: Use friends to get stuff done | Step 1: con't
17: Step III: water-proof the foundation | Step IV: backfill the giant trenches | Step V: con't | Step VI: Hire man to rid the world of smelly stump | Step VII: mangle the back yard
20: Discovery of the year: cooking bacon on the fire. | VanDooren / vanOosten Annual Camp-out | Turkey Point
21: Brian and I went to visit Sam and Sam on the East Coast for a week - and what a glorious week it was!. | Newfoundland, June 2009 | The only thing missing from our Canada Day festivities was a toque.
22: Dad's 60th Birthday | Uncle Chris & Aunt Sheryl and Aunt Joanne & Uncle David came to celebrate with Dad.
25: In August, the van Oordses and the vanOostens embarked on a journey to learn how to windsurf at the Toronto Windsurfing Club. Windsurfing is not an easy thing to do, as we all discovered. | Adventure
26: A Day on the Town In July, Stephen, Marya, David and I bought mom a ticket to The Sound of Music and a dinner. Unfortunately, Dave couldn't join the fun...
27: Take me out to the ball game! | Friends of the Huntington Society sponsored a Blue Jay's game, so Eric, Marya, Evan, Brian and I got free tickets! We even got on the Jumbotron twice! | p.s. The Jays lost.
28: 2nd Annual August Long Weekend Group Camp: The Pinery, 2009 | Rodney & Marty | Rach & Joshua | Joel-man | Nick, Hil, & Elijah --> | Amanda & Mark | Izzy | Eric G. | Camp Kitchen
29: Brian's First Half Marathon: Labour Day, 2009 | Brian, inspired by Bun to run the race, finished in a time of 2h 19m 07s, vs Bun's 2h 0m 46s
30: Montréal In September, Brian and I booked a cheap flight and headed to Montréal for a long weekend. Our hotel (Le Cantli Suites) had a fabulous rooftop patio & pool, and we had amazing weather. We were quite enamoured of the Montréal Bixi Bikes, and biked throughout the downtown. We met up with Rich Greydanus for a delicious meal at Santropol and shared our rooftop patio (& wine) with him. | View from our rooftop patio
31: SanAntonio, Texas At the end of September, I got to go to an Academic Advising conference in SanAntonio. The weather was hot and sticky, but we still got a lot of sight-seeing in. The River Walk was Linda & my favourite place to shop & eat (& drink margaritas and mojitos...). We learned that the Alamo is a State Shrine, meaning that no other building is allowed to cast a shadow on it. | Remember the Alamo... | A Spanish Mission | The River Walk
32: Mom's 60th Birthday | For mom's 60th birthday, Shanna, Jared, and Jason all came home from out west. We hosted two parties for her: a family party at Richard & Tessa's, and an open house in Sarnia. Each was a smashing success.
34: Happy 30th Birthday, Marya!
35: Sinterklaas 2009 | Celebrating with the Van Bredas in Belleville
36: CWB BvO's 30th Birthday Edition | The boys cooked their way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The food was absolutely incredible. | For Brian's 30th Birthday, I arranged for all of the Brians (minus Dijkema) to get together for a Cooking with Brian's reunion. We invited all of the members of the Academy, but sadly, Peccles & Rich couldn't make it.
37: Aged to Perfection | Brian's 30th Birthday
38: Izzy in 2009 Izzy turned 5 years old this year, though her big day went past without any ceremony. She has been very good for our friends with kids - they are learning how to treat animals, and she is learning patience.
39: For our last hurrah of 2009, Brian and I took a 19 day vacation to Nicaragua & Costa Rica. Mark & Amanda van Oord joined us for the last week of our trip: the trip of a lifetime! | Nicaragua & Costa Rica