Life changes with a heartbeat…

Posted on January 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It always amazes me how life can change direction.  Just when you think you have everything figured out, you find yourself not back at Square 1, but on a completely different game board.  This past weekend I took a moment to think back to May 2008.  I had filled out applications for schools in Australia.  Brandon’s company has offices in Sydney and Melbourne so I was applying to both.  Going to Australia has always been a dream of mine and it was almost within reach.  I had written the checks for the $100 application fee for each school and had the envelopes signed and sealed.  All that was left was to get them in the mail.  It was at this stage of the game I found out I was pregnant.

Australia was no longer a prize I was aiming for.  My attention turned to the new addition to our family instead.  On January 15, 2009, Zachary Taylor Byars came into our lives at 1pm.  It’s hard to believe that time passes so quickly and that little angel turned two.  In some ways he is complete opposite of Jackson.  Zachary is 100% rough and tumble boy.  He loves big machines, cars, and trains.  I told him that he was half US Navy – a destroyer to be exact.  My USS Zachary.  He has toys and books that were Jackson’s (or even mine) that we’ve had to say goodbye to.  His ability to dismantle a toy is quite astounding.


On Saturday, the 15th, we had a small family party for him.  I picked up the cake and was headed to the truck.  The parking lot had so many icy bumps.  I felt like Mater driving on McQueen’s first attempt at repaving the road.  I glanced down at the cake and to my dismay one side of the icing had slid off.  It wasn’t too bad, but I did learn to carry the cakes from now on.  When I got to the truck I was surprised to see that the balloon had deflated.  I was pretty upset until I realized that it was due to the -20 C temperatures and once we were in the house it would expand. It was a Disney Cars themed day.  Cars cake, Cars balloons, Cars gifts…  He had two McQueens and a Mater that had to be in his hands.  It was quite a sight to watch him try to open his presents with his hands full.  On the rare occasion he set them down, he made sure they were lined up “just right”.  He loves his new bike and our TV has been on a Cars loop ever since.  We went to the huge mall to look around and they had a McQueen that you could ride in. Zachary was so excited!  He took two turns and then I made him get out so another boy could take a turn.  I got an earful about that – evidently I had forgotten it was his birthday and he could do and get whatever he wanted.


Zachary received a gift on Sunday from our very thoughtful staircase – his first black eye.  He was pushing his cars on the stairs and fell.  I thought he might avoid the stairs for awhile after the tumble, but he quickly got back on them again.


Sunday evening we went ice skating at the Olympic Oval.  It was kind of surreal to think that I was at a place that once hosted the Olympics.  It was the first time for Zachary, Jackson, and I to skate and I think we all enjoyed it.  Skate-aids (that look like walkers) were available.  Too bad they were all so short.  Jackson used one for a little bit but decided to give it a whirl on his own.  He did fantastic and I’m so proud of him.  I, on the other hand, held on to my walker the entire time.  There was no way I was going to risk falling.  Given my track record, I would have hurt something and not be able to go to Iceland.  Brandon and I took turns with Zachary.  We used a walker with him as well.  Once we got a little speed and he could just glide along, he had a blast!  Big smiles and lots of “Wheeee!’s”.  I would go half a loop and have to pull over to stand up and stretch my back.  Zachary wouldn’t let me stretch too long.  He was anxious to get back out on the ice and if I didn’t go with him, he was going to go by himself.

Zachary had a birthday party at his school on Monday.  Since we had already done a Cars cake, I decided to go for the Thomas cupcake cake.  All the boys in his class are Thomas nuts.  It was so funny watching 10 young ones eat their cupcakes.  Some of them dove right in without any hesitation, others took their time.  There were even a couple that wouldn’t touch it without a fork – they didn’t want to get their hands dirty. Zachary dove right in to his cupcake but had to have a fork when they were being passed out.  Zachary took a big bite of his cupcake and a fairly large crumb dropped on the table. His friend that was sitting next to him picked it up.  She looked at the crumb, looked at Zachary, and then back to the crumb.  Zachary ate it out of her hand when she extended it to him.  It was very cute.

Happy Birthday, USS Zachary.  I look at you and can’t believe you are already two.  You have grown so much over the past two years and I’ve loved watching every minute.  I wouldn’t trade the time I’ve been able to spend with you for anything.  You are an amazing child who has taught me so much.

It seems like yesterday I was planning a move to Australia and now look where I am…  I’m living in Canada with the Rockies in my backyard.  I have two amazing sons that are both growing up way too fast.  I’m back in school working on a PhD with a trip to Iceland in the near future.  No matter how much you plan – life can change with a heartbeat and you’ll find yourself on a new path that leads to a new adventure.  I still have my sights set on Australia – some day – but that doesn’t stop me from being open to all the opportunities that life throws my way.


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