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This late start to the school year has me all discombobulated. Back to school photos happened on September 23 ...this was the last first day of school photo I would be taking of the boys together in front of the front door. Adam has started grade 12 and there are all sorts of lasts and firsts that will come with that! And then there are all the other things that come with back to school...pulling out the slow cooker, hockey and soccer games and the changing of the seasons. So the world keeps turning, the seasons keep changing, life keeps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I continue on my quest of sharing #justlittlethings photos via Instagram each day this month. Some days are easier than others and the stars align and something happens that lines up with a page in the book. Other days, I realize that the book's author leads a different life than me and I have many other #justlittlethings that make me happy because of who I am, where I live and what I love. So I thought I would share some other simple pleasures in my life this month. being able to pull off the road and up to a farm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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When my sisters and I were going through my mom's kitchen, we found her last batch of blackberry jelly. It was a favourite growing up and my dad would go berry picking, coming home with scratches on his arms and legs so that mom could make jelly. All I remember ever seeing in the process was the big bag of cheescloth tied up with twine to one of our cabinet doors dripping luscious blackberry juice into a big bowl on the kitchen counter underneath the bag. And then, magic, there were little jars of jelly. I still remember way back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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One of my sisters gave me the book Just Little Things for Mother's Day this year. My mom had always liked these little inspirational books. Its been sitting by my reading chair and at the end of August, when many things seemed to be heading towards doom and gloom, I decided I needed some reminders to be grateful, to appreciate my life and to be. Starting on September 1, I have been using the diptic app on my iphone and creating an image with a photo from my day alongside a page from the book. Some #justlittlethings from the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Each year when we visit the Oregon Coast in the summer, we try and do or learn something new and visit a new place or two. This year, those things were all rolled into one as we spent a day in Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is a small town north of Lincoln City, a few miles off of Highway 101 where two rivers merge near the Pacific Ocean. The town has a population of about 1000 people which I am sure swells in the summer months with all sorts of visitors. There are a few stores and restaurants (really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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This year's 6th Annual Garlic Festival at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm was a family affair. Both boys volunteered, Neil biked around it and I stocked up on garlic and attended a gardening workshop. Colin was volunteering all day as a first aid attendant and I had to drop him off early. This gave me a chance to walk over to the new playground by the dyke. Amazing. The community gardens were lush, colourful and full of flowers and produce. It's great to see how this farm has grown over the years. And then the star of the day...garlic. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I have had it in my head that I wanted to get to Victoria this summer. It has been a few years since I have been and there was a museum exhibit I really wanted to go to, so I almost had my family convinced to join me for one last summer adventure. The boys, that would be all three of them, just didn't seem into it when we got back from Oregon so it became a girls' trip instead and my good friend joined me for a day away. After a lovely ferry ride over, we were heading down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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the annual trip not a summer goes by without our visit to the Oregon coast cannot imagine a summer without it (aghast at the thought of going somewhere else) summer traditions and treats trying new things having adventures exploring new places uplifts rejuvenates restores brings joy love. this. trip. every. year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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With friends spread all across Canada and a fire ban across the coastal region of BC, our annual international smores day celebrations were limited this year! BBQ smores...nope, we were out of gas. So Plan C, stovetop smore for the win! Ooey gooey indulgent summer treats! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Some things come full circle. On Friday I took Colin over to the Maritime Festival where he was volunteeting for the afternoon as a first aid attendant. I reminded him that we used to come to this festival in its early years, when the boys were young. He didn't remember. There was a time for a couple of years where we found a festival in the Lower Mainland almost every weekend and it was all a big adventure for the boys then. Now, not so much. We did go back and enjoy a snack from a food truck with Adam... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Our backyard was full of fresh ripe fruit this August...it has been so hot! Lesson learned though...the perfect looking fruit just on the verge of being too ripe can be there one day and gone the next thanks to the family of raccoons that frequents our backyard. Alas, the few ripe tomatoes that I left too long on the vine also got snatched before I was able to take photographs1 The blackberries are not raccoon friendly though so we have an abundance of those. Blackberry jelly for sure this year! Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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The boys have made lots of comments about Segways over the years and I have always been curious about what riding one would be like. When a groupon came up this spring for guided tours of local natural areas on Segways, we jumped at the chance to do this as a family. We made the drive out to Pitt Meadows and were greeted by our WildBC Glide guide, Chuck who gave us our "training". I guess the boys already knew how the Segways worked but I didn't really so was quite surprised that both a computer system and gyroscopes controlled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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We picked Adam up from the airport on Tuesday...he was exhausted but it was so good to see him! He had an amazing experience playing his favourite game in Japan. The hockey was tough but Adam felt good about how he played and they ended their series wth a big win. They played 6 games in ten days, on international ice against the best high school teams in Japan. Such an honour! A bit of a summary with some comments from Adam... Tokyo was huge and hot and crowded. Adam said that on the subway train it took two hours... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Adam has been away in Japan for over 10 days now and I am so looking forward to his return on Tuesday! It just hasn't been the same at home without him. Although not on the scale of Adam's grand adventure, we have all had our own little adventures here at home. The first night Adam was gone, Colin decided to do some tree parkour and had a tangle with a tree. His face was a bit of a mess! I have been tracking Adam's activities in Japan, which has done a number on my sleep cycle with Japan being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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As the grasses at Garry Point have turned yellow for the summer, the lupines have gone to seed, the blackberries are ripening and new wildflowers are in bloom. Blackberries and thistles... Gazania... It always surprises me how much change there is in a month...when you take the time to look closely. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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The two days leading up to Adam leaving on Saturday afternoon were full of last minute runs to the drugstore and Target, getting some yen, getting skates sharpened, going over the itinerary and packing. Saturday snuck up on us and maybe that was for the best...not much time for me to get all weepy and mom-like. The airport was busy with the team and families... and then he was gone through security. I was a little anxious about the long, 10.5 hour flight and was glad when he texted that he had landed in Tokyo. JCIH (Japan-Canada International Hockey 2014)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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So one Wednesday evening in the middle of June, we got a call from a friend wondering if Adam might be available to travel to Japan for 10 days in July to play hockey. What? Gulp. A team of 16-18 year olds from BC travels to Japan every two years to play a series of games and participate in cultural actvities. The players all have some degree of Japanese heritage. Adam has known of this team but didn't ever consider trying out as he didn't think his calibre of play was at the necessary level. Three boys had to drop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I bought some pickling cucumbers at the Steveston Farmers Market on Sunday and that started things rolling this week. I figured once I had out all my canning stuff, I might as well get on a roll! So the week began with fresh packed garlic dill pickles... and then a big batch of tayberry jam... then blueberry apple-mint jam... and finally raspberry jam and jelly. The berries were all from local farms, the apple-mint was from my garden, the garlic from our local sharing farm and I used natural cane sugar for the jams and jellies. I also have recently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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So this year's Canada Day was a little different for us... For the first time in 18 years, Neil and I went to the Salmon Festival together sans our kids. Adam walked into Steveston with friends to watch the parade and have lunch. Neil and I dropped Colin off at the Ships to Shore Festival on Imperial Landing where he volunteered as a first aid attendant for the day. Neil and I saw a bit of the parade, had some chow mein (of course), walked around a bit and then headed home. And that was basically our day...kind of non-eventful!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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All seven cousins were together again for this year's trip to Kelowna. Lots of sun, water, fun, games, stories and adventures to share! On Saturday morning, the boys were willing to get up early to go out on the lake to go wakeboarding - always one of their favourite things about the trip! Colin went to a skateboard park in the afternoon and then after dinner, we all went over to H2O, a great indoor water park and pool...a tradition. On Sunday we drove out to WildPlay, an outdoor adventure park with highropes, ziplines and crazy climbing challenges. The boys... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up