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I have lived in the Vancouver area all my life and I realized today that I have never been to Maple Ridge. Colin was registered for a fencing competition at 1:30 at Meadowridge School and we left at 11:30, thinking I had lots of time. Well, mapquest and the Mary Hill Bypass led me astray and we ended up at the end of Fern Crescent with no way out and fields all around us. Hmmm...thank goodness for lovely people walking their dogs and Siri. We got there just in time...it was a long haul and we took a very different... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at janice's mash-up
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After a great time in the Dorado/San Juan area, we packed up and drove East to the town of Fajardo. Fajardo is a coastal village with an "old town", the ferry docks and a more modern developed neighbourhood. We stayed at the Fajardo Inn which is high up on a mountain top with views of tropical rainforest and the ocean. Our first adventure on this side of the island was to visit El Yunque rainforest. We headed inland and drove up a lush, humid, very tropical mountain. Sounds of frogs and tropical birds filled the air and there were so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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We flew into San Juan on Tuesday morning, picked up our rental car and drove to Dorado, just half an hour west of San Juan. Here, we stayed at the Embassy Suites for five nights. Lovely hotel and grounds, great pools and beach. A big buffet breakfast was included as was a happy hour with drinks and snacks. It was very quiet, in a gated community and a great family place to stay. The boys spent a lot of time in the water. Adam had a bad sunburn experience last spring break, so he was a little cautious about sun... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Leading up to spring break, when everyone is talking about their plans, we often got the question, Why Puerto Rico? Many factors went into our decision to try Puerto Rico for this year's spring break family vacation: 1) we could get 4 free tickets to PR through our Aeroplan miles, 2) we wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been before, 3) we needed family time, ie. not running into lots of people we know on the beaches of Hawaii ;) and 4) we wanted a bit of an adventure. We wanted new experiences for the boys, and for us, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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On Sunday, Colin participated in his second fencing competition of the season. He has had to pull out from two compeitions this year due to an achilles injury and then the Burrad Cup final for soccer being on the same day as another competition. So...he was eager to compete. This event was held at the Dynamo Club and there was a small group of ten fencers. Colin won all of his bouts but one in his poules and got a bye in the first round of DEs. He has some really good bouts and made it to the finals. Colin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I took a lunch break at Garry Point on Tuesday and enjoyed a walk under glorious blue skies. It was so mild...it definitely felt like spring was upon us. Looking closely at the cherry blossom trees... Looking closely at the naturalized crocuses... Looking closely at driftwood... Looking closely at river grass... I know in just a few weeks, Garry Point will be transformed and the trees will be in full bloom and the wildflowers will be emerging. Love where we live. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Sunday was a very big sports day in our household. And like real-life, sports can be unpredictable. There is a mental aspect to sports that can not be ignored. Enough said about that...for those of you have lived that, you know how things can unravel or be energized depending on mental temperment. Colin's U15 soccer team, Richmond FC, has had an amazing year. They won the Richmond Cup and won the League Championship. They qualified for the Burrard Cup and the championship game was played on Sunday afternoon. The team was down 1-0 when I arrived out in Burnaby and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at janice's mash-up
Yes, Nicky, love that book and her work. I wish I would have been able to hear her speak in person at SFU a few weeks ago. I think you went? Janice
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Part of my role in our school district this year is working with primary teachers, exploring the teaching and learning of science. We are involved in a national collaborative Looking Closely project, getting young students outside, being present with the natural world and taking time to observe, notice and wonder. This is part of who I am and a stance with which I try and live my life. I have enjoyed joining classes of kindergarten and grade 1 students as we venture outside and discover natural treasures like mushrooms growing under decomposing leaves, acorns missing their "hats" and more recently,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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On Friday, I texted Adam on his lunch break that the pond at Garry Point was frozen and people were skating and playing hockey there. The last time it froze over in January, Adam couldn't make it because of a big English filming group project so I didn't want him to miss this chance...we get so few of them here on the west coast. He texted me back after school to say he was going out to pho with friends in Steveston so wouldn't be going skating. At about 5:15pm, as I was getting snuggled in on the couch to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I have been a devout one little worder for several years now. You can read a recap of past years HERE. Thinking about one little word for the year transformed the way I thought about New Year's resolutions or goals (what we called them around here). I still thought about my goals for the upcoming year starting in December and then looked for a common theme or element that connected them together. I had a horrendous October, November and December and really thought I needed some word support (amongst other forms of support) to pull me out of the darkness... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Every new year's eve, we recall the story of Adam's birth night/day. What a shocker that was. Adam was born almost seven weeks premature (I went to the hosptial thinking I had food poisoning) and was so tiny and just 4 pounds, 13 ounces. This January 1st, he turned 17! As a little boy, Adam was a mover, a builder, a creator, a tinkerer. He is still all those things and has commented that he was born in the wrong generation...that he would have loved to have been an inventor back in the day. I think there are always going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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2013 has come to an end. Always a time to reflect on the year that has just gone by and to think ahead ot the year that is to come. 2013 wasn't the year I had hoped it to be. Although there were lots of highlights full of family, friends and travels and adventures, my fall kind of unravelled and has left me in a place of pain and darkness. I am determined to come out of the place I am in, stronger and ready to conquer a few things and to hopefully finish a few stories that have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at janice's mash-up
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This blog has always been a place to capture and share our stories. A story that I began to share on Hallowe'en was never finished until now and there are lots of reasons for that. This of course is not the full story, factually or emotionally. My mom passed away on December 5, with my dad, myself and two sisters at her bedside. We held a service for her on December 12 at her church, attended by so many family and friends. My mom spent over a month in the ICU at Richmond General. I spent long hours there every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at janice's mash-up
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at janice's mash-up
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Every family event of ours has little Scottish pancakes, carefully laid out on a platter with slices of cheddar cheese. They are considered a treat in our family because of their specialness and the memories that come with them for all of us. When my sisters and I were young girls, my grandmother moved to Richmond from Prince Rupert to be a bigger part of our lives. She made this little pancakes for us and they were family favourites. When my mom became a grandmother, the pancackes reappeared at events, this time lovingly made by my mom. All of her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at janice's mash-up