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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
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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
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May and June at Garry Point mean lupines in bloom. Meadows of lupines, in a purple wave, overlooking the mighty Fraser River. In May, the fields were flooded with purple. By late June, the lupines are starting to fade but still beautiful. The wild blackberries are in bloom and forming fruit along the river. The beach pea, which is a wild sweet pea native to Lulu Island, is in full bloom right now, along the south beaches of Garry Point. I have walked by these flowers for years, loving the colour but never really stopping to look closely and notice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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So its been a difficult month to say the least. The BC education labour dispute has turned our world upside down and we have all been affected in different ways. Things change on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, creating a need to be flexible and having to problem solve through many different things. So here we are today on what should have been the day that Adam and Colin picked up their report cards and yearbooks at their high school...usually a great day for them. Fortunately, we are well aware of how the boys have done in their courses and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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We spent most of the weekend at the Oval, as Colin was participating in the provincials for fencing. On Friday evening, he decided he wanted to fence the Cadet Foil category on Saturday morning so we drove by the Oval to register him and then headed back Saturday morning. Cadet is 15 and 16 year olds but some younger fencers "fence up" in this category for the challenge and experience. There were only 14 fencers in this event and Colin did okay in the round robin part (poules), winning 3 of 7 bouts. He went into the elimination round facing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Adam and I have been big fans of MAKE magazine for years and we are both of the tinkering, makey-type. I had heard about Maker Faires and last year, a friend's husband messaged me from last year's Mini Maker Faire in Vancouver and basically said, this is your kind of place! I was determined to get myself there this year and Adam was game to go with me, until pressing social events came up. I went anyways and when I walked into the PNE Forum, I did a little squeal like a child visiting Disneyland for the first time. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Last Sunday we spent the day out in Coquitlam/Port Moody for the Tri-City Fencing Competition. Colin fenced in the Y14 Foil event with 18 other competitors. He finished the event with a bronze medal, a little disappointed. For the first time, he also decided to fence in the age group above, Cadet Men's Foil which is boys 16 and under. It was a smaller group and Colin was very happy to earn another bronze medal. Next up is the BC Provincials! Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at janice's mash-up
Karen- I rode my bike along the Railway path yesterday and kept wishing I had my camera!