wee winter walk

Seriously, folk, there is nothing that is as good for the kids as getting outside in all seasons. Grows their brains, bodies, spirits.
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And there are few things I enjoy as much myself – it is like a mini holiday. 

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Speaking of mini holidays, that’s what we took when we got on the ferry and drove past Squamish to walk around beautiful Alice Lake.

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 It was interesting to see the lake in its winter garb.

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  Usually we are swimming in it during church camp!

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 Thankfully it was a mild day out.

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A passing hello to Miss Snow on the way home.

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Ah, so wonderful!

(It gets even more pleasant after years of working on the 3 basic rules for outdoor ventures:
No whining.
No complaining.
No bad attitudes.)

Thank you, husband of mine. 

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got to love …

… a Saturday morning.

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Hope your weekend is going well.

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snowy day

Wishing you a blessed new year, as we enjoy a snowy backyard day.

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More fun in the snow?

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slow down, you move too fast …

It is true, little babies really do grow up too fast!

Just about two hours old …

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 … happy and tired at 2am.

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First morning – first meeting …

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 … and holding ….

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 Just perfect …

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 … a new little wonder.

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Our camera shy little girl ‘getting in the picture’ …

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Biggest and littlest …

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Tuckered out from all the lovin’ …

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Welcome little boy!

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Soon fat and adorable …

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Really is a tired business living in this crazy house …

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as I said …

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 Love …

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Did this girl ever look forward to a baby in the house again …

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Brothers and sisters …

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 Little dreamboy …

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… snugglebun supreme …

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 … so smiley and chatty …

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Getting out …

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… it’s sunny! 

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… makes one need a nap …

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Love this little guy!

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summer retro

 I have been a wee bit distracted these last weeks …

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… and have not let go of summer yet.
The winter gear remains unpacked, and the kids come home frozen from fall soccer.

So here goes.
Goodbye, summer!
You were awesome, sunny, long!

Goodbye to meadow walks ,

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beautiful berry picking,

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and berry picnics,

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the Chief climbed in memory of a grandfather,

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rocks scaled (with ouma and oupa!)

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and lake swimming,

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not to mention pond swimming (or sitting),

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late afternoon ocean exploring,

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and beach sitting,

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island mountain climbing,

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clear shore days,

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birthday party-ing,

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for our first teenager …

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hanging out with grandpa,

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and grandma!

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 big-island, big-ferry trips,

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one special day,

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spent with ouma and oupa,

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last mornings and sad goodbyes,

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purples and yellows,

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paddling for our big guy,

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summer soccering,

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lazy sunny afternoons,

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and a biiig tummy …

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Time for a new season over here!

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he’s here!

Somebody arrived on our doorstep just over a week ago after a long wait in the city for his arrival …

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                                                       * September 26 * 11:50pm * 3.85 kg * 8.5 lbs * 

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a random bit of beach …

We have grabbed the warmer temperatures and not-rainy days to spend some time on our favourite island beach.

My grandfather, source of warmth and mirth and generous affection, was a geologist. I loved him and all the rocky artifacts displayed all over their home. And I blame him and feel happy when my kids pile me with rocky love gifts whenever we are at the beach.

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See that funny woman? Rumour has it that there is something going on under that shirt …

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… due in the Fall. The house is vibrating with excitement and anticipation.
And I stand amazed that I have this privilege again. Never thought I would.

One thing I appreciate about island living is that kids still play outside. Climb trees, tramp in the forest, build forts, rafts, see-saws … Here you’ll see a bit more of it.

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I am beginning to believe that summer will come again …

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 Looking forward to the end of ‘school’ (the official part of it, that is).
And loooong late beach evenings.

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