Sunday, 17 February 2019

Someone is F-O-U-R!!!

Not sure how this happened so fast but our little Jasper is four years old. Sheeesh. Time really does fly!

From this little baby....... this beautiful boy.
Happy Birthday Jasper!!! 

You have changed our world and you will, in turn, change this big world. You are a fun-loving, crazy little dude with a huge soft heart. We love you so much!!!


Thursday, 31 January 2019

2019 - January

So here we go for another fun-filled year. Again, you will see a few gaps in postings as we are mired in work and working our way through winter but I promise not to let it go so long!! Gosh, I can just hear you all cheeering......ha ha!

Doug's birthday January 22nd....He's a young 66!!
At this age, one has to have help blowing out the candles!!
(Did anyone notice the tequila bottle on the table.....shhh)

Then came one day after work that the Flex (Doc Hudson) would not start. 
Thank goodness for BCAA. They came to the rescue. 
Turned out to be a fuel pump sensor. Sheesh.

A trip to North Vancouver and Great Grandma Dyne's place. 
View from the rooftop gardens.

Even a fire pit up there!!!

Checking in with Rudy in the Koots.

So remember Gus did not have his proper birthday party with friends? So here it is. Josh & Kathy had the people from Urban Safari (formerly Rain Forest Reptile Refuge) come by. They do an awesome presentation with bugs, snakes, reptiles, etc. Very educational and fun for the kids. Just like being in school. The money they charge goes directly to support the refuge. They are located in Surrey BC. They made it very fun and I know the kids really enjoyed it as did all the adults. My face was sore from smiling so much!! 

Gus and a stick bug.

A python skin. This skin was confiscated at the airport when someone tried to bring it in illegally. It was donated to the refuge. Very useful teaching item. It is estimated that this python would have weighed 500 lbs. You can still see the bullet hole in it's head.

Josh with Rosie the tarantula.

It looks like Jasper has fainted in the background!!

Gorgeous.....oh, nice shirt Josh!

All the reptiles have names. I just couldn't remember them all.

Being the birthday boy, Gus got to have the small python on his shoulders.
Notice that the lady never actually lets go of it's head or tail....phew!

Mr. Snow Bunny!!!

So with this all said, January is over. We were out for a walk with the boys one afternoon and spied one lone crocus peaking it's head out of some grass. Wonderful, a perfect opportunity for a foot shot!!!

Surely spring can't be that far off, especially on the mild West Coast!!

There we go, as promised, January is in the record books. Hope you have all had a good first month of 2019. See you soon enough with February happenings!! 


Thought for the DayMemories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others. Rosa Parks

Monday, 31 December 2018

December & Adios 2018

Well, for those who thought I would NEVER get it we are!!

First, Gus turned 6 on December 12th:

Gus wanted lobster for his birthday. 
We bought one already cooked...he was impressed!

How did 6 years go by so fast???

So we had a "mini-party" at our house for Gus' birthday. 
Unfortunately  Jasper had pneumonia and had to spend two nights 
in the hospital. He came home the next day.....thankfully he's fine.
Mom and Dad did the "real" party once Jasper was home.

Christmas always creeps up on me. Every year I think I'm going to be uber organized and have everything wrapped by the beginning of December.....not. However, we always enjoy it all:

For many years we went to Dogwood Tree Farm in Langley BC for our Christmas trees ( In fact, we went for years when our kids were younger (even the teenage years!) but then we got an artificial tree and stopped going. So nice that Josh wanted to resurrect this family tradition.  

This old abandoned house is just up the street from Dogwood. I often wondered 
about the family that used to live here. Isn't it incredible looking? 
How many memories are within those walls.....

So, now it's almost :that time of year" right?

Rudy and Santa - deep in conversation.

That Santa, he really gets around!
Our favourite Kootenay family....ready for Santa!!
Doug with one of his 9 batches of fudge. We give pretty 
much all of it away. He has become an institution!!

Another tradition we always had was going for a Christmas Eve walk at Crescent Beach in Surrey.  We would pack up hot dogs, hot chocolate and walk with flashlights. Down by the little pier we met a group of scuba divers who would do their own version with a Christmas Eve scuba dive every year. They would dive with glow sticks so they could see each other. Super cool.We didn't see them this year. I wondered what happened to them. 

This year, we started this tradition again (I'm big on traditions). We didn't do snacks. Maybe next year, but the walk was gorgeous. Not a breath of wind. Makes one very thankful for all they have. 

The beautiful Gold Ears Mountain range. 
It's among these mountains that we camped at Thanksgiving.

Josh & Kathy 
That is the little pier behind them that the scuba divers always went to.

Our mini-skinny Christmas tree.

Now, this is Christmas.....this says it all.

Hand painted paper.....

Merry Christmas from us all!!!

New Years Eve found us at our very dear friend's Bob & Danna's place in 
New Westminster. They came and visited us in Mexico in Valle deJuarez 
in 2013 for three weeks.They are best of friends....we love them!!

You may notice a theme for the evening....

Bob & Danna live right on the Fraser River. In the past, we have 
stayed here and done some house-sitting for them. 
Beautiful location on our mighty working river.

Yes, we may have had a few cocktails but we stayed overnight so no driving!!

Happy New Year everyone!!
Here's to a great 2019!!

It's been a fabulous year. We did make the decision earlier this year not to head south until the end of 2019. So, one more year of work for us. But that's okay. All the reasons were good sound, responsible ones. We will survive another year of work!!

Our wish to you all is a wonderful year full of good health, love, joy, travel or whatever floats your boat. We can hardly wait!!!


Thought for the Day: You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content....Jane Seymour.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Almost there.....

This little dude we just don't get to see often enough....Love you Rudy!!

Rudy, Shawn & Teagan.....

Remembrance Day in White Rock

Trying to learn my Mom's secret fruit cake recipe.Remember, I said "trying" 
and most of my best efforts come with a glass of wine.
She's tiny but tough!!!

Can Christmas be far behind??

Who can resist a Jasper-Bat running back on the walk to bring 
Grandma the one last dandelion of the season.Of course it is my personal
 favourite flower, thus the reason one is tattooed on my arm.


Thought for the Day....Dandelions. Nature's way of "flipping the bird" at  chemical fertilizers. They just crop up everywhere, no matter what. They are tough, they grow in cracks in cement and pavement. They are them!