Monday, 30 December 2019

Almost the end of 2019

Since I just did my Christmas post, I don't have a lot to add but I did see the following on Facebook. I will be going out to get my jar. I can't even give credit where credit is due because I have no idea who thought of this but I think it's brilliant......

Talk to you "next year"......



Peace friends.....

Thought for the Day: Let's dust off our "gratefulness"......

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Merry Christmas

We are always surprised when this time of year seems to come around so fast, right? Here we are again.


Our month started with a great, early Tamas (my maiden name) family dinner on Dec 7th. It is hard to get everyone together at anytime of the year but especially at this time of year. Schedules are busy, roads aren't great for travel over mountain passes. We have people in all areas of BC. From the Lower Mainland, Sunshine coast, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, the Kootenays....even some from Sweden!! We got a great turnout but our Vancouver Island, Swedish nor our Kootenay families could come. Maybe next year.....

Some of us you know. Some you don't. 
Too many to explain.....Most important my Mom Nadyne in the middle-front!!

Over the years when our kids were little we would gather up extra family and walk down at Crescent Beach in South Surrey on Christmas Eve. It was always so much fun. Some years we met up with scuba divers who would dive off the pier. They would have glow sticks underwater so they could see each other. It was so much fun to watch. We haven't seen them in a long time. I often wonder how long they carried on their tradition. Maybe we will see them again. Now we are trying we restore this tradition with our kids and grandkids. 




You may notice that "some" of the family are still wearing shorts. That would be Josh!! Since he was little he would choose shorts over any other clothing!!!
Kathy, Josh, Jasper & Gus


This blog would be no where if it weren't for my famous foot shots.....

 A beautifully decorated house in South Surrey. 
They also collect money for a local charity.


Gus & Jasper ready for Santa.....
 
Our Kootenay family couldn't be here for Christmas. Too hard to get over those passes and when you run your own business like Shawn does, it's just too hard to be away. Here they are:

Rudy getting ready......




Rudy & Momma (Teagan)

Shawn, Teagan & Rudy....

Rudy ready for Santa....

Dec 27th found us out for a walk to the beach in White Rock. Our little slice of paradise, only not as warm a beach as we would like. Still, it's mild and no s- - w. It is beautiful there, as you can see.


Looking east towards Washington state's Mt Baker....

So, that's it for us. We will now begin our "real" countdown to retiring and beginning our travels in our new motorhome which we introduced to you a while back. Last day of work will be Dec 18th (shhhh....don't tell our bosses yet!).

We wish you all a Happy New Year. We wish you a year filled with love, light, good health and adventures of epic quality. Spend time with ones you love, make new friends, make someone smile! 

Peace friends!

Thought for the Day: You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.(Special thanks to Chris Bauer)

Thursday, 12 December 2019

How can it be 7 Years?

......7 years since we were gloriously blessed with Gus' arrival. It really is hard to believe that this amazing little person has been in our lives for 7 years.

He has the most beautiful soul I can imagine. He is kind, caring, considerate. He loves his Momma, Dad and family but he especially loves his little brother Jasper. They are the best of friends. He has an inquisitive mind, loves his crafts and loves reading. He is fast becoming an expert on dinosaurs. We are routinely "schooled" in the history of dinosaurs. Names, sizes, attributes. Honestly, how does a 7 year old remember this stuff??? He is the kind of little dude that will always share a lick of his ice cream cone, a drink of his milk shake, draw you in his picture, hold your hand. As he grows up, the holding of my hand is the thing that I fear the most about losing......I like to tease him that when he is in Grade 12 he likely won't hold my hand anymore (unless it's to keep ME safe....) but he assures me that he will always want to hold my hand. You heard it here first! I asked him once what would happen when I couldn't pick him up anymore to hug him and he told me "don't worry Grandma, I will stand on a chair". I think that time has almost arrived......

We love you so much Gus. Always stay true to yourself....


HAPPY BIRTHDAY OUR BEAUTIFUL BOY....

Peace friends....

Thought for the Day"What if I fall? Oh, but my love, what if you fly?" 

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Well, where have we been??

Broken promises, that's for sure!!

Let's begin somewhere back near Jasper's birthday in February which is when I last posted. 

As you all know, we are not travelling this year and we have decided to work ONE MORE YEAR. Can you hear my groaning from where ever you are???? Yes, this means we will work until the end of 2020. And that's it.......

So, we have made some changes. As you all know when you met us we had Euri, our trusty and loved 1993 VW Westfalia Eurovan. Euri drove us safely to and from Mexico 3 times. Brought us all around the perimeter of the great USA, through to Newfoundland and all the wonderful Atlantic provinces and then all the way back to our beloved West Coast. We loved him but upon our return to work in 2016 we decided that in order to return on more extensive trips to our favourite places we would have to sell him. It was a very hard decision and many tears were shed (by me.....).


Fun times in Las Jaibas in Mazatlan 2016

Then we decided to try a little trailer for our "Canada Camping time" . We knew we wouldn't go too far but we fixed up this little 1990 17 foot Bigfoot and towed it with our 2014 Ford Flex.
Whistler BC June 2019

So that brings us to the present........

We are now planning on full timing life at the end of 2020. How this will really play out we aren't sure but we have faith that everything will work out. So, without further ado, let me introduce........

2004 Trail Lite





He is 29.5 feet, bumper to bumper but the body is 28 feet. Resplendent with a Chev 8.1 litre engine with 45,000 miles on him. There are two small slides. One for the bed and one for the sofa. Best of all, the oven is big enough for my turkey at Thanksgiving! We are pretty excited (well, we would be even more excited if we were leaving at the end of THIS year but that's okay).

Alrighty then, now you all know what we know. We are hoping anyone out there still reads this blog and that, more importantly, you are all doing well.

I am "this close" to figuring out how to transfer my pictures from my Google Pixel 2 phone to my computer so I can resize them and get them on the blog. All the little boys are doing fantastic and I will get some picture of them up soon.

Cheers friends!

Thought for the Day: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

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.......

.....to 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!!!

Peace.

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!! 

Peace.

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 done....here 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 (www.dogwoodchristmastreefarm.com). 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!!!

Peace.

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.