Sunday, 31 July 2016

Wow - Where have you all been?

Oops, sorry.......that's where have I been????

Oh, just hanging out, working, etc. I have to admit, being retired was W-A-Y more fun and left me W-A-Y more time for blog postings! I just have to get a bit better with my "at home" time management.

Here's a compilation of what we have been up to. Let's see, when I left you last it was the finish of the Tour de White Rock (July 18th). Sheesh!!

Caught one of White Rock's Concert series at the pier on July 23rd
Washboard Union - Vancouver band and very good!!
 
Bike ride and picnic at Crescent Beach
July 25th - great way to spend a Monday after work!

Dog pile on Dad......

 
Dog pile on Grandma....

And a bit of drool on Grandma too.....

Playing ball with Mom....
 
Then there was beach day with Grandma - July 26th


Oh don't worry, he was totally soaked before we left!!!
 
Rudy update!!! End of July and our little boy is really growing!!
 
July 28th and it was time to wish our beautiful daughter and new Mommy, Teagan
 a very Happy Birthday. What a great way to celebrate with Rudy & Shawn!!
We Love You!!!!
 
 
Overnight campout at Kathy's parents place. What fun that was!!!
July 31st......
 
 
 
While we were overnighting it in the back yard, Doug and his brother Don were visiting with his Mom and family in Alberta on the long weekend.
 
Looking good Mom/Helen!!
 
 
One of Doug's and my favourite new  breakfast spots, Café 8....
 
Meanwhile my Mom and I hit the White Rock Farmer's Market. Voted one of the best in 2015 for "Large Markets".....we love it!


Love the local fruit and veggies....
 
I know, you've all seen tomatoes before.....but it's my blog!!

Will from Totally Screwed Furniture. Check out his site.
We got our living room coffee table from him, custom made for our small place.
Hard to tell but it is distressed old barn boards, with some orange and bright green on it.
 

 
This long weekend, Mom was my Farmer's Market buddy....

 
Soon we will find ourselves in August. There really hasn't been a great "summer weather" stretch yet. We are all still waiting, waiting.....

Catch up the rest later!!!

Peace.....

Thought for the Day: The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Tour de White Rock

After some grey clouds in the morning on Saturday, it turned out to be quite a beautiful afternoon and evening.

After visiting with Al & Colleen in the morning. It is always great to see them......we enjoyed the Tour de White Rock. This community has hosted a great bike race for 37 years. Lots to see and enjoy. A lot of people were in attendance and a few interesting bands were playing afterwards.

This is how we train for the bike race....

 
Some of these guys were like "back markers" and were told to move over when the fast racers were coming up behind them. Guess each lap some of them were eliminated as they were at the back. That's why you see some of them up on the sidewalk and out of the way. We did hear that some of these racers (in the women's race too) were from as far away as Australia. I don't know much about this type of bike racing but we will certainly watch more of it next year. Especially since it occurs about 1/2 block from our place!!



These were the ones racing for all the glory.....

Off Roper and onto Johnston Road.....


Tonight, the band stage was at Five Corners.
It was part of the White Rock "Concert at the Pier" series.
For some reason (probably because they wanted to capitalize on the
crowds up here) it wasn't at the pier....weird, I know!! 
 
Sunday we enjoyed an evening with our great friends, Bob & Danna in New Westminster. Always great hanging around on their deck, overlooking the mighty Fraser River. Even managed to grab a walk down to the park and back......
  






 As always, wine and good conversation were front and centre....
 
That's it for the weekend, boy do they ever fly by fast. And just because none of you have asked for it, here is the grandson update..... 
 
Gus, all decked out trying out the BMX track....
Sheesh, where has the time gone??
Could it be that soon he will be ready for the Tour de White Rock???

Jasper is dreaming of being big enough to be OUT on the track with Gus!!
 
Our beautiful little Rudy is just at that age where he is learning to smile!!
 
Good grief we are lucky.......Have a good week everyone!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.
 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Beginning of the Week....

Firstly, Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends. Sorry it's a day late but we were thinking of you all, especially when we could hear the fireworks going off in Blaine, WA last night!!  Hope you all got to spend it exactly how you wanted!

On Monday, Josh took Gus to a local BMX track for a bit of a try-out (practice). They both seemed to really enjoy it and I also really enjoyed watching them both. It brought back a ton of memories. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more....

We had Josh at this very same track in Langley. It wasn't very organized and we didn't stay with the BMX thing very long. Just was no one to help you out, to teach you about the organization, etc. Oh well. Instead, we spent nearly 8 years competitive go-kart racing instead. We met the most amazing people there so it all turned out well.

Dad at registration....

A little early practice on the small track...

Working on giving me a "V" for victory/peace sign.....
Work in progress....
 
Little bro always nearby.....

Dad running to keep up with the first big downhill....

Again, not sure just who enjoyed it more...Gus or Josh!!
 
On Sunday, Bob & Danna, our New Westminster pals who like to travel about as much as us only they tickle their toes in Europe, came for dinner. They have just returned from 7 weeks between Italy and Portugal. You world travellers, you!!! Welcome to our new casa!!
 

 
They brought some cooked crab with them for us to feast on later. It was quite fun on Monday night as we did not have crab crackers so Doug found the next best thing......pliers!!!




Just the remnants left!!
 
Today, Tuesday, July 5th is a special day. Our little Rudy is one month old today!! How did that happen SO fast!! What an adorable little guy he is!!
 


Hey, our little buddy....
Happy one month old Birthday!!
 
See you all soon....it's off to work I go tomorrow!!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: A grandchild fills your soul with sunshine….