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.

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.

Peace....

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 everywhere...love them!



Thursday, 1 November 2018

A Birthday & Halloween

And we are nearly done!! 

First, Doug's Mom celebrated her 96th Birthday on October 12th. She is an amazing lady and we love her so much. Doesn't she look sharp!!??

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Then it was on to Halloween:

Rudy the skelo-kittie!!

All ready for Halloween!!!

Jasper the grey cat. 
Mom took care of all the particulars. 

Gus is a carnotaurus (dino). This costume was pretty neat as he planned 
exactly what he wanted. Mom also had to figure it all out! She's pretty smart!! 


Looks crooked but it's not. Bigfoot tucked 
away in his "garage" for the winter..... Boo hoo!!

...and we caught up with Kevin & Ruth for breakfast
 (of course there were mimosas)

Peace.....

Thought for the DayIn the end, people will judge you anyway so don’t live your life impressing others, live your life impressing yourself.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Thanksgiving Camping

Well, speed catch up. Here we are at Thanksgiving. It has become a tradition for us to go camping on this long weekend. We go to Golden Ears Provincial Park. It is located in Maple Ridge BC, about a 45 minutes drive from White Rock. Glorious. There is no cell coverage so when you go there, you really feel like you are "out of town". 

Of course, this area we live in is a very busy area and LOTS of people still go there, even on Thanksgiving. The first year we went, the park was more than half empty. Next time, we hardly got a spot even though the kids went up on the Thursday. this past year we towed our trailers up on TUESDAY!!! Yes, Tuesday before the long weekend so we could just get a double spot. Ridiculous, right? Of course, that means that you pay for 3 extra nights but at least you get your spot. The park is very safe as the park rangers are still there and they haven't ever had problems with theft. 

So, come and enjoy the turkey.....




The whole camping gang.....lots of fun.

Bike gang......look out!

Camping buddies....

Rudy didn't get to come but he was there in spirit!

18 lb de-boned turkey fits in our oven in the trailer.
We do a combo dinner with everyone chipping in.


It appears, once again, that there is never a shortage of food!!!





Beautiful Alloutte Lake behind this gorgeous Inukshuk

Time to go......whaaaaa!!

So, three great days camping and it didn't really rain much so it was great. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and yes, we are thankful for ALL that we have. Good health, beautiful family and wonderful friends. We are indeed very fortunate.

See you soon!!

Peace.

Thought for the Day: Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.... James Lane Allen