28 August 2012

Dandelions and Wishes



Once a year when we go back to Canada, Zoë gets her fill of outdoor play.  She gets to play in the backyard, go to the splash pad, enjoy the various play equipment at the park (some of which we don’t have here), but most of all I think she gets a kick out  of picking dandelions wherever she sees them ….

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and blowing off the seed heads.

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Every little girl needs to have carefree moments such as this.

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26 August 2012

1.  School – Both Josh and Zoë started school this week.  Josh is now in Year 3 and Zoë is in Year 1.  Both children are finally in the same school! 
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2. Rule of Thirds – Not entirely sure if this fits in well with the Rule of Thirds, but in case that it doesn’t, I’m still sort of covered:  Josh is now a “third” year student…

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3.  Side Profile of my pretty, pretty little niece…

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4.  Small

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5.  Motion – Street hockey before dinner…

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

21 August 2012

Girl Cousins



Zoë has one girl cousin and they are both only six months apart.  They were virtually inseparable during the three weeks they were together.  While the boys were running around playing boy games, these two would be in their own little world of pretend play.

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A cousin is a sister you never had.
~Unknown

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Cousins are people that are ready-made friends.  You have laughs with them and remember good times from a young age.  You fight with them, but you always know you love each other.
~Courtney Cox
 
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A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can ncver be lost.
~ Marion C. Garretty

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Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.
~Unknown

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19 August 2012

1.  Morning Light – One of the good things out of being jet-lagged is waking up really early and catching views like this outside our window.  The last few days, Josh and I shared early morning moments where we just sat and looked outside the window and whispered to each other about how beautiful the view is. 

Both Josh and Zoë climbed onto our bed at 5-ish this morning.  Josh told us about one of his ‘good’ dreams and we had conversations about gold and diamonds, about getting another goldfish “so that he could mate” (Josh’s words) with the one we already have.  Zoë snuggled.  Then we looked up and saw this…

Morning-Light


2. Forest – We took the kids hiking to Golden Ears Provincial Park last year and they have since referred to hikes as a “walk in the forest.” This year, we did a short 3km walk around the Myra Canyon area and while it was not as thick with trees as the trail we did at Golden Ears, they got their “walk in the forest” fix. This trail was actually easier for me as it was pretty flat and I was not huffing and puffing like I was when we did the hike last year!

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3.  Touch – We visited the Vancouver Aquarium a couple of weeks ago and one of the best parts for me was their new (to me, anyway) tropical rainforest section.  You step through the doors and you’re transported to a re-creation of a South American tropical rainforest.  Butterflies were flying freely about everywhere.  You could pretty much reach out and touch them…

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4.  Newspaper – (From the archives) We get most of our news online and don’t get the newspaper, so it was rather nice to see Josh taking to the newspaper and poring over the articles during our flight to Malaysia last year.

Reading-newsies


5.  Coffee or Tea – Definitely a tea person.  I have to have at least a couple of cups of (green) tea every day.   Procrastinator that I am, I kept putting off taking photos for this week until tonight and now I don’t have any tea photo to show for it!  I leave you instead with a glass of wine from one of our wine-tasting trips when we were in Kelowna.  Let’s just pretend that I felt rather fancy and wanted to have my tea in a wine glass!

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(Shameless plug:  Please check out The Creativity Project’s new Facebook page when you have the chance.  While you’re there, join in the “sun flare” fun this month and share a photo.  We would love it if you’ll “like” our page, too!)Scavenger Hunt Sunday

14 August 2012

I’ll have to admit:  The sun flares that I’d managed to capture in my photos in the past were happy accidents.  Like this one --

Sunset

That’s why when I found out that this month’s theme for the Creativity Project is Sun Flare, I was a bit apprehensive.

I got some great tips from my sister-in-law and managed to get some practice in during our vacation.

We visited a few wineries while in Kelowna and one of these was the Gray Monk Winery.  It was just 10 minutes from where we were staying and so very pretty.  As soon as we got there, we started taking photos even before we went inside for the wine-tasting.  I’m glad we did, because by the time we finished, the light was gone.
 
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A few days later, we visited two more wineries in the area –Quail’s Gate and Mission Hill.  I can’t tell you much about the wines, because I didn’t have any.  I was the designated driver.  My sisters-in-law wanted to try the wines and get a few bottles;  I mainly wanted to take pictures.  Quail’s Gate had a gorgeous view out back, overlooking Lake Okanagan.  Mission Hill (below) felt super exclusive from the moment you drive through its gate.    Everything was so… polished and sleek.

 

Mission-Hill
This one below was taken when we visited with one of Chris’ friends last week.  They had set up the bouncy castle for the kids to play with, while the grown-ups chatted.

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What I found is that getting sun flares in the photos is not as difficult as I’d thought it might be, but I still need to get more practice in to get the exact effect that I want.

Now do head on over to Sharon’s blog (The Covert Lens) and check out her gorgeous sun flare photos and then visit the other members participating The Creativity Project to complete the circle.  I am sure you will be blown away by how beautiful their photos are.

 

Oh, please do visit the Creativity Project on our new Facebook page that Katherine (Sound Like Rain) created for us.  Please feel free to ‘Like’ us and share your sun flare photos with us there.  We’d love to see you there!

 

10 August 2012

I Heart Faces | Pet Faces



I thought I wouldn’t have any entry this month, but we had dinner over at Chris’ friend’s place last night and they have the cutest little dog.  He was very frisky, but so well-behaved.  I wish our kids could be like him.  Josh and Zoë meet the frisky part, but need work on the well-behaved department.

 

Duke

 

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08 August 2012

Cherries



We spent the past week in Kelowna and had a blast.  The highlight of our trip was cherry-picking.  In total, we picked over 30 pounds of cherries –Rainier and Skeena cherries.  Oh my goodness, were they yummy!

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Within a couple of days, we finished over 15 pounds of the Rainier cherries.  They were so sweet.

Josh-cherry-picking

Look at these…

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and these…

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Aren’t they pretty?  Don’t they just make you want to reach out and pop a few in your mouth?  ;p

05 August 2012

1. Going Back in Time – The trestles at Myra Canyon.  We went for a walk earlier this week and managed to walk across two trestles.  The kids did pretty well, walking the whole 3+ kilometers, despite a couple of brief downpours.  For history buffs, here is the complete story behind the trestles.

Kettle Valley Railway Trestle (4)


2.  Something Just for Me

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3.  Best Part of My Day – I don’t have an answer for this.  I love mornings, because I love waking up to the kids’ climbing up onto our bed.  I love the kids’ bedtime, because of all the snuggles and kisses and the quiet (or sometimes not-so-quiet) family time.  I also love it once the kids are off to dreamland and I have quiet time.

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4.  Night & Day – If you look closely at Zoë’s rainbow face paint, you’ll see that she had the colors of night and day represented there… and some stars to boot!

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5.  Look Up – After dinner, at a nearby park.

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