Sunday, 27 August 2017

Snowbirds etc....

We were welcomed home from work for a fabulous display by the Snowbirds for part of the 150th Birthday celebrations for Canada, even thought the "official" day was July 1st.  Not sure why White Rock was privy to this amazing group but we, nonetheless, enjoyed every minute of the show. All the pictures were taken right from our balcony!



Signature Snowbird heart.....
 
 
Last flyby. The show was a full hour long.....
Photo credit to Doug on this glorious shot from his 5 year old phone camera!! 
Always gives me goose bumps and makes me proud to say I am Canadian!
 
After the Snowbird show, we walked down to the waterfront to see Washboard Union, one of our favourite bands and they are from Vancouver so it makes them doubly enjoyable.
What a lovely Wednesday that was (even though we had to work!!!)
 
 
One more trip to the beach, only this time we took the "big" bus and went to
Crescent Beach in Surrey. A longer bus ride of 25 minutes. So much fun.

Both boys have their tickets...
  

 
 
I know, shameless...
Even the boys are used to Grandma yelling "foot shot"

This is what happens when Grandma goes to the washroom and the boys are
standing outside the stall with the camera to play with!! Crazy kids.....

Ice cream stop before we get back on the bus....

Sums it up quite nicely.
 
One Saturday (Aug 26th) we looked after the boys so Grandpa got to come to the beach as well. Always interesting when the tide is up higher. The beach changes everyday and it's so much fun for the boys to experience all that the West Coast of BC has to offer. They love it and so do we! 
 



Naturally, snack time. 
 

We found a dead catfish. the boys spent at least 20 minutes examining it, fighting over it, etc. Finally we sent it off to it's final resting place in the ocean.


Beautiful starfish....



Of course ice cream time.....
 
 
 Love life and life will love you back.
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: See above!!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Half way through

About now during the summer is usually when I start to feel a bit panicky. We are more than halfway through summer. Don't get me wrong, I love fall too but after fall comes....well, never mind.

Update on our beautiful Rudy.......Fairly insignificant fact to most but the little dish Rudy is eating his blueberries out of belonged to Doug's Mom (Rudy's Great Grandma) and we can remember her using it many times. Teagan wanted it so it is cool to see Rudy using it too. Love nostalgia things. Memories, they matter most.

Love this gorgeous little boy so much....
 
Our lovely Nelson family.....
 
We took a great "tiny" trip down to the beach on the transit bus. I mean, the ride was all of 6 minutes long but the boys LOVED it! Doug says get them used to public transit early!
 
 
 
If you know my blog.....there is ALWAYS a foot shot somewhere.






We spent the whole day just hanging at this pot, digging in the sand, eating snacks, playing in the water. So much fun....love my Tuesday "grandson" day. 



"Look Jasper, a dead crab.....wanna touch it? No thanks....."
What a great day at the beach......
 
 
We started a new summer tradition. Meet at White Rock Beach Beer Company for a few wobbly pops. We have to sincerely thank them for making all of us welcome, kids included. It's so nice to be able to take them with us. Love it Check them out...... (www.whiterockbrewing.ca). 
 
Then we ride our bikes over to the Ay Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant on Johnston Road, order delicious take-out and ride to the local park for a picnic. Love it!!!!

 
  





Jasper and neighbour Ivy, ride in the bike trailer behind Josh
but Gus rides his own bike there, between all the adults.

Bon appetite!!
Josh, Jasper, Gus, Ivy, Shannon, Brandur
Doug & Kathy
 
Happy summer everyone!!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: Tibetan Proverb….Eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.

 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Ramblings for July

We l-o-v-e summer......

The heat, the sun, everything about it. Too bad that our province is struggling with forest fires everywhere. While we love the heat, we really need rain and lots of it right now. Fingers crossed..........Also, our sincere thanks to all our front-line fire fighters out there. Aren't they awesome and dedicated?

It really breaks my heart to be following a car with yet another person with their arm extended out the window and a cigarette going. You just KNOW that they are going to drop that cigarette out on the ground. I mean, really?? How many ways can we spell stupid? Same mentality that leaves a child or pet in a hot car. I just can't stand it. Hardly worth the skin they are in.......

Anyway, on to catch-up time. Let's see, when we last parted ways, we had just gone camping with the kids at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, one of our favourite places!


July 15 - Tour de White Rock

Bike racers we are not but it is so much fun to walk 1/2 block down the lane to be able to watch this great event. Our great friends, Bob & Danna, came over for the afternoon to enjoy the races and to make us dinner (I know, nice, huh?). The bike racers come from all over the world and they compete in several types/lengths of races. They also race in other venues around the Metropolitan Vancouver area during the week so it is a busy race schedule for them all.

Women go sailing by......sheesh, they were fast.
 
Doug & Bob
 
Danna & Bob

Men's race about to start

The ultimate race fans...

...and their fans!

 
Two of our favourite people!!
Thanks for making us a wonderful dinner, in our own kitchen!
 
 
July 22 - Wedding!
 
We were very honoured to be in attendance at our friend, Sharon and Michele's wedding. We wish them a lifetime of happiness. It was a beautiful day spent with them.
 
  
 
 
Congratulations, beautiful ladies!!
 
The next day, we took a trip out to Fraser Valley Cider Company on 16th Avenue and 221st. Street.  A great local cidery that was a delight to visit.
 
Check out their website, www.fraservalleycider.ca
 


Since I am not a beer drinker, cider is my "thing" so I REALLY enjoyed it!

We'll be back!!
 
A birthday!!
 
July 28th is our daughter Teagan's birthday. We have watched her become a wonderful mommy to little Rudy. We love her so much and really miss her. We think, by the look of the birthday pictures, she had a wonderful day with her boys!! 
 
 
Happy Birthday Teagan/Mommy!!
We love you!! Thanks for sharing the pictures...
 
 
July 29th - Symphony of Fire, Vancouver 
 
Beautiful view from Grandma's rooftop deck.....
Lions Gate Bridge in the distance.

Fireworks starting in the distance.

 
 
General finish up for the month below. In no particular order but just more of my favourite things!!
 
 
 
Crescent Beach, Surrey BC
 
A trip down memory lane.
My Great Grandma Hunter's house in North Vancouver. She lived in this house for more than 75 years and raised her five sons, one of who, Frank Hunter, was my Mom's father. We spent many wonderful days here on this very porch.
I can still see her waving to us as we left for home. 

 
Our  porch. Hey, maybe that's why I love porches so much.
It was all that time we spent on Grandma Hunter's porch.
After all that running around, we needed a beverage!!
 
Thanks for checking in. Hope everyone had a great July!! See you in August.
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day“And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he, Is king of the Mud. That is all he can see. And the turtles of course...all the turtles are free. As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”..Dr Seuss.