October

The best part of October (so far) was returning home to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. We had two feasts, caught up with our families and watched our kids enthusiastically play with their cousins. I love seeing that – the easy relationships, the way James and Austin can spend hours playing with trucks in the dirt, the way June can play alongside Eden and Zara, the look on Alice’s face when she gets a close-up look at babies Ivy and Georgia.

Alas, the photographic evidence of our trip is minimal.

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Back home we’ve been enjoying four things:

1. The Fall Colours
The fall colours here are amazing! The yellows, oranges and reds are so bright, so beautiful. When we stand in our backyard, we have a gorgeous view of a mountain in full autumn colours!

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2. Knock-knock Jokes
We somehow got started on knock-knock jokes and June in particular got hooked on them. Her laugh is so infectious!

3. Our New Couch
Oooooh, this couch is comfy and cozy and oh-so-relaxing! We are so happy with it! Alice was, in fact, so comfortable on it that she fell asleep sitting up which never happens. 🙂

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4. Jeremy’s Cooking
Jeremy’s been making our meals and we’ve been trying all sorts of new and tasty things – sausage and lentil soup, bean burritos, fish pie. The other day he made some good old fashioned spaghetti and Alice was really, really satisfied with it.

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5. Interesting Conversations

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James: “Mom, do Balrogs come from Mordor?”
Jeremy: “No, Balrogs are ancient creatures that existed before Mordor.”
James: “From when? The 1980s?”
(Haha! Good to know that being from the 1980s makes one ancient!)

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We were reading a part of the Bible that spoke about peace and I was musing aloud: “God sure has blessed us with peace, hey?”
James replied, dubiously: “Yes, but God has also blessed me with lots of carrots in my sweet potato chili, and I’m not so pleased about that!!!”

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James: “I wish bedtimes were called fimps and no one knew what they were!!!”

 

 

A Lovely Weekend!

My parents popped by for a little visit this weekend. It was lovely to see them again and to spend some relaxing time together! They brought along our couch and, after four months of “relaxing” on kitchen chairs, our tushes are revelling in the luxury of a comfy couch! But alas, no photos of the couch yet . . .

So instead, here are a few pics of our outdoor excursions.

Walking through some long grass en route to Beaver Creek (the same place we went with Mom and Dad de Haan a few weeks ago, but now armed with a camera battery!). We took along our fog horn, as there have been an inordinate number of bears in the neighbourhood (eating all our plums, rifling through our recycling, etc.) and we often see bear scat along this trail.

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There’s a beautiful creek at the end of this trail and we’ve been coming here regularly since we discovered it. The kids love chucking rocks in the river and watching little branches float down the rapids.

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This little munchkin loves to see how high she can climb and is so pleased when she makes it up a little ledge!

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A pant-less June fishing from shore after going for a wee dip in the creek.

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There’s a playground nearby, too. 🙂

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We also drove out to Castlegar to check out Zuckerberg Island.

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This is the unusual home Mr. Zuckerberg built for his wife and himself many moons ago – complete with a little onion dome!

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Chucking a few more rocks in the Columbia River.

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