Sunday, November 5, 2017
After 5 months of not writing on my blog, I'm going to try to recommit to this space. With a new house, moving, and a new job things have been a bit overwhelming. The new house is settling down now. The new job I'm not sure will this year. It's a lot of new all the time. Once I get through a whole year's cycle, I think it will get easier, but right now it's been quite a challenge. Anyway, in October Mike and I went for a fun weekend in Vancouver to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We truly enjoyed wandering around Vancouver and look forward to returning again...We'd like to go back in warmer weather and also take Jackson. We spent a cold morning walking the seawall and then checked out the Aquarium in Stanley Park as some where to warm up for an hour or so. They have a great jellyfish display and a good dolphin show. We had a fun lunch in Stanley Park, then took a water taxi out to Granville Island where we had a great time wandering through shops and picking out some treats at the food market there. Then, we went to a NHL game to see the Vancouver Canucks play the Calgary Flames. We packed a lot into a short weekend trip!
Halloween has been fun too. Jackson picked out a pumpkin that probably weighs more than he does. Of course, he was tired of carving not long after we started, so mom had to do most of it, but he did design the face. All told, we carved 4 pumpkins.
I pulled out my old standby witch costume for school, but added a new feature by making some fun shoes to go with it out of an old pair of pumps that I needed to toss anyway. The papermache pointed toes did last through the day, but not much more than that...Still, it was fun.
I made an astronaut costume for Jackson. We used his rain boots, spray painted black, his white pants from Karate, and a sweatershirt that I sewed patches and nylon utility straps onto for the top. Here he is in the school parade, where he only wore the easy parts (too crowded for the helmet and jetpack) but he had fun.
We made the helmet out of papermache that I then cut a space in and lined with some black felt. It had trouble holding it's shape, but worked well overall. Jack insisted on a microphone--his favorite part I think. Het spent lots of time singing into it and being a ham...next year perhaps we should dress him like a musician or rock star...
Then, of course, he also needed a jet pack, so we had to add that. It turned out to be a pretty cute costume overall.
We just walked to the houses around ours to trick or treat. There weren't many with people home...a very different neighborhood to our old one, but Jack got plenty. We were home in 45 minutes. All told, we got 10 kids at our house. We have to buy a lot less candy here than we used to!
Then it snowed here on both Friday and Sunday! It's an early in the year for snow here; I've never seen it in November while I've lived here. They are saying it's going to be a wet winter. We'll see if that's true. This is after several hours of hard snowing, so it doesn't really build up very much. It's very wet, slushy snow. The house looks pretty with a little white.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Whew! What a whirlwind. I know I am very behind on the blog, but it's been hard to catch a breath. In early June, we attended Jack's Kindergarten music concert, which was very cute. Jack seemed to know about half the words and hand gestures. He likes the music, but he's not much of a performer.
And before the second:
I started my new job on July 3...So far, it's been pretty boring, with just me and the custodian in the building. It's paperwork and reading this month. I can't wait until the teachers and students come back in the fall and things get interesting. In the meantime, we've got our house on the market and have started looking for new houses.
This past weekend, we took a break and went camping at Kalaloch in the Olympic National Park. It's a beautiful area, and we could have spend far more than the weekend there. We'll have to go back again. We had the dog with us, which meant the National Park trails were off limits, although luckily the beaches were still open to us. Next time, we may have to leave the dog home so we can explore more, but she had a great time this time. The coast was teaming with sea otters out in the waves, but really, really hard to get a picture. We also saw whales spouting water, but they wouldn't surface for a good picture either.
While all of this has been going on, we've also been attending karate twice a week for Jack. He earned his white belt so far...Sam has been coming too. Not sure if the boys will continue, but they've been enjoying it for now.
Hard to believe it's July 10 already. Lots more busy-ness to come this summer, much of it not very much fun! It's packing time.
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