Monday, July 31, 2006
On Thursday we drove to the other side of the Island to Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino. The weather was instantly cooler once we got to the open ocean and the fog kept us from seeing some of the scenery, but we enjoyed watching the big waves and playing in the nice sandy beaches. Here are some shots from Long Beach. Micah is LOVING having some cousins around to play with!
Here's a family shot taken at the Wikanninish Interpretative Centre. The sun finally came out in the afternoon but it didn't warm up quite enough to jump into that frigid ocean water!
Here are Micah and Kailyn posing beside a big truck tire - Micah's finally starting to "smile" for the camera!
Micah has already learned the names of all his vistors: "Bad" for Uncle Brad, "Co" for Auntie Nichole, "Yosh" for Josh & Kailyn (they are the same person apparently) and "Baby" for Noah. He LOVES having a baby around and showers Noah with kisses, but he will have to learn to be a little more gentle in the months to come or we might have some issues!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Chris will definitely be missed around here! Micah grew used to having him around even though he never did say "Chris" - sorry about that Chris, we'll keep working on him! We hope to get some good updates about your life in Cyprus and we STRONGLY encourage you to think about investing in a blog ;)
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Hope you all have a great week!
Monday, July 24, 2006
We ended up at Cultus Lake which was pretty packed, but great fun nonetheless. All of my memories of swimming at Cultus include freezing to death in the mountain lake, but the water was actually quite bearable and very refreshing! Micah was happy to find a beach full of rocks and spent the afternoon throwing them into the water.
Sleepy Micah at the beach.
On Sunday Erik and I decided to have a family day and go someplace new, so we packed up the car and headed into the States. We ended up at Deception Pass State Park (Whidby Island) in Washington. I think we only got to the beach around 4 pm - once we finally got out of the house and made the necessary stops at Target in Bellingham and Krispy Kreme in Burlington, the day was pretty much over. But, the sun was still blazing hot and the beach was a welcome sight. We had never been to Deception Pass before and didn't know where the nice spots were so we stopped at one of the first beaches we saw. It was PACKED! I could understand the appeal since there was a nice warm lake and then a thin strip of land separating the lake from the ocean. But there wasn't a great beach area and we kept trying to run after Micah, so after we cooled off in the lake we packed up and drove a little further. That's when we found North Beach - a long strip of nice sandy ocean beach that had less than half the people. The ocean was FREEZING and far to cold for Micah and I (though Erik braved the water twice!) but by that time the heat was starting to subside. Micah was completely content playing in the sand while Erik and I relaxed. The only challenge was changing Micah's dirty diaper on the beach and dealing with all that sand on his little naked body!
Our little family with the Deception Pass bridge in the background.
Now we're looking forward to having a visit from family. My sister Nichole and her husband Brad are coming from Winnipeg with their three kids, Kailyn, Josh & Noah. We're all looking forward to seeing them and I'm glad Micah will have a chance to get to know his cousins a little bit better.
Water lilies beside the bridge.
Mrs. duck (or as Micah would say: "kak, kak, kak..." )
A sea of lily pads.
And of course, the grand finale is always the park (a.k.a the "wheee!!")
Friday, July 21, 2006
Micah enjoying the swing after a nice swim.
And I had to add these pictures from this morning. Micah is turning into quite the breakfast entertainer.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Even Mommy braved the cold water. Here we are - Micah is as stoic as ever.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Wow, everyone looks so young - especially Doug & Nathan!
To celebrate the occasion, we went into Vancouver (sans Micah) and enjoyed dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory (the same restaurant we went to in Banff the night we got engaged). Afterwards, we walked along the ocean in Stanley Park and got to watch a huge cruise ship leaving the harbour. We enjoyed exploring some beaches we hadn't really been to before. We live in such an amazing place and have seen so little of it so we were inspired to do more outings - with and without Micah!
Mmmm, what a great dinner - I must've been really hungry because I ate EVERYTHING - bread, salad, dinner and dessert... I'll just blame it on the baby :)
A little taste of home - and the province we were married in!
Enjoying a warm evening in Gastown after supper.
What a great day with you Erik! These last 5 years have been so full - a ton of great things and some not-so-great things, but all a part in leading us closer together in our journey of marriage. I'm so thankful for where we are at and the future is full of nothing but excitement! I hope we have MANY more years to come!
Friday, July 14, 2006
Here is the first profile shot - not super clear, but you can kind of see the face and the hand.
This is definitely the best shot! The profile looks so detailed and you can even see the spinal cord. So, what do you think? Does that face look like it belongs to a boy or a girl?
This looks to be the back of the head. You can see the left ear as well as the left shoulder and arm coming over the head.
I think this is the top of the head with the one arm crossing over the face, but it's hard to tell.
Thanks Rosanna & Kirsten for accompanying me to Langley today :) We had a great afternoon that included Wendy's, Old Navy (75% off sale!!) and Costco. Check out Kirsten and Rosanna's blogs (just click on their names) for some fun pictures!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Here is our car in various states of being re-painted... You gotta love Erik's "Vanna" poses :)
A cool July evening. Can't you see the next Tiger Woods in the making?
Thursday, July 06, 2006
The bad news is our beloved Greg was cut from Canadian Idol last night :( We were shocked and heart-broken by the news! Even the judges told him after the show that they were shocked. They had pegged him to be in the top 3 so it's sad to see he didn't get enough votes to even make it to top 10! It's frustrating to see other competitors who are much less talented still sticking around just because they had someone who voted 100 more times than we did or something silly like that.
It confirms that Canadian Idol (or any of these shows) aren't really much about talent at all. If some kid from Nova Scotia has the whole province voting for him as opposed to Greg having the city of Abbotsford voting - who's going to win?
Sigh - I guess we'll just have to let this one go and hope for the best for Greg. Canadian Idol will not be the end of him!
Monday, July 03, 2006
We spent Sunday evening with the Toews family. After a yummy BBQ, the boys went across the street to play some ball (as per usual) while us girls stayed back and chatted.
Erik posing with my masterpiece :) - fruit pizza specially requested by him.