Way back in August my camera buddy was in town. Guitar Man had mentioned a really cool park along the North Shore of West Vancouver that he thought we could take some awesome pictures at. We waited until it was a sunny and glorious day and headed on over to check it out.
Fall is upon us and today was a great day at the pumpkin patch!
Our family headed out to the Laity Pumpkin Patch in Maple Ridge, BC. It is such a great place with so much to see and SO MANY pumpkins to choose from.
Grace and Peace,
This year has brought about new opportunities for our sweet Gator. She made a big jump and started a new ballet program.
For the past 8 years dance has been a large part of her life. She started at Alpharetta Dance Theatre at the age of five and was in the ballet and jazz program. She LOVED it and soon moved on to more classes, competitions, and performances. We soon learned all about the world of dance and different methods of training and levels of dance. It was in 2010 that we made the move to Still Pointe Studios. A moved we will always hold dear to our hearts. It was at Still Pointe that Gator learned so many valuable life lessons and the most important thing that God gave her the ability to dance and that she should always be dancing for Him. (It was super sad to leave when our family made the move to Canada.) Since arriving here in BC Gator has grown, learned and now is doing the Pre-Professional program at Avant Dance Co. When she was five she danced for 2 hours a week, now that she is 13 she is dancing 16 plus hours a week! WOW…what difference a few years can make!
Avant has provided many new opportunities and the first of them being an audition for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet!
It was nice to be with the others girls from her class for the audition as it made it a little less nerve-racking!
It will be a few weeks before we hear anything….but Gator is not worried….she knows she did her best and that’s all that matters!
I’m sure I will be posting more dance photos as this year continues…I will try not to post too many!!!!
Grace and Peace,
Lots of things have happen since my last posting, but one very cool and wonderful thing is I was given a new lens! I CAN NOT believe it!!!!
(Yes, I cried )
A few pictures with my new toy!
It was spring break and we thought it was a good time to test out our skills at snowboarding. Everyone had all the gear finally and we planed a fun filled day at Mt. Baker. The drive up this mountain is stunning! The trees, rivers, snow, and all were just amazing. The beauty that God has given us to look at in nature is so simple but so profound. I’m always in awe of Him.
Once we arrived at the lodge we signed up for lessons, rented our gear and headed out to the learning area. We ALL did wonderful! Of course we feel a millions times but laughed got up and tried harder.
We had a lesson set up for right after lunch and really looked forward to “really” learning how to board. As it would turn out the 4 of us were placed together with a very nice young man that taught us all kinds of great things. I found out that I board “goofy” style best and that most left-handed people do! So hear’s to goofy people!!!! Cheers Buddy also learned that he can ski goofy style and actually did quite well that way! He’s a Mama’s boy!!!!! Yip-pee Buddy was the first one to go down the learning hill and he was AWESOME! I’m so very proud of him and his determination. Gator was determined to do well also and that she did! Guitar Man and I were so happy the kids did such a wonderful job and worked hard to learn a new sport. As for me…I LOVED IT! I fell a few times to many on some of my skills, but all in all I had the best time and can’t wait to give it a try again. Guitar Man….he was a fast learner since he has skied before. This was his first try at boarding. After our lesson the instructor told GM he would go down one of the easy runs with him to help him learn the lift and give his new boarding skills a true try. The kids and I stayed on the learning hill and continued to work on our training.
I watched for a bit to see GM come down the mountain and finally I saw him. He was doing a good job but didn’t have much of a smile. Once he made his way down and over to us I found out why….getting off the lift with a snowboard attached to one foot and trying to get out of the way didn’t go so well. He had fallen and twisted his right knee a good one.
We made our way into the shop to return our equipment and this is when we saw that the knee was messed up! Thankfully we had some Advil in the car and we propped the injured leg up in the back seat and I drove us home. We did have a good laugh at the border crossing as the crossing guard wondered why this foot was sticking up through the middle of the front seats! I rolled down the back window and we shared our story. He wished us well and on to home we went.
Long story short we made a trip to the ER very early the next morning and then a visit to an orthopedic surgeon a few days later. The knee has a torn MCL and a meniscus that is not right. The physiotherapist says it’s called a “deranged knee”!!!! hehe LOL We are now in a holding pattern…to be continued!
I’m so thankful to have this wonderful opportunity to live in Canada and in an area with such prime ski/snowboarding mountains. I’ve always wanted to do this and I feel blessed to have had the chance. Now we pray that things work out for Guitar Man and God heals his knee quickly.
Grace and Peace,
One of Guitar Mans favorite guitar players was playing at the Triple Door Seattle back in February and we decided to make a night of it! Off to Seattle we went with the kids and intentions of having a fun family time. It was WONDERFUL! Seattle is such a neat place and is very walker friendly. We drooped off my truck at the Toyota dealer in downtown Seattle for a few repairs and got a ride over to our hotel. I found a great place with a great rate online and couldn’t wait to cheack it out. The hotel was an original to the downtown area with a prime location and with current renovations it looked like a nice place to stay. We were pleastly surprised by the size of the room and the staff was wonderful. We were all hungry and couldn’t wait to eat at one of our family favorites from back home, Chipotle. We made the walk a few blocks and enjoyed our yummy, yummy lunch! Then it was time to check out the Pike Place Market and original Starbucks.
Later in the evening Guitar Man an I headed out for our concert. We left the kids in the room and even let them call in room service from the hotel restaurant! They were super excited and happy to hang out and watch movies together.
GM and I went down to the Triple Door for dinner and the Robben Ford concert.
What a great night we had! The Triple Door served up some super yummy food and the music was FANTASTIC! Oh, and to be out with my love was so much fun!!! <3
All-in-all we had a great trip and loved Seattle!
Grace and Peace,
What can I say…I thought it was good, I’ve been known to call it evil, I’ve hated it, I’ve seen him laugh a ton while playing it, oh I have so many, many thoughts….But today I’m just sharing a moment of pure creativity!
So what is Mindcraft? Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine.
Buddy has been playing for quite some time and he has really enjoyed. He has a great friend who also plays and they love to hang out at our house and play together for HOURS!!!!!
One day Buddy had a great idea of making a video of his game. He arranged the laptop on the kitchen table along with a simple book to hold up my iPad and recorded his play. He added funny thoughts and comments and he was thrilled! What to do with all the video? Why yes, load it to YouTube!
If you have a Mindcraft junky at your house….take a look at this fun and funky video.
Just a little of what Buddy has been up to these long winter days!
Grace and Peace,
It all started on a cold snow-covered day in Tennessee, baby boy was born. Not long after, 25 months to be exact, she was born, again on a chilly day, this time in Florida. We were overjoyed to have 2 blessings and to be a family of four. As each year has passed we have grown, some more than others :), and we have learned, but most of all we have been blessed by Him to be this wonderful family of four. When little Buddy turned 10 I cried, when Gator turn 10 I thought I was super old, but now….He is taller than me, smarter, and oh so much a teenager! & she is now joining him and in this season of teen-hood ( i made that word up. like it?)……13! I truly can not believe it. The old saying goes, “They grow up faster than you realize, cherish each moment.” WOW!!! I’m feeling that nowadays. My sweet babies are both teens and I’m shrinking…or so it seems, since they are taller (Buddy) and almost taller (Gator) than me!!!
To celebrate Gator’s special 13th Birthday we had a “13 Going on 30″ movie party. So much fun! We started the party with a “photo booth”, moved on to making funky popcorn and gathering candy all to relax and watch the movie 13 Going On 30. We made sure to have Razzles since that is the candy in the movie. ( I won’t share all the details but that candy is hard to find and it took me a trip to the states and 5 stores to find it!!! ) We also enjoyed soda in mini cans, Reeses Bars, brownie with fudge topping, and Marble Slab ice cream. Yes, the girls were crazy after all that sugar but so much FUN!!!!
13 is a great age, fun attitudes (haha) crazy style, and late night talks and hugs. I’m super happy to be Mama to this sweet
little teen one and blessed beyond measure.
Happy 13th Birthday Gator!
Grace and Peace,
Makes for a beautiful ballerina!
This year of ballet has been fun, challenging, exciting and lovely. Gator has grown and really matured as a dancer. Part of her training is in Pointe. While this is her favorite, it’s HARD work!!!!
The parents were invited to a mid-year peek at class and I couldn’t have been prouder of my sweet!
She is doing so well…..
*she is the one on the left with the pink hair bow!*
A few years ago Gator asked about hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange and I thought it was a great idea! We had a great group of girls come over to our home with lots of super yummy cookies to share! Everyone enjoyed and we decided we wanted to do it every year. Last year it didn’t happen since we didn’t have friends to invite……but this year it was a go! Gator invited the girls from school and the party was a success. Each girl brought yummy treats to share and we provided drinks, snacks, games and LAUGHS!!!!
The girls were wonderful and I’m thankful for each of them!
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Grace and Peace,