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Walt Disney World Vacation – Day 1

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We left Vancouver at about 11 PM on July 26th. After travelling for 13 hours, we landed in Orlando, tired but excited for the adventures to come.

We caught an Uber to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Our driver was named Oscar and he did an amazing Donald Duck impression.

We headed over to Disney Springs and did a bit of shopping before going to The Rainforest Cafe for dinner.

When we got back to the hotel we went to the resort beach for s’mores by the campfire and then we spent about an hour splashing in the pool.

Completely exhausted, we went to be early so that we could be ready for tomorrow’s adventure at Animal Kingdom!


Laity Pumpkin Patch

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Fall Family Fun

On the 9th of October, we took the kids to the Laity Pumpkin Patch here in Maple Ridge.  There was a corn maze, many puzzles and games, a parkour course, animals, and a tractor ride.  It is still too far away from Halloween to grab our pumpkins but Nugget had the perfect one picked out and he was quite disappointed that we would not let him bring it home with us that day.  I am sure that we will get an earful when we go back and his pumpkin is not there anymore.

I will be sure to take lots of photos at Halloween, see you then!

Greater Vancouver Zoo

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National Aboriginal Day 2017

This is being posted nearly 2 months after we went to the zoo.  I have been very busy at work and it took me a while before I could get around to editing the video footage together.

On June 21st, 2017, the Greater Vancouver Zoo offered free admission to Indigenous people to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.  It was a nice gesture; however, the execution was flawed.  When we got to the admission gate, we were told that we were required to have a status card in order to claim the offer of free entry.  This was not an issue for me, as I always carry mine in my wallet, but my children do not yet have status cards.  I had copies of letters from INAC on my phone, which indicated that the kids were indeed status, but that wasn’t good enough for the person at the kiosk.  We were finally allowed to enter after speaking with a manager.

This is ultimately a post about the great time that my family had at the zoo so I’ll leave the political rant for another time.

We Love Hippos!

August Long Weekend 2017

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BC Day Weekend 2017

We had an excellent family adventure on the BC Day Long Weekend this year!

Sunday was our main day of family activities and we started with Dim Sum at the Panda Szechuan restaurant in Surrey, BC.  Being allergic to gluten has some serious challenges when it comes to Asian cuisine and I knew that it would be difficult to find anything that I could eat at Dim Sum.  I decided to eat everything in sight (except for the chicken feet) and it was all delicious!  Sure enough, I had some serious cramps, a headache, sore joints, and fatigue for 2 days after the meal.  I know that cheating on the diet isn’t good for me, but this new lifestyle is pretty tough for a foodie like me and it will take some time to fully adjust.

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The next activity on the agenda was to check out the White Rock Sea Festival.  This was an amazing family event with enough activities to keep us busy for the entire day.  In fact, we didn’t have nearly enough time to check everything out.  Some of the activities included:

  • Sand Castle Building Competitions
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Family Games Zone
  • Synchronized Kite Flying Demonstrations
  • Skim Boarding Lessons
  • Classic Car Show
  • Live Music
  • Evening Parade

Next year we will definitely plan to be down there for an entire day.  We are also already planning to dominate the family sandcastle building competition.  I think Susanna has already started a pinterest board to save our ideas.

We look forward to coming back again next year!

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Go Kart Racing!

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Kaya and I decided to check out the go karts in Abbotsford today and as we drove towards Castle Fun Park, I could sense her initial excitement fading. By the time we had pulled into the parking lot, she was a nervous mess. When I asked what was wrong she told me that she was afraid to crash because she had never driven anything before. There’s a first time for everything, right?

We walked up to the fence and watched a group of young racers rip around the track. Her excitement slowly came back when she saw how the young kids were able to drive the go karts. We talked to the attendant who reassured Kaya that everything would be fine and that she would be able to handle the go karts without a problem.  Well…almost.  At the end of our turn, we had to park the go karts in a straight line and, unfortunately for me, I was the car right in front of Kaya.  She came in a little hot and completely missed the brake pedal, the rear end collision was pretty jarring and I definitely felt it in my neck later that night.  Overall though, she did fantastically.  It was a really great father/daughter moment and I can’t wait to teach her how to drive a real car.

The cost was $8 each and we were able to drive for 5 minutes, which was enough time for about 12 laps around the course. Kaya had a blast and she begged me to let her go a second time, which I did…because I am an awesome dad!

It was a great day and I love spending some quality time with my princess.

 

 

Whistler 2017

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We spent July 16th – 19th at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa. It was an awesome little vacation. The weather was amazing and Sue and the kids spent a lot of time in the pool while I was working on the Sq’ewá:lxw Comprehensive Community Plan.

 

 

Sue and Kaya got to try out an Escape Room and I hear that Kaya was quite the clever investigator. They didn’t quite make it out in time but they had a blast and are excited to try it again sometime.

 

We ate at some amazing restaurants. The kids’ favourite was the Mongolie Grill, where you create your own stir fry ingredients. It was so delicious that we went back twice.

One night we got a babysitter (thanks Andrew) and Sue and I went out to eat at Araxi. It was amazing! We were so full we had trouble walking back to the hotel. #Gluttony

On the way home we stopped to take in some amazing views.

 

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West is Best!

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Lunch Island
Smashing Some Waves!
Cliff Walk @
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Hiking at Cliff Falls
Korean Ice Cream
Fun in the Sun
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Auntie Lisa and Uncle Jeff Visit Beautiful B.C.

On Sunday July 9th, 2017 my Auntie Lisa and Uncle Jeff drove out to visit us in Maple Ridge.  It was so nice to see family from Saskatchewan and to have them stay at our place for a few days.

After they got settled in we went for a little hike around the Cliff Falls in Kanaka Regional Park.  It’s a nice little trail with some amazing views.  My mom loves walking around that trail when she comes out to visit, so I assumed that Lisa and Jeff would like it too.

On Monday we went out on Stave Lake to try out the Sea-Doos.  Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly out that morning and the wind was creating a bit of chop on the lake so we were not out for very long.  Jeff must have liked his taste of the Sea-Doo life because he was messaging dealerships in Saskatchewan before we even got the trailer parked back in the garage.

On Monday afternoon we went to the Capilano River Hatchery and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Jeff and Lisa were both very interested in learning about the salmon spawn. Unfortunately, there weren’t many salmon jumping up the fish ladder that day but there were hundreds of fish in the holding tanks that we were able to see.  At the Suspension Bridge, we listened to a really entertaining tour guide who explained the history of the facility to us.

At the end of that long day, we went out for a fantastic Korean BBQ at Insadong in Coquitlam, followed by an amazing Korean Shaved Ice dessert at Snowy Village, also in Coquitlam.  It is so fun to cook your own meat right at the table and the different kimchi dishes are always fun to try.  I was super impressed that Lisa and Jeff ate the Spicy Tofu Soup…Jeff even had seconds!

On Tuesday, we went to Cultas Lake and stayed at the Delta Grove Provincial Campground.  It was an awesome place to stay and our campsite was a very short walk to the beach.  We sat at the beach for a few hours while the kids splashed about in the lake.  We saw two amazing aerial performances that afternoon.  First, a hawk was circling the water for a while and kept getting lower and lower.  The hawk suddenly dove right under the water and a few seconds later he emerged, albeit without a fish in his talons.  Secondly, there was a small airplane doing some acrobatic flying maneuvers over the lake.  It was some impressive flying and everyone was amazed that the pilot didn’t crash into the water.

We saw two amazing aerial performances that afternoon.  First, a hawk was circling the water for a while and kept getting lower and lower.  The hawk suddenly dove right under the water and a few seconds later he emerged, albeit without a fish in his talons.  Secondly, there was a small airplane doing some acrobatic flying maneuvers over the lake.  It was some impressive flying and everyone was amazed that the pilot didn’t crash into the water.

On Wednesday we woke up to an amazing bacon and egg breakfast and after we were done eating we packed up camp and headed back into Maple Ridge.  After a quick rest, we headed out to Rolley Lake Provincial Park to hike around the lake and to check out the waterfall.

That evening we were able to enjoy an amazing meal at Red Robin.  It was Lisa and Jeff’s first time trying out Red Robin since they do not have any locations east of Alberta.

Thursday morning was the end of our visit as Jeff and Lisa hit the road to go home.  We had a great visit and the munchkins, especially Kaya, really enjoyed connecting with that side of the family more.  It is amazing how many times over those few days that the kids said Lisa reminds them of their Grandma.

Anyways…Cheers, until we meet again!