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Susanna

Susanna and I met in 1998 when we were next door neighbours at the University of Alberta.  There was a full moon in the city and the night was young.  We were hungry for love, we were hungry for fun.  As we got to know each other, we gazed up at the sky and found that Orion’s arms were wide enough to hold us both together. It has been nearly 20 years and she still sings those cheesy 80’s tunes.

Susanna is my rock.  She keeps our family running smoothly. She supported me when I went back to University and she encourages me to chase my dreams.  When I was struggling after the death of my brother, she was the light at the end of the tunnel.  There is nobody else who understands me the way that she does.  I don’t think that it is possible, but I try to be as perfect a partner to her as she is to me.

I love you Sue!

Kaya

Kaya Dawn, my little princess, is growing up way too fast. She just finished Grade 5 and is looking forward to starting High School in a few short years. She is intelligent, funny, and sweet…but don’t let that fool you, she is also a Brazilin Jiu Jitsu student at Athlete’s Arena in Maple Ridge.

Kaya has a very creative way of thinking and telling stories. Over the past few years, I have offered guidance with her class speeches but this year I decided to let her spread her wings and fly on her own…she totally nailed it! Her speech about the Salmon life cycle was excellent. I am very proud of the young woman that she is becoming but she will always be my baby girl.

I am very proud of the young woman that Kaya is becoming but she will always be my baby girl.

Kristopher

Kristopher Raven, affectionately known as ‘Nugget’, is a very special little dude.  He fills my life with a cheeky humour that truly honours his trickster name.  His evil grin betrays a personality that brings both total sweetness and complete chaos at the same time.  I love him with all my heart.

He just completed Kindergarten and is looking forward to his next year of school.  He loves ‘smashing waves’ on the Sea-Doo’s, playing Mine Craft on his XBox, having sleepovers with his little buddies, and having battles.

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.