201 Dalmatians!

Dylan, Emmy, Jorja, Stella

Taking Her Bow Dogs Tracking Down the Puppies 201 Dalmatians Choir

Dylan has been working hard all year with her grade 4 and 5 classmates as part of the cast of her school play “201 Dalmatians”.  After being in the choir during last year’s play she decided to try out for a part this year along with some friends.  She got the part of Lucky the Puppy and ever since then it’s been nothing but Hound Dogs and dancing throughout the house! Today was the grand premiere and I must say I’m impressed (of course what parent wouldn’t be!) Nardine will get a chance to see her during her encore performance this Thursday night but until then the videos will have to do.

Family day, Fish and Lego

No school today, it’s Family Day in BC. We had planned to do some serious geocaching but wimped out due to the wet weather. I realize for those reading this post elsewhere you might be thinking its always wet on the west coast so what’s the difference? Today it’s bone chilling wet, not just rainy wet, trust me its yucky. Oh and we did get some snow, it stayed in the ground for 1 hour :) I know I’m being cheeky and yes in two years time we will be living back in the deep freeze. But for now, HA!

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So we drove out to Sydney instead and spent some time at our favorite indoor place, the Shaw Discovery Center. The Lego move opens this weekend and the media wheel has spun out some Lego events, we think the aquarium incorporated the best ones.

RockfishBrittle Star

Sea Anemone

Dory Happy Yellow Fish

Grunt Sculpin, my favorite


Off Road

There were more hands on Lego events at the Mary Winspear Center. Some Lego Builders were also present creating larger pieces. The kids were very interested in all the Lego Movie paraphernalia, but surprisingly no one asked to see the movie. If you do please let us know how it was.

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All which made us very hungry, so we treated ourselves to our favorite lunch spot next to the marina.

Yummy Lunch with a view

Geocaching Mt.Doug

I thought we would accomplish five, but we only had time for three before nightfall. Dad joined the kids and I in our hunt and tested out his new GPS. Something he uses more frequently on the boat rather than land. It took about 20 minutes for him to convert the setting from nautical miles to meters. We really wished Cory was with us, he’d have it switched over and tracking satellites in 20 seconds. But once he did it was boys against girls and the race was on! Unless an interesting tree caught Dad’s eye, then it was Forestry 101. Jack is so keen to learn more about nature, meanwhile Dylan is doing twirls and cartwheels on the path ahead.

The search is on!      Found it!   Checking out the contents

Jack decided to bring some of his “not really my most favorite Lego” to trade. Days or weeks from now when those caches are discovered a young boy is going to think he struck gold.

Took Ball, Left Lego

Mt. Doug was a fun location to explore with its multitude of pathways. More than once we found ourselves backtracking in hopes of heading in the right direction. Lots of diverse trees and bugs (such as Jacks snail) to enjoy.

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Three months later….

It’s been quite a while since my last post, we got a little bit busy. Camping, biking, swimming and a wonderful visit from our cousins has happily kept us on the move. Summer holidays are now halfway and I think its time for an update. As most of you know Cory was recently deployed and will be joining us again next year. Please don’t be alarmed by his absence from any future posts. We really like him and look forward to having him around again ; )

Parks and Rec

Victoria has so many beautiful parks and trails to visit. Below are some photos from Becon Hill Park and the Sooke portion of the Galloping Goose Bike Trail.

Jack's new bike   Canada Day Bike Ride  Post ride treat

Becon Hill also has a petting zoo which recently celebrated the arrival of “Prince” a miniature donkey.

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Three little Piggies   Goats and Jack   They like to nibble on his backpack

Dylan and goat   As proud as a......

Sundial   One little monkey   Second little monkey


We were so happy to have Jason, Tracy and my three wonderful nephews come to the island for a visit. The kids had a fantastic time together swimming and riding. We took them out to Sooke Potholes for a swim via the Goose Trail, spent time on the beach and at my parents pool. Cory treated us all to a visit on HMCS Winnipeg, where once again I am amazed at how the members of the Canadian Forces  live in such small quarters for months on end.  All these photos are courtesy of my clever sister in law Tracy.

Jason and Simon at the Potholes   Sooke Potholes  Jumpin In!

Cory and Jack  Tracy, Liam and Dom

Ship Tour  HMCS Winnipeg  DSC_0520   These is where Cory sleeps

Nice children  Ratty children  Dylan and Dom

Jack and Liam  Sun kissed kids   Simon the cutie

Beach runners   Again, cutie Simon

Lake Cowichan Camping

After our fab family departed we took off to the beautiful Cowichan Valley for some camping and riding. They have a wonderful trail system which took us to Stoltze Falls for lunch. We drove there via Port Renfrew, a common place for hikers to start their West Coast Trail experience. On the way we saw a bear cub on the side of the road, this photo below makes up for my horrible photo I took last year in Tofino.

Dylan’s friend Ireland and her Dad Brad joined us for hot dogs and s’mores one night. We were very lucky to be invited to there place the next day and they have a boat! This was the first time our kids had ever been tubing, they loved it.


DSC_1300  Bear cub as seen from car  Beautiful Port Renfrew

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Campsite hammock  DSC_1339  Our 16km bike ride

Train Trestle  Beautiful bike ride   Fish ladder at Stoltze Falls

We rode back on the Trans Canada Trail (very bumpy)  Dylan and Ireland   This is how we do s'mores

DSC_1405  Dylan and Ireland  Beautiful Lake Cowichan

Ireland the pro   Dylan the newbie  Flying

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This is for my father in law, you should make one Bill  Our campground, Gordon Bay Provincial Park

It was a great location, neither Cory or I had ever been to the Cowichan Valley we look forward to going back next year!




Jack is 6

As Jack requested we had a low key birthday party to celebrate him turning 6. He was concerned that Cory would feel bad for missing out. Apparently when Daddy’s home we are going to do it all over again but this time in Vancouver. There’s  a Lego store in Vancouver, I don’t think this future birthday trip is a coincidence :)

Bowling and a BBQ was the order of the day. I was trying my best, keep this in mind when you look at the score board, .

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Dylan has just completed a week of preforming in the school musical. She was in the chorus and did a great job. The production was called Bibbity Bobbity Boo and it was excellent.

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Since the weather is so wonderful we spent an afternoon at the beach. Jack got busy constructing a see-saw, it worked but he wanted bigger. So he then built a bigger one. Unfortunately Dylan got distracted with my photo taking and Jack fell off (see last image). Reminds me of the Wicked Witch of the East and the house that fell on her. Ummm I mean I jumped right up and helped Jack :)

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First little See-Saw
First little See-Saw

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The wood for the second larger See-Saw
The wood for the second larger See-Saw
Its going well
Its going well
Still going well
Still going well
Dylan tried to get creative
Dylan tried to get creative
Opps, crash landing
Opps, crash landing

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I still can’t format the website, Cory will be home some to attend to a long list of minor problems. He’s such a lucky guy.





Spring Break

Spring Break was fantastic, we could not have wished for better weather or a more excellent visit with my sister in law Amanda and her family.  We started off at the beautiful ski resort Sun Peaks in a great ski in/ski out chalet (hot tube included).  The kids ski the same speed we do which makes for a much more enjoyable trip and can now last the whole day.

Enroute to Edmonton the roads were clear and the sun was shinning. As always our drive through Jasper National Park was stunning and we spotted many  animals.

Amanda and her husband recently moved into a brand new house. They have done a beautiful job and the house is amazing, the kids loved all the extra room to run around. Edmonton had plenty of snow to Jack and Dylan’s delight. We had a wonderful action packed visit, experiencing Star Wars Identities, the Play Land at West Edmonton Mall (Dylan and Cory went on the Drop of Doom three times) and shopping. It was so nice to spend time with them. We look forward to more road trips now that we are on the west coast!