Christmas on the Beach

Ahhh! So much has been happening, and there has been so little time/discipline to update my blog. Someone smack me over the head?

Looks like the last little update was to show pictures from our two week vacation out to Maine at the end of October. Since then, Marin and I took a trip up to Canada with my dad, visiting family and friends. Then recouped a week or two before Seth’s brother came to visit for two weeks from San Diego, C.A. during which time my older sister Layne also came down for a visit from Sooke, B.C..

December seemed to just be crazy in the way that every December gets for people, but we managed to keep the actual holiday time low key and pleasantly quiet.

Two days before Christmas, our little family (plus Andrew’s dog Lorax) headed out to the beach house in Manzanita. The weather turned sunshiny blue for us, making for wonderful beach walks! The very first afternoon Marin insisted on continually going out to the waves. They would recede out and look like they weren’t coming back in, so she would toddle out there with me in tow, then the waves would build up and come rushing back up the beach, sending a look of concern across Rinny’s face as she ran pell-mell back towards her daddy before I would scoop her up, thus rescuing her from getting wet. Unfortunately, one exceptionally large wave snuck up over the tops of my boots, drenching my feet. That was Monday. Today is Thursday and despite them sitting in front of the heater they are still damp. Grrrr. Lesson learned.

We have a slight fascination with bones right now. At least, I do. I’ve been carving pendants and pieces for earrings out of elk and dear jaw bones. Down on the beach we kept finding (and collecting) seagull bones. Some of them were nicely cleaned from soft tissue, but other times I had to work a little to get the prime vertebrae off the rest of the bird. Lorax of course thought they smelled wonderful and we were a little late in pulling him off one once, so now he smells faintly of dead seagull. Eeeew!

How was everybody’s Christmas? Did you get out and have some forced family fun? We saw a lot of that happening on Christmas Day. Families out kicking a ball around, looking like they all would much rather be sitting in front of a screen somewhere drinking hot chocolate or apple cider.

I was given a wonderful gift this year. Busy people out there who cook for your families every night, you will understand. I was given the day off from cooking and cleaning! And guess what! There was an absolutely delicious meal made that not only looked grand, but was so good that I hardly left any room for dessert, and ate some of the left-overs for breakfast this morning too!

Alright, we had a good time. Tell me about yours!

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Marin’s #1 B-Day

One year ago Marin was jus t a wee little thing! Now she is starting to walk by herself, has 7 pearly white teath, and loves playing peek-a-boo. She has developed a wonderfully calm but fun-loving personality, becoming quite an adorable little twirp!

For her first birthday (even though she will not remember it or see any difference from any other day) we tried out a new for us restaurant up on Belmont. The walk was nice, being the perfect temperature. The food was tasty and there were plastic dinosaurs for her to play with.

Our little birthday girl chillin' at the table
Our little birthday girl chillin’ at the table

Oaks Bottom

A little down south and up river, is a patch of wilderness in the city. A marsh fills the middle, with all varieties of birds congregating along the edges among the rushes. A paved bike trail skirts along the river side while a gravel and dirt path meanders through the narrow band of forest between marsh and residential yards.

Here’s some pictures we took while walking through the park.

Seth and Marin balancing for a photo
Seth and Marin balancing for a photo
Scratching my head subconciously while concentrating hard on balance
Scratching my head subconsciously while concentrating hard on balance
Marin working on her trapeze skills at an early age
Marin working on her trapeze skills at an early age

At the south end of the park is a ball field with picnic tables and such. It was a good place to let the dog run around, and obviously it turned out to be a good place for Seth to catch a nap.

Chewing on cool metal to sooth the gums while Seth dozes in the sunshine
Chewing on cool metal to sooth the gums while Seth dozes in the sunshine
Making sure the little girl has a good view from her lofty seat
Making sure the little girl has a good view from her lofty seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Of Day Parade

A good long nap for Marin set the stage for the evening adventures!

Getting ready for summer hikes (I don’t know when we will get out), I loaded Marin up in the big baby backpack and headed across the river with the dog to meet up with Seth after his work shift. Let me tell you, that pack is NOT my idea of comfortable! It fits Seth perfectly and he loves it, but I have found that all the packs I have tried from that particular company have never fit me well enough to make my experience anything other than a complaining adventure.

The legs were feeling the load when we got across the river, and we still had plenty of time before meeting Seth, so I called a halt at one of the big water fountains and let Marin play in the water, splashing herself drenchened and loving every moment of it! But it couldn’t last too long as her bottom lip started to vibrate with a chill, so warming up on the sun-warmed stones was in order for a quick recovery.

Mama got the granola bar and baby got the wrapper
Mama got the granola bar and baby got the wrapper

Then after a break on a green strip to let Marin stretch her legs again and where I could get off my feet, we continued on our way to meet Seth, having to divert around the perimeter of that night’s parade. The streets were crowded and blocked off to vehicles.

When we eventually did find Seth and a bite to eat, we conveniently found a nice little alcove along the sidewalk where we were all able to crowd together along with the bike.

Changing station where Marin could play with the bike pedal at the same time
Changing station where Marin could play with the bike pedal at the same time

The first thing to go past was a foot race. Ten minutes of runners. Some dressed up in goofy outfits… the best was the lady with a doll upside-down strapped to her front so it looked like she was in labour while running!

Then of course came all the marching bands… and more marching bands…. and more. Eventually we called it quits on the bands, but not before we got a quick photo of one….

The last band we stayed and paid any attention to
The last band we stayed and paid any attention to

THAT my dear friends, was our night. Okay, well there was the whole walk home with a baby, a dog and a bicycle, but that doesn’t seem like something you want to hear about!

Fairy Gardens For Toveli

My little sister loves making little fairies with houses and gardens wherever the family travels. The latest fairy colony has been in Mexico, but there there was another one of decent size in the USA as well.

My beautiful princess sister is queen of fairies and a mermaid in the ocean. She has an amazing imagination and can come up with pretty dress designs and costumes for her little fairy friends.

For the houses she had help from some of her other sisters and younger brothers. All together they did a fine job.

While on a walk with Seth and my little one, we found two fairy compounds in someone’s yard and of course I had to take pictures of them to share with my little sis.

Here they are:

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Swings!

Having fun swinging in the breeze while watching all the other little kids
Having fun swinging in the breeze while watching all the other little kids

Piccolo Park is an easy walk from the house and attracts all the youngsters in the neighbourhood on sunny days. I thought Marin might enjoy watching them, so we sauntered down with the dog and found an empty bucket swing to put the little girl in. She sang and chattered, as happy as could be, watching mesmerized as older children ran around and climbed all over the playground.

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