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Pancake Night

Claira On Pancake DayNara Showing How To Eat Pancakes
Who doesn't love pancake night?  The kids love it, probably because of the maple syrup.  Claira hasn't yet mastered the knife and fork so after a meal of blueberry pancakes with syrup usually needs a head to toe cleaning.

Riding in the Lower Seymour Conservation Area

Nara and I often go riding around the sea wall close to our house.  My bike happened to be in the shop (worn out brakes) so I needed to go somewhere where Nara couldn't go that fast and the crowds weren't that bad.  How about the Lower Seymour Conservation Area?  My original thought was to do the paved road but the gravel road seemed like a better idea because it kept the speed down.

Nara On Her Mountain BikeNara Riding Down HillNara At Twin Bridges

Nara liked the ride down to the twin bridges.  The walk back up wasn't so good.  I forgot our jackets so Nara complained about the cold.  After some walking she wanted a pick up.  Some of the mountain bikers were smiling when they saw me with Nara on my shoulders carrying her bike up the hill.  I was going to stop for ice cream on the way home but Nara fell asleep in her car seat so I just drove home.  Next time.

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Sandhill Crane Front Sandhill Crane Lens Curve
I really enjoy the Reifel Bird Sanctuary - it's full of birds but it's really family friendly.  Unlike other bird locations they encourage feeding the ducks so the kids have a good time.  Their are long walks that funny ducks that follow you around.  While there seems to be an endless supply of Mallards, there are also rarer birds to see.
Nara Carrying My Tripod
 
 
Hooded Merganser Pair On Log
This place is primarily for ducks.  There are huge shallow ponds for ducks to filter feed, never mind the endless supply of bird food thrown at the animals.  I sometimes think of the circle of life - birds fed so much seed fill the ponds with poop which causes an explosion of life that other things can eat.

Northern Pintail With AWet HeadNorthern Shoveler

Chickadee On Thin Branch
The chickadee's at Reifel are some of the most tame you can find - if you stick your hand out they will come to investigate.  They don't have much patience - a few seconds later they are on with their life, but you do get a nice visit if you have something they can eat.
 


As we were walking to the car we found some seed spread on a fence and dozen or so Red Winged Black birds eating.  Usually these birds are a bit more reserved - the won't get that close to humans but I was surprised to see this flock was quite tame - getting close didn't seem to bother them.
 
Red Wing Black Bird On Fence RailRed Winged Black Bird Eating Seeds
 
Speaking of birds that don't like people close by - The resident black capped Night Heron's are always a little reclusive but have become a fixture near the entrance.  I've only seen these birds sleeping near the entrance - never active.
  Black-crowned Night Heron

Happy Birthday to Me!

Claira Eating Cake
My wife kindly organized Birthday lunch for me at Maurya.  Thanks to everyone who attended!  This is the first event in a long time to have some many kids present - it was fun to see them all together. 
Blowing Out Candles
 
Xander And LorneXander On Erics ShouldersNoelle BacklitKids At Party

Haircuts

For some reason, I really like taking photos of my kids getting hair cuts.  It's a rare situation where they get a chocolate snack (pocky) and with the wet hair, it's fun.

 Claira With Wet HairClaira With Trimmed BangsNara With Her Hair Wrapped In ATowelNara Eating Pocky Watching In The Mirror

Swimming

Nara Swimming On Her Back
Both kids are in swimming on Monday nights.  We just recently got them booked into the same time slot so it only takes one trip to the pool.  Nara is in a group class (4 kids, one teacher) but Claira is still in a Parent and Tot class (6 kids, 6 parents and 1 teacher).  Claira really likes the water.


Claira Rolling Of The BoatClaira Standing On Dads LegClaira Sliding Into The Pool
 


Claira Sliding Into The Pool
Person: Claira
Tags: swimming
Xander And Lorne
Person: Loren, Xander
Noelle Backlit
Person: Noelle
Sandhill Crane Front
Species: Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Red Wing Black Bird On Fence Rail
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)
Nara Riding Down Hill
Person: Nara
Tags: biking, riding
Northern Shoveler
Species: Anas clypeata (Northern Shoveler)
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Blowing Out Candles
Person: Claira, John, Nara
Claira On Pancake Day
Person: Claira
Nara On Her Mountain Bike
Person: Nara
Altitude: 181m (593 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Chickadee On Thin Branch
Species: Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Eating Pocky Watching In The Mirror
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
Northern Pintail With AWet Head
Species: Anas acuta (Northern Pintail)
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara With Her Hair Wrapped In ATowel
Person: Nara
Tags: haircut
Claira With Wet Hair
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Nara At Twin Bridges
Person: Nara
Altitude: 101m (331 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking, sign
Claira Rolling Of The Boat
Person: Claira
Tags: swimming
Black-crowned Night Heron
Species: Nycticorax nycticorax (Black-crowned Night Heron)
Kids At Party
Person: Abby, Claira, Loren, Nara, Noelle, Xander
Red Winged Black Bird Eating Seeds
Species: Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)
Nara Carrying My Tripod
Person: Nara
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: camera gear, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Nara Showing How To Eat Pancakes
Person: Nara
Nara Swimming On Her Back
Person: Nara
Tags: swimming
Claira Eating Cake
Person: Claira
Claira With Trimmed Bangs
Person: Claira
Tags: haircut
Sandhill Crane Lens Curve
Species: Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Hooded Merganser Pair On Log
Species: Lophodytes cucullatus (Hooded Merganser)
Xander On Erics Shoulders
Person: Eric, Xander
Claira Standing On Dads Leg
Person: Claira, John
Tags: swimming
Tags: swimming(4), haircut(4), biking(3), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(1), camera gear(1), sign(1)
People: Nara(10), Claira(9), Xander(3), John(2), Noelle(2), Loren(2)
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