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David and Stephen's Wedding
Who doesn't like being invited to a
wedding! Stephen and David were kind enough to include us in
their special day. They rented Heritage Hall on Main Street
and setup the space for a service followed by a dinner.
Helen and I married about 9 year ago and there are a lot of things
we didn't think of at our wedding. Stephen and David had an
activity table for kids (and the young at heart) to entertain
themselves if the traditional sit and chat wasn't going to do it.
Having kids does change your social
calendar - now you need to fit in swimming classes and Chinese
classes and vacations often involving taking your kids to see
relatives. I must admit I've been remiss in planning trips
with friends so it was nice to see so many friends together under
Time for updated family portraits!
We were all dressed up fancy and David Schaub kindly took our
Bike and Beach with Dad
Claira started biking a few weeks
ago. Trying to find a good place for a 4 year old to bike is
a bit of a trick - flat and wide, but not grass. No too much
traffic and some interest for kids. We parked at Lorcano
beach and then biked back toward the city along the sea wall.
Our goal was the playground at Hastings Mill
Park. I bike by sometimes and I noticed they recently
renovated the playground with new climbing structures.
We played on the structures and had a
small picnic lunch. Having lunch next to playground is hard
for kids because you want them to wash their hands before eating,
but they want to play as soon as possible. Every bite might
be their last if the slide looks too attractive.
After playground time, we got back on our bikes and rode back to
Lorcano. The tide was out enough to expose the huge sand
beach so the kids went down for a walk in the warm sand.
We were home in time to pick up Mom from work .
Nara Graduates Chinese School Kindergarten
The kids go to Chinese classes on Saturdays. The classes
are set up like a regular school - two years of Kindergarten, 7
years of elementary and 5 years of highschool. At the end of
"Grade 12", you should have decent reading and writing
skills. After completing your two years of Kindergarten, you
get a mini-graduation ceremony complete with gown and cap!
Nara had a great time and I think here sister was proud of her!
Happy Birthday Claira!
We asked the kids what they wanted for
their birthdays and both kids said they wanted to go to Adventure
Zone at Granville Island. It's the kind of place you best
book months in advance or you might have to compromise on your
dates so we booked and started invites.
The party is pretty simple - the kids climb for about 45 minutes,
eat and then go to the arcade for the last half an hour. The
climbing area has a multi-story slide, ball pits and lots of
places to climb. The kids seem to like taking the balls from
the bottom and hauling them all they way to the top where they
store them. Near the end, they push all the balls down and
slide with them.
Lunch is usually pizza from the local pizza place + veggies and
dip and fruit. We let the kids pick a treat at their lunch -
Nara picked cheesies (her favorite) and Claira picked
marshmallows. Helen did a great job decorating the cake.
After lunch, it's arcade time. The machines are a mix of old
and new - digital and mechanical.
Doors Open Vancouver
After a morning of birthday party, Claira
was pretty wiped. Nara and I went on a little adventure to
doors Open Vancouver. It's a city organized event where they
give little tours of buildings that don't always give tours.
It's free and fun so Nara and I went for a bus ride to check it
Our first visit was the Marine building on Hastings Street.
This building has an Art Deco design and the city provided a guide
who talked about the features.
Apparently only the bottom two floors are
fancy. The elevators look spectacular. Once you get higher in
the building, apparently it's just regular office buildings.
I didn't know at the time, but this appears to be the last year that
Doors Open Vancouver ran.
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Tags: Vancouver(6), beach(3), stick(3), Doors Open Vancouver(3), academic dress(3), wedding(2)
People: Nara(8), Claira(7), Helen(4), Eric(3), John(3), Haley(2)
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