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Thanksgiving in Victoria

Grandma And Her Grandkids
We went to Victoria for Thanksgiving.  We knew before we went over that it wasn't going to be a sunny weekend.  The kids do like crafts and playing with new to them toys, but there is only so long you can stay indoors before they kids go stir crazy.  Swan lake is a favorite - animals and outside on the lake.


Claira Chasing DadNara With UmbrellaClaira In The Rain

I'm also a fan of Mount Douglas.  Claira wanted to stay home so Nara and I went for a walk around the top.  It was raining and foggy, but there were plenty of other people walking to the top and back.

Trees In Fog

Nara Standing In FogMossy Rock
Thanksgiving Table DecorationNara Does Not Like Brussel Sprouts
My mom puts on a very nice Thanksgiving dinner, even if Nara doesn't like the smell of Brussels Sprouts.  The kids gathered the material for the table center piece.

Thanksgiving Table Set

New place I haven't brought the kids to before - Cattle Point.  You never really know what kids will find when the go to a new place.  At Cattle Point, my kids learned it's funny to run around on terrifyingly slippery rock.
 
Kids Walking On Rocks

Claira Pulling Nara On Bull Kelp
Claira found a bullhead kelp that had washed up on shore.   Nara figured out she could stand on the super slippery blades and Claira could pull her along.  This worked until the blades tore off.

Walking On Rocks At Cattle Point

Cross Country Practice

Claira Warm Up
This year the kids decided they wanted to do cross country.  Nara did cross country two years ago but didn't last year because she had broken her arm and the doctor said further fall downs could complicate the healing.  Claira tried kilometer club in the winter and decided cross country would be fun. 
Claira Launch
 
Nara Warm Up
Cross Country basically means getting up early and getting to school about an hour before the doors open. The kids practice for about 45 minutes (mostly running laps, but also practicing chasing and launches) and then get ready for a day at school.  Some days Helen is kind enough to drive us, other days we walk and leave early.

Nara Launch

Cross Country City Meet

Claira Swinging At PlaygroundNara Swinging At Playground
My kids like cross country running.  There are four meets in the fall and the kids made it to two of them (the other two they had scheduling conflicts with).  The race at Trout Lake is city wide and huge.  Most races (separated by grade and gender) have more than 200 kids running.

Chris Giving Cheer

Find Claira Challenge
When the kids start running you can feel the ground shake.  It's a wide line that starts and the have a corner to turn when they get to the end of the lake so the group of kids will start to form a column.



Claira Finishing RaceClaira Got Place Ribbon

Claira is in grade one which runs with the kindergarten kids.  This is the smallest race cohort - just over 120 kids running in each race.  Claira placed in the top 25 which is a fantastic result.


Nara Finishing Race
Nara's race had 200 plus girls in it.  It's a hard race - she is up against kids that like running from all over the city.  When you finish the race above 25 they tell you your finish number and Nara placed in the top 30%.  Nice run!

Nara Starting Race
 

VanDusen Glow

I think this is a new event for VanDusen.  They setup Haloween lights and carved pumpkins and you walk around a small part of the garden.  Being Vancouver, there are long lineups and lots of strollers.

 
Hanging Out With WitchSmiling Pumpkin Bridge
Lit Pumpkins On WallMalm Family Walking

Biking Spanish Banks

Claira With Fall ColoursNara Single Track Riding
In the summer, most days are nice.  If it is a rare rainy day, you have lots of rainy day activities you need to catch up.  In the fall it's more likely to be rainy so you have to make the best of a nice day.  The rain stopped so we got the bikes out and started a ride along the Spanish Banks.

Girls Planning Their Route

In had been raining and we knew a storm was coming so we had a plan to get a pickup when the weather got bad.

Claira With Reflected BikeNara With Reflected BikeSpeckled Light At The Beach
 
Nara Jumping Out Of Tree
 
 


Freighters Before Storm

Halloween Night!

The kids had gymnastics on Halloween night.  The gymnastics class was light on students.  We decided to go Trick Or Treating in the neighborhood around the gymnastics club.
 
  Claira Zoe And Nara Coming Down StairsPumpkin On StairsPumpkin Trick Or Treat Decoration

Walking To Next House




Kids Walking On Rocks
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Pumpkin Trick Or Treat Decoration
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Girls Planning Their Route
Chris Giving Cheer
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Nara With Reflected Bike
Nara Jumping Out Of Tree
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Lit Pumpkins On Wall
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Mossy Rock
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Nara Finishing Race
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Claira Finishing Race
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Nara Starting Race
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Malm Family Walking
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Claira With Fall Colours
Claira With Reflected Bike
Nara With Umbrella
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Nara Standing In Fog
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Claira Got Place Ribbon
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Thanksgiving Table Set
Hanging Out With Witch
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Claira Swinging At Playground
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Thanksgiving Table Decoration
Claira Chasing Dad
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Claira Warm Up
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Speckled Light At The Beach
Walking On Rocks At Cattle Point
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Trees In Fog
Altitude: 226m (741 feet)
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Grandma And Her Grandkids
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Pumpkin On Stairs
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Nara Warm Up
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Walking To Next House
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Nara Single Track Riding
Claira Launch
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Smiling Pumpkin Bridge
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Claira In The Rain
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Find Claira Challenge
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Claira Pulling Nara On Bull Kelp
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Nara Does Not Like Brussel Sprouts
Nara Swinging At Playground
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Freighters Before Storm
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Claira Zoe And Nara Coming Down Stairs
Nara Launch
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People: Claira(10), Nara(9), Abby(2), Haley(2), Janet(2), Jesse(1)

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