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Thanksgiving in Victoria
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cross Country Practice
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
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.
Cross Country City Meet
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.
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 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
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%.
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.
Biking Spanish Banks
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.
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.
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
Tags: running(6), cross country(5), Halloween(4), pumpkin(4), bridge(3), Mount Douglas(3)
People: Claira(14), Nara(13), Abby(2), Haley(2), Janet(2), Jesse(1)
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