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Christmas at Grandma's House

Marcus And Nara With Grandma Reading BookJames Walking With Grandpa
For many years my mother has had a pre-Christmas party where all of the family crashes her house and she works like a crazy woman to keep everyone happy. This year was larger than previous because of yet another grandchild added to the collection - James's first Christmas.

Butchart Gardens

  Marcus Getting His Skates On
If you arrive early enough on Friday, you get to go to Butchart gardens for some skating and a trip on the Carousel.  Skating starts at the top of each hour - 45 minutes of ice time and then the ice is cleared and flooded for the next batch of skaters.  Marcus and Dad have been practicing skating for a while so he looked pretty good out there on skates.  Caitlin, Kayla and Justin are old hands at this.  The Jeffries family were sadly MIA this year.
 


Marcus And Jeff Skating Kayla And Caitlin SkatingJustin Out Skating

 
After skating, we take the shortest path available to get to the Carousel.  The gardens are well lit with a 12 days of Christmas theme but young kids don't have much patience for walking about.  The Carousel is an additional charge for each ride.

Marcus And Diana On CarouselJustin Riding At Cat
The lighting around the Carousel is actually a bit of a challenge.  The carousel has a lid which leads to lots of shadows across peoples faces.  The light isn't particularly strong, the Carousel is moving - I wish I had brought my tripod.

James And Grandpa At Carousel

Nara And Helen On Carousel
While a modern reproduction, the carousel is quite a beautiful piece of work.  Combined with smiling faces, it's a nice place to take some photos.

Nara Riding High

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

Nara Waving At Lights

Every year the firefighters in the lower mainland put on a light show in Stanley Park.  This is my first time going and I was impressed by the crowds.  The classical Christmas scenes (Santa, snowmen, Nutcrackers, candy canes) were setup and lit with strings of lights.  More modern Christmas scenes (Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse) were also well done, but I really wanted to use the lights as background for portraits rather than as the main image.


Nara And Grandma Looking At LightsNara Holding Grandmas HandNara Looking At Details

Christmas with the Williams

Nara Tearing Open PackageJames Sucking On Ring

My sister and Brother in Law decided to stay home for Christmas.  Before we headed to the island we came by to exchange gifts and let the kids see each other.   It's funny to me how often the kids wind up playing with the other kid's toys.

Marcus Playing With Naras New ToyNara Playing In Kitchen


Goldstream Park

Nara And Mom Walking Nara Waiting For Us
A weekend at Grandma's presents a lot of choices for entertainment.  Shopping is always a strong attraction, but we decided to go see dead fish instead.   Goldstream park is short drive from Vancouver and has a strong Salmon run around Christmas time.  The trails are wide, the parking is free and there is even a nature house to warm up in if you get cold.  What is not to like?


Having had a child, almost every photo I've taken in the last year a half has been of my kid or that of a relative.  I finally have a picture of something else - an American Dipper!  It's a local bird that lives close to streams but isn't a duck.  It's long been on my list of "look out for" but this is the first time I have seen one (and recognized what it was) while out on a walk.
 
Nara Sitting In Moss And LeavesAmerican DipperHelen And Nara Watching River
 

Christmas in Comox

Nara Smiling At Christmas Tree

My aunt generously hosts a boxing day dinner.  We drove up to see the family and enjoy another festival meal.



Justin Riding At Cat
Person: Justin
Tags: Butchart Gardens, carousel
Nara Waiting For Us
Person: Nara
Nara Smiling At Christmas Tree
Person: Helen, Nara
Tags: lights
Nara Sitting In Moss And Leaves
Person: Nara
Nara Playing In Kitchen
Person: Nara
Nara Riding High
Person: Nara
Tags: Butchart Gardens, carousel
Nara Holding Grandmas Hand
Tags: Bright Nights, lights
Nara Looking At Details
Person: Nara
Tags: bokeh, Bright Nights, lights
American Dipper
Species: Cinclus mexicanus (American Dipper)
Tags: bird
Nara Waving At Lights
Person: Nara
Tags: bokeh, Bright Nights, lights
James And Grandpa At Carousel
Person: James
Justin Out Skating
Person: Justin
Marcus Playing With Naras New Toy
Person: Marcus
Nara Tearing Open Package
Person: Nara
Nara And Helen On Carousel
Person: Nara, Helen
Tags: Butchart Gardens, carousel
James Sucking On Ring
Person: James
James Walking With Grandpa
Person: James
Marcus And Diana On Carousel
Person: Marcus, Diana
Tags: Butchart Gardens, carousel
Marcus And Jeff Skating
Person: Marcus, Jeff
Tags: skating
Marcus And Nara With Grandma Reading Book
Person: Marcus, Nara
Helen And Nara Watching River
Person: Nara
Kayla And Caitlin Skating
Person: Caitlin, Kayla
Nara And Grandma Looking At Lights
Person: Nara, Janet
Tags: bokeh, Bright Nights, lights
Nara And Mom Walking
Person: Nara, Helen
Marcus Getting His Skates On
Person: Marcus
Tags: lights(5), Butchart Gardens(4), carousel(4), Bright Nights(4), bokeh(3), bird(1)
People: Nara(13), Marcus(5), Helen(3), James(3), Justin(2), Kayla(1)
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