Tuesday, September 09, 2014


It was a first for Fynn last week.  He started his piano lessons with Miss Jen (Sophie's teacher).  I want Fynn to have the fundamentals of music.  Hopefully enough that he can read some basic music, identify notes, that sort of thing.  He's had two-15 minute lessons so far.  Seems to be cooperating.

I realize I have been blog negligent lately.  I've been quite distracted with the kids not starting school September 2 due to the teacher's strike in BC.  It's a mess and is very frustrating.

Hoping to see some resolution soon.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Grist Mill

We spent the weekend at my mom and dad's home in Oliver.  On Sunday we did a little drive with Sophie over to Keremeos and visited the Grist Mill.  It's a little historical gem. 

Here are some pics.  I especially liked the cutting garden.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Sophie was registered for tennis lessons this summer, but unfortunately they were cancelled at the last minute.  Not wanting to miss an opportunity to have her play, I contacted the mom of one of her school mates - the mom is the President of the local tennis club.  So, we arranged a tennis date for the girls.  I took Fynn along too and he was provided with a small kids' racket.  The kids had a ball (I had fun too) hitting balls back and forth.

Now the kids are after me for a family tennis membership at the local club :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hockey school

Fynn began hockey school this week (after finishing up soccer camp last week - the kid has quite the life)!

The first day was a bit rough - getting used to the equipment, skates, things that rub.  Once he got on the ice and had some tumbles there were a few tears, and a "I don't want to do this."  It took some encouragement but he went back out.  He has a great female coach who really encouraged him.

Vic took him today (day 2) and it was much smoother.  Fynn is finding his groove. He is a tenacious kid.  And I can't stress that enough.

Monday, August 04, 2014

No place like home...

We got back from our summer vacation today.  We travelled down to Vancouver and visited Vic's mom, spending 2 nights in the greater Vancouver area where we went to a Whitecaps game (they tied!) and I got a new pair of jeans!  My first pair in years it seems.

After Vancouver we headed over to the Island where we stayed in Comox and had a nice 3 nights there.  We did an excellent eco-tour where we saw dolphins, sea lions, a couple of bald eagles and a jelly fish.  We walked, ate ice cream and generally had a great time. We did one night in Victoria where we took in the Vikings exhibit at the Royal BC Museum.  Very educational exhibit, but a fair bit was over the kids' heads.  Fortunately the IMax film was also there so they got their viking education through the movie.

We did our final leg of the trip heading into Oliver and visited with family.

All a great holiday but really nice to be at home again.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

first lost tooth

Fynn's big news today was that he finally lost his first baby tooth.  He was one of the last of his friends to lose his first teeth. We were eating hot dogs at home for lunch today and he announced his tooth fell out during one of his last bites.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

sophie - 10

It's hard to believe that she is almost 10 and a half.  I feel like she is really growing up this summer.  I don't want to say too quickly, because to be honest, I really like this mini adult who hangs out around our house.  She is responsible, has her own ideas, picks her own books and knows her music.  I am hardly impartial, but I also think she is gorgeous.