Cannot believe that we are already in September. Seems like the summer just flew by this year. It is hard to believe that soon enough, the weather is going to get chilly (it already has in Vancouver) and the days will get shorter…
I was just reflecting on this summer that just pass and I managed to come up with a fairly lengthy list of things that we did or accomplished this season. I wanted to joint it down here so that I can remember this.
Gardening – We finally set up our own garden in our backyard after 4 years of living in this house and we managed to grow quite a bit of vegetables for our first year of gardening. We had a lot of zucchini (I made a lot of chocolate zucchini bread!), plenty of lettuce, some radish, a few carrots, and we are expecting a lot of tomatoes (they are still green on the vines now). Pretty proud of what we were able to grow this year. Must definitely do this again next year. I am also hoping that our pumpkins will grow before the end of October for Halloween.
Golf – I finally got off my butt and got golf lessons. Been going to the driving range weekly (sometimes a couple of times per week) and I am definitely seeing some improvement! Now I need to actually play the game or maybe try some pitch and putt before I get more serious. But I have to admit I am definitely enjoying this new found sport and wish the summer could extend longer so that I can practice more. Looking forward to next year so that I can get even better.
Biking – My oldest son (big J) learned how to bike a 2-wheel bike this summer! Was so proud of him when I took him to the park and taught him how to ride a bike without training wheels. I have to say that I am a pretty proud momma to help him with this accomplishment that he mostly did on his own. What a determined kid. So proud of my boy.
Swimming – Big J also improved on his swimming quite a bit this summer. He enrolled in swimming classes when he did not have preschool and he has definitely gotten better. He passed his level and will be moving on once swimming classes start again later this month. He also enjoys it a lot and it is great to see him enjoy these sorts of activities that build up his confidence.
Fireworks – For the first time in a long time, I managed to go see the fireworks again for the Celebration of Lights in Vancouver. After having kids, it’s hard to go out and participate in these sorts of activities. Now that the kids are a bit older and that we can leave them behind for a few hours with a babysitter, the hubby and I are capable of doing date-like events again (movies, fireworks, golfing range, etc.). It was enjoyable watching the fireworks at Kits beach. Big J also had the chance to go watch the fireworks with his daddy who took him on one of the nights. He really enjoyed the experience and I can tell it was a memorable event for him.
Blueberry Picking – Last time we went it was quite a few years back before little J was born. For some reason it felt really warm this year and at the end we just bought some more blueberries rather than pick them as the price by the pound is the same. Anyhow, the kids (mostly big J) enjoyed picking blueberries but I enjoy eating them and baking with them. I usually enjoy baking my blueberry scones after a round of blueberry picking. It is also nice when my family enjoys my baking and asks for more scones! My recipe can be found here in this post.
Other highlights include going to the night market, church picnics, birthday parties, going to the beach, hanging out at the water parks, going to the PNE, and our last out of town trip to Victoria.
This has definitely been a memorable summer. Sad that it is almost over but looking forward to a new season of change. Goodbye summer.
I was out looking for some moss at the park yesterday for our dinosaur terrarium (that will be another post) and while looking at the mossy trees, I found a caterpillar. It turns out that what we found is a Woolly Bear Caterpillar and he will eventually turn into a Isabella Tiger moth.
The kids are pretty excited whenever we find bugs. We have attempted to keep a caterpillar before but unfortunately it died .
I have always wanted to keep caterpillars and watch them turn into a cocoon and eventually a butterfly. This time around we are in luck and our fuzzy caterpillar had already spun a silk cocoon around himself (only after a day of keeping him). Just this morning I watched the caterpillar crawl along the leaf and later in the day I thought he disappeared until I realized he had turned into a cocoon already. Nature is pretty amazing!
Well, it says on the Internet that it takes about a week to turn into a moth. My husband was disappointed that the caterpillar turns into a moth and not a butterfly but I am thrilled to just see this part of nature take place in front of my eyes and the fact that the kids get to witness it as well. What a teachable moment!
I will let you know how it all turns out. Hoping that we will see the complete metamorphosis of this bug’s life.
Speaking of change, last week was the kidlet’s first day of kindergarten. My little boy isn’t so little anymore. They grow up so fast!
I leave you with a picture of him on his first day excited about bringing his lunch to school. I had packed his lunch the night before and surprised him in the morning with his new lunchbox (that is a Goodbyn lunchbox). He was so thrilled when he saw his lunchbox and all the neatly cut up food inside. What made it even more fun was that he was able to decorate his lunch box with stickers. I will forever remember this moment in my memories…
It is day 2 in Hawaii and we managed to get a lot accomplished today.
I went to get some surfing lessons from Dane Kealoha who is a previous surfing champion. I did manage to stand on the board however I got tired shortly after and had a hard time getting up on that surfboard. For our first time surfing, apparently that is supposed to be decent.
Then we went up hiking at the Diamond Head crater with the kids. The kidlet managed to trek up there on his own (his motivation was that he gets to have his own shaved iced if he makes it to the top on his own). What a trooper!
Anyhow, I won’t be able to post updates all the time but I have been posting some pictures on TripColor of our trip. So go visit my TripColor trip here to keep up with our family trip.
Hello friends, it has been a long time since I have updated here. Work has been busy and my kids are growing up so fast. Watching them grow reminds me how fleeting time can be and how I should slow down to enjoy the moment more often.
Anyhow, I am sitting at the Chinese Consulate office in Vancouver applying for my Hong Kong ID and visa. Since I am waiting I have decided that I actually have time to write a post.
Some updates about me and the family is that we went to Hong Kong in January with the kiddies. This was their first long plane ride and first time in Asian. It is definitely challenging traveling with children especially a young child who was sick. Anyhow, we survived through it and I am crazy enough to decide I travel again with my kids next month.
We will be heading to Honolulu in Hawaii (yes Hawaii again!) before little j turns 2. This time around I am looking forward to it.
I actually have another drafted post about Hawaii but haven’t had the chance to edit and post yet. Perhaps I will try to post it before our trip next month!
Alright, I should focus on this application thing. It is chaotic. Everybody looks lost… Bye for now!
We have attended the PNE every year for as long as I can remember (last year was the only exception though since we had a new baby). I even remember going to the PNE when my first son was about 3 months old and we would carry him around in the baby carrier. We probably would have gone last year if the “free admission” day wasn’t on Sunday.
Anyhow, we went on opening day Saturday and surprisingly it was not too crowded. Still a lot of people but not as busy as it has been in the past (maybe that is because we have usually gone on the free admission days!).
The boys had a good time of just strolling around the fair grounds and of course enjoyed all that food at the fair! When I think of the PNE I usually think of junk food like corn dogs, fish and chips, hot dogs, wiggle chips, fried donuts, cotton candy, candied apples, funnel cakes, whale’s tails, and everything else deep fried. Let me tell you this, the PNE is definitely not a good place to visit if you are on a diet. We ate calamari, fish and chips, garlic fries, cotton candy, a whale’s tail, and a slushy. Way too much deep fried and sugary items. Oh well, you have to indulge at the fair otherwise it just isn’t fun. I guess I will be eating salads for the rest of the week.
Some of the activities that we did (besides eating all the time) were:
We ate lunch by the water fountain area. The kiddies loved walking in the fountain bare-footed (in fact, both of them didn’t want to leave and we had to drag them away so that we could visit the rest of the fair grounds).
We visited the barn (children just love the farm animals).
We watched the Superdogs show. Sometimes I want to train my dog to do tricks like that. Dogs are such amazing animals.
Big J went on a couple of Playland rides in the Kidzone area. He rode a boat and a car. He said he really enjoyed the rides.
Big J played a fishing game and won a stuffed penguin. For some reason he picked the bright pink one.
We walked inside the Marketplace. We always go there to check out the products. Nothing too exciting this year. I did like the Zoku popsicle makers but they were ridiculously expensive at $75 to make 3 pops at a time.
The PNE is definitely a fun day for the family. We definitely plan to make this an annual event. Have you been to the fair yet this summer?