Monday, 20 August 2018

Scenes from a Weekend

Summertime under smokey skies. Fresh dailas to brighten our days, friends, brilliant sunsets, paddle boarding in the ocean then the lake, rose gold sunlight reflecting on the water, posing frogs and finally drawing...lots of drawing. It was a good weekend. 


PLaying catch up again! Time is racing as ever!

Week 33
 "a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018"

Jackson: Walking in the parade at in Nanaimo at Provincials for baseball. His team made it all the way to the semi-finals but ended up losing 10-9 against the best team. Jackson played very well, had several great hits had a good weekend regardless of the outcome. 

Lily: On the way home from Nanaimo and Provincials, we stopped in Coombs to shop and get an ice cream before heading to the ferry, Lily is a huge fan of Coombs so she was extra pleased with our stop. 

Week 34
 "a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018" 

Jackson & Lily: Pictured with smoky skies as their backdrop. Everything feels very apocalyptic right now. The sun is orange high in the sky and it is still very warm but there is no blue sky.  It just feels crazy. The fires around our province are raging and although we don't have one burning in our town, we are feeling the effects from elsewhere.  It's scary. 

Living Arrows

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018"

Jackson: Patiently waiting to get into Safeco field on our annual trip to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. This year it was just Jackson and I and my parents. We went to the Friday and Saturday night games and had a super time. There was even a streaker on Saturday night! 

Lily: We left Lily with my girlfriend in Vancouver while we were in Seattle. They got Starbucks (more than once), ate lots of great treats, made bath bombs and hand soap from scratch and most importantly to lily, went to the PIxar event at Science World. Lily was in her glory. She hopes to work for Pixar in the future so was overjoyed to go. Plus she loves spending time with Trina on her own so basically she had a fantastic couple days without us. 
Joining in with Donna and others for Living Arrows
Living Arrows

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018"

Jackson: Taken through the fence. He smoked that ball that you see connecting with the bat. It sailed over the right fielders' head and landed Jackson a triple. 

Lily: SUP by the light on the moon. She was beyond thrilled when her dad showed up with new paddle boards. 

Living Arrows

Welcome August

Friday, 27 July 2018


Over Spring Break, we were given the fabulous opportunity to hop on a bus with 16 other players and their families and make the long journey from Powell River to Nelson for Bantam Rep Hockey Provincials. Jackson was an AP for the team and played several times with them over the course of the season and was extra thrilled to be asked to join the team to head to Provincials. We had never been to Nelson so we were also excited, not only for Jackson getting to play in Provincials, but for the chance to check out the town after hearing so much about it over the years. 

We were fortunate to stay in a hotel on the main street so were able to walk everywhere once we arrived and to be honest, it was good to get off the bus and move our feet. The weather really co-operated too. There was still snow on the ground in areas but none of it fell while we were there. It was cold but clear. Perfect really. The arena was only about a 10 minute easy walk away from our hotel. 

We had a wonderful time exploring Nelson and hanging out with other families. We certainly ate well and got a lot of exercise every single day. We found the house and the fire station where Roxanne was filmed. Lily and a couple of other little sisters got Manicures at the Hume Spa. We joined the team and a few of the families for a trip to the Ainsworth Hot Springs. I sat in the warm restaurant above the springs with a beverage and food and let Neil and the kids enjoy. :) Nelson is famous for their shoe stores and we went in them all. I came home with a new pair of Blundstones from Vince DeVito's. Great people and great service!! We joined the team for several suppers and had lots of good eats on our own. Nelson has no shortage of great food options. We especially enjoyed Cantina del Centro and El Taco - both mexican, delicious and recommended. Others raved about the coffee. We don't drink it so I can't say but we did enjoy other tasty hot beverages from Oso Negro and Empire

 Jackson was fully included in all events so it meant that he was a busy guy while we were there but he didn't care. He was so happy to be part of it all. He had shifts in all games and in the end, came home with a bronze medal and an experience he will never forget.