Friday, September 20, 2013


The next week we spent with Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Mildred, and other family, including my parents and some of my siblings, all up from California.

Uncle Lucas, with Little Guy.

A rousing game of Bananagrams.  Actually, it's surprisingly quiet while playing this game, except for the occasional question and discussion regarding spelling!

This is one of our favorite games, currently.  It's very portable and can be fun for just two players or many.

Crandon doing a crossword puzzle with Grandpa.  

Naomi with Grandma.  Naomi is usually always in on the crosswords too, and Grandma is great for coming up with answers to the clues and correct spellings!

Dad and Lucas got some new toilets and grab bars installed in the bathrooms.  Sort of a "working vacation."

Mom put together this frame, which was displayed at the anniversary celebration.

This was our one all-day outing: into Vancouver on the Skytrain, to see a show, then across the Inlet by Seabus to spend some time eating and shopping in North Vancouver.  And by shopping I mean sticking my head in a couple boutiques then heading for the Salvation Army for the real shopping!

We actually spent the whole day out with just a carrier for the baby and a small backpack!  I was pleased that we could travel so light.  I imagine that will be harder if we have babies and toddlers at the same time!

This was our outing in Vancouver.  Not an inexpensive adventure, but worth it!  The ride/movie on an Imax screen really was amazing!  Truly breathtaking.

I love the hanging baskets of flowers, seen so many places in British Columbia.

Someone doesn't look very happy...and it isn't Crandon!

Starting the trip back on the Seabus.

Another morning Naomi and I got to make Lefse, a traditional Norwegian food, with Aunt Mildred.  I won't dwell on the experience because I'm saving it for a future blog post.  But it was lots of fun and yummy!

Learning to roll it out.  Notice the coffee in my hand?  That's another traditional Norwegian food.  I think coffee drinking is in my blood!  Notice, also, the cute milk-glass mug?  Aunt Mildred gave me three of them!

And, of course, the eating!  With butter and jam!  Lefse is, to me, most similar to a potato tortilla.

This is such a sweet picture of our little one with Great Grandpa.

And hanging around with Daddy!

A bit of a funny picture, but it was the one that best shows this tree, a Camperdown Elm.  Wouldn't this make a great fort or playhouse?

Play time with Aunt Naomi.

Visiting with Great Grandma.  This picture is a bit blurry, I know, but it was so fun to see him interacting with Grandma.

Salmon dinner on Grandma's good china is tradition at this point!  It was nice to have some of the rest of the family arrive in time to join us.

The other end of the table. :-)

I don't have any pictures from our pre-scheduled shopping trip, but Melody and I made a point of running to The Real Canadian Superstore to do some shopping, sans kids!  I think we both found most of what we were hoping for--mostly some clothing basics for ourselves and the little ones.


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Laura Madge said...

I also love the picture of Grandpa and Andrew. So cute.
How was the Fly over Canada Imax? I am impressed with how many pictures you are in. :) Your trip Pictures are so fun. I can't wait to see the rest.