Category Archives: traditions

nettle picking this year

Last month we went to pick nettles to our usual spot. It was a nice day this time. I wrote about our harvest last year here and the time before that also here. It had been raining, but that day was not. … Continue reading

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Critter Count 2014 : a spring tradition

For many years now, we’ve gone to the Critter Count event organized by Vancouver Water Resource Center.  I think we’ve been going for maybe 8, 9 years? Not sure.  I’ve lost track without my digital and online journaling.  But it’s been a … Continue reading

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As it has become, the tradition is to get together with our friends on Christmas Eve, and celebrate with a special meal, as I did growing up in Chile. Together, in family, with our dear friends. This year, even more … Continue reading

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decorating the tree

Siena’s first ornament.  Now, eleven years old. Lucas’s first ornament, now eight years old. Our stockings ready to be hung. Something we all look forward to each year.  Looking back at old photos (I made a scrapbook of past Christmases) … Continue reading

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getting the tree

On a sunny day in early December we headed to the mountains to get our Christmas tree. What a treat it was.  Really! I do love where we live and we go out a bit, but it doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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The Christmas Ships

Every year, we go see the Christmas ships the evening the city has the Solstice Bonfire.  But this year, because Siena had a swim meet over both days last weekend, we were not sure if we were going to be … Continue reading

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last week…

Last week was fun.  It was really busy though, with lots of happenings.  It was more (busy, full, and rushed) than we like it.  The busy-ness is not something we are used to.  But it all came together in few … Continue reading

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preparing for the party

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Lucas’s birthday with friends.  It was fun to think of all the possibilities.  I love it when Siena and Lucas discuss their parties.  These are some of their conversations I heard. Should I … Continue reading

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on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving came and we had such a fun long weekend together.  Mark had five days off, which was a real treat and a much needed break.  We celebrated quietly, sandwiched in between other celebrations. Lucas came back from his Trackers … Continue reading

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pumpkin carving

I love to see what we come up each year.  So much fun. And then at night you see this: Fun!  

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