Maddie turns 10!


We’ve hit double digits for both girls now, how fast a decade goes!
On the big day, Madeline had a small dinner with the family, and some cheesecake for her (she is the only one of us who eats cheesecake).

A while later she had a sleepover party with her friends and the scavenger hunt was back by popular demand. I made up 10 clues, and sent the kids all over the neighbourhood. Simon hid little bags of jellybeans without getting arrested for strange and suspicous activity. It’s a good way to tire them out a bit. After angel food cake made by chef Madeline they had a blast on the trampoline with all the tissue paper. So much fun was had that they were actually all asleep before midnight!



Our girls were enrolled in the local ski club; skiing with a coach and their peers every Sunday. They are both little rippers now, Emily easily skiing as fast as an average adult, with grace and fluidity not shared by many. Her sister, a more aggressive style of skier, is hot on her tail.

Maddie and her friend Nicola at the local race.

Maddie was awarded ‘Most Improved Skier’ in her group by her coach this year.

The older kids finish off the season with an overnight campout. With the help of a few dads, the kids build their own snow caves, learning some essential survival skills along the way. They play some search and rescue type games, then have a wiener roast and a giant bonfire. It’s a great experience and the kids love it.

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Emily turns 12


Oficially a pre-teen! Chocolate cake by Maddie, party to follow in the good weather…

Ariana Grande


For Christmas we gave the girls tickets to see their favourite singer, Ariana Grande. The accessible seats were sold out so I bought 3 so Simon could take them. Lucky for him, his cousin Cathy offered to make it a “girls night out” and took them to the concert. We joined 2 other Revelstoke families for a pre-show dinner and hype-up for the girls. By freak chance, the girls and their friends had seats 3 rows away from each other.

Right before the show:

Ready to go with Ariana shirts and kittycat headbands like the singer wears.

That’s the life


Our very fluffy cat, Shadow; living the good life.

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Anything Goes


Once again I participated in a local fundraiser for our Visual Arts Centre by donating a painting to their silent auction. Fifty pieces of art were sold, all in a 12×12 dimension, with the theme Anything Goes. It was a great success and $4600 was raised.

Simon’s birthday


Simon took the day off work so we took the ferry across to Halcyon hot springs for a gourmet lunch and a dip. When we arrived, our friends had phoned ahead and paid for everything! So thoughtful! <3

Meanwhile, back at home, the girls were busy making this angel food cake from scratch (that’s 10 egg whites!) and decorating it as well.

Happy Birthday Simon!! xoxo…



We had a quiet holiday this year at home. Christmas morning is so exciting!

Three of us got pillows!

New onesies!

The Nutcracker


The girls took part in the Nutcracker with the Victoria Ballet. It was a sold out performance at our 350 seat Performing Arts Centre. They were not super thrilled to be “just mice”, but it’s really all about practising for and taking part in a professional production.

The cast:

Emily above left star, Maddie above right, just after taking their bow. The taller girls had full-head mouse masks.


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