Halloween 2017


A not-so-spooky Halloween theme this year for the trick or treaters. Emily and 3 friends all wore tutus and social media icons such as youtube, snapchat, vine, etc. Madeline was a tasty M and M candy.

The girls are in full-speed mode on Halloween night. These are the last few years of the free candy bonanza, and they are determined to live the experience to it’s fullest. They both collected over 250 candies, each, which is quite the haul!

On the weekend Simon organized a large party held at the local Legion. It was a sold-out success with over 200 party-goers. They made $2000 profit which they donated to the new local skateboard park project.



Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer and the Interior Provincial Exhibition. It was a hot one, 33 degrees midday. Whew! We kept everyone hydrated and the kids didn’t care about the heat on the rides.

Things we don’t see often


It was a busy week with new things… an eclipse and kangaroos. We took the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the mountain top of Mt. Revelstoke National Park to see the eclipse. Luckily they handed out the cool viewing glasses so nobody’s retinas were burned. It was a cool experience but did not get nearly as dark outside as I had thought.

I thought the coolest thing was that all shadows were little crescent shapes, even irregularly shaped tree shadows!

The other new thing was a visit to the Kangaroo farm near Kelowna. There’s lots of roos, wallabys and other animals to visit, and some really cute baby joeys to hold too.

This wallaby came up and hung out with me.

Emily and Maddie’s summer on the coast


Similar to last summer, Emily spent two weeks with her cousins and family, while they vacationed on Hornby Island. It’s a pretty cushy gig. Here’s a few photos that were sent to me:

At the same time, Madeline spent a week with her grandparents in Vancouver, and went to an arts camp. Here’s a fun animation she created:

The following week she went up to Squamish to stay with Simon’s brother and family.

Calgary Zoo with the Girl Guides


The big year-end trip this year was a sleepover at the Calgary zoo. They slept in the “Canadian Wilds” building, next to the otters. Lots of fun!

Lunch stop in Field, BC

Madeline clowning it up as a baby penguin 🙂

Photos by the girls:

Spring Fishing


We love to go fishing for the day and explore the area south of here on Arrow Lake. Simon and the girls went out with our friend Stu.

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Our talented and poised dancers:

Emily ready for her Michael Jackson mix dance recital.

Madeline ready for Lyrical dance.

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The Arts


The end of the school year draws near and that means recitals, competitions and finished projects.
Both girls participated in group dance competion in Vernon and came away from it with silver medals. Emily is in a Jazz group and Madeline is in Lyrical (a type of expressive modern ballet).

Emily was asked to participate in this project to construct a permanent piece of art for her school lobby. Each of the 20 participants designed and created a tile with clay and special glazes. Emily is shown below beside her tile with the white snow and skis. Her rationale for her tile is that she loves to ski, it is a healhy, outdoor activity, and that Revelstoke is a “ski-town”. Well done Emily!

Emily began playing the clarinet this year and got dressed up for her recital. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming!

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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…

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