Long Awaited Reunion
I haven’t seen my West Coast Canadian family since the wedding. Yesterday was all about family filled antics.
During the afternoon, Jeff + I stopped by Steve + Liz’s (our Japanese/Caucasian interracial friendly couple) new house development. Of course, the main delight were their pudding pie daughters Keiko-chan + Hana-chan!!!!
The girls + I played a hearty game of “Hide + Seek” inside the house for about, oh 20 minutes. Here’s a happy photo of the girls just as I found them hiding inside a closet. Squeals of delight never cease to get old.
Keiko’s got some serious skillz. Hip-hop, Bollywood, you call it + she serves it! We parted ways, Jeff + I headed to Osaka Market in Park Royal to pick up the lobsters for the celebration dinner at Steve + Liz’s. Only in Vancouver would it be commonplace to advertise a pretty girl holding a halibut.
Jeff selecting the lobsters. He is on the search for female lobsters. Why, you ask? Is Jeff sexist? Yes! That’s because female lobsters have bigger tails, smaller claws + sometimes roe. Lobster pointer: you identify a lady lobster by it’s smaller swimmerets + wide tail fin.
When we arrived at Tom + Deb’s (my brother + sister-in-law) house, my nephews Matt + Tobin were playing in the dirt, jumping, kicking + running as boys are wont to do. Were they ever confused about whether or not the lobsters were cool or gross!
Steve set up croquet in the back yard for the kids. Isn’t it like something out of Sunset Magazine???
We took a break + Keiko educated me in the sweet delight that is Kinder Surprise. Ja!!! Have you ever heard of Kinder Surprise?
Nein!!!! I sure as heck haven’t! You know why? Cuz it’s illegal in the United States!!! Scandalous egg!!! Chocolate covered eggs with tiny plastic toys inside are a small form of threat to the ol’ red, white + blue apparently. Not to us ladies!!!
One thing’s for sure – I will NEVER be bored in this marital union! Matt our resident naturalist is learning the time honored skill. Turn the poor thing upside down + continuously stroke it’s tail until it is in the land of nod. Voila! Sleeping crustacean.
Meanwhile, Steve was manning the grill. Look at those hunks of meat! That’s alottamo’ meat! Canuck Carne! My dad would be like, “This is my kind of party!!! Punch it!!”. Is Steve hitting himself in the chest? Why, Steve, why?
Lobster feasting is a messy + fun activity, y’all should try it. Especially my favorite, the tomalley – lobster liver!!! Not for the faint of heart! Of course, I passed out after dinner watching “Cars” with the kids. What a memorable night of celebrating! Thanks so much everyone!!! Extreme fun!!!
Today, Jeff has started packing for our road trip to Alberta as he is about to start “Hell on Wheels”. UUUUUGH, look at all these burdens of material posessions!!!!
And so, my troubles begin……