Fall in Vancouver 2016
Oh hey – I’m still here! Had quite the hiatus from the blog. I’ll tell you why…
And she was supposed to be a boy according to the ultrasound + we had a surprise girl! Maybe one day I’ll do a blog post on her birth story, but who are we kidding. Probably not. I don’t know how people with multiple children blog. Maybe they have husbands that come home at 6pm + can help them with bath + bedtime. I’m a sack of potatoes at the end of the night. An empty shell of a person. Barely functioning.
Plus, it is election day + not looking good for the nation of my birth. So I thought what better day to dust the cobwebs off my crusty old blog considering people are curious about high tailing it out of America if Trump wins. It’s completely unbelievable + I can’t believe it’s gone this far. Here’s a Market Watch article I was interviewed for – click here.
Thankfully managed to go to the pumpkin patch on a gorgeous sunny day. When the sky is blue in Vancouver there is no better place to be. Unfortunately it only happens 3 months out of the year + on rare days when I cry with happiness to see a patch of blue peeking out of the dismal grey.
I am such a beach person. We are all happiest by the ocean. As apathetic I am about living in Vancouver, there’s no way I could live in a land locked province. Big huge lakes don’t count. You’re a lake, don’t pretend like you think you’re the vast ocean, lake. I know who you are.
We had a weekend in October when a huge storm front was to blast through. Everyone was preparing for downed trees, blackouts, etc. It ended up not being as bad as we thought but it was still hella wet. We decided to brave the Apple Festival at UBC.
The Apple Festival is good family fun. You get to eat yummy fall inspired vittles, walk the gorgeous grounds of the gardens + there’s a kids section. They always set up a pile of leaves for the monsters to jump in.
I was watching completely horrified at a handful of the children running around in the pouring rain without any rain gear OR jackets OR hats. What the hell is going on Vancouver??? Do these sopping wet children not catch colds???
Do you like Langdon’s America socks??? I never let these babies forget they’re half American. How apropos.
A couple days a week we go to Strong Start. In British Columbia schools offer Strong Start to help prepare children for success in Kindergarten. It involves play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. It’s free, you can drop in whenever you like during their operating hours, but get there early because there is a limit to the number of kids allowed. It’s a pretty amazing program + has helped territorial Tasmanian devil aka Langdon understand sharing, conflict, personal space, etc. Not gonna lie it’s pretty stressful hovering over him as he’s having an issue with another toddler while I’m also dealing with Clementine.
Here’s a picture my friend took at Strong Start of me looking like an idyllic mother reading to her beloved wee ones. Hah. By the way, look at the humongoid, rainy, wet puddle outside the door. Fun times.
After that picture Langdon probably screamed “NOOOOOOOO!!!!!” at me at the top of his lungs + threw something. And Clementine was probably purple in the face from crying.
Lucky for us family is 2 minutes away. That night Langdon, his cousin + I went trick or treating while my sister in law watched Clem. I was beat, so luckily Langdon only wanted to go to 5 houses. YESSSSSS!!!!
As I write, election results are not looking good my friends. It is a sad, sad, dark day for America. I am so frightened + for the first time very grateful to be living in Vancouver. Come move to Canada + we’ll meet up for coffee + a chat.