south & back again

It’s been a while since we have shared some photos with all of you. There has been a lot that has happened since then. Starting with our trip South to Chilliwack, for the birth of our newest son/brother, then to Kelowna and back North again. It has been a whirlwind since then, and so we’ll share some of the moments with you!

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In Prince George at the park with cousin Wyatt

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Spending time on Saltspring Island with our friends

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In the Delta Hospital, after Aliz had a febrile seizure while we were on the ferry. What a scary time, but she was such a trooper and we had much support and love from friends and family!

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At the petting zoo

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Rhino Hero! There’s always time for a few games:)

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Who knew a treadmill had other uses:)

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My 2 big helpers sorting and cartoning the farm eggs at Granny & Grandpa’s. Collecting the eggs was definitely a highlight each morning.

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Reading at bedtime with Auntie Shaleyn

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Rhino Hero has never always been this much fun! Especially with Auntie Diane!

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Chilling’ with Auntie Kayla

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Riding lessons with Auntie Shaleyn

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Archery lessons with Uncle Justin

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The beach volleyball court doubles for a sandbox

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Playing ‘My First Bohnanza’ with our second cousins

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Hike up Mt.Thom, at the ‘summit’

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Having fun with Auntie Brittney

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Easter morning at Granny & Grandpa’s

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Easter with Denise’s siblings(& their spouses) & mom & dad

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The pregnant sisters!

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“Whoa there!”

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Tobias with Granny & Grandpa

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Tobias with Grandma & Grandpa

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Kateri’s special ‘rainbow’ birthday cake

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Gianna’s special baptism cake

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Our new trailer, to haul behind the van. Our option for getting around with our luggage(rather than buying a new vehicle just yet), now that all the seats are filled in the van. It will come in handy for going camping as well:)

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The classic box fort

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Washing the vehicle at Grandma & Grandpa’s before our trip north.

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Kateri’s school project she worked on during our time away.

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We hosted some Gospel/bluegrass artists for an evening of music and testimonies.

Making things for the Atrium for Catechism classes, using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model; tabernacle.

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Altar, with altar cross

Altar and lectern

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We were able to bring the rest of our bikes back up from Chilliwack, with having the trailer, and so Aliz discovered the joy of catching a ride in the bike seat and she sure enjoyed it.

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Kateri painted faces for the whole cast of Inside Out; Disgust, Anger, Fear, and Sadness(L to R)…

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… and there is Joy(on the right) 🙂

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Kateri wanted a birthday party with her friends! You can still see remnants of the face paint:)

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Ready, Set, Learn; an afternoon where the preschoolers come to Kindergarten. So we brought all the kids to Kateri’s classroom.

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“I lost my front tooth!”

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Helping daddy flip the pancakes

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Happy 2nd birthday Aliz!

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Some of our friends raise goats. These were the not-so-small baby goats.

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A treat at the Stikine Riversong Cafe. Thank you Grandma!

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Blessing the ‘Blue Door’ and our ‘Holy Door’! The Blue door is a reminder of Mary’s protection in our lives, and we pray for that protection in our comings and goings. Also, that all who enter would encounter the loving embrace of our mother Mary.

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Isaiah blessing the door, and the girls, with holy water

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Our holy water font at the door

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Chalking the door, a little late, but better late than never. We had actually put the chalk on our living room entrance at Epiphany when we did it with our church community, however we had wanted to do the blessing of the ‘blue door’ at the same time

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The three wise men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s son who became human two thousand and sixteen years ago. May Christ bless our home (Christos Mansionem Benedicat) and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen

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On the beach of the Stikine River, at Glenora, for a picnic with 3 other families

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Replacing a broken window on the church

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It had been broken before we got there so it only took me a year and a half to get around to replacing it

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A hike on the ridge above town, overlooking the Stikine River, with Uncle Brandon & Auntie Anneli

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Treats at the store on our way back from the hike

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Tobias’ baptism with Bishop Hector Vila, Sunday May 22nd

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The Godparents; Diane Pakula & Brandon & Anneli Grimard

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Newly baptized, with Fr.Anthony from Sri Lanka in the background (newly arrived to the diocese)

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Supper outside, after the baptism, in the gorgeous weather

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Cake made by Diane Pakula

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