A few band members short of a band or impending stardom, however the glasses go a wee way towards the Lian Gallagher look.
If any one [i guess family] would like better quality pics of the boys or Vancouver just drop me a line and i’ll ping it off to you for printing. All of the pics on this blog will print like a dog as I’ve reduced everything to 72dpi bare basics for quicker uploading.
Charlie’s absolute obsession these days is Ice Hockey (or just hockey to the locals). As soon as he sees anything to do with Hockey he yells either “hockeeeeeey” or “Goooaaaal!”. We put pics on his wall and his adventure playmobile boy with skates, a bike and a hockey stick is the greatest toy ever invented.
If we are channel surfing and happen across a hockey game we are in trouble. He then has to plant himself on your knee take a thumb in his hand (wumm) and starts sucking his thumb. He especially loves the big hits and of course the goals. We are now hoping to have a hockey party for his birthday as Joe and Gerry (from my party) are both mad hockey players and coaches and are keen as to get the boys skating.
This video is of Charlie at Joe and Sarah’s basement playing with the ‘big boys’ stick. I’ve had to cut down the vid as it goes forever – he just won’t give up on that dammmed puck (say that as a young kid)
In Vancouver if you wait for the rain to clear or a good forecast before you do anything, you may just never get anything done – in the winter time that is. So the forecast for today wasn’t too shabby, but the weather did it’s best to make it miserable.
But the best cure for cabin fever is just to get out and do it, so we got on the bus (number 25 for Jandi’s reference) down to the gardens. Turns out they were a lot closer than we imagined. The gardens are fantastic.
They are the highest point in Vancouver at about 500ft and you get a great look out over the city. The heavy drizzle cleared enough for us to enjoy the views and the beautiful gardens.
My birthday on the 27th (we are all having our birthdays overseas this year!). The boys gave me pressies in the morning, Jamie Oliver flavor shaker!!! then we played pass the parcel and we had brownies.
Then as Jan guessed it we were all on the 99bus down Broadway to Granville and down to Granville Island for a traditional coffee at the only place in Vancouver that does a decent (in fact great) coffee – boy we are spoilt in NZ.
just a quick note about the soirée that we had at our place last night. We were meant to go out for drinks at a local pub (best dry ribs in North America), but it all fell apart at last minute, so we had just a couple of friends over for a drink sat afternoon.
Gerry and Sally were first to arrive. Gerry (BIG canadian boy) did his PhD with Janine in the same office at Victoria in Wellington and Sally is a kiwi who’s live here for quite a while. Thanks for the gifts guys, the hockey t-shirt is perfect. But really no pressies, still thanks.
Joe and Sarah and their boys Paul, Patrick and Johnny (the best Rowan Atkinson Mime since Rowan Atkinson) came a little later, which took the pressure off Gerry – Jamie and Charlie were relentless in their play fighting with Gerry. So all 5 boys were handed footballs and played outside till it got dark and very very very cold. Thanks for the entertainment boys, this was the first adult moment Nina and I have had since we left NZ.
When the light faded and before the hypothermia kicked in the boys then made their way into the bedroom to watch some telly, still more time just adults – what luxury!!!
So the pics are from this all too brief shin dig, the rum wasn’t even opened. But I have found a bottle store in Vancouver that sells 42 Below vodka, so next time – charlie’s birthday???
Joe and Sarah’s boys. Paul with John on his back and Patrick on the floor, with an adoring Jamie in close attendance. Jamie just loves these guys.
Johnny and Charlie
The colours are glorious as the trees change – we have been lucky with the weather lately and count our blessings with every sunny day.
Where has the time gone? Mum is off to NZ, and Charlie wanders the apartment saying ‘Jandi?’ and checking the cupboards and under the beds. Jamie assures him ‘it’s okay Charlie, she is just on a big plane and will see our Jandi again soon’. We miss you Jandi!
Society of Newspaper Conference and annual awards dinner. (800 people!!!)
Fantastic, details to come soon.
Then why not just because you are a couple of hours away, NY for a couple of days.
We had a great weekend in Seattle with Jandi – many laughs as we battled the US border police, and saw the size of the hotel room we were all sharing! It is a beautiful city. Even I (Nina) was impressed and I don’t really like big cities. We had a crazy dinner seated next to a Canadian family with two boys – the youngest was a big a showoff as Charlie and they performed for us all evening. The next day (after a surprisingly good sleep ‘marae style’) we had a lovely sunny morning to walk through downtown and see the famous markets and ‘fish throwing’.
Our Hotel in Seattle (Room from top left 3 down 3 across partially hidden by tree)