Sunday, June 16, 2013

Feliz Día Del Padre!

"Papito, papito, papito mio, yo te quiero mucho con todo mi amor!" read Serena's card to Daddy.

Today is also Serena's ballet recital, so one of her gifts to Daddy included her beautiful dance performance in "Princess & the Pea".

Her other gift? Our family in LEGO figures. Here's our family portrait: 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Red Juicy Local Strawberries

'Tis the season to pick berries, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

A warm and beautiful spring brought us an early start of the strawberry season. We hit the farm pronto and picked THIRTY NINE pounds of berries in one go!  We broke our record and my back at the same time.

Serena picking strawberries at the same farm when she was 2 and 4:

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Using Vivien Bowers' "Wow Canada!: Exploring this Land from Coast to Coast to Coast", we took a cross-country car trip with Guy, the narrator of the book, and his family. The story is filled with fun facts and history of each province and territory.

Serena made a reference chart that highlights each province's information: capital, population, provincial/territorial flag, flower, bird, and tree. Can you name Canada's national animal and tree?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

School Cats

Does anyone notice a pattern here?

I blame the cats for all unfinished school work.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Evening Star

The Evening Star is hot off the press! Simply click & read!

The Evening Star is an electronic gazette put together by the aspiring young writers of Pencraft. There are stories, poems, jokes, breaking news, advertisements, etc. for your reading pleasure. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the creative efforts of these budding writers!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Garbage Garbage Everywhere

Where oh where does our garbage go?

We uncovered the mystery at the Vancouver Landfill where they recently had an open house of its 420-hectare site in Delta.

It was mighty fun to have the rare chance to climb on the actual landfill equipments. We were most fascinated though by the hawks and falcons. Raptor Ranch Bird of Prey Centre was there to explain and demonstrate how they use their trained raptors for bird control at the landfill. The garbage attracts tons of sea gulls and eagles. Working with their handlers, the harris hawks and other raptors are great patrols to keep the sea gulls from gorging themselves sick or interfering with the daily operations on site.

After a very informative 30-minute guided bus tour of the landfill, we had our free hamburgers and hotdogs, and Serena made some crafts out of recycled materials. Before we left, we put Serena to work to shuffle our free bag of compost to take home. 

Now we know garbage doesn't just magically disappear from our garbage cans every week. Seeing the massive mountains of trash and understanding the extensive operations required to process the garbage while minimizing damage to the environment reminds us of the importance to reduce, reuse, and recycle!