Summer came early

I have always associated blueberries and summers in Vancouver. Usually blueberries are ready in August. But this year with the heat and dryness, the blueberries are ready for picking in late June. Crazy, I know!

We set out to put the kids to work. It was so nice that my mom happens to be in town too. We picked for maybe 30 or 40 minutes, and came home with almost 10 lbs of blueberries.

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Hiking in Utah

First and foremost, I’m sorry. I can’t seem to be able to cut back the number of photos in the post.

For a few years now, I’ve been wanting to go hiking in Utah to see Zion and Bryce National Park. It didn’t take too much to convince two friends to go too. We flew into Vegas, hiked half day in Zion, a full day in Bryce, and another half day in Bryce.

Zion is gorgeous, huge, and commercialized. Bryce on the other hand, is much smaller but the hikes and views are breathtaking!

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park, flowering cactus

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 1: Zion National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, the start of the Peek-a-Boo Trail

Day 2: Bryce National Park, the start of the Peek-a-Boo Trail

Day 2: Bryce National Park, selfie

Day 2: Bryce National Park, selfie

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, storm approaching

Day 2: Bryce National Park, storm approaching

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park

Day 2: Bryce National Park, pano view

Day 2: Bryce National Park, pano view

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 2: on our way back to Panguitch

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, the switch-back that almost murdered me

Day 3: Bryce National Park, the switch-back that almost murdered me

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop--the Wall Street section

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop–the Wall Street section

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Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Day 3: Bryce National Park, Queens Garden trail and Navajo Loop

Baby forever

Josh is now registered for kindergarten this fall. This week, the school hosted a “welcome to kindergarten” event for all the new kids. All the families went in and sat in the cafeteria, waiting for the 1 1/2 hour program to begin.

The vice principal explained that all the new kids will be going with the teachers to go see their new classrooms, while the parents are taken on a separate tour of the school. Josh had no problem running over to his designated group to meet his new friends and new teachers. As his group was lead away to their new classroom, my tears fell.

I have always been very resistant to the idea of my baby growing bigger by the day. Ever since he was born, everything just felt like a whirlwind. Why does it feel like everything is going by so fast, and I have just barely gotten to know him well enough in the last stage?

Today, I was watching Josh play while he followed a complicated instruction booklet to build a Lego structure. I said, “Hey, buddy, would you please stop growing?” He looked at me with a smile and said, “Mommy, I have to grow. But I’ll be your baby forever.”

Buddy, I’m going to hold you to that!

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Fiona

One of the things I hated growing up, is parting with friends. It was in elementary school when I first realized that not everyone lives exactly at their current address forever. It sucked. Even as an adult, I always feel like the wind gets knocked out of me when a friend moves away.

Just over 10 years ago, I met this biker chic when she broke her bike’s shift lever. We became friends because we went on a 5-day motorcycle trip together. We spent the next few summers doing rides in and out of town, or sometimes just up and down Cypress making stupid videos. Over the next 10 years, sometimes she lived in town, and sometimes she didn’t. Sometimes we saw each other all the time, and sometimes we didn’t. She helped me paint our house when we moved, and I helped her pick up new furniture when she moved. Josh and Savanna are in love with her because she’s so much fun and builds Lego with them. She’s one of the coolest and smartest people I know. Now she’s moving away to a tropical paradise for a new job. While I’m super happy for her for getting one step closer to her dreams, I am feeling a little sorry for myself.

Fi, bon voyage. I’m gonna miss you like crazy. Riding and snowboarding without you will never be the same.

2005 California trip.

2005 California trip.

Check out this vid:

Fiona out of oil

In 2005, Fiona helped me paint our house. The roller handle broke and she almost face-planted right into fresh paint.

In 2005, Fiona helped me paint our house. The roller handle broke and she almost face-planted right into fresh paint.

2006 snowboarding at Mt Baker.

2006 snowboarding at Mt Baker.

Josh loves to play with Fiona.

Josh loves to play with Fiona.

Savanna snuggles up with Fiona in Whistler.

Savanna snuggles up with Fiona in Whistler.

Savanna playing with Fiona.

Savanna playing with Fiona.

2014 San Francisco bike trip.

2014 San Francisco bike trip.

2014 Diablo Dam

2014 Diablo Dam

2014 San Fran bike trip.

2014 San Fran bike trip.

2014 snowboarding at Whistler.

2015 snowboarding at Whistler.

2014 snowboarding in Whistler.

2015 snowboarding in Whistler.

Last, but not least--the same spot, same great friend, and same immaturity--10 years apart.

Last, but not least–the same spot, same great friend, and same immaturity–10 years apart.