Saturday, July 29, 2006

week 1 in a nutshell

Geez. All this family togetherness is really cutting into my blogging time. And my mum's slowwwww computer located near a window where the blazing sun shines right in your eyes no matter what time of day you're sitting there isn't helping much. It's like being in Internet Addiction rehab. No, not really, but the qwerty keyboard and the wonky mouse are kind of driving me nuts.

It is SO good to be here. This is definitely where I belong. Many things have changed, but the more things change, the more they stay the same, you know? I feel perfectly at home.

My mum and dad, 70 and 77 respectively, have overcome the monumental health obstacles of the past year and are doing amazingly well - full of vim and vigour as always and enjoying life to the fullest. They have a beautiful home with an amazing garden and although this is not the house I grew up in (that house is only a few blocks away but has been turned into a pink-and-glass nightmare), it sure feels like it. It is peaceful and serene and very spiritual.


When we're not out shopping, this is where we've been relaxing...











There's a nice beach about a 10 minute walk away from my parents' place and the boys love spending time there.





Here's the view from the beach looking over to downtown Vancouver. Washington State's snow covered Mt. Baker is visible in the background.



Well, my blogging time is up for today. But guess who we had the pleasure of meeting last night? The lovely Jen and her charming husband P! Bloggers are everywhere! We had a great time and I'll tell you all about later. Family barbeque tonight. Must get cooking.

27 Comments:

At July 30, 2006 2:11 AM, Blogger Maribeth said...

Glad you're having such a good time! How much longer are you going to be over?

 
At July 30, 2006 2:34 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Sounds fun and looks like your parents have a lovely garden. Have a great time!

 
At July 30, 2006 7:24 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

That looks like a lovely place to raise children. From what I've seen in pictures and heard from others who've vacationed there I begin to understand what is meant when people say "when I die I want to go to Canada". Glad to hear you're enjoying yourself. :)

 
At July 30, 2006 7:54 PM, Blogger meredith said...

Have an excellent visit with your family. Mine did me a world of good.

 
At July 30, 2006 10:15 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Ohhhhh! The photos say it all, Christina. Thank you, thank you. I KNOW you're at home and am so glad you are having such a good time. The boys, too. Fill yourself up for however long it'll need to last!

So glad you got to meet Jen and P. Our turn comes in October when we plan to vacation in your beautiful neck of the woods!

 
At July 30, 2006 11:16 PM, Anonymous tobias said...

Enjoy Canada to the fullest! It is so good to hear you are enjoying yourself, but I miss your blogging... (And why do parents always put their computers by windows, where it turns into a health hazard sitting there a longer while?)

 
At July 31, 2006 12:20 AM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Ahhh, the homesick Kiwi is happy for you ... I knew just what you meant.

Thanks for not forgetting us :)

Have a great time.

 
At July 31, 2006 1:51 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

yeah! Those pics are fantastic. And yes the garden looks excellent and is so charming.

And yes I sstill have to add some type of post or maybe I'll wait to see what you say. I've still been busy downloading photos...

It was a lot of fun. :)

 
At July 31, 2006 2:52 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Glad you're having such a great trip, Christina!
Enjoy!

 
At July 31, 2006 3:15 AM, Anonymous p. said...

Very nice pictures! It was wonderful to meet you and your family.

Thank you so much for inviting us over. I especially enjoyed your wonderful blueberry cheesecake! Yummy :)

Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

 
At July 31, 2006 6:31 AM, Blogger cara said...

um, jealous big time. there is nothing quite like a vancouver summer. won't be nearly as sunny and wonderful in january when we go home for a visit. oh well. have some tim hortons for all the rest of us expats that can't!

 
At July 31, 2006 6:57 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Looks like you are having a wonderful (and relaxing) time and the perfect weather to boot!

 
At July 31, 2006 10:26 AM, Blogger swissmiss said...

Looks lovely! Glad you're enjoying yourself. That beach looks like Boy Heaven!

 
At July 31, 2006 10:02 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

What wonderful pictures. Exactly how a vacation should look!

Glad you're enjoying yourself so much!

 
At August 01, 2006 9:06 AM, Blogger RennyBA said...

I came to your blog from ET’s where I saw you had a blog meeting yesterday – how nice and you made a lovely cheesecake too I’ve heard! I will meet a blog friend from the Philippines in Oslo, Norway today. Thanks to blogging the world gets smaller and the understanding between people increase.
I’m glad I paid you a visit because you have a very nice blog too. How nice to hear that your parents are doing so well and what a lovely garden they have – thanks to sharing!

 
At August 01, 2006 3:00 PM, Blogger Karina said...

ohhh makes me so homesick (from Port Townsend, just across the boarder :-) )!!! beautiful beaches... enjoy it! :-)

 
At August 01, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I know exactly what you mean by "things changing, but still the same" and I just can't wait to go back. So glad you're enjoying yourself! I hope to meet more bloggers personally soon, too.

 
At August 02, 2006 6:47 PM, Blogger Carol said...

And we look at Mt Baker from the south...(Woodinville, WA)! Glad you're enjoying your vacation at your "other" home!

Come visit (my blog)!

Carol

 
At August 02, 2006 8:18 PM, Blogger jen said...

I hope you have a wonderful time there, C. You deserve it!

 
At August 02, 2006 8:29 PM, Blogger lily b said...

Oooh, we can see Mt. Baker from here, too. Amazing how far away you can be and still see it.

Looks like your parents live in a beautiful area and I know exactly that feeling of being home. Have a great time soaking it all in!

 
At August 03, 2006 3:30 PM, Blogger mar said...

How wonderful! family visit, relax , a beach, sunshine, AND meeting blog friends, a perfect vacation! enjoy every single minute.

 
At August 03, 2006 4:16 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

oh christina - don't worry about reading blogs. You are on a break! And well I haven't had much time either. WE've been at Jerico 5 hrs daily this week for the girls soccer camp. IT doesn't make for much time to do other things.

And your leaving for the water soon. have fun! And we enjoyed the visit a lot too!

 
At August 03, 2006 4:56 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Welcome back to my side of the ocean! We're happy for the update and the lovely photos. It's obvious now where you get your green thumb! (I missed that hereditary trait, unfortunately.)

Oh, when you get back, and you're bored, practice your headbutts! http://addictinggames.com/zidaneheadbuttgame.html :)

 
At August 03, 2006 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you've made it to the correct side of the pond. :) Welcome, now, the thing is .... you overshot Halifax by about 4000 miles hun!! Silly girl!

Hoping you have lots of fun, in a place I'd love to see some day. :)

Cheers
Lynn R

 
At August 03, 2006 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention your Mom's garden, it's wonderful and the inookshook (sp?) is great!! :)

Lynn R

 
At August 04, 2006 1:28 AM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

It looks like your parents are living an beautiful location. And I bet your kids love being so close to the beach. I think I would enjoy that too. :)

Slow internet connections can be frustrating especially when one is trying to upload pictures or even view a page with lots of pictures.

Enjoy your time there.

 
At August 04, 2006 1:30 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Looks like you guys are having a great time! Have fun, be safe and I will "see" you when you get back!

Cyn

 

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