All photos on this blog taken by Adam Schwartz of the Two Hoser's Photo Show

Sunday, April 13, 2014

One Thing: Kits Beach

One of our favorite places to spend time on the weekends is the different beaches close to where we live.  Jerico Beach, Centennial Beach and Kits Beach are a few of our favorites.  Today we headed to Kits Beach, our first visit of the season.

Piggyback rides make tears disappear.

I love how she gets a little braver, a little more confident every year.

I have a feeling this jersey is going to get a lot of play time in the next few weeks.

Five minute before this, they were fighting over whose turn it was.  But they really are cute together.

We topped the day off with dinner out and the first ice cream of the season.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One Thing: Cherry Blossom Festival

Last weekend, we headed to the Cherry Blossom Festival at VanDusen Gardens.

After checking out the cherry blossoms, the kids had a blast running in the open areas of the park.  They played tag and hide and seek and other games they invented on the fly.

Jack is trying to boss Emma.

Sunshine, open space and imagination made for a beautiful afternoon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

One Thing: Two Wheel Bike

Sarah rode a two wheel bike unassisted for the first time on March 23.  I thought it might never happen.


Since that first day, she has been working on starting on her own and turning.

** The crying in the second video is Jack's best impression of the grumpy old troll:)

 In an attempt to get back on the blogging band wagon, I am trying to write about "one thing" a day.  This idea is not my own, but borrowed from a blog I read

Thursday, April 10, 2014

One Thing: Spring Break

I took the kids on a spring break road trip.  We spent six days in Vernon with my parents and my sister's family.  The kids loved every minute of their time with their cousins and grandparents.  Most disagreements surrounded turn taking and who gets to sit by who at the dinner table.  Luckily, on the fifth day our superb photographer arrived (a.k.a Captain Canada) to capture some memories.

These two could be sisters.

This guy loves his Uncle Mer (a.k.a superb photographer), so getting him to pose for photos was not difficult.

Bubby and his grandkids.

The view at this park was unbelievable.  There is nothing quite like a breathtaking lake view.

 In an attempt to get back on the blogging band wagon, I am trying to write about "one thing" a day.  This idea is not my own, but borrowed from a blog I read

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Thing: Turning Five.

Jack turned five on March 23.  It seems like only moments ago that it was 7:57 p.m. on March 23,  2009 and he came into this world.

We talked out kids out of decided against friend birthday parties this year and instead opted for an event or experience.  Jack chose to go to Castle Fun Park with the Hikida family for a day of Schwakida fun. His birthday present was two tickets to the Canucks game.  He had a great time.

Jack right now:
Big smile
Voice like sunshine (when he isn't whining)
Loves playing hockey
Loves watching all sports with Daddy
Small addiction to video games
Doesn't like swimming lessons unless his mommy is his teacher
Loves board games
Loves to eat the same things over and over.  Some healthy, some not so much.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014: One Little Word

I have been choosing one little word for the past six years.  Inspired by my friend Janice and following Ali Edward's lead, I choose a word to live by for the year.  Better than a resolution that I tend to leave behind after week two, the word stays with me and inspires me in how I live.  Last year my word was learn and I did well with my word.  I learned so much in my new position at work.  I learned a lot about integrating technology into education.  And although it took me until August, I learned to make fitness a priority and I have become healthier and stronger as a result.

My word this year is a word that will take some mental resilience and work.  I have chosen the word, Be.  My word is about being me, being who I am and being present.  In reading Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly, I recognize that sometimes I disengage because then I can't make a mistake, fail or be vulnerable.

This year I am going to focus on:

Being me. Letting go of what people think (I know in my heart, this will be the most difficult for me).

Owning the way I do things even if it is different from how other people do things. Letting go of comparison in my job, in my personal life and my role as a mom.

Letting go of some of the self-doubt and the supposed to.

Accepting that I am enough.  Being willing to give myself a pat on the back for what I do well.

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities. -Ali Edwards

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Family Fun Sunday: Rock Climbing

One of the perks of our memberships at the Richmond Oval, is that we have access to rock climbing for Jack and Sarah at a reduced price.  Sunday afternoons we can sign the kids up to use the climbing wall and the kids can climb safely with a trained belayer.  Jack and Sarah love the challenge and ask to climb often.

Each time we go, they get a little more capable and confident as they figure out what works and get a few tips along the way.

 I love this look of determination on Sarah's face as she works her way up the wall.

Climbing involves problem solving as you try to figure out which hold to grab and in what order in terms of arms and legs.

At the top.  Ready for the ride down.

First climb of the day. I can always tell when Jack is nervous or uncertain,  he does that thing with his tongue.

Concentrating hard.

Working his way up the wall.

Full smile, proud of his accomplishment.