Monday, March 25, 2013

skateboards

Finn has recently started to really love skateboarding. happiness for him consists of nothing more than chasing jeff around the skatepark and butt-boarding around the sidelines. and maybe a few crackers to snack on afterward. it's really so sweet and i was grateful to be along for the ride this weekend.
















Wednesday, March 20, 2013

11/52

'A portrait of my loves, once a week, every week, in 2013.'


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

melted crayon eggs

i came across this easter egg diy on pinterest and was eager to give it a try with finn. its a pretty simple concept - grate a few crayons, hard boil a few eggs, and then while the eggs are still hot, sprinkle them with the crayon shavings and watch the colours melt into each other. the only thing i would have done differently the next time around is to use fewer colours. one of the first lessons you learn in your colouring years is mixing too many colours together always results in yucky brown guck. a lesson i apparently forgot. :)






Sunday, March 17, 2013

rainbows

after feeling inspired by some of the cute st. particks day rainbow crafts being shared over on oh happy day, i wanted to make something to surprise for finn. we have a long, narrow hallway that leads from the bedrooms to our dinning room and i thought a few random strips of multicoloured crape paper  taped to the ceiling would do just the trick. the rainbow hallway led to a little green leprechaun (sent by nana and grampy) and a tiny bag of gold coins. finn was pretty excited! happy st. particks day! xo










Wednesday, March 13, 2013

(not so) secret gardens

when it comes to gardening in vancouver, i feel like we have moved to another planet. its like a skill i never even had. the climate and what will grow here are totally different than anything i have worked (or struggled) with in the past. since the beginning of february, bulbs have been bursting out of the ground desperately waiting to show their beautiful colours after a long, grey winter. all the community gardens (which there are SO many of) bare remnants of last seasons bounty still bolting toward the sky- purple broccoli, vibrant kales and mile-high brussels sprouts seem to dawn every other plot. finn loves nothing more than to wander around these gardens- eagerly looking at all that the earth has grown. occasionally sampling a little sprout. always picking up rocks and sticks to bring home to his collection. a small token of a wonderful few moments in nature.

last sunday, jeff returned home from a week long work trip to hawaii. finn was desperate to get outside and enjoy some papa time, so to the skatepark we went. the boys scooted around for quite some time, and i wondered off to discover the strathcona community garden. i love the shabbyness of the gardens here. anything goes and it just works. having contributed a bit to try and get a community garden set up in our old calgary neighbourhood, the frustration and red tape around getting things off the ground were really deflating for many of us involved. but seeing the spaces here- the makeshift fences, hand drawn signs, lawn furniture acquired from discarded building materials- each plot so unique in everything from its shape to the technique used to care for the small spot of land. the organic foundation of these gardens just feels GOOD. its simple and it works. and it makes me happy every time we walk through and see the beauty that thrives in growing life.

at this point, i'm not sure what we will end up growing this year. my friend jacquie recently shared a link to a great seed starting calculator - you simply enter your climates first frost free date (i googled ours) and it will calculate when you should start your seeds and when to put them in the ground. according the that calculator, the last frost here is march 26th and we are WAY behind on getting much of anything started from seed. that being said, i hope to get a few things going and will definitely share how everything grows over the summer. i'm excited and nervous all at the same time! with so many new things to learn in a new city, i never really considered that growing food would be the most challenging of them.

a few pictures from the strathcona community garden. we found a pretty incredible koi pond that you will see in some of the photos. i look forward to going back in the summer to see the garden in full bloom.

Monday, March 11, 2013

uncle kyle

it's no secret that finn LOVES his uncles. he talks about jeff's brother, kyle, and my brother, nathan, endlessly. when you ask finn how he got so big, he for some reason replies 'from uncle nathan and uncle kyle!' simply put, he adores them. kyle has always been so sweet with finn. he never speaks to him as though he is just a child, and you can tell finn thrives off that. for most the year, kyle resides in fredericton, new brunswick, jeff's home town, but every spring for the last 5 or so years, he heads west to tree plant on the coast. we have always been fortunate in that calgary was a pitstop on his various trips back and forth, and now that we are in vancouver, we are just a little bit closer. kyle had quite the adventure getting out here this time around, but late last week, he finally arrived. the visit was short, but finn managed to sucker him into a lot of train track building, bike riding, and a special trip to cates park where, after a morning of playing 'super bunny' with uncle, finn insisted on wearing his super hero cape. as with every visit, it was a treat to spend some time kal and we all look forward to a few more pop-bys in the coming months. xo















finn cried for 20 minutes straight while uncle packed up his truck to leave