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Summer has a Lot of Photo Worthy Activities - 1268 photos this month.


Reifel Bird Sanctuary


Claira Dragging A Stick Nara Throwing Food As AModel
The Reifel Bird Sanctuary has something attractive for every demographic.  The sell bird feed cheap so the kids love it.  They host a number of exotic (and seemingly wild) birds - it's an easy place to get close to Sandhill cranes.  The do a great job maintaining the paths so it's a nice for an early morning stroll.  And they must be doing something right because the place is full of birds, even birds that don't eat the feed they give out.


Sandhill Crane
There are two populations of Sandhill cranes - the breeding pairs (which are very territorial right now because they have eggs or chicks) and the juveniles which are out cruising for food all day.  The Juveniles aren't to be messed with either - they have no problems giving other birds a beak full of opinion and I'm sure if they weren't respected, they would lash out at you too.  The Canada geese are more of a problem for kids - they will bite little people and they can be pocket bullies if you have a bag of food.  You can't blame them - they all have families, but you do have to watch.

Canada Goose With Grassy Background
 

I personally like the park past the gate area where the crowds are thinner and the big birds are a little sparser.  I saw a new bird for me - Marsh Wrens.  These little brown jobbies are very vocal and apparently prolific nest builders - the males build more than a dozen in their territory to demonstrate their fitness.

Marsh WrenMarsh Wren Through The GrassWalking In The Overgrown Grass
 
It's been a warm spring so the flowers are growing like mad.  With the plants come Tent Caterpillars - Nara didn't want to touch one, but she enjoyed trying to find their houses.

  Claira With LupinsNara With Western Tent CaterpillarWestern Tent Caterpillar
 
  Lupin Falling Over Iris In A Bright Spot
If there weren't so many birds, perhaps people would appreciate the flowers more.

Herb Robert With A Bumble Bee
 

We all had a great time.

Mmm, Raspberry Fingers

Raspberry Tippped Fingers
Every kids does this - put raspberries on your finger tips.  Nara did it so I took a photo.

Stanley Park Train

Nara In Bouncy Train
Apparently it's the 50th Anniversary of the Stanley Park Miniature Train.   The park had a three day special event to commemorate the event.  We were pretty early in the morning and got perhaps the last spot in the last parking lot - I thought it would park would be nuts.  Turns out there was another event (a sports event) in Stanley Park that took all the parking so the train event had short lineup and lots of open space.

Snack Before Playing

The ticket booth (no line up!) had a bubble machine on the roof and Claira apparently really likes bubbles!  Claira is in daycare so we don't see everything she likes or has learned how to do - sometimes you just discover.  Turns out she likes bubbles.

Claira Chasing BubblesClaira Hand Out For ABubbleClaira Has ABubble In Her Grasp

Almost no line up, we got on the train and went for the tour.  The ride is maybe 10 minutes and actually loops around about three times.  They have lots of displays set up and a few "natural" features like a trestle over a pond.  The kids were captivated.

Helen And Claira On TrainGoing Around On The Train

There were other displays and games to play.  A giant sized ring toss was fun.  The reptile rescue people had some animals on display including a tortoise bigger than the kids. 
Claira Getting Rings To Throw Nara Landed A Ring
 

Grandma's House

We sometimes head out to Grandma's house for dinner and a play on the stairs.  (We don't have any stairs in our condo).  Claira and Nara both like to play with the exercise ball and getting a little free baby sitting is always a nice thing for the parents.  Reality - both kids fell down the stairs while three non-parents watched.  No serious bumps.
 
Claira Bouncing The Ball With JennieClaira And Jennie Playing With StickersOut On The Front Step
 
Rose In The Garden
Theresa's garden is beautiful this time of the year - the peony's are just finishing and the roses are in bloom. 

Peony In The Garden

Nara's Ballet Class

Class Curtsy At End

Nara's final ballet class of the spring session is today.  Her class normally has 8 kids but today there was only four.  Thankfully it was a pretty bright day ourside and the lights in the studio were working so I was able to get some sharp pictures. 


 The teacher has structured the class into a number of 5 minutes segments culminating with a stroll towards the audience and a curtsey at the end.  None of the kids follow all the directions but overall they do a good job of ballet type activity.  The ribbon part is good for photos because the ribbons encourage the kids to run and twirl giving more opportunties to get nice poses.
Nara Airborne With Sun On The FloorNara Looking DownNara Spinning With Ribbon
 
Nara On The Floor With ARibbonNara With Ribbon In Window Light

I think Nara enjoys both the teacher and class - she is always smiling when she is done.
 

Granville Island Water Park

Running With A Wall Of Water Behind
Normally I bring both kinds down but Claira threw a temper tantrum as we were leaving so she stayed home with my Mom.  Nara biked down and was very pleased to find the water park was open.  Even more surprising - Dad had all the stuff to go play in the park.  She got dressed quickly and ran around.


  Blast Of Water To The FaceKicking Water With Pink CrocsSmiling In Cold Water
 
Nara At Top Of Water Slider
I don't know what made Nara think of it, but she decided to give the water slide a try.  She's not quite tall enough (perhaps 106cm) so she went down with me.  The jets of water at the start are really cold!  It's actually quite a nice slide - there are a couple of corners, there seems to be lots of water pressure and the speed doesn't get to high.  Nara and I went down four times - I suspect we will be spending more time on the slide this summer.

You Must Be 107 cm

This weekend Helen is working so we stopped at the park by the hospital for a picnic lunch.  There is a playground there that the kids like so after a quick lunch the kids went to play.  Claira seems to have mastered this equiptment - she can walk up the slide and use the non-infant swings (they are very low and have a rubber mat below them).  Nara is working on her monkey bar technique - Mom gave her a bit of demonstration.

Claira At The Top Of The SlideClaira Climbing Up The Curly SlideClaira Looking Aside On SwingClaira On Swing Grandma Behind

 

Claira's Birthday

Nara Turning Around

Claira really has no idea it is her birthday, but we do so we had to make a least a little bit of an effort to have a party.   We took the kids to the Play Palace in Kerisdale and then out of dinner (and cake!) in the evening.  Claira really likes cake so I'm sure it was a good day for her overall.

 
The Play Palace is still a bit too grown up for our kids.  Claira enjoyed the obstacle course in the preschool area and liked the plasma cars, but the bouncy castle toys weren't her thing.  Nara wanted to try the larger bouncy castles, but they were just too high for here.  Both kids played with the basketballs, but even a game of pass was pretty much out of scope.  Given that it was a rainy Saturday after school ended, the arena filled up quickly and the line ups started to get bad.  Everyone did have a good time.

Claira Sliding Down Yellow SlideClaira On APlasma CarNara Racing On Plasma Car
Nara Doing Keep Away With ABasket BallNara Throwing ABasket Ball

Claira say the candle on her cake and wanted to touch it.  Of course we didn't let her and it was instantly a game.  She tried a dozen times more and we kept stopping her - bigger smiles every time.  Some time she is going to get the candle and the smiles will stop.

 Claira Happy About CakeClaira And Jennie At Birthday

Eric's Birthday

Someone observed that kids really need two toys - balloons and boxes.  Everything else is gravy.  When the kids arrived, everyone plays with the hosts toys (Xander has a nice train set and a great collection of books) but Claira found the balloon and pretty soon everyone was knocking around with balloons.  Haley started the static electricity balloons (rubbing it on her Dad's head) and managed to stick a balloon to the ceiling - an accomplishment the parents couldn't reproduce.  Every had a good time - thanks for hosting Gabi/Eric/Xander!
 
Haley Using A Ballon Like A LensNara Jumping For BallonXander Chasing Ballon

Looking At Balloon Stuck To The CeilingAbby Looking Over NaraBlowing Out Birthday Cake
 
 
 


Out On The Front Step
Person: Nara
Nara With Western Tent Caterpillar
Person: Nara
Species: Malacosoma californicum (Western Tent Caterpillar)
Nara On The Floor With ARibbon
Person: Nara
Tags: ballet
Claira With Lupins
Person: Claira
Blowing Out Birthday Cake
Person: Eric, Gabi, Xander
Tags: birthday cake
Claira Dragging A Stick
Person: Claira
Claira And Jennie Playing With Stickers
Person: Claira
Claira At The Top Of The Slide
Person: Claira
Altitude: 45m (147 feet)
Location: Go To...
Marsh Wren Through The Grass
Species: Cistothorus palustris (Marsh Wren)
Tags: bird, grass, Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Abby Looking Over Nara
Person: Abby
Claira Hand Out For ABubble
Person: Claira
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Rose In The Garden
Tags: flower, garden
Peony In The Garden
Tags: flower, garden
Claira Has ABubble In Her Grasp
Person: Claira
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On APlasma Car
Person: Claira
Sandhill Crane
Species: Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Looking Aside On Swing
Person: Claira
Claira Sliding Down Yellow Slide
Person: Claira
Tags: play gym
Lupin Falling Over
Helen And Claira On Train
Person: Claira, Helen
Altitude: 35m (114 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Stanley Park Miniature Train, train
Nara Doing Keep Away With ABasket Ball
Person: Nara
Marsh Wren
Species: Cistothorus palustris (Marsh Wren)
You Must Be 107 cm
Tags: sign
Class Curtsy At End
Tags: ballet
Smiling In Cold Water
Person: Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Claira Happy About Cake
Person: Claira
Tags: birthday cake
Blast Of Water To The Face
Person: Nara
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Running With A Wall Of Water Behind
Person: Nara
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Nara Looking Down
Person: Nara
Tags: ballet
Nara Landed A Ring
Person: Nara
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
Location: Go To...
Canada Goose With Grassy Background
Species: Branta canadensis (canada goose)
Nara Racing On Plasma Car
Person: Nara
Raspberry Tippped Fingers
Nara With Ribbon In Window Light
Person: Nara
Tags: ballet
Western Tent Caterpillar
Species: Malacosoma californicum (Western Tent Caterpillar)
Xander Chasing Ballon
Person: Xander
Tags: balloon
Nara Spinning With Ribbon
Person: Nara
Tags: ballet
Nara Turning Around
Person: Nara
Haley Using A Ballon Like A Lens
Person: Haley
Tags: balloon
Walking In The Overgrown Grass
Nara Throwing ABasket Ball
Person: Nara
Kicking Water With Pink Crocs
Person: Nara
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Nara In Bouncy Train
Person: Nara
Altitude: 29m (95 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bouncy, train
Iris In A Bright Spot
Species: Iris pseudacorus (paleyellow iris, yellow flag)
Nara Airborne With Sun On The Floor
Person: Nara
Tags: ballet
Nara At Top Of Water Slider
Altitude: 13m (42 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: water park
Claira Bouncing The Ball With Jennie
Person: Jennie
Nara Throwing Food As AModel
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Claira Climbing Up The Curly Slide
Person: Claira
Altitude: 44m (144 feet)
Location: Go To...
Going Around On The Train
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Altitude: 38m (124 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Stanley Park Miniature Train
Claira Chasing Bubbles
Person: Claira
Altitude: 19m (62 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Jumping For Ballon
Person: Nara
Claira And Jennie At Birthday
Person: Claira, Jennie
Looking At Balloon Stuck To The Ceiling
Person: Abby, Haley, Jesse, Jin
Tags: balloon
Snack Before Playing
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Claira Getting Rings To Throw
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira On Swing Grandma Behind
Person: Claira
Herb Robert With A Bumble Bee
Species: Geranium robertianum (Robert's geranium)
Tags: Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Tags: ballet(6), water park(5), Reifel Bird Sanctuary(4), balloon(3), flower(2), garden(2)
People: Nara(21), Claira(17), Helen(4), Haley(2), Abby(2), Xander(2)
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