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Trip to the Island


Waterpark

Nara All Sun Screened Up Claira Hiding Between Chairs
We live so close to Granville Island that we could visit the waterpark every weekend if we wanted to.  There are a few universal truths - if the sun is out, you need to be wearing sunscreen and the water is going to be cold!


Claira Walking Down The Boardwalk Where Is The Water
The waterpark opens around 10am.  If you get there right at 10am you find the park is pretty empty (handy if you have young kids that would be knocked over easily) and the ground is still pretty warm. 

Nara With The RainbowTwo Girls With Spraying Water

There is a nice sandbox at the park.  The sandbox has a small artifical stream flowing into it so the sand can become quite muddy.  Of course the kids love mud.  On the plus side there is a water park a few steps away so it's easy to clean up the kids after they get covered in mud.

Claira Found The Sand PitClaira Playing With Dirty WaterClaira Splashed From Top To Bottom

Grandparents 70th Wedding Anniversary


Nara Bringing Apples To The Turkeys
My Grandparents are celebrating 70 years of marriage this year.  It's pretty amazing.  Most of their progeny navigated to the island to help them celebrate their special day. My aunt and uncle are hosting on the farm so there was no end of fun for the kids.


One of the favorite activities for the kids is feeding apples to the turkeys.  The turkeys probably have a pretty monotonous diet so getting a sweet (but bruised from falling on the ground) apple is probably quite a treat.  Everyone gets a few apples to drop in the enclosure before we run out of apples.

Three Apple CarriersNara Pushing Apple Into EnclosureClaira Is About Turkey HeightJames Watching The Turkeys

 James And Justin Walking
We don't see all the family that often so a party is a nice way to reestablish relationships.  James and Marcus have stay with Justin and Kayla for a few days so they were quite familiar. 

Kayla Tickling MarcusLexi And Jessica

Of course after feeding the turkeys, jumping on the trampoline a close second on the fun scale.  All the kids got a chance to bounce but we had to take turns so the young kids could stand for more than a few moments.  Surprisingly, no collisions or fall offs (


Claira On TampolineMarcus With The Jumping GirlsLexi Stomping On Trampoline
 
Marcus Kissing Grandma
Next up is visiting family recent and familiar.  Keira is our newest member of the family and of course she got a lot of attention.

Keira On Sonias Shoulder


 Dinner was of course fantastic and there was a nice desert selection afterwards.
 
Dahlias On The TablesGrandparents With Giant CakeGrandparents Holding Hands To Cut Cake

The kids played until they were exhausted and then tried to keep going.  Thanks everyone for hosting a fantastic party.

Kin Beach Provincial Park


Nara On Too High Slide Helen And Claira At The Swings
There is little point coming over to the island for a party and not taking time to visit the attractions in the Comox valley.  Kin beach Provincial Park is a small park (mostly campground) with a nice playground and beach access.  The tide was pretty high so there wasn't much beach, but everyone had a good time.

Nara And John On Teeter Totter Hg

The playground has lots of old generation playground equipment - you don't see merry-go-rounds in Vancouver anymore and the slide was the tallest free standing slide I've seen.  There are taller slides in Vancouver (the slide at Queen's park in New West is a monster) but they generally have more platform at the top and are either spiral or covered (Douglas Park).  The beach was quite nice - I even got to see some wildlife!

California broomrapeBonapartes GullNara And Claira Sitting On Log

After the beach (and with tired kids) we visited the grandparents for lunch.  After lunch, we had a nap and then headed out to the farm.

Back To The Farm

  Laying Chicken In The Grass Nara Walking Over To Chickens
Dinner the night before was plentiful so we were invited out again to help clean up the left overs.  Nara, Lexi, my Dad, Jessica and I went for a walk down to the lower fields.  The saw a Red Legged frog, but it was too quick for me to catch. 

Jessica Playing With Lexi

Kye Bay

Claira Head Tipped Claira Both Eyes Focused
The next morning had a similar plan to the day before - get the kids tired and then go visit the Grandparents.  Nara really wanted to try out the pool at the hotel (it was cold so Nara and Claira didn't last long).  We decided to do another beach playground.  We picked Kye bay which has a fantastic sandy beach if the tide is out.  Unfortunately, the tide wasn't out far enough.



Nara Claira And The Grandparents
Helen had the great idea of taking some family portraits - so now we have a photo with the four of us in it.

Harvey Shum Family Portrait On The BeachClaira Eating A Rock

After another visit with the grandparents we hit the road to catch a ferry.  Thanks everyone for a great weekend!

 


Nara And John On Teeter Totter Hg
Altitude: 16m (52 feet)
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Claira Playing With Dirty Water
Person: Claira
Nara Claira And The Grandparents
Person: Nara, Claira, Janet, Lloyd
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Tags: Kye Beach
Lexi And Jessica
Person: Lexi May, Jessica
Nara Walking Over To Chickens
Person: Nara
Grandparents With Giant Cake
Person: Edna, Philip
Tags: birthday cake
Lexi Stomping On Trampoline
Person: Lexi May
Tags: trampoline
Three Apple Carriers
Person: Marcus, Nara
Claira On Tampoline
Person: Claira
Tags: trampoline
Marcus Kissing Grandma
Person: Janet, Marcus
Nara And Claira Sitting On Log
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
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Claira Head Tipped
Person: Claira
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
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Claira Hiding Between Chairs
Person: Claira
Nara Pushing Apple Into Enclosure
Person: Nara
Claira Eating A Rock
Person: Claira, John
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
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Tags: beach, Kye Beach, portrait
Laying Chicken In The Grass
Dahlias On The Tables
Claira Walking Down The Boardwalk
Keira On Sonias Shoulder
Person: Keira
Claira Both Eyes Focused
Person: Claira
Altitude: 24m (78 feet)
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Grandparents Holding Hands To Cut Cake
Two Girls With Spraying Water
Tags: water park
Marcus With The Jumping Girls
Tags: trampoline
Claira Found The Sand Pit
Person: Claira
Nara With The Rainbow
Tags: rainbow, water park
Claira Is About Turkey Height
Person: Claira
Helen And Claira At The Swings
Person: Claira
Nara All Sun Screened Up
Person: Nara
Harvey Shum Family Portrait On The Beach
Person: Claira, Helen, John, Nara
Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
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Tags: beach, Kye Beach, portrait
Claira Splashed From Top To Bottom
Person: Claira
Where Is The Water
Person: Nara
Nara On Too High Slide
Tags: playground, slide
Jessica Playing With Lexi
Person: Jessica
Nara Bringing Apples To The Turkeys
Person: Nara
James Watching The Turkeys
Person: James
James And Justin Walking
Person: James, Justin
California broomrape
Species: Orobanche californica (California broomrape)
Bonapartes Gull
Species: Chroicocephalus philadelphia (Bonaparte's Gull)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Kayla Tickling Marcus
Person: Kayla, Marcus
Tags: Kye Beach(3), trampoline(3), portrait(2), beach(2), water park(2), birthday cake(1)
People: Claira(13), Nara(9), Marcus(3), John(2), James(2), Lexi May(2)
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