The days are still short
Birding at Jericho Beach
beach isn't far from my house and has free parking in the
winter. If you are looking for a quick drive and see sea
birds, for me it is closer and easier than Stanley Park. There
is a nice pier into the water and worst case, you can still see the
bunnies hopping around.
There was a cormorant fishing in the shallow water the the
pier. The angle was such that you could see him under the
water a lot of the time which made it fun to watch. He did get
a fish in the end but he surfaced with the fish further away.
Skating At Robson Square Ice Rink
Nara's grade one class is going
skating. Two years ago she decided she didn't want to do
skating any more so she hasn't been on the ice for two
years. We wanted to be sure that Nara could get around a
little on her own. Claira hasn't really been on ice and was
excited. We packed the car on Sunday morning and went
downtown to the skating rink.
Nara did really well. Claira did really well.
Nara gave up the box in a few minutes - she seemed to remember her
earlier skating lessons. Claira built a lot of confidence in
an hour or two, but she needs more practice.
been to the Boat Show for a few years and so far the kids have
wanted to go back every year. We start at Granville Island,
touring the big boats at the dock. We then ride the ferry
(included with the Adult Admission) to BC Place and hit the kids
zone. Finally, if there is time, we go see a few
Favorite number one is the hand driven
paddle boats. Nara really has the hang of it, but Claira is
coming along too. After their re-oriented themselves with
the operations, they did some bumper boat and some racing.
Next up is the
crafts table. Each year seam different. Two years ago,
it was make your own boat on a Styrofoam wedge. Last year it
was colouring, but the Vancouver Aquarium was there with their
ocean touching program where you can feel skins and shells.
This year they had trays full of beads the kids made themselves
some really nice brackets that they got to keep.
If that wasn't enough, they also got to
bounce in the bouncy castle, at least until another kid had a pee
accident. New this year for us, we actually went on some of
the boats and talked about pricing. Nara gets sea sick
looking at the ocean and I'm not much better so it's unlikely we
will ever buy a boat, but the kids did enjoy learning about them.
Mom picks us up downtown and we go home in
time for lunch. Great day!
Mark is in Town
Mark is in Japan working for EA.
EA had a global franchise get together in Burnaby so Mark flew for
work. We caught him on evening for dinner with his parents
at Rocky Mountain Flatbread.
We had four families (including Mark's)
and filled a table. We might have filled half the restaurant
if everyone had been available.
There is a bit of joke about people in
Vancouver only visiting Chinatown for the New Years parade.
Our kids have class in Chinatown so we visit pretty much every
week, but we also like the parade! The weather looked a
little iffy but it wasn't actually raining so we decided to risk
it and hope the crowds stayed away.
Parking is a challenge so we parked a few
blocks away and walked in. We arrive early and watched while
a lot of parade groups walked down the street to the staging
area. The lack of crowds made for nice views.
There is an election coming up in BC (May) and there were a lot of
famous people in the parade. We spotted Gregor Robertson
(Mayer), Christy Clark (Premier of BC) and Justin Trudeau (PM of
Canada) within minutes of each other. My kids were really
happy with the red packets. I was happy to see the dancing
lions and dragons.
Sadly, the rain got heavy, the kids got cold and we headed home
early. We still had a good time!
Mark In Town
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