Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stanley Park Vancouver BC

Stanley park in Vancouver BC is huge!  The first thing we did while there was ride this little train around.  Once we got on we realized that it was more for kids.  I saw a few other adults who were on it without kids but they probably felt weird about it too.  It was definitely a kiddy ride.    
After that we got on our roller blades and started going around.  I am not very good at using the breaks on the roller blades and we started out going down hill by the road.  I guess I was scaring Bob with my lack of being able to break without just going on the grass and he thought it best if we put our shoes back on and walked a bit.   Once we got back onto level or uphill ground it was fine.
 The park had an amazing view of downtown.

After rollerblading for a while we put our shoes on and ate dinner.  I forgot the restaurant name but it was one of the ones right in the park and I thought it was good.  The dessert was a bit of a disappointment but that is ok.  After dinner we walked around the park a little bit and then headed to the Theatre Under the Stars for West Side Story.
This was our first outdoor play and I loved it.  The weather was perfect and it was neat looking up and seeing the stars.  I thought I knew the story pretty well and I did.  But while watching it I realized I've never actually seen it before.  I studied it in one of my dance classes in college so I was pretty familiar with all the dances.  I also know the general story from Romeo and Juliet.  After about the first 15 minutes it was clear to me that I haven't actually seen the play or entire movie before.  I liked it.
 I pulled these pictures off their website.
While researching for this play I found out about the Kitsap outdoor theatre!  I heard whisperings of it before but never actually heard someone who's been to it or knows much about it.  I have no time to check it out this summer but hopefully next year I will be able to go.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Watch What I'm Wearing

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Vancouver Trip Grandville Island

While Bob's parents were here Bob and I celebrated our 10th anniversary and my birthday.  His parents we kind enough to babysit so we could go to Vancouver BC for a couple days.  I've been to Canada as a kid but I barely remember it.  I think this was Bob's first time.

Driving across the border itself was exciting.  Aside from the long wait and us getting the slowest line it was kind of exciting.  Are they going to ask for our registration because we can't find it?  Why are they talking so long to that motorcycle guy?  When we pulled up the guy quickly asked Bob questions about where we are from and what we have in the car.  I think Bob was surprised about the questions because he kind of froze and I had to answer a few questions from the passenger seat.
Welcome to CAMADA.  I have instantly have no idea how fast we should drive and what that street sign means.

We couldn't check into our hotel yet so we headed over to Grandville Island.  I few friends recommended this and I'm really glad we went.  It was one of our favorite activities.
Got food from the market and ate lunch on the water.  Well, half of lunch.  A seagull flew right up and grabbed a piece of my chicken off my plate.  It freaked me out so bad we had to go inside to eat... and I couldn't eat anything off that side of my plate, I was worried he got bird germs all over my food.
The market was pretty cool and very crowded.  At one point I was worried I wouldn't be able to find Bob.  He went to the bathroom, which was up ahead to the left and I said I would meet him there in a minute.  But when I walked over there was a sign on the bathroom saying it was closed.  Normally I wouldn't worry but we couldn't use our phones and I had no idea where he went.  I eventually found another bathroom and just waited there for about 5 minutes hoping he would come out.  He did :)

We both got a few treats.  Mine was delicious, Bob's granola was pretty good too.  After a about 45 minutes though I was starting to feel claustrophobic and wanted out of the public market building.
So we walked around and checked out the shops on the streets.  I thought this book looked funny.
These towers were pretty cool.  We only had one hour parking, but when we went back to our car at almost an hour we saw the guy coming.  But then we realized that he was only taking down the information for the first time, so we got away with another hour.  It saved us from trying to move our car to another spot.
I like watching street performers.  He was entertaining, although I wonder about how these people make their living.  I wouldn't be happy if my children grew up and told me they were street performers for a career.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cub Scout Camp

Ok, so cub scout camp was a few weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about it.  That is what happens when your husband takes the pictures on his tablet and you don't know how to get them off the tablet and onto the computer :)

Tucker had a blast at cubscout camp!  He was so excited to go and I'm sure it lived up to his expectations.  Five days of outdoor activities with other 9-year-olds, what could be better?

They did crafts.
Shot BB guns

Built things.

Practiced archery, this was Tucker's favorite.
And did an obstacle course, I guess this was also Tucker's favorite.  He continuously got faster and faster times throughout the week which is what we told him to go for.

On the last day the families were invited for the awards and outdoor program.  I think we waited about 2 hours before it started, so the whole thing felt ridiculously long and boring for the kids.  But we were there to support Tucker and the other leaders.  

I'm thankful for all the work that people put into making this possible.  It takes a special kind of person to be a cub scout leader.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Duck Tour

Grandma and Grandpa Woestman came out to visit us and this time we toured Seattle a little bit.  Bob's parents are pretty used to riding the ferry to and from the airport by now but the kids were excited to go on.  
It is always so windy outside on the ferry but it is fun to see the Seattle skyline getting closer and closer.

While downtown we went to the farmers market.  It might have just been me but it seemed extra crowded, especially for a Thursday.

We mostly just looked around but made one stop at my favorite Pikes Place donut stand.  They were delicious like always.

I heard the recently cleaned off the gum wall, something about the gum eating away at the brick, so I wasn't sure how full of gum it would be.  It wasn't as full as before but pretty saturated with gum.
Leon wanted a picture with BB8
There is a new playground over by the space needle that is pretty cool.  We didn't have a lot of time to play, in fact Tucker is the only one who made it up to go down the slide.  But I'll have to remember to plan more time for the kids to play next time.  It was a good break for them.

Our main reason for going to Seattle was to Ride the Ducks.  They have these buses that can drive right into the water and turn into a boat.  They are called the Ducks.  It was a 90 minute downtown Seattle tour with about 30 minutes in the water.  I thought it was fun.  Definitely one of the most family friendly tours in Seattle.  They played music and the guide wore funny hats and kept telling cheesy jokes the whole time.  I think everyone enjoyed it.

The weather was amazing!  I think it was upper 70s and sunny.  It felt great.  

These pictures are from the ferry ride home.

Like father like son :)
After we got home we started to getting ready for a relief society activity that was at my house that night.  It was a busy but fun day!  Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for coming to visit!