Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What's Old is New

Most of my recent photos were individual shots of the girls (again), so I just added them to their respective posts below: Ivy and Ella. A few others from the past week or so:

Monday, March 26, 2007

Cougar Salvo

It's a little jarring when you wander over to Coasting to see how the Powell Pletts and their brood are doing, expecting to see the latest cute photos of the model mom and kids frolicking in coastal bliss...only to find that you're confronted with a couple of dozen pictures of a very intense military exercise -- guys in full gear carrying weapons, SWAT teams rounding up insurgents, military helicopters, police dogs...oh, and did I mention the weapons?

The scene is so far out of my frame of reference for "normal life" that it feels like peeking into a movie set -- something imaginary. But Canadian troops are actually engaged in real-life battle in Afghanistan right now, which is all too easy to ignore. Anyway, it sounds like Steve was in his glory.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

They Got One in South Patagonia

I want to live in los angeles
not the one in los angeles
no, not the one in south california
they got one in south patagonia
Not much to say about my most recent trip to LA a couple of weeks ago. It was a fast trip, all work and no play. I brilliantly forgot the key to the lock that keeps my bike "safe" in the office down there...safe from me being able to ride it, that is. I didn't really have time for exploring, so it didn't bum me out too much.

I did bring the camera, but only took a grand total of three boring photos, all within two minutes and a picturesque half-block of the fantastic diner we ate breakfast in every morning. Productive work week and fancy suppers and drinks every night. My beer gut would thrive while my liver pickled if I lived like that full time.

Flying in and out of Penticton is pure greatness, if for no other reason than it lets me route through Vancouver to hook up with Angelo, who has so far been willing to schlepp through wind and rain to meet me at the airport for beers, laughs and good grub.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Welcome, Ethan

Huge congrats to Greg and Sophie on the birth of their new little guy -- they've been kind enough to provide photographic evidence, and I challenge anyone who knows Greg to not howl with laughter when they see how much Ethan resembles his proud papa. Love it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Tannis posted some photos yesterday, and they couldn't really be any more opposite to my experience right now. They represent a very earthy view of home life -- three-year-old Ella raking in the garden with an orchard backdrop, a glowingly pregnant Tannis poking around in a sunny flowerbed, and a front-yard crocus ringing in spring. In the sharpest contrast, here in LA this week it's ultra-urban, grown-up, indoors, car-bound and intense. As I flew over the city Monday night, I was shocked by the lights stretching forever in every direction and traffic jamming most streets at 10:30pm. Unbelievable.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ivy Close

Little missy Ivy Jane,
sun and moon and stars and rain,
sometimes your dad's a pain,
but he loves you ,Ivy Jane.
March 27 Update: A new post full of Ivy photos seems redundant, so I thought I'd just add them here:

Ella Blue

Oh, my little Ella Pearl,
beautiful girl in a big wide world.
March 27 Update: In an effort to not create a new (almost identical) post, I thought I'd just add a few new Ella photos here:

Monday, March 05, 2007

Picture Board

We got this picture board from the Hildebrands as a house-warming gift before Christmas, and a couple of weeks ago Tannis filled it up with photos from the past year. So pleasing to see little collections of beauty, friends and great moments like this. The girls helped with it too.

On the hodgepodge theme, I've posted lots of photos to my Flickr site lately and then forgotten to post links here. A few faves:

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Daddy-Daughter Weekend

Tannis took the bus down to Vancouver for a weekend getaway -- sounded like she had a blast with Bill, Rose, Mark and Esther (in that order, I think). So it was a Daddy-Daughter weekend around here, and we were ambitious (although my hands were apparently too full to take any photos):
  • The Hiebert grandparents kicked off the Daddy-Daughter weekend by taking care of the daughters while the daddy went snowboarding on Friday night, and then we all had a sleepover.
  • Pioneer Market in the morning for spudnuts and fresh bread.
  • We lounged and read in the kids' section at the downtown Kelowna library, an old favourite spot we haven't been to in a while.
  • Checked out the Kelowna Museum, which has a real hodgepodge of disconnected things, but the girls were totally into it.
  • Coffee at the Bean Scene, another old haunt. Surprisingly didn't run into Bean-Scene regular and ex-Rosenorter Malcolm.
  • We walked along the waterfront to the Kelowna Art Gallery, which turned out to be really fun. It's small, and didn't take long to see it all.
  • On the way back to the car, we popped in at the Art Ark, where I would have purchased Meghan Hildebrand's Playground for the Unwilling if I felt rich and could somehow justify the $1700. Yikes!
  • In the evening, back in Summerland, we hit the pool not knowing that it was "Tropical Swim Night" -- total, complete chaos with several hundred kids, games filling the pool deck, cold "rain" showering the overfull hot tub. My worst nightmare, but I toughed it out. Kids had fun, anyway.
  • Breakfast at Lorne and Nada's, house-clean-up in the afternoon, a hike at Hardy Falls, and then picked up Tannis in Westbank. Whirlwind!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Okanagan Mountain Goats

On a bike ride last week near Summerland, I spotted the herd of mountain goats I've been seeing for a few years. They're easily visible from the highway, but the trail I was on took me closer to them than I had been before. I had brought my camera, so I hiked in even closer and got some nice shots of these amazing creatures: