Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vancouver Christmas Market - 5th Annual


My Husband and daughters are really excited that the Vancouver Christmas Market will be back this weekend. Last year:

* Ava road the Carousel 4 times & enjoyed the Hurricane Fries
* We lost my Husband for awhile...and found him after he had sampled the maple taffy, Bratwurst, BeaverTail, and who knows what else....
* Maddie liked looking at all of the wooden toys
* Ava and I loved looking at all of the glass ornaments, and she picked out a bird ornament for our tree.

"Widely known as the place to get your fill of holiday cheer, the Christmas Market is a little slice of European heaven in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Open from November 22nd until December 24th, guests can stroll around the Plaza and be transported from the West coast of Canada to old-world cities across Germany and its neighbouring countries, while enjoying over 50 unique vendors, a variety of holiday-themed activities and Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel."

Dates:November 22nd to December 24th
Hours: 11am to 9pm daily; 11am to 6pm on December 24th
Location:Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission:Adults (13+): $7 – Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm & Weekends 11am-9pm
Adults (13+): $4 Special! Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
Seniors (60+): $1 off regular admission
Youth (7-12): $3
Child (0-6): FREE
Carousel Rides: $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

Vancouver Christmas Market: 

Monday, November 17, 2014

After Midnight.....

...Completed tomorrow's homeschool lessons...drinking wine and eating hickory sticks...everyone's in bed and I'm sure my crunching is echoing down the hall (tile floors + apartment living). 

Doing globe studies tomorrow...wrote down longitude and latitude definitions from memory and got them right - mental high five to myself. November is a focused study of an animal of her choice. December will be crafts and baking. (It will be mine, oh yes it will be mine.) Nature walks, glue & glitter, a mixing bowl and a toddler covered in flour...bring it on. Dec.1st will be go time. 

Must go to sleep now. Toddler music class starts at's late...I'm tired...toddler may wake 2-3+ times tonight. A stack of schoolwork awaits for 10:30am...[and the heat seems to have clicked off].

Homeschooling Gr. 3 and keeping a 2.5 year old busy = tricky.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

East Van Cross Project to Benefit Pivot Legal Society

As the Holiday season is arriving shortly, an option for gift giving is the new East Van pendant which is based on the East Van monument [at Clark & 6th Ave].

"The East Van Cross Project began with the iconic Monument for East Vancouver sculpture created by Ken Lum. Developed from a graffiti symbol that has circulated for several decades, it is an expression of hope and defiance. Inspired by this meaningful piece of public art, designer Susan Fiedler has conceived a fund raising initiative to benefit Pivot Legal Society, which works to create social and systematic change in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Supported by the City of Vancouver through a licensing agreement, Fiedler has designed two pendants based on the sculpture.
Fiedler says “I have always loved the Monument for East Vancouver; it is emblematic of East Van. I wanted to find a way to link the power of that emblem with the incredible work done by Pivot Legal Society."

West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

Next weekend is the 7th annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace in Abbotsford, BC - one of Canada's leading Holiday Season shows. There will be holiday gifts, jewellery & accessories, toys, specialty foods, and gift items from local artisans and manufacturers.

For the kids, there will be cookie decorating, Santa's Workshop (with free activities), and more.

Bring an unwrapped toy to donate Toy Mountain for children in need....

There will be a Festival of Trees where charitable organizations will decorate and compete for a grand prize. As well there will be culinary presentations, free family Christmas photos, and much more.


Tickets: $6 adults ($5 online), $5 seniors ($4 online), Free for children 16 & under

Information and tickets:

Friday November 21, 12pm-9pm
Saturday November 22, 10am-6pmSunday November 23, 10am-5pm

TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5

Social Media: Facebook; Twitter: @westcoastxmas

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Random Things About Me

I was tagged by Andrea from Mama in the City to come up with 5 random things about me. Here's my info for this blog meme....

1. I greatly dislike zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes - I don't like tropical fruit either (too sweet). I love raspberries, watermelon, grapes, cucumbers.... My favorite meal involves pasta and wine.

2. When I was a toddler a family friend named Steve Bell lived with us for awhile. My dad had a recording studio at the time (in Winnipeg) and Steve was a singer/songwriter (he was 18 then). For my 2nd birthday he didn't have the money to buy me a gift so he wrote a song that he called 'Jenny', and he sang it to me at my party. I remember when I was 5 the radio play of the song was frequent in Winnipeg, and friends' parents would call me over to hear it when I played at their houses.

Years later Anne Murray wanted to buy the rights to the song, but Steve wouldn't sell. Years after that he went on to win Juno Awards for his albums, and he still tours with 'Jenny' in the song lineup. (He's a Christian singer now but he was into rock when we knew him.)

Oddly enough, my Husbands' family knew some of Steve's family growing up. (We grew up in different Provinces and didn't meet until 2002). Also a coincidence, my father-in-law went to the same university, at the same time, as Anne Murray....
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