There’s a Little Caterpillar in All of us Just Waiting to Get Out

I ate a leaf today. So did Matt. Actually, Matt ate two. And not a leaf like like a piece of romaine lettuce type of leaf. No, no. A big, honest-to-goodness leaf because that, my friends, is something they eat in Korea. But I digress.We took what I assume was our last family outing in Canada today to Golden Ears Park and it was beautiful!  The kids played in the co-o-o-l-d water and I took pictures. And THEN we saw our fellow students and dorm-mates there, our friends from Korea: YungJo, Eunae, and Shiyun! Eunae and Shiyun YungJo and MattThey were there with friends and they graciously invited us to a Korean BBQ right there in the park! First of all, it was soo good! There was steak and chopsticks and rice and kimchi and fermented soup, carrots and cucumbers that you dip in this really good red paste…good food.  But, back to the leaves.Rice, pork belly, and paste wrapped up in a palm-sized sesame leaf so that it looks like a sweet, little leaf-satchel. About two bites into it, I realized that it tasted a little bit like rice and a little bit like pork belly, but mostly like leaf. It was pretty good and really filling…I mean, I only had the one, but I felt really full after the one leaf. I don’t know how caterpillars do it…they eat so many leaves and they are so tiny!SO, while our camera battery had just died and I didn’t get to take any picutres of the satchel of leafy-goodness, I will share other pictures we got with our sweet...

Highlights from our Drive to Canada

For those of you who may not know, we live in Arizona, a state full of cacti and all the many types of animals that live inside the cacti. But we are in Canada presently which begs the question: how did we get here?I’m so glad you asked! We drove. In our minivan with our three kids through California, Oregon and Washington. It’s kind of like a road trip.But instead of loud music, there are often periods of extreme quietness if a miracle has happened and all three of our children are asleep at the same time.And…instead of being able to drive with the windows down with abandon, you have the little people in the back yelling (well, they’re not being rude…it’s just a minivan and the windows are down so they have to yell to be heard) “Daddy! Can you roll the windows up?! It’s cold!” And then you look back there and their hair is all blowing like crazy and you realize that it is actually much windier in the back than it is in the front.And then there’s the 10-month-old who isn’t afraid to let you know how he’s feeling inside by crying for our whole drive through the Redwoods.So, it’s more like a road trip–toddler style. And that is okay with us. Because we are a family. And we love each other.So, here are some highlights from our trip. Sorry, we didn’t get any pictures of the baby crying throughout the entire Redwood forest. We must have been thinking about something else… 1.  Huntington Library!It’s really only at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens where...

Visitors!

Okay, maybe it’s just ‘visitor’, but it’s still exciting all the same. My mom came out and visited a little while ago and here are some highlights of being with her and her being with the kids and the kids being happy and so on. There are these parks just by the side of the road in Vancouver and we stopped at one. Some of us ran, some of us played Grandma’s iPhone and some of us tried our best to eat the flowers. I’ll let you figure out who tried to do what. The view from the park. We went to Granville Island in Vancouver which isn’t a real island, yet feels like an island! Except without the palm trees and beaches…you know, it actually didn’t feel too much like an island. But it was fun! You see, they’re open 0900 to 1900 every day! So, that’s 9:00 to 7:00 (but, I mean, I had to count on my fingers just now because I’m not in the military and I’m not from Canada. I also don’t speak French). It is, actually, a market. with vegetable and bakeries and candy stores. It’s a very cool place to see and shop at. Is this not a proud-looking, robust bird who is likely to find a mate? Look at those colors! Hm, yeah, so I do take pictures of birds and I like them and there might be a post on them sometime in the future, for all of those who are ornithologically-inclined. Somedays are longer for three year olds than others. We also went berry picking, but that’s a post...

Happy Canada Day!

“Canada Day” is like the 4th of July…but for Canadians! We get the day off from school which is wonderful because it’s really the first break we have had since we’ve arrived in Canada.To celebrate, we went to the Fort Langley National Historic Center or Site or Monument or Something because it’s right down the street, admission was free, and we were feeling Canadian. Here are Susanna and Benaiah celebrating Canada Day! And, lest you think the name is just there for fun, it is actually a fort. You see, back in the days…when everyday houses looked a lot more like Lincoln Logs, people came here and built this fort and the First Nations (read: how Canadians refer to Native Americans) helped them survive.Here is what Canada looked like back in the days of the Fort:    Mostly, I wouldn’t say this was a ‘spectacular visit’, but that might have been because of our little friends who are not pictured here, the mosquitos. Turns out they live in the US and Canada. It was neat learning about the history of this great place called British Columbia and we all took home a little bit of Canada… And here’s a picture of Onesimus, as he didn’t make it into any of the pictures above. So, from all of us to all of yours…Happy Canada...
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