Sunday, August 29, 2010

What a wonderful weekend.

Malcolm had a great time at the PNE this year, certainly more eventful than years past. Not only did he get to ride on all his favorite rides including the giant slide, this year he was tall enough and brave enough to ride the Kettle Creek Roller Coaster. From the expression on his face you can see that he thoroughly enjoyed himself. He's certainly growing up. Maybe in a few years the family will be able to travel to Disneyland.

I'm also happy to report that we enjoyed three full days of exemplary behaviour. The only blip was last night when Roger went out for BNO and had to come home early due to Malcolm's late night wakings. For some reason Malcolm hasn't been sleeping all that soundly. Many nights out of the week he gets up for some reason or another. Roger and Tracey thought it was mainly due to daycare anxiety, but the wakings during the weekends are somewhat of a mystery. Here are some pictures from the PNE.
PNE Kettle Creek Roller Coaster
PNE Kettle Creek Roller Coaster

Saturday, August 28, 2010

9 months in comparison...

I think Malcolm was a little further ahead in terms of moving around, but Melody has sure dwarfed him with regards to weight. It's fun to watch both kids grow. For the most part they've been pretty similar with one clear exception: eating. Melody is eating regular food; implementing the Baby-Led Weaning approach has allowed her to eat everything. So far there's nothing she won't eat. Yesterday, Roger gave her fish, asparagus, pears, and watermelon for dinner. She gobbled it all up. Happy 9 Months Miss Melody.

Setup shot:
Setup shot
Melody almost 9 months.
9 Month Comparison:
Malcolm and Melody 8 months

Malcolm @ 9 Months:
Weight: 8900g = 19.6lbs
Length: 71cm = 27.9"
Head: 45cm = 18.1"

Melody @ 9 Months:
Weight: 9661g = 21.6
Length: 28.5"

Monday, August 23, 2010

PNE, happy 100th!

On Friday the family made their way down to English Bay to watch the PNE parade. It had been 15 years since the last one. Beach Avenue was lined with people to take in the special event. There were floats, performers, and even tethered balloons. Finally, to kick off the celebration the Beach Boys and Bryan Adams performed at Empire Stadium. Tracey got to fulfil a teenage dream to watch Bryan perform live. He played all his hits including "Summer of '69". Suffice to say, he rocked the home town crowd. Here are some pictures from the parade and one from the concert. Roger and Tracey were up close, stage right.
Two wonderful spectators
Elvis @ the PNE parade
pigs flying down Beach Ave
Bryan Adams

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rocky Mountaineer ride...

Yesterday, Roger, Tracey, Malcolm and Melody traveled by train to Whistler. It was their first ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train. It was a three hour ride up and a three hour ride down with spectacular views of the Howe Sound, Cheakamus River, Coast Mountains, and all the other beautiful sights one sees while traveling up to Whistler. They got to walk around the train, see all the different types of cars, and enjoy some snacks all while taking in all the beautiful scenery. The kids were great little travelers. They didn't fuss and were very well behaved. Here are some pictures from the trip, including the family lunch at Whistler.
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

Monday, August 09, 2010

Bowling redux.

Malcolm has been wanting to try bowling again for some time. Whenever, we walk by the Bowling Alley he mentions how he would like to try again. Roger usually tells him that it's a rainy day activity and that the next time it rains they could go. Low and behold, the weather was quite wet this past weekend. Apparently the second time around was much more successful. Malcolm did extremely well, bowling an 82 (all by himself I might add). I'm not sure if he really understands the concept of aim and scoring yet, but he was very enthusiastic and compliant. Here are some pictures from the event:
Malcolm Bowling
Malcolm Bowling
Malcolm Bowling
Malcolm Bowling
Malcolm Bowling
Malcolm Bowling

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Looking out
We discovered a great new park near our house yesterday called Grimston Park. It's only a few blocks away and it has a brand new playground and water park area. Malcolm had a great time with his new friend Emma racing around the wading pool.
Race to the finish
Melody is doing great, she's adding to her long list of food she likes. So far she hasn't turned down anything. Watermelon and Mango still top the list, but she really likes chicken, rice and the Heinz cereal cookies. It's so cute to watch her eat, she shows such excitement and anticipation for what's to come.
Messy face
Oh and here are some pictures from the family's recent trip to Spanish Banks. It wasn't busy at all:
Crow's perch
Roger and Tracey got the opportunity to venture out without the kids last night. It's been a long time since they had a date night. They decided to head to the Richmond Night Market. Here are some of the delicious foods they tried, starting with the ever so popular meat on a stick, deep fried cheesecake and Sukiyaki Rice Burger. They managed to stock up on some Korean socks as well.
Meat on a stick.
Deep Fried Carmel Apple Cheesecake
Rice Burger - Sukiyaki Beef

Monday, August 02, 2010

Whew, what a busy few days we've had.

Whoa, what a busy weekend it's been in the house. We entertained three days in a row with three different groups. First it was Roger's family bbq on Saturday. We managed to corral all the family from Vancouver, New Westminster and Bellingham for a wonderful Kalbi lunch. Then it was our Miracle Berry, taste-tripping party the next evening. Uncle Lane and Jen were in town to help join in the festivities. And finally, Joseph, Nicole and Uncle Glen came over for a bbq dinner on Monday. Whew, it's been busy. Fun was had by all, here are some pictures from the various events. Oh and cousin Corina has been staying with us for the past few days, it's been really fun having her visit. 
Static Electricity
Melody's favorite food hands down has been watermelon, she just can't get enough of the stuff. In fact, she cries for it as soon as she sees it.
Watermelon Monster
 New Friends
Miracle Berry Taste-tripping party
Sweet, that looks like a sour face to me.
Family reunion, finally.