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Vancouver Aquarium

While we were in Vancouver over the September long weekend we decided to take Lincoln to the Vancouver aquarium. This decision was based on two factors:

1. The Vancouver Zoo was too far away for the long-weekend traffic.

2. Julia was able to get us in for free – score!

The aquarium is located in Stanley Park. This means finding a parking spot is a challenge; however, thanks to a good Samaritan (and family man) we found a spot close to the entrance. This guy saw us looking for a spot, asked if we wanted his because they were leaving and then proceeded to direct other vehicles away from the spot because it was taken. To top it all off he even gave us his parking pass that was valid for the rest of the day. It is these interactions that make the world a better place – thank you total stranger for your kindness!

On the way in, we gratefully by-passed the 20-minute line-up and made our way into the Aquarium.

The first stop was the touch tank. I think Andrew and Joel had more fun than Lincoln.

Lincoln couldn’t quite reach the sea creatures but he liked watching the water come rushing in every few minutes. This is how they filter out the germs and food particles that end up in the tank.

Lincoln did manage to scoop up some water and drink it. I could tell by the way he looked at me that he knew he shouldn’t be drinking the water, but he did anyway.

We then went to visit the beluga whales.

Look ma! Here he comes!

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea aquarium.

We bought Lincoln his own stuffed beluga on the way out (clever aquarium, they make everyone exit through the gift shop).

We went inside and Lincoln watched the fish swim around, and around, and around. I was telling Lincoln about the “little fish” when a smart little girl politely informed me that the “little fish” were in fact salmon at different stages of their life cycle. I see a job at the Aquarium in her future.

Perhaps the thing Lincoln enjoyed the most though was climbing the concrete stairs.

The Aquarium isn’t all marine life. They have a Tropical Zone which can only be described as a large sauna packed full of people. The camera started to fog up so I only captured one picture of Lincoln and a parrot. I didn’t last long in this zone and was happy to get back to the cool air.

Thanks again Auntie Julia (and total stranger in the SUV)!

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We took Lincoln on his first camping trip last weekend. We didn’t stray too far from home (only 20 or so minutes down the road) and met up with our good friends Ricardo and Azure-Dee at the Kettle River Provincial Park just outside of Rock Creek.

Andrew headed out during my lunch break on Friday to secure us a site. It is a busy spot and the only available sites were first-come, first-camps. It’s a good thing too because when he arrived there were only a handful of sites left. He quickly set up the tent to mark our territory and came home so I could go back to work. I love that I get to go home at lunch and see Lincoln right now. Once Andrew is back to work that will change but it’s fun to get in some playtime and snuggles with the boy.

Already dirty

We left Midway after work and arrived with enough light left to set-up the site and light a campfire. Interesting fact, Midway and surrounding area was the only place in BC not affected by the burning ban this summer. Lincoln explored well into the evening and I had no problem getting him to settle down in the tent. Of course he inch-wormed around a bit before actually falling asleep but it was super cute to open the tent later in the night to find him smooshed against the opening. It was like he was trying to make his escape but he couldn’t quite figure out how the zipper worked. Soon, Lincoln, soon.

First campfire and first smoke in the eyes.

Glenn had to sleep in the tent with us due to his ongoing separation anxiety but the extra warm body was a nice addition given the cool weather. Lincoln kept wanting to keep his head as close to the tent as possible. No matter how many times I slid him down he inched his way back up. He woke up in the morning with a wet head of hair but a smile on his face.

Glenn did not enjoy being tied up all weekend.

One of Lincoln’s favourite activities while camping was playing in the Smith’s Winnebago. Unfortunately he couldn’t climb up, or down, the stairs himself so one of us was usually on duty.

His other favourite activity was climbing into and out of the tent. He loves to throw himself into piles of blankets and pillows so the tent was a big hit.

Here he is reading his favourite book in the tent.

Auntie Az helped Lincoln enjoy his pesto Saturday night. Lucky for her he was even willing to share.

Sunday morning was CHILLY! We had to light a campfire to keep warm until the sun came up all the way. Lincoln stayed toasty in his fleece pjs and coat.

We all had a great weekend and it’s sad to see the summer end. But like they say, there’s always next year!

Lincoln was a tired boy after the weekend and slept the whole way home in the truck.

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Gardening with Dad

Now that Andrew is home more, Lincoln has been spending less time at daycare and more time with his Dad. The other day they decided it was time to pick some beets and carrots from the garden, and it’s a good thing because some of the beets were the size of softballs.

Look Dad! A giant carrot!


They used the hose to wash off the dirt. Lincoln loves to play with the hose even though he hasn’t quite figured out the trigger.

We’ve already harvested a bunch of cucumbers and it is soon going to be pickling time. We are hoping to do the canning in small batches so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. Considering the rate the cucumbers are growing I’m sure we will be kept busy. The garden is in full bloom and we are going to have a lot of tomatoes on our hands in the next month or so. This year they will get to ripen on the vine since we will be home. It’s hard to believe that this time last year Lincoln was only a couple of months old.

Here is a picture to remind you of that time…

Baby Lincoln

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Andrew, Lincoln and I met up with our friends Owen and Rutka (and their two little guys Cohen and Oliver) at Christina Lake over the long weekend. I had Monday off and it was nice to have a family day together.

The lake wasn’t too busy, which I accredit to the fact that we went on the last day of the long weekend, and we found a shady spot where we had a quick snack before heading to the water.

Lincoln loved the sand and didn’t mind being in the water with his Dad. Lincoln has actually started to really like the water and even does his own version of jumping into the pool. It is rather cute and he gets super excited.

Here he is checking out the water. This is his Monkey Doodlez swim diaper with a blow fish on the bum. I think they are so cute.

Lincoln decided he would play with some rocks on the shore before venturing into the water.

Compared to Oliver, Lincoln was a bit overdressed for the beach.

Building, and smashing, sand castles with Dad.

Lincoln loves to splash in the water!

He was a little upset afterwards but it didn’t last long.

Practicing his swimming skills.

Cohen had a great time at the lake.

Me and Lincoln with Christina Lake in the background.

We had such a great day and couldn’t have asked for better weather. Not too hot or smokey. Lincoln, Andrew and Auntie Christa returned to the lake on Wednesday to hang out with the Salz-Stewarts and the Hibbersons. Mom had to work – boo!

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Once upon a time Lincoln planted some flower seeds in a couple of pots. We put them on the deck where they received lots of water, sun and love. This is what grew…

Hello flowers, nice to meet you!

Little white flowers.

Side by side.

These are the only flowers we planted this year. Everything else in the garden, and multiple flower boxes and containers, is all edible. We planted tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), carrots, beets, peas, squash, green onions, spinach, lettuce, strawberries, asparagus, beans, basil, oregano, cilantro, sage, mint, rosemary, and summer savory. The gardens are bursting with life and we are already enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of our labour. I don’t mind gardening as long as it is food – I need something in return for all the hard work.

But here is a little food for thought: The Mayor once told me that flowers are food for the soul. I can see his point but I think I’ll stick to the veggies. Munch, Munch.

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You can tell already that these two have trouble written all over their faces…

Lincoln and Oli discuss the ways they can sneak into the pool without anyone noticing.

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A hiking we will go

Nanny Simmonds came for a visit  all the way from New Brunswick this past week. It’s been almost a year since she had seen Lincoln – the last time was when we went back to the Maritimes in September – and boy has Lincoln changed. I think he must have remembered her because there were no shyness issues and he thought his new playmate was just great. I had to work so there was a lot of Lincoln & Nanny time, which they both loved! Andrew was even able to get some more projects done around the house.

On one of my days off we decided to take a hike up Midway Mountain to check out the view.

This was the first time that Lincoln has been in the backpack since the winter.

Yea! A tag for me to play with!

It was the Fourth of July so Lincoln wore his American Flag leg warmers.

Away we go.

Glenn was super excited to hike the trails. He has so much energy that he actually ends up doing double the distance. He is always coming back to check on us.

Daddy signing our names in the log book.

Last summer the trails were upgraded and there were lots of benches along the way to catch our breath and enjoy the scenery.

Glenn was a bit tuckered out when he made it to the top.

Dog kiss anyone?

We took Lincoln out of the backpack so Dad could cool down. He instantly started throwing rocks over the edge.

Throwing rocks is fun!

This is the view of Midway from where we were.

Where we live.

And this is zoomed in on our house!

Going back down was much easier but it was easiest of all for Lincoln!

Thanks for the lift Dad!

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I am officially back to work and boy has it been an adjustment! I apologize now for my lack of posting over the past couple of weeks but I’m lucky I’ve even had time to hang out with my three boys I’ve been so busy. The three days that Lincoln goes to daycare feel the most hectic and thankfully Andrew is home in the mornings to help me get myself and Lincoln ready. I was actually late for work on my first day back!

It hasn’t been just work keeping me busy though and I also had a lot of fun last week too. It was the Boundary Ladies Softball tournament this past weekend and I am happy to report that for the first time in 15 years the Rock Creek team (which I am a part of) came in FIRST! Yahoo! Way to go ladies!

Rock Creek Ladies - 2010 Champs!

Now that ball is over I am hoping to get into more of an after work routine. This week will be spent getting ready for Lincoln’s first birthday on Sunday! I cannot believe he is almost one. He changes on a daily basis and amazes us with how quickly he learns new things. Tonight he started giving high-fives and he loves it!

W. Lincoln Simmonds

Our camera broke the other day too but thankfully Kristy took some wonderful photos of Lincoln for us. The new camera is on the way but I think I’ll have to recruit an official photographer for his birthday.

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Boys will be boys

Lincoln loves playing in the dirt and mud. I joked with the health nurse the other day that he probably wouldn’t need his one-year needles because of all the dirt he has eaten in the past month. She thinks it’s great that he loves being outside and is being exposed to dirt and germs, but he’ll still get his needles – shhh, don’t tell him.

We bought Lincoln a $5 pool because he loves to splash around in the water, and we all know what a love of dirt and water creates…MUD!  He decided the other day that it would be a good idea to climb into his wading pool fully clothed.

The dryer ball is good for everything except preventing static on clothes.

He got nice and dirty and was oh so proud of himself. I missed his actually time in the pool but the aftermath was definitely captured.


Lincoln decided that mom needed a hug after he was done. I think he just wanted to get me dirty too but I took the hug anyway – how can you say no to a face like this…

Hi mom!

His clothes went straight in the washing machine and came out sparkling clean – thanks Seventh Generation! I can’t wait until the weather gets nicer so he can play outside without clothes on.

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Lincoln loves to help me out in the kitchen. His favourite job is taking dishes out of the dishwasher and he doesn’t even care if they are clean or dirty. As soon as we open the door he makes a beeline over just to check things out. Hopefully he’ll be this interested when he is old enough for chores.

Can I help?!

I can’t wait until he is old enough to start helping me bake. Some moms dream of their kids growing up to be doctors and lawyers but I think having his own show on the Food Network would be sweet! Even though he can’t help out yet, Lincoln was in the kitchen when I made a cake for his friend Oliver’s first birthday. It has no refined sugar, I used honey instead, and I filled it with fresh whipped cream. Lincoln was lucky there was no sugar in the whipped cream because that meant he got to lick his first spoon!


As you can see he really enjoyed it.

Do I have something on my face?

This was the final product. I found the recipe on this great kid recipe site named Weelicious. She has some amazing recipes for kids of all ages. I posted the link on the side if anyone wants to check it out. Lincoln has already approved many recipes.

Happy Birthday Oli!

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