Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snow Day

It snowed overnight. Not a lot, so we got ready for class & school. Just as we were walking out, we received word that they had decided to cancel class, just to play it safe.

What does that mean?


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Be it ever so humble...

(Two new posts in one day - be sure to check out the other below this one!)

Our first Christmas away from the country we once called home. Away from the traditions we've shared since we married in 1998. Away from family. From friends. From our church.

It is definitely different! But we are making the most of it. We've seen some beautiful Christmas lights. We attended the big tree lighting party at the mall close to where we live. We went to Grouse Mountain and enjoyed festivities there. We've visited the (German) Christmas Market a couple of times. We bought a small tree and the boys have also made a few decorations.

In my mind, this Christmas will likely be referred to in years to come as Limbo Christmas. No longer in the states, but not yet on the continent where we feel God calling us. Most of our belongings in a crate, waiting to be shipped to that continent.

But we are thankful! We have learned our way around this city. We have a really nice apartment and are blessed to have a washer & dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and two full bathrooms. The weather is manageable. We have made some good connections & some friends. We have received cards and packages from family and friends in the states. We have had fun baking cookies and watching Christmas movies with friends here.

We believe different can be a beautiful thing - especially when you are where God wants you to be. No matter where we are this time each year, we rejoice that it is Christmas, and that a little baby was born in a manger, bringing hope and salvation to all who will receive it!

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Decorations at a local mall

Enjoying a treat from Tim Hortons

Paper Chain Christmas Trees

William at his first skate lesson

Daniel at his first skate lesson

Vancouver Christmas Market (like a traditional
German Market)

Our retro tree (silver!) and the boys' Canada stockings

Scandinavian lunch at a Bible study with our new friends
from the local Danish church 
One of several care packages we've received in the mail -
the timing of their arrival always seems to be perfect
(God is in the details!)

Grinch Crinkle Cookies

Train ride at a local mall

(Jenn's Nana's recipe)
Gifts received in the mail - the boys
are anxious to open them!

Snow Business

We spent a few hours at Grouse Mountain this past week. It was BEAUTIFUL! Being from Georgia, we would get excited if we saw a dusting of snow on the ground. So imagine our delight when we stepped of the gondola and found snow that was often knee-high on Zack (who is 6'5"!).

The boys went ice skating. We saw reindeer and visited Santa. We checked out a gingerbread display. Some friends met us later in the morning and we had lunch and explored some of the scenery (and threw quite a few snowballs!).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sunny weekend

Whenever the sun is out, we try to take advantage of it! This past weekend was beautiful! So we explored Granville Island, Granville Street, and the area around Science World. We also attended the tree lighting in Surrey on Saturday night.

Grouse Mountain Fun

My (Jenn's) birthday was November 17. We had lots of fun that day, including decorating the tree, ordering pizza from our favorite little shop across the street, and playing in the snow at Grouse Mountain!

Here's a short video from our time in the snow...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Grouse Mountain

We are learning that the sun does not shine often here in Vancouver. With a location just north of Seattle, the weather definitely rivals Washington's rainy city! So when the clouds part, we get out and try to see and do as much as possible!

Today the weather was cold but clear, so we made the (almost 2 hour) trip to Grouse Mountain. Getting there requires a train, a sea bus, and a bus... but it was totally worth it! We did the math and discovered that an annual pass costs less than 2 visits. So we will now be able to go multiple times during our time here!

The area is beautiful! We can't wait to go back again once there is more snow, and are especially excited about visiting there once the Christmas season really kicks in! Here are several pictures from today's adventure.