December 2018 Highlights

Every year December is always one of the busiest. This post gives some of our highlights from month of December.

The month started off strong, with December 1 being a Saturday. First thing Saturday morning Glen went mountain biking with a number of his coworkers. It was an annual tradition, the 8th year for this outing, but even though invited many times before, it was the first time Glen actually made it out. Some years the outing is cancelled due to weather, other years family responsibilities kept Glen away, but this year the stars aligned and he actually got a morning of biking on some North Shore trails.

Late November Kayla had taken a babysitting course, and on the afternoon of the 1st she had her first paying job, a couple of hours of looking after a girl in grade 1 from their school.

On Sunday (the 2nd), we hosted a number of old Toastmaster friends. The funny thing is we have been socializing with this Toastmaster group for years (maybe 15) even though we actually never attended a club with most of them. This year we enjoyed having them at our house, which also added incentive to put up a tree. So we put up our first tree.

The next weekend had us attending Glen’s work party on Saturday evening, a fancy shindig that happened at the Fairmont Water Hotel. We didn’t stay that late as Sunday morning was Glen’s company’s Santa breakfast. Auntie Shirley was over for Saturday evening with the girls, and then we were away on Sunday morning to have a great breakfast with Santa.

The next weekend had us taking out Susan’s parents, Shirley, and Aunt Fong for Dim Sum at Yan’s. For those of you who have been long time Western Canada residents, the answer is ‘Yes’. This is Yan’s Restaurant, from the show ‘Wok with Yan’, a chinese cooking show that was on I believe in the late 70s. In the afternoon the girls were out with their Girl Guide friends at the Aurora Winter Festival, happening downtown Vancouver where they went ice tubing and skating and had lots of fun. Sunday had an especially busy afternoon starting with Melissa playing soccer. This was an extra special game for Melissa as she scored her first game goal. The team they were playing was Melissa’s team from last year, a very good team. She held her position in front of the net, got passed the ball, pushed through two defenders while keeping control of the ball, and blasted it to the corner to get it past the goalie. Not only was it Melissa’s first game goal, but it was also the winning goal for Melissa’s team, as her team beat the other team with Melissa’s goal 1-0. It really was a good game.

Then an hour after her soccer game, with a quick stop at home for lunch, Melissa was out jamming/performing at a musical concert arranged by her accordion teacher. Melissa, along with about 10 other accordion players, were out playing accordion with each other for their musical concert.

Not enough music? An hour after Melissa’s accordion concert finished, she, along with Kayla, were out for another music recital where they both got to play a grand piano performing their piano pieces in a recital.

Coming up in later December? Christmas concerts and Kamloops for Christmas!