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February Titles // 2017

I had a great reading month. I slammed down a few books I'd wanted to read for awhile, finished quite a few kid read-alouds (and so many awesome picture books!), and generally enjoyed all of them. Here they are.
*Scary Close by Donald Miller - I've wanted to read this book for awhile. It's Blue Like Jazz author, Donald Miller's, newest book meeting of his (now) wife, Betsy. It was part mental-health memoir, part leaving-behind bachelorhood and working on healthy relationships in preparation for marriage. I don't know if that sounds interesting to you, but I really liked it. Out of the books of his I've read, it felt like his most vulnerable, honest, and open. This would make a great gift to a couple who are engaged, though it could be enjoyed by anybody. 
*Ancient Rome: How it Affects You Today by Richard Maybury - Reading this book (the third "Uncle Eric" book I've now read) is part of me intentionally searching out  more politically conservativ…

17 in 2017

across the water is YVR airport in Richmond, behind me is Terra Nova natural playground
I have made a yearly list for at least the past few years* and I enjoy seeing the outcomes, or what one or two morphed into, and what just didn't interest me enough to continue. Now that it's mid-February, I need to get that 2017 list out in the open. A lot of these have to do with trips I'll be taking in 2017 and I'm super excited to check some fun things off my bucket list!
What do you want to do this year?!

1) Learn to make veggie pakora and crock-pot butter chicken
2) go to Portland with the family? 
3) visit Burnaby Village and ride the carousel!
4) hike in Joshua Tree National Park
5) go to the San Diego zoo
6) bike the kettle valley railway (Kelowna)
7) us GF tempura to make onion rings
8) buy a better swimsuit!
9) go to the summer Seattle Renegade Craft Fair
10) visit the Brittania Mine with the kids
11) see La La Land with Stefan
12) [something with my mom's 60th birthda…

Anikka's 8th Birthday Interview

It's pretty much a lie that my daughter, my baby, is 8 today, but alas, so says the calendar and the time just keeps marching! Here is her yearly birthday interview. Happy Birthday, my sweet girl!

What is your favorite color? purple
Who are some of your friends? Kathryn, Isla, Ashlyn, Rachel, Lukka
What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom
What makes you happy? mom reading to us
What makes you sad? getting my feelings hurt

What is your favorite animal?horses
What is your favorite book?  Time Pieces
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?  spend time together
What is your favorite thing to do with Dad? spend time together
What is your favorite thing to do with Lukka?  play
What do you like to do with your friends? play, crafts, talk

What do you like to do outside?  play with Copper, play with Nya and Brody
Where do you like to go?  to the Great Escape, the library
What is your favorite food?  cucumber, sugar snaps, apple, shakes, chicken nuggets


What is your favorite drink? ginger ale
Wha…