Becky has been demanding a post about pumpkin patches, and apparently because I have 3 little ones I am an authority on the matter. I thought I’d enlist their help but when asked which places they preferred I got a few shoulder shrugs and an ‘I unno’. After some prodding they offered that they didn’t like the muddy one because their boots got stuck.
When Alexis was a preschooler we visited a place in Tsawassen, its easy to spot, on the way to the ferry terminal and has pumpkins lining the long fence. All the kids got to plant a flower bulb and go into the field to get a pumpkin and were also given a cookie. It was a bit overcrowded and the pumpkins were pretty slim pickings. The following year we went to Aldor Acres. For those of you that remember Big Bob (r.i.p) from the barn at the PNE, that was his home.
Aldor Acres is located in a lovely country setting (just past Fort Langley), they have apple orchards, Christmas trees, barns full of animals, a big haystack and are very organized (even with the parking in the big field). Everyone gets a hayride into the patch where they hop off and pick their pumpkin, which the kids just love. The pumpkins however are pre-picked and lined up so I found it took away from the whole experience a bit.
The last 2 years the kids went to Richmond Country Farms. Located just after the tunnel (for those of us coming from Surrey/Delta) on Steveston Hwy. This is my personal favourite. You get the whole farm-countryfair-feeling. There was a place to jump in the hay, a live band playing some themed tunes, free apples and a longer hayride out to one of the many pumpkin patches. When you are let off at the pumpkin patch you have small hike to the fields where the pumpkins are there to be actually picked and there are tons to choose from. The kids really enjoyed it and I even treated them to a pony ride on the way out.
One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to experience all the ‘kidstuff’ again (man I love chuck e cheese). Oh, and sidenote to Becky’s post about the holiday trains on metblogs… I mentioned the Halloween train to Alexis and she said ‘nooooooo… but can we go at Christmas AND Easter’!
Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.
Tonight… it begins… the 2006/2007 NHL season – boy howdy! Buffalo’s in Carolina, Ottawa’s in Toronto, Dallas is in Colorado and I’m in Surrey. Yeah, I’ll be taking the train out there tonight for some family business… so I’ll miss every one (with their 4, 430pm start times) and probably catch the tail end of the Stars/Avs who hit the ice at 7pm PT.
The podcast last night was really fun, we’re still working out some kinks but it’s SO gonna take off … hopefully. The Canucks start their season tomorrow and won’t actually be HOME to play until San Hoser comes to town on the Friday the 13th.
It’s been about 7 months since we submitted John’s permanent residency application. 7 months and a few days since we got married and 1 year (and a day) since he arrived at YVR to start his life with me in Canada. I had participated in the Run for the Cure earlier that morning and 7 days before that, I moved into what would become our little West End apartment. We drove home from the airport that afternoon and I had a “Welcome Home” banner lying on the floor (since I didn’t have tape, staples, tacks or anything adhesive with which I could stick it to the walls).
1 year, 4 blogs, 2 podcasts later, we’re going strong. He’s been able to get to know the city, some of the people, and watch the changes all around us. The Shangri-La on Alberni was merely a whole in the ground this time last year (my how the time flies *sniff*). He’s been able to experience our ‘seasons’. Such as rainy, rainier, grey with rain, showers tapering to rain, and stinkin skin-melting hot. I think he prefers the latter. Here’s to another
hockey season year (and many more) together! Happy Canada Anniversary John!
We kick off the first episode (now you can stop listening to the teaser audio on loop). JJ, Alanah, Dave, John and I begin with a 20 minute podcast (all conferenced in via Skype) about a couple topics in anticipation of the season that’s about to lift off.
We gather all the members for this episode, even catching DaveO on his way home from work, live via cellphone. We take a look at how weâ€™ve felt about the pre-season, talk about Pyattâ€™s MySpace page, Luongoâ€™s interview on Yahoo! Sports, look forward to the start of the season against Detroit, and examine the recent talk about who will be on what line with who. [The Crazy Canucks]
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