Honda's Celebration of light wasn't the main event folks! | Klutch Photography | Vancouver family photographer

For about four years we used to live in the West End, and for quite a few of those years the celebration of light fireworks display was directly in front of our living room window. Granted those days we were just two Dinks (Double income no kids) living downtown! 

This is the second time we've taken our two children on an adventure downtown on the skytrain to watch the celebration of light happen In English Bay. The first time was approximately 4 years ago, and significantly more stressful then our last visit yesterday! Now that they are 10 and almost 13, It was a breeze.

We drove down to Bridgeport, Riverock Casino, park the car and we caught the sky training in. Yes, there is a lot of walking, but it was in the beautiful sunshine! We got to check out gay pride on Davie Street, and seriously the people watching was just outstanding!

We plunked down our blanket at approximately 6 PM with boatloads of space available, and the kids (with my third oldest child, husband Greg, lol!)lead the charge, hit the ocean water (by the way, we didn't know there was a NO SWIMMING ban! Eek right but I think there all fine?!). The girls did what I like to call "a right of passage", they got to go down on the old relic slide in the middle of English Bay.  Greg got to do it as a child with his family, and I as a non-mother at the time, living with Greg in the West End got to scream down it's hot metal, sanding death curve! I loved it back in the day and so did they!

Greg and the girls grabbed some taco's for dinner, and we sat as a family, eating, listening to music and playing Rummy-Q till it was to dark to see the tiles. This was our favorite part of the night BTW.

The Redbull air show almost made me pee my pants with it's stunts, to be honest I was thinking "good lord if this plane crashes, how will be be affected" (typical mother), but of course he/she did not! The energy around us was playful with a community vide, everyone was there for a fun, safe experience.

The fireworks did not disappoint, and the level of police presence was perfect.  Crowds were large and a felt like "Shelia the cow"  that I water painted in the winter being herded down the streets, but all of it was still a great adventure had.

We were so impressed with the organization of this event, the safety level of the streets and our skytrain experience!

 

Guys, if you have never gone, go! The journey leading up to the fireworks WAS THE EVENT, the fireworks is just the icing on the cake!

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Journal Entry No.40 | Klutch Photography | Vancouver family photography

It seems this two day, three-night whistler/Blackcomb family adventure is becoming a "thing" every April. How lucky are we to live only two hours away from this gem, how unlucky are we that it's so expensive, lol! 

With that being said, it's our year anniversary of buying into Embarc/Diamond resorts, which we thought might be a mistake after our blood pack, not going to buy into this "timeshare stuff", five-hour meeting, signing the papers, pay for it, and then the customary buyer's remorse sets in! But in one year, we've gone on four trips using our purchased points for our international accommodations. So It's safe to say, both of us are sold on the purchase thus far! Hellllooo! Who doesn't want to travel more? oh ya, I know who, my Portuguese mother! Good thing I'm the black sheep of the family who likes to "travel", and good thing she prays for us while we're away for our safety! Got to love a paranoid Catholic mother to keep the bad travel juju away!

So a miracle happened, Amara skied this year! Thank the lord, I wonder if that was my mom's doing? She is pretty tight with the man upstairs. Like I always say, a family that skis together, (while mom does her own thing) stays together!

Also, the Embarc Whistler resort was AMAZING for families, their waterslide was almost more fun for the adults! We didn't even need to leave the resort really (except for some ciders and the cold beer and wine store for one million dollars, insert your pinky to the corner of your mouth), and we did manage to sneak out for some spectacular sushi tho from Sushi Village.  Honestly GO eat there, we all agreed that it was top three places we've ever eaten sushi at.

Again Beautiful BC for the win!

 

 

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Journal Entry No.36 | Klutch Photography | Vancouver family photography

If I was born in the 70's (which I was) what old school teen song would I be belting out right now? That's fucking correct, I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW  by the one and only goddess of the 80's TIFFANY! 

 I did some alone time with my preteen yesterday and she was pan faced mortified by the whole thing.  I don't blame her tho,  the lack of lyric support on the karaoke track and my chest cold still hanging on (after a three-week unwelcome stay-BOO!) would have made the farm dogs bark if this was still Surrey 15 years ago!

 So there were no Grammy awards handed out here but let be tell ya, that chicken vein was getting w-o-r-k-e-d!

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I'm pretty sure I wanted to be her at one point!  But really the more concerning part of this image (from the 80's) is the tin foil reflectors, the slathered baby oil body parts and the fact that I was out there for probably 6 hours! well that explains the FINE LINES and the NOT so FINE LINES.

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BTW, YOU'RE WELCOME!! Memory lane here you go, I DARE you not to sing along!

 

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