This weekend we partnered with Envirokidz by Nature’s Path Organic on a geocaching treasure hunt in Stanley Park. EnvironKidz makes tasty gluten-free organic snacks for the whole family with a portion of proceeds going to animal conservation groups.
Have you heard of geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices. You can use your smartphone and download a geocaching app from the app store or from www.geocaching.com. In Vancouver alone there are over 9,000 geocaches. The idea is to get you exploring outdoors, in your own town or all around the world. Geocaches come in different sizes, shapes and levels of difficulty. Once you find a geocache you sign a log book, trade knickknacks and finally log your find online.
Oh boy, it was a wet one! We bundled up the kids in their waterproof suits and braved the weather on our cargo bike. The older boys wore Oakiwear suits that were recommended to us by the YVR Family Biking group on Facebook. We purchased them on Amazon. Ezra wears a MuddyBuddy but we’re thinking of getting him his own Oakiwear. Oakiwear has better water sealing zippers, is easier to put on and is made from a thick woven, waterproof fabric with reflectors.
The boys were such troopers because no matter how covered you are in a good Vancouver rain, you’re going to get a little damp. You also have to determine how many layers to wear under the water proof gear and on this trip, we didn’t bundle up quite enough. Regardless, the boys really didn’t complain much and handled the discomfort well. It helps that they had unlimited access to yummy granola bars by Nature’s Path Organic and daddy packed some hot chocolate on the cargo bike.
I love going on adventures as a family and our boys are turning into great explorers! I’m sure we’ll be doing more geocaching in the future.
Learn more about EnviroKidz free school and camp program here!
I get a little tic in my eye when I start talking about homeschooling. For one thing the term itself is so often misunderstand or packed with negative connotations. There was a time and it is only just starting to change when a lot of people who asked about my kids schooling, and I would say I’m teaching them at home, would frown with concern about their social adaptiveness. They would not try to hide their misgivings and generally thought we were weird, backward, or even in one person’s words, “abusive.”
As I mentioned in my first Mark’s post, working at Mark’s was my initial entry into the workforce. At that time they had a fairly small women’s section. Since the 90s (Yes, I actually came of age in the 90s. It isn’t just an obscure reference point) Mark’s has greatly expanded their female apparel to include a wide variety of jeans for women including brands like: Silver, Buffalo, and Levi’s.
I’m not sure anything brings me more delight than watching my children engage with various expressions of art in Vancouver. Whether it’s a visit to the VAG or a stop at the Maritime museum, I love seeing their faces light up without realizing they are being watched. That’s why I can’t wait to take them to see legendary children’s singers Sharon, Bram and friends live at the Orpheum on September 18th. I’ve been singing them songs like “Skinnamarink” and “Five Little Monkeys” since they were babies so it will be so much fun to watch Sharon and Bram perform these songs with instruments and actions.
This Fall Ben needs to refresh his wardrobe in a big way. I’m so proud of my man! In the Spring, Ben made a commitment to start eating well and exercising regularly. He stuck to his plan like a true sport and has gone down in dress size to the point where his pants hang loose and baggy.
Fortunately we need to look no further than Mark’s to find a great fit and a wide variety of jeans including brands like Silver, Buffalo and Levi’s. Because Ben works in tech and is on his knees a lot he needs a relaxed fit for comfort while on the job. On date nights he prefers a slim, more structured fit suitable for casual dining, or going for leisurely strolls along the sea wall. Mark’s has tons of styles and washes to choose from; keeping Ben covered for any type of denim wearing day.
I want my kids to know every nook and cranny of Vancouver. If we are going to make sacrifices to live in the city then we had better live! Every outing is an opportunity for adventure and now that we’re cruising around on our cargo bike, the city feel way more accessible.
There’s such a thing as too much self-deprecation and I think a lot of moms, myself included, are guilty of it. It’s easy in a group of commiserating moms to portray our households as zoos and how the heck would we ever find time to cook, clean, exercise and do the other basic things of life. All these struggles have an element of truth but the more I look into my own habits and those of the moms around me; I’ve realized most of us have our shiz together! We’ve figured out how to manage our households well (Not during the newborn stage and other sleep-deprived stages of parenting are exempt too. If you’re there; just let it go, let it go).