Thursday, 2 July 2015

Precious moments

He is done drinking just before bedtime.
He crawls in his sleeping bag on the bed,
pointing to us, to the teddy bears, ...
babbling, smiling, ...

"Are you going to give daddy a good night kiss?"

He's too busy rearranging teddy bears

"Ok, I am going to hug daddy"

While I'm in Jan's arms, he jumps with a lot of enthusiasm on Jan's belly
then lays his head down at 5 cm of my face
smiling from ear to ear
looking with his big brown eyes into mine
then looking up to Jan

"Group hug" and we wrap our arms around him

"Nog?" he asks   (="More/Again")

Yes, you can never have too many of such moments

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Reunited again with my 4 host families

As breathtaking the Canadian nature might be, our vacations there are always about meeting my friends and families again.  Every so many years we meet either in BC  or some-one visits us here e.g. at our wedding.  When coming back from my exchange 20 years ago I wouldn't have dared to hope I'd keep seeing each other with regular intervals of max 5 years but we do and it's fanatistic.  But it's also never frequent enough and long enough.   Fortunately we had planned in more time than 4 years ago.   Nevertheless due to some conflicting agenda's, some meetings were very brief but even if we need to make our itineraries on the road match at some place to have at least lunch together somewhere, we make it work. 

And then of course, we must do some photo sessions, long or short, serious or more and more silly. Precious memories for the future!

I miss you all so much! I'll be back, I promise!!!!!!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Extra playtime in Creston

Once arrived in Creston valley, we stayed for a couple of days to visit with host families and friends.  For Kabouter it meant a lot of extra lazy time to play in the garden or go to the playgrounds in town, since we were not on the road. 

Baseball initiation

on a very cute toddler trampoline

A popper: he LOVED it,   we loved to leave it behind ;)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Once more the tour of the horses and cows

We walked today almost the same tour as previous week but missed the calves & foals.   The horses and cows were omni-present and we discovered some donkeys.  We were enchanted to hear Kabouter's "IA IA  IAAAA" for the rest of the road :). 

Once at the cows, the boys practised their "Moooo" cow sounds to attrackt the animals. After some amazed stares from them, they actually did approach the edge of the field :p.

Then we continued our walk at the pace of a toddler who discovers something interesting on the road every 100m that needs to be investigated   and then quickly catches up again.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tickle tickle

Part of our evening routine.  Nothing beats going to bed with a big smile on our faces :). Don't worry, he knows perfectly well how to get me back (especially when I'm barefoot) and he knows how to tell daddy to join in  "Papa" (in commanding voice, then pointing to me) "Mama...ja ja"


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Bears bears bears

As you have already read and seen in our previous posts about our Canada trip , we have encountered quite a few bears. Not as much as 4 years ago (but we didn't go to Whistler where we saw half of them last time).  

So clearly tip for those who'd love to spot bears :  end of May, early June is the moment for bear encounters.  They've woken up from their winter nap but have no food yet higher up the mountains, so they are at relative low heights, often grazing near roads. 

We've seen 6 brown bears in total, no grizzlies.

Bear #1 in Revelstoke around and in our hotel garden

Bear #2 near Kicking Horse Ski resort , Golden BC

Bear #3 Along the highway in Kootenay National Park:

Bear #4 Along the highway in Kootenay National Park:

Bear # 5 at White Swan Provincial Park

Bear #6 at the rest area just before Yahk along Highway 3, wanting to cross in a rush