I spotted some pretty colors and flora while out for a late-November walk...
The Lights of Hope in front of St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver:
|. lights of hope is an annual fundraiser .|
I walked down to the waterfront to see the Vancouver tree lighting ceremony on December 6...
This year I wrapped all of my family's presents in brown parcel paper,
tied with hemp cord and red sparkly string:
A few random shots of our Christmas tree...
|. you might have seen me share this picture on my facebook page! .|
On December 8, Dave and I took a walk along the Seaside Bike Path...
|. this boat didn't appear to be doing well... .|
|. view of the tankers out in english bay .|
|. sunny december skies .|
It snowed a bit on December 9, and we took a walk through the quiet snow that evening...
|. kitsilano beach under a thin layer of snow .|
|. my buddies, the two bald eagles near my apartment, hanging out in the quiet snowy night .|
I found Smarties flavored candy canes at The Candy Aisle in Vancouver...
|. in canada, "smarties" are a totally different candy than the smarties in america - this was an import item! .|
On December 15, Dave and I took a nice long walk to Stanley Park...
|. pretty colors! .|
|. i spotted a hummingbird in the park .|
|. some of the trees in stanley park are huuuuuuuuuge .|
. sorry, i couldn't resist putting this BIG picture in here! .
|. sun rays through the woods in stanley park .|
On December 20 it snowed. On my palm tree. JUXTAPOSITION.
|. the palm tree on our porch, covered in snow .|
So that's just a random smattering of the things we've been doing around here lately. As I mentioned earlier this week, we went up to Whistler, BC for the 2 days leading up to Christmas. We did some hiking/snowshoeing on Monday and then enjoyed Whistler Village on Monday night and Tuesday morning before heading back to Vancouver. I'll share some pictures from our trip soon!
Did you do anything special on Christmas Eve? We ate grilled cheeses and rented Fred Claus last night - not a bad evening, if you ask me. Today we each FaceTime/Skyped with our families back on the east coast while our nieces/nephews opened presents. I love that the technology exists to let us all see each other, even when we're an entire country apart!
I hope you all had a merry Christmas and that Santa brought you everything that you wanted. Now, who is with me on leaving up the Christmas trees and decorations until January 25th?
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