Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
What a wonderful surprise for the girls that when they woke this morning not only did the snow not dissappear but there was more...which had contiuned to fall for the remainder of the day.
The first creative snow man, made by Thaila.
Monday, November 20, 2006
A picture of the growing belly, about 2 weeks ago!
It is hard to see but this photo right here is "Peanut" waving.
The above photo is of "Peanut's" legs and feet.
These photos are for the profile and a really great picture of a foot.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
After our afternoon walk we hit up a local market for some yummy fresh produce. To our surprise this is when the great pumpkin adventure began. The field adjacent to the market was full of wonderfully orange pumpkins, and as being so close to Halloween we decided to let the girls go for a wonder through the field. What a fun thing to watch, Thalia picking up pumpkins that mostlikely as heavy as she! Then watching as Alyssa and Thalia try to carry the pumpkin through the field. Also thank goodness for "muscles Samantha" as she very skillfully pushed a wheelbarrow through the field loaded with six pumpkins of varying sizes.
The girls paying for the six great pumpkins. On the last weekend of the month we will be having a great pumpkin carving session at the Armstrong household. I'm sure it will be a wonderful time as we create some spooky jack'o'lanterns....
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Heath and the girls just getting ready to board the Fast Cat for our whale watching experience.
In the distance the first site of an Orca. We learned that it was not one of the Vancouver Islands resident pods, but rather a group of four orcas known as the T3's a transients. During our tour we watched them make three kills, which proved to be quite exciting because that is when we saw more than just the dorsal fins. Lots of jumping and arching.
After following the pod around for a little while, the tour company made a little side trip over to Race Rocks where hundreds of Stellar and California sealions could be seen just relaxing on the rocks..
What more could a girl ask for but to sit back and take a relaxing boat ride after a long week at school. As you can see Thalia is most enjoying herself, as did the entire family.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Inside the entrance to a cave.......
What we discovered after climbing through the cave.....
And a mystery photographer.......Looks a little like Samantha maybe......
After exploring the caves we started on our way back home...only a 41/2 hour drive.....can't wait to do it again.
This past weekend the Armstrong Gang went for a camping adventure. On Friday afternoon we packed up the car, and picked up Heath around 4:30pm for the start of our adventure. Driving for about 3 hours we kept ourselves busy reading, and playing word games. At about 8:30pm we finally arrived in the wilderness of Strathcona Park. Keeping our fingers crossed that we would be able to find a camping site,we headed towards Buttle Lake Campgrounds. Once inside we drove around the campgrounds keeping our eyes peeled for an available spot, not too many around as it was the weekend. Luckily, on our last pass through we found the perfect spot to set up the tents.
The girls helped set up the tents and camping gear, and then headed down to check out the playground. After the campsite was all set up the entire gang went down to the lake side beach to gaze at the stars. While gazing at the stars we also had a good laugh, as I almost stumbled over top of a couple also enjoying the great outdoors....!!
Day one, waking up to the familar sounds of the resident crows chattering away. I know everyone who has ever camped can relate to that!! After a yummy camping breakfast of pancakes we set our for our days adventures. The first stop of the day was Lupin Falls. A lovely short but sweet walk through the forest in search of a waterfall. Once we found the waterfall, the explorer in us all started to take over. Alyssa, Thaila and Heath found a way to climb, climb, and climb to see more of the falls. While Samantha and myself remainded more grounded and explored the forest. Lupin Falls while not a huge waterfall, still proved to be quite beautiful. Our next stop was to see a more grand waterfall, Lower Myra Falls.
Myra Falls, is located near the south end of Buttle lake and our hike in took only about 15-20 minutes to hike in. Once there it was nothing less than spectacular, the water so crystal clear, cool, and crisp. We all couldn't resist the temptation to dip our feet into the water, and a couple of us even had a little taste of the wonderfully clean water. After spending about one hour maybe even more exploring we headed out for another adventure..... How about pulling over on the side of a river to cook a little lunch....
Thailia dipping her toes.....
Friday, August 11, 2006
From a distance you would have been able to catch a glimpes of the tent, housing our dinner tables and chairs. Not only was it perfect for dinner but it also played and important refruge in providing some well needed shade. It was a HOT HOT day. Metchosin is well known for its blustery winds, well not a single breeze blew on this day!!!
A view from the kitchen window.. Some of the buffett and dinner tables inside the tent. Toward the very back you can see some pink, this is where the head table was set up.
Oh and a picture of my wonderful husband. I will always remember the look on his face as he watched my dad walk me down our garden isle.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
The Miller family and The Armstrong family...
Heath and I strolling through the park
on our way to take the beach photos
My Four Mile Family Cutting the wonderfully yummy cheesecake! Yum
And one of my best girls...