Sunday, September 24, 2006

The gang is getting bigger

So for those of you who don't know yet, the Armstrong gang is on the verge of getting bigger. To our delight Heath and I discovered that we are expecting a little bundle in mid April. The entire family is affectionately calling my quickly growing belly "Peanut". Here is just a little glipse of the growing "Peanut".

Metchosin Days

The second weekend of September is Metchosin Days. What is Metchosin Days you might ask? Well it is when the community of Metchosin gets together for a fall fair of sorts. Lots of local venders selling their wares, such as fresh produce and home made crafts. As well there is fun activities for the kids. The girls took in a hay ride, candle dipping, and Thalia took a run at being a junior firegirl...

Just an ordinary Saturday afternoon

For a wedding present Heath's cousin Darryl sent the whole family on a whale watching tour. The girls were especially excited at the prospects of seeing some ocean wildlife.

Heath and the girls just getting ready to board the Fast Cat for our whale watching experience.

A beautiful Saturday morning, but just a little chilly out on the water, as you can see little Thalia is bundled up.

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.

An overdue update

So we have been a little lazy on the updates lately, esp since we are all back to school and working. On September 5th the girls started back at school and both Heath and I are back to work too! Samantha and Thalia are attending John Stubbs Memorial School, where Samantha has taken on the challenge of French immersion, and Thalia is in grade three. Alyssa is in the 8th grade at Dunsmuir, and taking band this year. We are treated to the lovely sounds of the Alyssa practicing the flute and Samantha on her piano echoing through the house. Heath had been working almost every day at a variety of schools, and I have been busy working at a new position at Dunsmuir as the Youth and Family councilor. So things have been very busy.