Sunday, July 17, 2016

happy 60th birthday dad!

My dad turned 60 this past Saturday - can you believe it?! We thought doing something a bit more special was warranted for this, hence we did a little family trip to Osoyoos. My dad is a big fan of the water, warm temperatures, and beer. This combined all of those things together easily!

Growing up, our family used to go to Osoyoos every summer with our whole extended family on my moms side. My mom even went here as a kid before she started taking her own family. Therefore, it has a bit of nostalgia associated with going there! 

All in all, we had tons of fun and I think everyone got to relax too, even with 7 adults sharing a townhouse! We had some other family members whose stays in Osoyoos overlapped with ours a bit. We got to see Aunty Lydia, Uncle Ken, Aunty Catherine, Uncle Bruce, and my cousin Kristin! My parents also brought Odie so that always kept things interesting.
Heading to go float in the lake. Oh how I love floating! (Edwin opted out of the lake floating - he is more of a heated pool kinda guy)

My cute parents.

Sister selfie.

Pants mini golfing at Rattlesnake Canyon. Classic thing to do in Osoyoos!

Headed to wineries, cutest sign ever.

At Church and State winery - the one with the fun/sassy wine labels. A must if you visit Osoyoos wineries!!

Another must-see winery in Osoyoos: Platinum Bench. Not only do they have good wine, but they have a winery dog (Wally) and they make homemade fancy sourdough breads. Delicious!! (not cheap, but delicious!)

I  love this one - the whole gang! (at Platinum Bench)

Odie was particularly cuddley this day.
A classic Spier past time.

Another classic Spier past time - hahaha! We got the birthday boy a shot for his birthday when we had dinner at the Sage Pub.
Alas, we must return to reality and head back to work tomorrow. I am also only a TINY bit envious of my little brother who is headed to Europe on Tuesday...Him and 5 friends will go to London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Dublin. Only a little jealous... !!!

What are your summer plans? Are you going anywhere? Happy mid-July!

Monday, July 11, 2016

things these days

I get really excited when I am reminded that there are more people than just my parents & Edwin who read my blog. I was recently reminded that my cousins read it too! (gotta love my family - most supportive blog readers ever!)

I thought I'd post some pictures of things that happen been happening these days. Also, meals I've been making, because that makes me happy :)

Can I just say how much I love this photo? I had some really good natural light coming in and it made for a lovely photo I think! (tooting my own iPhone photography horn here....) This was baked eggs & toast, a new breakfast recipe I tried! I'm always in the market for new breakfast recipes. Any suggestions?

Edwin & I often go pick up Odie and take him to Tynehead Park. He is always so tired after and lays down on the backseat. He's cute.

It was Amanda's boyfriends 35th birthday over the July long weekend and she planned a weekend extravaganza. This is Edwin & Amanda at Old Abbey Ales for beer tasting. My favorite beer was the raspberry sour.

On the left is the raspberry sour, and the rest were all lighter or fruity beers. I don't like dark/heavy ones!

Paintballing was also one of the events. Remind me that next time i think it's a good idea to sign up for paintballing to NOT sign up. I don't know why I thought this was my kind of thing... I ended up crouched behind a stump with some 11 year olds the whole time.

This was the highlight for me of Rob's birthday weekend - karaoke at the Walnut Grove Pub. Justin even convinced Edwin to sing a song with him!! I was shocked. And impressed that he actually did it. The night was really fun and ended in a 12 person group karaoke rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. SO FUN. 

I loved the color of the sky one night! This is out our bedroom window.

See, this is an example of a food picture you would NOT see on instagram. I thought the sauce splatters would be trendy and look really cool in a photo. Nope, looks like I spilled alllll over the plate. These are cabbage rolls, by the way. They look easier than they are....I'll stick to eating my Aunty Josie's whenever she makes them!!!

The City of Surrey had a pop-up junk shop on Saturday. It was free to drop off all your old electronics, mattresses, tires, etc. We got rid of some things that had been looming in the garage for a while now. In this photo, you will see my parents beloved 80's blue lamp going to lamp heaven. They have more dates coming up too, check it out!

Wedding selfie! My cousin Danielle got married on Saturday. Colin and I had fun sitting next to each other!

My cousins Kristin, Steven, & Robyn.

My mom requesting selfies...

The bridge & groom!! Her dress was GORGEOUS!!! She looked really beautiful.

I got my hair done last week and took a little selfie on snapchat... you have to pass the time SOMEHOW when sitting with the heater-thing on your head...
And last but not least, today is my beloved husbands birthday. He is 32 years young. I woke up early to make him pancakes in bed before he went to work, and we ended today with pizza & a beer at Famoso Pizzeria. Happy birthday to you, Edwin!