July 29, 2010

Ereksons Visit Part 2

Whew...one day I'll get completely up-to-date with all of these posts!


Hanging around the cabin was great! Roasting marshmallows, sitting on the beach, and just chattin' was so much fun! Ty was able to join us for a night, and then He and my dad plus most of the girls went Salmon fishing in Tofino. My mom, Annie, Bris, and I went to Butterfly world (sorry no pics) while they were away and had a great time!

The night of the fishing trip we had a fish fry! They also caught some crab...and yes, that is a crab leg hanging out of Bristol's mouth. She actually liked the meat, just had more fun with the leg. As for me...found out that I'm allergic. No fun!

Annie and Bristol had so much fun playing together! Annie drug Bris all around the hard wood floors on this blanket. She thought it was the best game!

July 28, 2010

The Erekson Clan Comes to Visit: Part 1

The Erekson crew flew up to Canada for a weeks visit! (Minus Kate, Grant, and Jeffie). We were so excited to have them. They rented a cabin right on the ocean about 45 minutes North of our apartment in Nanaimo. It was such a relaxing and fun week. Of course while we were there Katelyn called with the news that Ashley's mission call had come in the mail. Great timing! But she was so calm and happy with being in Canada anyway!

I took them to all of my favorite spots in and around Nanaimo. This is all of us at Piper's Lagoon. They loved it, and Bristol did too as usual. The girls were quite occupied with all of the star fish, and Ash was going to go swimming...but not so sure what the hundreds of little jelly fish would do to her. Hehe.

July 27, 2010

Empress Hotel

While my parents were here they stayed in the famous "Empress Hotel." I loved visiting! I think it's quite enchanting covered in the vines and overlooking the harbour. Bristol loved running down the halls...she is getting so fast!

July 18, 2010

Computer Problems

Apparently in talking to Ty (yes, I'm still in Boise for 1 more day) our computer has been violently attacked by a virus. In talking to a computer whiz (Ty's Brother) it is one that we have to get removed professionally. So...no more blogging for a while. I know how much you are all bummed ;) but trust me, I am way MORE bummed. I love updating the blog with our fun adventures. So, goodbye for now. Hope to see you all VERY soon! And try not to forget us!!!

July 9, 2010

The Butchart Gardens

While my parents were here, we drove to the Butchart Gardens! This "Garden" (which is actually comprised of a ton of different styles of gardens) was started by a woman whose husband operated a limestone quarry. While he dug out the limestone, she filled in the 'holes' with gardens. Their world travels allowed her to bring back many different types of plants and vegetation. Thus she has a Japanese garden, as well as plants known all around the world.We walked through the garden for quite a few hours. They guys LOVED it, but may have just preferred a more active activity. My mom and I could go back in a heart beat. We had a great time! (Sorry for all of the pictures. I even narrowed it down to just a few! It was just so beautiful there! Couldn't resist.)

Entrance into the "Sunken Garden." My favorite spot. Quite enchanting!

Grandpa and Bris riding the carousal.

I didn't see any signs, but I think it was an unwritten rule not to run on the grass. How could anyone tell that cute face no?

Grandpa and Dad watched Bris as Nana and I walked through the rose garden. And you guessed it, she ended up completely soaked!
My mom and I fell in love with these rose trees. So beautiful!
Japanese Gardens

A view of the ocean from the Gardens...and on our way to Gillatto ice cream!!! Loved it!

July 7, 2010

Taco Soup

I know it's summer. However, this taco soup has sure hit the spot yesterday and today! I love it! It's my mom's recipe, the easiest and the best EVER! Even good in the summer time with no AC in the house! Here is the recipe!

1 lb. lean ground beef browned
1 can corn
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato chunks
1 can red beans
1 can black beans
1 small can olives (drained)
1 yellow onion chopped
1 packet taco seasoning mix

Dump it all in one big pot and heat through! We serve ours with chips, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and sometimes torn up tortillas. This is so yummy and so easy! You should for sure try it! Let me know how ya like it!!!

July 5, 2010

Lindy Davis Ross

A few of you might remember a post a while ago about a friend who had passed away. Her name is Lindy Davis Ross. She was in my ward in High School, and her family owns 'Starlight Mountain Theatre' in Garden Valley, Id. I was in a couple of plays with her and her family and had a great time. Lindy really was a great young lady, wife and mother. I wanted to post this story because I think that a few of us moms might do as she did in her car while driving on a long road trip only her result was tragic.

Beban Pool

It's kinda wierd posting about events in Nanaimo when we live in Victoria, but catching up with all that has gone on is going to take a while!

Beban Pool is seriously the coolest swimming pool for little kids that I have ever seen! (For an indoor pool anyway!) It is completely decked out in pirate attire with painted walls and everything. There is a lazy river, slides, toys, cannons, etc. We had a great time! Bristol loved floating around in her little fish. I need to figure out where to get one of these floaty toys! It worked out perfectly!