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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”  Audrey Hepburn

We hiked a few more beaches today finding a few more spots that we’d never been to before.  Some of the trails are quite steep and slippery as we’ve had more rain the last few days.  We did a little  geo-caching along the way, dropping a couple of trackables that my son sent over with me.  Geo-caching is how we’ve discovered quite a few out-of the way places on the Island that are not traveled by the average tourist.  

It’s a fun activity that can be done all over the world.  I highly recommend it.  It’s a wonderful activity for kids as well.  They love the excitement of “the hunt” and it gets them outside in the fresh air, getting exercise and quality time with Mom and Dad.  It’s a GREAT family activity any time of the year.  

These days all you really need is a cel phone with GPS tracking on it – or for the more serious Geo-Cache’r purchase an actual GPS unit.  We haven’t done that yet – but after this trip when we’ve had a few times without 3G access . . . I’m seriously considering purchasing one.  

Check out Geo-Caching.com for information on cache’s all over the world.  You’ll find many in your area!

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“The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.”  B.R. Ambedkar

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Where were you?  What were  you doing?  

Considering that this phenomenon will not happen again within our lifetime, I decided it had to be documented in my 365 Project.  It was interesting to set this up with other people watching with curiosity.  In fact, there is a fellow just off to the right in the hot tub smiling at us while the camera snapped away on Self Timer mode.  This will be a great memory to pass on to our Grandkids and Great Grandkids so that they can see their Ya Ya and Papa G living life, not letting life just pass by.  I want my future generations to be motivated and excited about exploring the world and living life to the fullest for as long as is possible.  We live in a very mobile world where it is easier and easier to travel the world over and experience life on a level that my parents never did.  And I never did either until recently – within the last ten years.  And I’m now hooked!  

And I’m doing it with my Best Friend!  

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“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.”  George Carlin

We’re still travelling . . . and this is a late night on the road.  We spent a bit too long at the Woodburn Outlets in Oregon and so are arriving late at our destination for tonight.  Baby Girl is in the back seat jabbering away at us, singing songs along with the radio . . . a very pleasant and fun drive even tho it was late and dark.  She has been a bright shining light on this trip.  For a two year old, she is an incredibly happy little traveler.  

I keep saying this, but it’s so true . . . she is so much like her mother at this age.  We traveled every summer from California to Canada from the time she was a baby.  And she was always a happy little traveler, going with the flow whatever we did.  

I took this shot with my iPad as a Semi Truck was passing us.  I liked the effect with the red tail lights . . . 

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“The wonder of a miracle from which this love began.  There is so much found in the touch of holding a grandchild’s hand.”  Unknown

We’re on the second day of our four day trip to California, staying two nights at my Son’s house just south of Portland, Oregon.  We picked my 5 year old Granddaughter up from Kindergarten and took her shopping at CostCo and Fred Meyer.  Since it was lunch time we thought we’d stop somewhere to eat.  Well, she had her mind set from the moment we mentioned CostCo!  She LOVES their hot dogs.  She says NO ONE makes them like Cost Co.  And she ate the whole darned thing!  Then off to Fred Meyer we went to try on anything pink . . . she ended up with a pink quilted vest and a pink sparkly hat to wear with it.  Quite stylin’.  Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a picture of her in it.

Isn’t she just so cute??

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Road Trip!!

We’re on our first leg of a 4 day road trip to California with the baby.  This picture is taken at the Pacific Border Crossing between Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA.  We’ve got a six to seven hour drive ahead of us to just south of Portland, OR.  Baby Girl is snuggled in and happy.  What an awesome little traveler she is too.  It took an hour to get through the border, and another 20 minutes to Bellingham where we gassed up.  She’d been in the car two hours by then, with no fussing what so ever.  I let her out to run around at the Fred Meyer in North Bellingham while hubby gassed up the car.  The rest of the trip was uneventful with just a couple of rest stops for food and stretching our legs.  I did load up my iPad with a few of her favorite shows, which kept her entertained during part of the trip.  For much of the time she either slept, or chatted with us or herself, and sang songs . . . one of the most fun drives south I’ve had in a long time.  We’ll be two days at my son’s south of Portland before we head out again.  

The Road Trip continues . . . 

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“Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.”  George Eliot
 

I’ve spent a fair bit of time in my car driving over the last few weeks(Canada to Oregon to California, with lots of sightseeing in between).  Today I was able to sit back and relax while my husband did the driving, as he had flown down to California to spend a bit of time with the grandkids, and drive home with me.   I caught this reflection in the car’s mirror as we were driving along. I was feeling quite satisfied with the past 6 weeks of activities since my Grandson had flown out from Maryland to spend time with me.  I am so incredibly blessed in my life, and am so happy to be able to create value in the lives of those around me.  Today though, I was really enjoying having someone else take the wheel!  

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“People say there’s delays on flights. Delays, really? New York to California in five hours, that used to take 30 years, a bunch of people used to die on the way there, have a baby, you would end up with a whole different group of people by the time you got there.

“Now you watch a movie and [go to the toilet] and you’re home.” — Louis C.K., comedian 

Yup – I had a flight delay today.  Not bad.  The incoming flight was late by 15 minutes, and then they had issues with the ramp so moved us all to a new gate.  We were about an hour and a half late getting in the air.  I love the quote I found . . . sure puts things in perspective eh?  At any rate, I used the extra time to take a few pictures with my iPad, and then play around with a couple of the Apps.  Photoshop Touch and another one I just discovered called PhotoPad.  They do similar but different things.  I just played around till I got something I kind of liked.  Anyhow . . . I enjoyed taking advantage of the extra down time . . . something I’ve not had much of lately.  So really, I was  not inconvenienced by the delay at all.  My husband was – on the other end waiting to pick me up . . . but that worked out ok too!  Technology sure helps us keep others in the loop! We didn’t have that 30 years ago . . . 

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“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Maria Montessori

Baby Girl is having so much fun exploring the new space she is living in for the next few weeks.  She’s discovered that she can stand on the stool in the washroom and wash her hands (ie: play in the water!).  I just love watching her move around in this new environment.  She squeals with delight at something she’s discovered, or mastered.  I am accomplishing nothing as I follow her through the house watching her discover her new world . . . can’t wait for the weather to clear up so I can get her outside more!

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“The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful!”  E.E.Cummings

Today’s adventures included a tromp through the yard, stomping in all the recent rain soaked mud puddles and discovering the secrets that our two acres have to offer a little 16 month old explorer.  She was quite excited to don her new pink rubber boots, and then go exploring.  Of course, Grandma was more than willing to encourage said exploration!  

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“The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”  Pearl Bailey

Because I was gone to California longer than anticipated, the paperwork has piled up on my desk.  Being that it is tax season, I have a lot to do to get our financials ready for our Accountant in the next week or so.  Having Baby Girl home with me now puts a bit of a crimp in my plans to deal with it . . . but we’ll work it through!  Minor challenge for the pure pleasure of having her here with us for the next three weeks.  Luckily here in Canada the tax deadline is April 30th.  Today she didn’t take her normal nap in the morning, and only slept 1/2 an hour this afternoon on the way home from taking GG (Great Grandma) to a Doctor’s appointment.  She insisted on sitting on my lap while I worked, and she watched her favorite show – Bubble Guppies (the song of which is now permanently etched in my brain!)  All I can say is that she is pure joy.  So far she is enjoying herself here and not missing Mommy near as much as Mommy is missing her!  But we are only on day one . . . 

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