And we’re back!

We have been on hiatus. At first it was a forced hiatus because we couldn’t login to our blog. It took us a long time to get back in the game, but we’re here! We have survived our first winter in Squamish with very little incident. (American) Thanksgiving was spent in Springfield, IL with all of Dan’s family in attendance. We saw family (from both sides!) who came to visit us over Christmas and went around Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. There was definitely snow on the ground for quite a bit of the winter, but it was generally a mild winter. We were able to do some snowshoeing at Callaghan and found it quite an enjoyable activity! I taught four blocks in a row, and when March finally rolled around, I was relieved to have the break. Dan took the basketball team to the Provincial tournament where they won a bronze medal. Considering the team didn’t make it to the tournament last year (because they won only 1 game in the season), the bronze medal is pretty impressive! Next year, our university will be hosting the National Tournament, which guarantees us a spot in the tourney. After that excitement, we flew to Hawaii for a week to get some sun and relax for a bit. It was a great trip, filled with sea turtles, humpback whales, fish, coral, volcanoes, waterfalls, and beaches! You can see some of the highlights here.

Spring has arrived in Squamish, and we have been enjoying sunny beautiful days for the last week or so. We took a trip to the nearby Lynn Valley and enjoyed walking around in the forest and suspension bridge. All of us enjoyed the beautiful canyon setting!

Dan at Lynn Creek which runs through Lynn Canyon

Dan at Lynn Creek which runs through Lynn Canyon

 

Siena toodling along one of the bridges that ran through the Headwaters trail (note still some snow on the ground)

Siena toodling along one of the bridges that ran through the Headwaters trail (note still some snow on the ground)

 

Me (6 months pregnant) at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. A wee bit scary!

Me (6 months pregnant) at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. A wee bit scary!

A look at the mountain range next door, including Goat, Grouse, and Crown mountains

A look at the mountain range next door, including Goat, Grouse, and Crown mountains

We are loving the area and have decided that it’s time to buy a house and settle down. The Squamish market is quite small, and we are only considering one neighborhood (not in the flood plain, good school district, near campus). This restriction certainly limits us, so in our price range, there are probably 6 houses at any given time. We’ve seen all of them, and there are a lot of split-level houses. We’re not huge fans of that style, so we’ll keep hunting, even though it will be an extremely slow hunt. The little one is due at the end of June, and we hope to have found something by then.

In the meantime, we’re enjoying the spring and lovely weather! Hoppy Easter!

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7 Responses to And we’re back!

  1. meelwood says:

    Glad to see you back! We will have to get some tips from you guys on Hawaii- it’s on our short-term list…

  2. farfa11e says:

    Of course! We had a fantastic time, thanks to tips from our other friends who had been there. When you guys are ready to start planning, I’m happy to pass along our info. sheet!

  3. Prajaj says:

    Also glad to see you back:-)

  4. Rosalind Chow says:

    Yay! More posts!

  5. VK1 says:

    I can only imagine what the housing market must be like, though being well outside the urbanization of Vancouver, I hope it’s more reasonable. Good luck!

  6. Joanna A says:

    Just read the blog today. Congratulations! You guys decided against adopting? Did you find out if it is a boy or a girl! Hooray for babies!!

  7. farfa11e says:

    Thanks, everyone! VK, the housing market is more reasonable than Vancouver and Whistler… but not much more. It’s definitely west coast prices, and the market in our little town is… weird.
    Joanna, we’re still pursuing adoption. We started the process in Canada as soon as we arrived, but they have to put our file on hold as soon as we become pregnant. We have to wait until the baby turns 1 before the file can be re-activated. No idea if we are having a boy or girl. It will be a surprise come the end of June!

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