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Luxurious Weekend in Whistler

Lifestyles of the rich and famous
Last year Emily won the grand prize in the FarmFolk CityFolk Win our Windfall raffle.

The prize description:

Enjoy a one night stay at Nita Lake Lodge in their beautiful Rainforest Suite with private elevator access, overlooking exceptional views of Whistler Mountain. Later that night, revel in Chef’s delicious tasting dinner for two in Aura restaurant with magnificent lake views.

On your way there stop in Squamish and take a Whistler Backcountry Tour with Sea to Sky Air. Fly over massive glaciers, sprawling lush forests, and glacial waters of Garibaldi Lake.

So, last weekend we got to enjoy a luxurious weekend in Whistler, staying in the huge Rainforest Suite at Nita Lake Lodge and flying around the Squamish Valley with Sea to Sky Air. Both experiences were world class. It was too much awesomeness for the two of us to enjoy alone, so we invited the Holdings to share some of the experience with us.
Sea to Sky Gang

We had mixed weather for our flight, with snow, rain, and low clouds obscuring some of the peaks. But it was still an amazing experience. We were in a little 4-seater plane with our pilot pointing out the mountains and lakes below us. It was neat seeing places we’ve hiked to before, like Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and the Chief, from a new perspective. The highlight was the 360-degree loop we did around Table Mountain.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Table Mountain

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

The Rainforest Suite at the Nita Lake Lodge is easily the fanciest and largest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in, with a huge master bedroom, dining room with seating for 8, and full kitchen. The couch folded out so the Holdings didn’t have to use their sleeping bags (we came prepared). We took advantage of the hotels hot tubs and canoes. Our dinner at Aura was an amazing 5-course tasting meal.

Roar

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Nita Lake Lodge

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

More pictures on Flickr.

Homemade Christmas Gifts 2013

Our homemade gifts for friends and family this Christmas.
DIY Garden Fork Labels
Forked Herb Garden Labels – really easy to make and they look cool. The hardest part was finding enough corks and writing the labels (I hope they don’t smudge in the rain).

Making Body Butter Whipping the Body Butter DIY Organic Body Butter
Organic Body Butter – There’s a store in Vancouver, The Soap Dispensary, that sells bulk oils and butters. I roughly followed the recipe here, using some different ingredients but keeping a 3-1 solid to liquid ratio.

DIY Duct Tape Wallet DIY Duct Tape Bows
Duct Tape Wallet and Bows – Emily made these for my cousin and his family.

Snow Globe Diorama DIY Soap Snow Globe DIY Painting
Soap Snow Globe – Another Emily creation. She turned a jar into a snow globe with soap, glitter, and plastic figurines. She also made a geometric painting.

Christmas in Kamloops

Christmas Family Photo Take #11
We had a lovely Christmas in Kamloops this year. My younger sister, Kelsey, was kind enough to host 8 of us for a few days.

Making Perogies Head Perogy Chef Vegan Gluten-Free Perogies Christmas Chef
We had a somewhat traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner, with gluten-free and vegan dishes.

Warming By Virtual Fire Christmas Morning Christmas Elf Christmas Wrapping and the Cat
On Christmas morning we opened our presents, which we limited to simple stocking stuffers.

Kenna Cartwright Park Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park Family Snowshoe X-Country Ski Fun
The weather in Kamloops was perfect (other than the freezing rain on Boxing Day). We took advantage of the snow and mild temperatures, with lots of time spent snowshoeing at Lac Le Jeune and x-country skiing at Harper Mountain.

Ticket to Ride Matt the Musician Family Time Cat Throw Rug
We also spent time inside relaxing and playing a lot of board games (Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, Love Letter, and Upwords).

Christmas Family Photo
We also hosted some of Emily’s family for brunch a few days before Christmas.

More Christmas pictures on Flickr.

Canada Day Long Weekend in Kamloops

Beach Time
Emily and I spent the Canada Day long weekend in Kamloops enjoying the awesome company of my sister Kelsey and her partner Matt. Even with the intense, record-setting heat (hitting +38 C), we spent a lot of time outside. We did some hiking, we picnicked at Paul Lake, we played bocce ball, and we checked out Canada Day festivities.
Hiking in Kamloops Goats on the Trail Billy Goat Railway Hiking Railway Tunnel Tranquilled Tranquille Sanatorium Moostached Kamloops Bluff Salsify Seeds Abbey Gazpacho Dinner Beach Picnic Paul Lake Chilling Emily at Paul Lake Rabbit and a Man in a Hat

Happy Mother’s Day

Baby Christening 4 generations
I’ve been blessed with an amazing mother, a wonderful mother-in-law, and several spectacular grandmothers. I’ve always admired their strength, compassion, tenacity, and abundance of talents.

Hopefully Mom is taking it easy today. If today was any other weekend, she would have gotten up early, done yoga and meditation, cooked three delicious and nutritious meals on a wood stove, made vegan dog treats, tended the garden, boiled water for washing, cleaned, walked the dog, completed a number of home improvement projects, read a book, and then drove back to Winnipeg. She’s amazing.
1984 with Baba Porter 1986 Porters - Laverne's Wedding End of the Trail - Danger Darlene & Mom

Geekathlon 3.0 Birthday Party

Geekathlon 3.0
I celebrated my 30th birthday in style this year, with an all-day party combining my favourite things in life – running, gaming, and eating. I went for a 32 km run in the morning, competed in a Geekathlon in the afternoon, and hosted a dinner party in the evening with loads of yummy vegan food.

Running 30km for 30 years Running Twins
Early in the morning, I went for a 30+ km run. Amazingly, I managed to convince 4 friends to join me. Dan and Katie ran the first 12 km, Owen ran 25, and Dustin ran 32 km with me out to Burnaby Lake and back.

Event 1 - Crokinole Event 2 - Jetpack Joyide Event 3 - Bomberman
Later in the afternoon, I invited my 12 nerdiest friends to compete in a Geekathlon, inspired by Hirtle’s 30th birthday. The round robin tested everyone’s geek-fu, pitting pools of 4 players against each other in bouts of crokinole, Jetpack Joyride (ipad), and Bomberman (xbox). The final event was a 6-player showdown of King of Tokyo with the top 2 players from each pool competing in the A-Final, and the bottom two in the B-Final.

Crokinole Geeks
Katie got a bonus point for the geekiest outfit.
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