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Astrid – Summer Time Fun

Vegan Ice Cream

July was a jam-packed month for us full of outdoor fun trying to stay cool but also enjoy the outdoors. We went camping at Alice Lake, splashed in the Cultus Lake Waterpark, listened to music at the Vancouver Folk Festival, and got a Science World membership. We even managed to squeeze in a trip to the hospital at the end of the month.

At the waterpark

We met up with Kelsey, Matt, Jacob and Nora for some water fun at a Chilliwack hotel and the Cultus Lake Waterpark. The waterpark was still a little intimidating for Astrid (I think it will be perfect next year), but she had a blast spending time with her cousin Jacob.


We spent a sunny Saturday at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival listening to bands from around the world. Astrid enjoyed dancing in the shade and playing in the kids area. There were a lot of great bands, but my musical highlight this year was Iskwe.

Hospital Visit # 8
We were hoping that summer would 100% healthy but after hand, foot, and mouth last month Astrid picked up another virus at the end of July. After a few days of fevers, she developed some chest congestion which triggered her asthma. She was coughing a lot one day and wasn’t able to sleep so we pumped her full of Ventolin and went to the hospital. After waiting for over an hour in the waiting room with Astrid showing no signs of breathing difficulty, we knew could have probably stayed home. When we finally saw a doctor, she gave Astrid some extra dexamethasone and sent us home without doing the full asthma protocol, which was nice. Turns out there was bad air quality in Vancouver from a bog fire in Richmond. A few days of Ventolin and she was back to normal.

Science World Explorer

Grandma got us a Science World membership for Astrid’s birthday and we finally redeemed it after Astrid got healthy again. She loves it. They have a new Wonder gallery for kids under 5 that Astrid could spend all day in. I could also spend all day playing with the giant blocks or the lego dams on the water table. Science World is only a 5 minute walk from our home, so we plan to visit frequently in the next year.

Astrid has adjusted well to the toddler room at daycare. It wasn’t an easy start – first she was sick and then when she did go back a lot of her friends were sick or away on vacation. She didn’t like me leaving her there when the only other kids were some older boys who ignored her. But now there’s a group of girls her age in the toddler room and she enjoys seeing them in the morning. She’s started talking a lot more – stringing 3-4 words together and pointing out things she sees. It’s also been noticeable in her singing. She’s been mumbling melodies for months now, but this month was the first time she would starting singing songs with words that we could understand. Her favourites are Roly Poly, The Wheels on the Bus, and a Slippery Fish.

Norquay Park

More pictures from July.

Vancouver Folk Fest 2013

Vancouver Folk Festival
Had a great time at Folk Fest this weekend. The weather was awesome and the bands were rocking.

My musical discoveries of the weekend were:

Brothers Comatose Wooden Sky Del Barber Whitehorse

The best workshop we attended was early on Saturday morning with Kathleen Edwards, Del Barber, Justin Rutledge, and Hannah Georgas.

Beautiful day for a festival

There were thousands of bikes there. This bike corral had over 2000 bikes inside it, plus another 2000+ chained to bike rack and posts outside. That’s a lot of cyclists who would have used the new Point Grey bike route to get to Jericho Beach if it was ready. When Grant Lawrence asked the crowd if they wanted city council to approve the new bike route on Saturday night a huge cheer went up.
Bike Parking at the Folk Fest

Here’s my first attempt at a Vine video. It could use some work.

Vancouver Folk Fest 2012 Music Discoveries

Another great Vancouver Folk Festival has come and gone. Here are my musical discoveries this year.

Good for Grapes
Good for Grapes
A young band from Vancouver that blew everyone away. People seated around me couldn’t believe how good they were and wondered why they hadn’t heard them before. Watch for them to explode in the next few years. Amazing on-stage energy. The accordion player was jumping around in the tightest hipster skinny jeans, I was worried his pants would split. After the show, I picked up their EP, which only has six of the songs they performed. It’s good (especially London Fog), but it lacks the punch their performance had. I can’t wait until their first full LP and hope it captures some of their energy.

River City Extension
River City Extension
Another high-energy folk-rock band, with a have a similar sound to Good for Grapes but with a more polish. They finished their set by wandering into the crowd and singing acoustically with lots of hand claps. I loved it. Listen to the Ballad of Oregon and then go buy the album.

The Head and the Heart

One of the headliners of the festival, and for a good reason. They played some excellent tunes on the main stage Saturday night.

My last discovery, wasn’t a band, but a new Vancouver food cart – Street Meet, which stood out from the myriad of food options. They make a tasty, home-made quinoa and chickpea veggie burger. They’re normally parked at Burrard and Pender, so I’ll be making another trip to see them soon.
Folk Festival Food Vendors