my temporary bachelorhood came to an end two weeks ago in seattle. brenda and nayou flew in from maryland, and i drove down from vancouver to meet in our old stomping grounds. since nayou doesn’t really have a posse of friends in canada yet, we decided to celebrate his sixth birthday with his cousins and friends south of the border.

angel and heidi graciously volunteered to let us use their house for the shindig which was perfect. we went to bed on saturday with a five year old and woke up with a bona fide six year old! nayou reprised his halloween costume for the occasion.

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nayou wanted a lego set and a fishing rod for his birthday, so that’s exactly what he got 🙂

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he also wanted a carrot cake shaped like a fish, so i had a think and came up with this:


i remember when me and my sisters were kids our mum used to make these elaborate cakes for us that were really cool. it was a blast for me to figure out how to make it, so i think we have a bit of a tradition going here 😉

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back in canada our friend boofa was waiting for us. we know boofa from our days in new zealand, and its been about five years since we saw him. he is travelling around north america and it was a blast to catch up with him again!


nayou putting his fishing rod to good use!


winter is definitely upon us now. the whole city has been dusted by snow this week! brr.


two weekends ago we were in whistler. then last weekend we drove down to seattle to see nayou’s aunt, uncle and cousins. well, the main reason we went down was because brenda and nayou were flying to san francisco, and it was way cheaper to fly domestic than from vancouver. but getting to spend time with angel, heidi, penelope and paloma is always a bonus as well. we barely saw nayou after we walked in the door as he was pretty much glued to penelope the whole time.

20131114_03 the weekend flew by quickly and before i knew it i was bidding adieu to my family as they embarked on a three week journey to see various members of the diaz family. thank god for modern technology because i think i would go crazy missing them without it. i’m enjoying my temporary bachelorhood, but life is definitely a little less full without brenda and nayou around!

the two of them are having fun in san francisco. the chimbies, as the twins are now known, have grown up so much! i’m glad nayou is getting quality time with lots of his cousins. being able to do these kinds of visits is a big reason why we chose to move to vancouver 🙂

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i can’t believe how big nayou is compared to these eleven month olds! it seems like he was that little only a short while ago 🙂

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