Daddy, Kajsa, Mama, Summer, Tobias

Glad Midsommar! (Burnaby)

Today we spent the afternoon celebrating Midsummer, Swedish-style, at the Swedish Cultural Centre in Burnaby!


Kajsa wore a Swedish dress from Nana, and Mama made her oversized floral crown and Tobias’ “knee high” pom-poms. So much fun to dress up!


A great big dala horse greeted us at the entrance!



A visit to Viking Village…



Checking out the map of Viking travels.



Kajsa getting suited up to pillage.



These two were ready to move right in.



In the Finland tent, they both made a key chain with coloured wooden beads.




They were easily the cutest kids there.


The boys studied a map of Helsinki.



In the Denmark tent, the kids found this amazing Lego town set up!




What a fun day!  

Daddy, Holiday, Kajsa, Spring, Tobias

Happy Easter!

Today has been a spectacularly fun day, full of traditions, new as well as tried and true. The morning started with a quick breakfast at the table before church (and definitely before Easter clothes)!



After that, we were on our way to church, with a quick enjoyment of *someone’s* ballerina dress!




A quick (Oreo-filled) photo op with their dear friend, Adelle! Love all the cheery, Easter clothes!


And before we went for lunch at ABC Restaurant, we went home, changed, and the kids got to open their Easter “basket” rain boots–a tradition two year strong.



Someone was excited about a new pretty necklace!





Once emptied, both were very excited to test out their new boots. But to get a normal picture out of these two is, frankly, almost impossible, never mind both at the same time.




Sometimes the impossible is achieved.


After lunch followed by a nap by half the family (Tobias and Mama played with bubbles in the yard!), we all got in pyjamas and read the Easter story while the kids held their empty tombs they made in Sunday school.


Then daddy made supper–a giant bowl of popcorn for everyone (a special Unger tradition from when Lyndon was young), and then we started Wall-E (which ended up being not a huge hit, so we switched to Planes).




It was such an amazing day all together. I just loved it.

Holiday, Kajsa, Spring, Tobias

Easter Weekend Festivities

Here are a few pictures of what we did this Easter weekend.

While Kajsa napped, Tobias and I decorated Easter cookies! Tobias loved “painting” his egg- and butterfly-shaped cookies with frosting.




Bath time! This came after they did a bunny-and-egg drawing page with markers…and ended up washable “sleeve tats.”


On Saturday, we went to our very traditional outing to the farm in Chilliwack that does a Fall corn maze and a Spring egg hunt!




After collecting about 10 eggs each, they roll the eggs down pipes and then collect a treat bag.






And we got a picture saying “hi” to the farm’s zebu before I ran out of room for any more pictures. Bummer!





Daddy, Kajsa, Tobias

Tobias’ 3rd Birthday Party

In what is becoming tradition, we again had Tobias’ birthday party a month early this year.  His Name Day is November 2, and celebrating around then allows his birthday to be differentiated from Christmas and avoids scheduling conflicts with friends’ increasingly busy December schedules.  (We still celebrate his birthday on December 6 as a family.)

This past year, Tobias has developed quite a love of trains.  We conveniently have an active train track running near our house that he loves to watch every day from our front window.  In recognition of this passion, we planned a train party for him!  Here are some pictures from his party on the 8th.

Signs welcomed guests to McKenzie Station and Platform No. 3.  The food table and treat bag table greeted guests just inside the kitchen.

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Train tracks lead from the living room, through a tunnel, to the kids’ bedroom.  There, they found a train with a black balloon “coal car” chained to the engine with white balloon “smoke”.  It was so much fun putting it all together, but it necessitated a new tradition.

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Daddy took Tobias out for breakfast, thereby keeping the party set-up relatively safe until the party began.  Kajsa stayed home with Mama in her cute little train engineer outfit.

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Tobias’ friend, Adelle, enthusiastically joined in the train play.


And then they decided to read all the books on the shelf.  (Please note Tobias’ hand on her shoulder.  They are so funny and cute when they interact.)

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Tobias’ friend Jean also came, and here they are all enjoying juice out of their train sippy cups.

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Kajsa playing with train cars with Jean’s eldest sister.

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Tobias playing with his beloved dump truck Jean gave him.  It has buttons!  And a traffic cone and sign!

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Blowing out his candle in yummy Tracycakes Bakery Babycakes.

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Kajsa having a Babycake with Adelle’s mum…

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Adelle and Tobias having one with Daddy…

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And Jean over on a chair in the kitchen.  Cuties!

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These friends looking through the book Adelle gave him.  Superman Colors!  This book has become Tobias’ absolute favourite.  We read it together multiple times a day.

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And after all the party excitement, these two settled down together with train sticker books from their treat bags.

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It was such a fun birthday party!  And with how much more Tobias has been talking lately, he really does feel so much older now.  Another tradition we’ve been doing is to take a picture of him each birthday holding last year’s picture.  You can see how much he’s changed since his second–and even more his first–birthday!

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Kajsa, Tobias

Curl Up and Read Books

Today’s just one of those days: overcast, cool if not raining, cozy and perfect for enjoying lots of books.


They are both big enough to reasonably enjoy their camp chairs from the summer. Though, Kajsa was rather ambitious with such a big book! She doesn’t have that long of a lap.



We are all enjoying our new shelf in the Quiet Room. It’s just right to be able to find good books and easily put them back, which is perfect for a day like today.