Friday, April 18, 2014

Avigilon Pro Photos....finally

We received the professional photos from DH's company party :) Brought back great memories of a really fun night!

Happy Easter/Frohe Ostern

Wishing you all a fabulous Easter Long Weekend!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Amazing April

Magical March has come and gone and it was a very good month and I was busy!  We're already into April and this month I'm going to make it "Amazing"!

adjective: amazing

causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.


As for the old adage about March "In like a Lion out like a Lamb" that held pretty true.  March was a wet month but as the month drew to a close it started to get nicer - the cherry blossoms are exploding to life, the daffodils are blooming and the tulips are starting to burst into color.

Monday March 31st was a gloriously sunny day, as was April 1st and 2nd - alas, today the 3rd day April, I can see the dark rain clouds again and am brazing myself for a few down pours for the remainder of the week.... chin up, the weather will improve and April will be "amazing".

The month holds a lot of activity (again), celebrations and more adventures for me.  Enjoy spring and have an amazing April,  it will be worth it!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2014): One

The theme for March 2014 over at A 'lil Hoohaa this month is ONE to celebrate the one year anniversary.
 Here are my 5 photos of how I interpreted this month's theme, sorry some of the photos were taken on my phone and the quality isn't great.

I recently moved to level B1+ in my German language learning class, we began Chapter 1 on March 13th.
At the Vancouver Whitecaps game - our goaltender is David Ousted... #1

I was just in California and drove down Hwy 1 towards Santa Cruz

My ONE bag going to California.... came home with three!

The best place to stop for nibbles and beer - Hwy 1 Brewing Company
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back at the beginning of May - I'll be participating in the April Challenge too!

Monday, March 31, 2014

"A" for Adventure and Azores

DH and I have booked our summer holiday to the Azores :) We're planning to visit four of the nine islands - Sao Miguel, Pico, Faial and San Jorge -break out the back packs, this is going to be an adventure!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

San Jose Collage Photos

Here are some more collage highlights from my weekend visit with Shell and Mike :)
Cluckingham Palace! the "girls" lay lovely eggs.  Mike made me a fresh poached egg on toast! Yum!
Lovely little winery :)

Visit with Rita and OMG! getting free scrappy goodies!

Shell and Mike took me on a wonderful tour - Half Moon Bay to  Santa Cruz!
Beauregard Vineyards :)
Marianne's Ice Cream.... the shop was packed! I know why.... it's the best damn ice cream I've ever had!
Fun at home... Willy was thrown in the pool, Rita and Gary came for dinner, Kaitlin finished her Steampunk hat, Mike made fresh gnocchi!
Wee bit o' shopping.
Lunch at Opa! The best Sangria ever!
More free Scrappy goodies.... Shell loaded me up!
Coffee at Cocola on Santana Row

Lunch and shopping on Santana Row before heading home....

Friday, March 28, 2014

Visit with Shell - San Jose, California

I had an amazing weekend visit with Shell, Mike and family.  Glorious weather, fabulous food and bevvies and some fun touring around to see the area. 

I've been very busy this week since coming home so I haven't had a lot of time to get my photos organized.... but hey, I did get them downloaded!

So here are a couple of collages to keep you going, I'll have more time this weekend to sort and post more photos!

Happy Friday!

Friday afternoon at Clos La Chance Winery.... stop one of two wineries that day!

Mackay Mansion (Shell and Mike's home) I even picked tangelo's from the tree for my breakfast! Yummy :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Palette... eat, paint, create!

Diane organized an evening out for Da Bitches, Thanks Di!!  The evening, called, paint, create at the Place de Arts, was to inspire the artist in everyone.  We enjoyed some yummy tapas and some wine and then we all got our "Art On!"  It was really a fun evening and the organizers did a great job with the event.
We had some usual, we were our silly creative ol' selves :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

The "Keeners"

After two years my little group of "Deutsch Lernin" friends and I have graduated!

Danielle, Ruth, Iris and I are the "Keeners" of the group - we have been going to our teachers' home on Sundays for extra classes and conversation practice for the past year.

The group started out with 8 and dwindled down to the four of us.  The "Keeners" have stuck together and I've really enjoyed the small class size, we've been able to do more and have fun - we've played games, sung songs, read/heard all kinds of books, gone to the film festival, the Xmas market and just plain ol' had fun learning!

Yesterday, we officially "graduated" (we even had champagne!) and are moving on to the "uber" advanced group on Thursday.  With one sad note...... our amazing teacher Karin is moving back to Germany, so we will have a new teacher this week.

Karin has been absolutely amazing, we have learned so much from her and will miss her terribly! There is one last chance to see her at a going away dinner in May before she leaves Vancouver, then we'll be staying in touch via email. I will certainly be making every effort to see her when I go to Germany. 

Left to right - Danielle; Me; Karin    
 (our teacher is holding Ruth's certificate, poor Ruth missed the last class due to Vertigo)
Left to Right -  Iris; me; Karin
... onto the next session of German this Thursday.