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2002/12/25 : Christmas 2002
We had a warm and cozy Christmas at
our home in Vancouver this year, spending some of the time with Simon's
family at their house. It was cold and wet and sim was sick with a bad cold (that Christine caught in time for New Years, but we had a great
2002/10/13 : Thanksgiving 2002
This Thanksgiving, it was our turn to
cook dinner for the rest of the family. Fortunately, we didn't mess it
up, The whole meal ended up tasting wonderful and nobody went home
2002/10/10 : BC Cancer Fund Benefit
We had the great
fortune of being able to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. The
British Columbia Cancer Fund (BCCF) were throwing a benefit concert to
raise $1,000,000 CDN to help fund a new cancer research centre. They
ended up raising $1.5 million by having acts such as Barenaked Ladies,
Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, and Chantal Kreviazuk perform.
The concert ran five hours long and was absolutely spectacular. We
weren't technically supposed to use cameras during the concert, but we
never used flash and so nobody even knew. Good rocking times!
2002/09/15 : Mom & Dad G go west
Dad & Mom Grabig decided to take a
road trip out to Vancouver and stayed with us for a week. While here, we
showed them Stanley Park, the North Shore, Victoria (including the
Butchart Gardens) and other city highlights. They had a wonderful time
and were pleased with our home. And gladly, there were no mishaps along
2002/08/11 : Tall Ships
On a sunny August afternoon, Sim's parents, Sim & I
took a daily excursion to Steveston to check out Tall Ships from all
around the world that were harboured at the docks along the Fraser River
for the weekend. We had wanted to tour the ships, but to do so would mean
spending up near an hour waiting in line, something none of us wanted to
do. We got a look from afar, listened to a django music band, and take in
2002/08/01 : Heave Ho!
Shortly after returning from our trip to Michigan, we had to gear up as
we had decided to move into a new apartment, an apartment that is exactly
one floor above the apartment we had for the year before. The new
apartment is exactly the same layout, same size, everything. Then why did
we move? Well, better use of storage, newer appliances, quieter, more
bright, etc. And the walls are not "eggshell color" (that alone was a
good enough reason). So we moved the majority of the items by ourselves
(don't ask about how we moved the couch) and although we were incredibly
worn out by August 1, we were finished. We are really enjoying our new place
2002/07/15 : Michigan Road Trip
One of Christine's brothers was celebrating his 40th birthday at the
beginning of July and a party was to be thrown in his honor. We really
wanted to be there for the party, so we decided to take a road trip to
Michigan. We had a good trip to Michigan and spent a wonderful week and
a half with Christine's family. We went swimming in Lake Superior, celebrated
Day, attended the birthday party, visited our friend Tristin, and
caught up on some rest & relaxation at the camp at Rice Lake. We drove
through Canada on our return trip. As a result, we were able to spend a
little while in Banff
National Park, which we fell in love with. We cannot wait to return!
2002/06/02 : Victoria, BC
In the beginning of June, we took a day trip to Victoria. We haven't been to Victoria
since November, 1998, so a revisit was long overdue. Last time we went, we found the
a very well-rounded and friendly restaurant right next to the inner harbour. I always
remember this restaurant for having a manual instead of a menu (it was something like 15
pages), and when I had ordered the Chicken Parmesan, they had to ask whether I ordered
from the chicken section or the pasta section (the portions were different). This time,
we were slightly disappointed to find that they no longer have Bruschetta,
which was some of the best we had ever tasted. It still seems to have very good food, however.
2002/04/19 : Squamish, BC
Back in March, Simon took a day trip to Whistler with a few work buddies
to do a little downhill skiing. As he was returning back from his
day-trip, he was amazed by how beautiful the sunset was along the Sea to Sky Highway,
and since then he's been pining to go back with the camera.
On April 19th, we did just that. We drove only as far as Squamish, but
we stopped at Britannia Beach,
and were awed by the granite monolith, the Stawamus Chief. After a meal at the Squamish White Spot restaurant,
we drove back in time to see the magnificent sunset along the coast.
We hope to return soon and make it to Whistler.
2002/02/18 : Bridal Falls
On one of those rare days in Vancouver when it wasn't raining, we decided to take a trip to see Bridal Falls Provincial Park, outside of Chilliwack, BC.. an hour's drive east of Vancouver. We heard about it from net friends Reine & Duane, who visited it when they were here in November. We finally went to visit it and we were very pleased. It is quite overwhelming and we had fun filling up our 128 MB flash card (which we pruned down, of course! We hope to return to it during the spring or early summer to see it when the grass is green and the trees aren't bare.
2001/12/26 : Christmas 2001
We kept pretty busy during the month of December preparing for Christmas. On the 12th we went to Section(3) restaurant in Yaletown for the NetNation Christmas party. Then on the 22nd, we went to Balthazar dining lounge for the Stormix Christmas/Reunion Party. And on Christmas Day, a group of us went up onto Grouse Mountain to have a white Christmas. Most skied, Simon and Christine hiked. We then all returned down from the mountain to enjoy a great turkey meal. Lastly, the one big thing we bought ourselves this year was a new 27" Sony Wega TV. Actually, it was a 24" Panasonic Tau, but we changed our minds when the Sony went on sale ;) Long story, don't ask...
2001/12/14 : Powerful Pacific
During the night of December 13, Vancouver experienced a very strong wind storm. Waves crashed
against the West Vancouver beaches, Christmas decorations were knocked over, etc. The next morning, the
winds were slowing down, but the Pacific Ocean was still roaring from the previous night. Mum Kirby
asked Christine if she'd like to take a drive to Dundarave (a neighborhood in West Vancouver), have a bite of lunch,
and walk along the seawall, checking out the waves. Christine couldn't pass up the chance to take along the
camera, so these pictures are the product! A few may not be the clearest, but that's because the sea-spray was creating
a film of salt over the lens and camera.
2001/11/23 : Capilano Suspension Bridge
From Nov 22-27, we played host/hostess to a couple friends (Reine & Duane) visiting from California. The first day that they were here, it didn't rain (allelujiah, the angels sing!) and so we took advantage of this miracle from God to hit one of the largest tourist traps in the Greater Vancouver region: Capilano Suspension Bridge!
2001/11/17 : Cypress Mountain
We drove up Cypress Mountain with a specific purpose in mind- to take a picture of the two of us to send to friends & family in our Christmas cards. We weren't sure if we were going to get a good picture, but we wanted to try. And we actually succeeded! We set up the tripod, turned on the timer, and took some pictures of ourselves, even if we received a few odd looks from those around us. We took many lovely pictures that evening, the skies were clear (a miracle for a Vancouver November).
2001/11/01 : An Evening with the Canucks
On November 1st, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team met up with the Montreal Canadiens for a game. Simon's company, NetNation, bought tickets for all employees/guests. It was a fun evening, and the Canucks won! We hope to go to another game sometime soon!
2001/10/28 : Bowen Island
On Oct. 28, Simon, Christine, Mum & Dad Kirby took a day trip to Bowen Island, a small mostly residential area 20 minutes (by ferry) from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. We drove all around the island, looking at homes & the terrain, a huge population of deer co-habitating with Bowen Island residents, and we even were able to see salmon jumping up a creek to breed.
2001/09/19 : Trip to Michigan
Due to a death in the family, Christine flew home to
Michigan to be with her family for the visitation and funeral. Only the
day after the funeral, however, terrorists attacked New York City and
Washington, DC. Christine, who was slated to fly out on the 13th, didn't
return to Vancouver until the 19th. She was able to spend a lot of time
with family and her dog out at her parent's summer cottage.
2001/07/01 : Canada Day
We were originally planning on going up Grouse Mountain to
listen to the various local bands for our Canadian holiday, but that fell
through (too many people on the mountain) and instead we ended up driving
to West Vancouver where we walked around Ambleside Park. We finished up
the day by watching a decent fireworks display. A good day, all around!
2001/06/03 : Go West!
In the past month, we've been in the process of relocating to North
Vancouver. Unfortunately, the trip didn't end up being as smooth as we
would have liked. About an hour into our trip, our U-Haul truck
started jerking around, making it glaringly clear that the problem
could not be forgotten. A day later, we were back on the road and
making good time. Problems hit again in Montana, but we fortunately
made it to our destination! Although still in the process of unpacking
various boxes and buying some necessary furniture, we are unpacked for
the most part. We also have some great memories of the drive over.
We also have a great new apartment close to many of the city's amenities.
2001/05/03 : Apartment Hunting
We decided to take a last minute trip to Vancouver to look
for an apartment before we move. On the last day, we
finally found a place
we like! During the trip, Simon's Mum partook in a race at the Vancouver
Rowing Club, right next to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Yacht Club.
It rained every day, but we survived.
2001/03/08 : Trip to Vancouver
We took a 2 week trip (from 2/21 to 3/7) to Vancouver to visit Simon's
parents. While on the trip, we were able to spend some time with family,
see Vancouver's beautiful countryside, spend some time in the city, do
some downhill skiing, visit an internet bud, and relax in general. Of
course, while there we were able to experience a taste of the 6.7
earthquake that hit Seattle. It was an all around great trip and we were
able to see many things.
2001/02/11 : Winter Carnival
Every year, the students of Michigan Tech University (Christine's Alma
Mater) make use of the plentiful heaps of snow and create skillful and
artistic snow statues. Winter Carnival includes these statues, a queen
competition, "longest beard" competition, etc. It is somewhat of a
Homecoming for Alumni and the streets of Houghton are busy with visitors
viewing the icy creations. It even ends with a fireworks display. The
photos included here are of Christine, her parents, and Simon walking
around campus looking at the statues, which unfortunately due to the
weather were partially covered with snow. The theme for this year's
carnival was "Greek Myths Unfold In A Wondrous Land of Cold." More
information about this year's carnival is available