FAMILY NEWS FEBRUARY 2018

 

A lot has happened with the Klassen family since my last update. Here are some of my recent “musings”. I hope you enjoy!

Facebook Is A Lie - or At Least An Exaggeration…

Do you ever check Facebook during the dark, wet, dreary days of January and notice that you’re the only family still in town? It’s obvious that “everybody” is either in a sunny hotspot like Hawaii, Mexico, or Cuba, or in a winter wonderland skiing in Whistler, snowshoeing at Cypress, or ice skating at the top of Grouse Mountain. Granted, I know Facebook is all about posting memories when we are at our best, but is that really honest? Shouldn’t we be posting some photos of ourselves accomplishing the mundane? I’m going to try that and see how many “likes” I get. Here are some ideas I have:

  • Facebook photo of Steve wiping the kids’ toothpaste off the bathroom mirror.
  • Facebook photo of Steve bringing a kid’s sock from the family room to the hamper.
  • Facebook photo of Steve cleaning up the cat’s coughed up hairball.

I know it’s not as exotic as those vacation pictures, but it is what I did while “you all” were either sun tanning or frolicking in the snow!

The Ski Trip That Wasn’t

A reason I didn’t post a holiday time Facebook photo of the Klassen family skiing is because we didn’t quite make it. Jude and his new bride Morgan were visiting for the holidays, and since they had to drive back to Princeton, where they now work with the youth group at Princeton Baptist Church, we decided to all go skiing at Manning Park. So with Jude, Morgan, Jared, and Adrianna in one car, and me, Cindy, Mireya, Nicole, and Andy in the Honda Minivan, we loaded up the ski gear for our ski day adventure. We weren’t on Highway 1 long when we knew this would be a slower drive than normal. The weather was treacherous, and the highway conditions were less than optimal. Actually, I was comfortable with my driving capabilities, but my “co-pilot” Mrs. Klassen was watching my speedometer like a hawk and giving me on the minute weather updates. We even got to drive over a 10 kilometer long ice rink also known as the Sumas Prairie stretch of Highway 1. So by the time we got through Chilliwack, Mrs. Klassen was commenting on the fact that if we died, we wouldn’t be skiing anyways, so perhaps we should kibosh our ski trip plans. We took a driving break in Hope to meet back up with Jude and his crew, who were by that time about 20 minutes ahead of us, probably because Jude covers his speedometer from the view of his own Mrs. Klassen. After a group conference, the decision was made to not continue on to Manning because, although we could have gutted it through in the sketchy driving conditions, enjoyed some skiing, and had fun, the drive back home in the dark would have been unwise. So Morgan had the idea to buy some snow saucers at the local hardware store and find a hill in Hope, which we did. It turned out to be a great time! The kids all had lots of fun, and Cindy’s heart rate actually came back down to a resting pulse. After a good time sledding/tobogganing, we went to Rolly’s for a late lunch, and then said our goodbyes to Jude and Morgan, who continued on to Princeton while we struck out for home. In life it’s funny that some many of the family memories are about plans that didn’t quite work out…

Chess, Checkers, and Boggle

When Andy joined our family last February, he came to us with the knowledge of chess, which I can sort of play (with my instruction guide), and Jared can play. So I’ve been tuning up my skills, and Mireya has been learning as well. Since we have the board out, we also have a checkers set. So we’ve been playing that too. But the big hit for Cindy, Jared, Mireya, and Nicole is Boggle. It’s a word game where you pop the grid of dice which have letters on each side and the attempt to find words in the sequence of adjacent letters. I play occasionally, but get a little irked because a lot of the complex words I know are not even in the dictionary, and so are disallowed by the “judges panel”. I remind Cindy and the kids that I even took some 200 level English courses when I did my Commerce degree at UBC, but the rolling eyes tell me the “judges panel” doesn’t seem to be impressed. So, I’ll ask Andy for a game of chess…

Gratitude

I received a “5 Minute Journal” awhile back as a gift, and one of the exercises is to write 3 things that you are grateful for every day. It’s a good exercise in being thankful for the simple things, like a roof that doesn’t leak, running water, health, and a loving family. A good focus to reflect on the many blessings each of us already has, and a reminder to not worry about what we don’t yet have. As I tell my kids, there are a lot of people in the world that would love to trade their circumstances for ours.

 

~ Steve Klassen

 

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