Well, it’s time for the next installment of the Klassen Family News, also known as the “Nuthouse Journal!” Cindy and I joked awhile back about what it would have been like when we were dating if I had a glimpse of my present day reality. If that “glimpse” would have shown a crazy life with 6 kids and 2 cats, I’m sure I would have left Cindy sitting there at the Old Country Inn Restaurant and run off to live in the backwoods of Hope somewhere. And she might have done the same. ☺ However, I digress. So here’s what’s new with the glam fam.

No Sleep ‘Til Princeton!

Our son Jude and his lovely wife Morgan live in Princeton where they work with the Junior Youth Group at Princeton Baptist Church. Our family has driven through Princeton many times on our way to Osoyoos, but I never thought in my wildest dreams that we’d be driving to Princeton to visit family.  You could say Princeton is pretty small, especially since the “Welcome to Princeton” greeting is on the same sign as “Thanks for Visiting Princeton.” Jude and Morgan were in Langley for a few days and when it was time for them to return to Princeton, Jared and Nicole hopped in with them that Saturday afternoon. I had to work a bit longer, so Andy and I drove together a few hours later. It was kind of nice driving with Andy, who sat in the passenger seat, because I usually hear “slow down” or “be careful” warnings coming from the passenger side of the minivan. Not this time. We might have made better time if not for the white out driving conditions through Allison Pass in Manning Park. Once Andy and I arrived in Princeton, we met the others at the hottest place in town, Copperhead Lanes Bowling Alley! We had lots of fun “crazy bowling,” although I didn’t do the required 10 – 360° spins for the “dizzy bowl.” Ever since the Tilt-a-Whirl incident during May Day in Fort Langley a few years back, I stay away from spinning motions at my old age. After bowling, we visited at Jude and Morgan’s place and then Andy and I headed for the motel while the rest of the kids slept over at Jude and Morgan’s place.

After a good night’s sleep at the Sandman Inn, Andy and I enjoyed breakfast at Billy’s Family Restaurant, a Klassen family tradition during our summer trips. After breakfast, we joined the others at Princeton Baptist Church for a wonderful service. I love attending smaller churches as they are so “authentic” and relaxed. The downside is that with such a small congregation, I don’t have a layer of sound to hide behind during the singing time. I did tell Jude I would pay for the crack in the stained glass window that I caused when I tried to hit the high note during “Amazing Grace”… After Church, Morgan made us a wonderful lunch, after which we said our goodbyes to Jude and Morgan and hopped into the minivan for the return trip. It was a quiet trip, especially because I think the kids partied too hard with the Princeton nightlife scene at the bowling alley. Once we got home, we were greeted by Cindy, who had had a great 24 hours of peace and quiet around the house. I was actually quite surprised that Cindy didn’t mention how much she missed us, or that she even missed us at all. I’m sure she was only thinking of us and our enjoyment of road trips when she suggested that next time we stay in Princeton an extra night…

The Great Golf Trip Getaway

When I came into the RE/MAX office early one morning to get some work done before my golf trip, I ran into a colleague who was also heading out for golf. So I told him that we had something in common that day in that we were both going golfing.  I could tell by his golf attire that he was probably going to be golfing at some swanky golf course like Morgan Creek or Redwoods. But I know that I totally “one-upped” him when asked where I was going. With a look of smugness, I told him I was going to play 18 of the finest holes in BC at Castle Fun Park! Yes, that’s how the Klassens roll. 

Cindy and I loaded up Mireya, Nicole, and Andy to head out to Abbotsford where we started our afternoon of adventure having lunch at the White Spot. Since I was saving money by not going to Morgan Creek for my golf, I even splurged on the kids and let them have milkshakes. Cindy and I enjoyed our Legendary Burger and Candied Salmon and Beet Spinach Salad, which we shared. After lunch, we headed to Castle Fun Park where we chose to golf the Coral Sea course rather than the Jungle course. As usual, Cindy insisted we keep score. I was surprised, since I’ve three-peated at the Klassen Golf Championship at Rattlesnake Canyon in Osoyoos, and thought her confidence might be a bit fragile. Not my Cindy. She set a blistering pace on the front 9 with her par and birdie putts. I rose to the challenge, however, and made my presence known with a hole-in-one followed by a birdie. Meanwhile, the kids were having a good time and didn’t seem to notice their mom coughing at the precise time of my backstroke. OK, maybe that’s not exactly accurate, but she definitely was laying down the intimidation tactics. We were neck and neck, but I was pretty sure she’d crack on holes 15 through 18 when the pressure really dialed up. And then, disaster! On hole 15, my ball somehow found its way under an “underwater tree trunk” that extended over the green. I couldn’t get my club face under that tree trunk for a proper stroke. I could see Cindy was feeling sorry for me, as she kept offering me her “Gee, that’s too bad!” sympathy comment. Stuck in my predicament, I did remind Cindy of the “one club face length” rule which allows one to reposition their ball when in a hazard area. But my plea fell on deaf ears when Mrs. Klassen reviewed the rules which only allow for the concrete edge of the green as a “hazard” and not a stupid tree trunk that extends over the green. Nonetheless, I think I double bogeyed that hole, and my dreams of victory went down the cup where my golf ball didn’t. When we were done, Cindy claimed victory, but I told her that her victory was under protest as I am going to write a letter to the Coral Sea Mini Golf Association asking them to revoke her victory and order a rematch. Dear reader, I’ll let you know how I make out. The good part in all of this is that the kids and Cindy had fun, and I did get in a few games of Galaga before we left Castle Fun Park. In the meantime, I’m going to take a few mini golf lessons before our trip to Osoyoos; I can’t stand the thought of losing twice in a row.

~ Steve Klassen

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