Family News April 2019

What just happened here? One minute you’re unwrapping your Christmas gifts and then you stop to blink.  And when your eyes open again, it’s spring!  Here are a few updates on the regular Klassen family shenanigans.

Mireya gets her “L”

Mireya made it very clear that one of the things she expected for her 16th birthday was her driver’s “L”. Mireya was a bit stressed out, especially since I continually reminded her that her three older siblings had passed their “L” test on the first try.  Hey, we have high standards here in the Klassen household! And boy, I’m sure glad I took my learner’s test when I did, back in 1984.  It was much easier back then.  If you could count to 10 and stand upright on 2 feet, they handed you your learner’s permit.  And 30 days later, you took a driving test for your full license.  As long as you didn’t knock over a fire hydrant or hit a tree, you were good to go! I don’t think I could pass the test in this day and age.  Nonetheless, Mireya passed.  Don’t worry, Dear Reader, Mireya, like her older siblings, will get lessons from a professional trainer that will give her a fighting chance for her eventual “N”.

Valentine’s Day Splurge

Cindy and I have been married for 25 years, and including the dating stage, have now shared 27 Valentine’s Days together.  I learned early on that flowers were not Cindy’s love language; but that Willowbrook Mall gift cards definitely were. So, this past Valentine’s Day, I decided to pull out all the stops. Since we are often busy with kid’s activities in the evening, I decided to take Cindy out for lunch.  But this time, I let her pick the restaurant.  Of course, the one stipulation was that it had to be at the shopping mall food court. Well, Cindy was over the moon and chose a Greek platter at the Opa restaurant. And to really make it a date to remember, I even picked up 3 spring rolls from the Teriyaki restaurant. Who says romance is dead?

Road Trip to Seattle

Mireya’s track club, the Langley Mustangs, competed at an indoor track meet at the University of Washington. Mireya stayed with her team at the “team hotel” while Cindy and I, along with Nicole and Andy, stayed at a different hotel in downtown Seattle.  We enjoyed our time in Seattle doing a bit of shopping and just hanging out. I learned that parking in downtown Seattle costs a fortune!  Especially when you factor in a parking ticket.  Mireya ran a few different events at the meet, and the experience for her was good.

Hit the Slopes

During the kid’s spring break, I took Mireya, Nicole, and Andy skiing to the Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formerly Hemlock Mountain) They had a great family deal from 4 pm to 8pm on Friday where a family of 4 could ski for $20.  We had lots of fun on the bunny hill, and I ventured off a few times to ski a few longer runs.  I know I keep harping on how easy kids have it these days but what about these new bunny hills? When the kids complete their run, they step on to this “magic carpet” conveyer belt that takes them right back to the top of the hill. How the heck does that teach kids about adversity and the will to conquer? When I was a kid, they had a device called a “tow rope” that really taught you a lot about life. When I, as a youngster, finished a run on the bunny hill, I had to grab this tow rope with my two hands.  Now, the first few attempts, you don’t quite have your coordination and balance right, so the tow rope would practically pull your arms out of your sockets. Once your Dad popped them back in, you tried again. Even when you were in a proper crouch and had a good distribution of weight, this “rope”, which was actually a steel cable, would burn away the gloves that your Mom had just bought at Woodward’s $1.49 Day. By the 6th or 7th run, the tow rope had burned right through your gloves and you were now holding on by the palms of your hands.  That’s why we had to call it a day after 10 runs. Not because we were tired, but because we needed to leave and beat the line up at the medical tent. Now days the kids complain when they get the sniffles.  In my day, we also had the sniffles, but our hands were so sore we didn’t notice.

You Can Never Be Too Overprotective

The best thing about social media is that it’s the only way to really check on what your older kids are up to. Cindy does a great job at researching who is “liking” her kid's posts, just to see if there are any “patterns” that we as parents should know about. So, when Adrianna, who runs track at SFU, posted pictures of the SFU Athletics Banquet, my “Dad warning device” went off. As the pictures of this big gala event started hitting Instagram, I noticed that Adrianna was often photographed in a group of athletes that included boys. Sure, these boys were handsome and obviously athletically inclined, but the nerve of these boys to ask Adrianna to be in a group photo with them was very concerning. So, next year I plan to attend the Banquet myself with a few of my friends. If any of you Readers have tattoos, chains, and leather jackets, you’re welcome to join me!

Not as Dumb as I Seemed

Imagine my delight when our oldest son Jude, now 22, texted me that he was almost done reading a book that I had suggested he read back when he was a teenager. He admitted that he had no interest in the advice book then, but that it now seemed that his parents actually knew something after all. I love the quote, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. So, I hope Jude enjoys the final chapters of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. In my text interaction with Jude, I shared the Mark Twain quote:


“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand

to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished

at how much he had learned in seven years”.

So, there you have it, Dear Reader, the latest news from the K-Team. If you have any thoughts or funny memories, shoot me a text at 604-312-8920, email me at, or message me on Facebook.

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