I can’t believe Summer has come and gone! As a family, we certainly had a great Summer of fun and memories. The real estate market was busy and I did work some long days, but Summer is a time to enjoy.  Here are 10 of my highlights:


I love running in the Summer. Early enough that there is still a coolness in the air, but still warm enough for shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. Cindy and I were pretty consistent with our Saturday morning runs as well.


We had a new deck installed over top of our cracked and deteriorating patio. We love our fire pit, so the new deck added to our outdoor ambience.


We took the kids and watched the fireworks in White Rock. The key in White Rock is that sometimes you have to get creative and “make” your own parking spot, which we did in a new home construction area.


Jared played a key role in organizing our church’s soccer camp program this year. Adrianna, Mireya, and Nicole all helped coach, and Andy was a participant. It was great to see the kids get involved, and to see our church rally to put on such a large event. Just don’t ask who the guy was wearing the red tights; it’s a long story…


Jared and I spent a day with his friend Lael and Lael’s dad Ron doing some downhilling at Whistler. Jared and I have pretty good bikes, but I think the cost of the stuff we broke on our bikes would have paid for the rental of a downhill bike. Ron and I were pretty proud that we kept up with the boys, although perhaps we didn’t always take the highest lip of the drop offs…


Mireya and Nicole once again attended Sunnybrae Bible Camp, and so as a family we drove them to Salmon Arm to attend. We love the drive out there, but it makes for a long day. The girls have gotten to know a lot of the staff at the camp, and look to perhaps themselves volunteer there one day.


Cindy and I, together with the three younger kids, Mireya, Nicole, and Andy spent 9 nights in our favourite Summer place. Jared and Adrianna visited for a few days, and Jude and Morgan joined as well for a few days. Beach walks, mini golf, go carts, ice cream at the Windmill, a hike with Mireya up Mount Kobau, dinners at the Diamond, runs with Cindy, hanging out with the Webers, and just hanging out – great memories. You’ll have to ask Mrs. Klassen who won the annual mini golf tournament.


I attended a real estate conference in Las Vegas, and decided to take my 3 girls. Since Adrianna is 18, I knew she’d be able to chaperone the younger girls while I was in session. We arrived a few day early and explored Las Vegas’ tourist attractions together. We also took a full day Grand Canyon bus tour – that was awesome! However, I didn’t like the fact that there was no fencing or guardrails or anything on the West Rim area we were at. All I could think about was how mad Cindy would be if I came home with less than 3 girls… Some of our Vegas memories included In-N-Out Burger, the Coca Cola shop, the M & M shop, the Hershey’s store, the Golden Nugget, the Bellagio fountain, the aquarium at Mandalay Bay, the monorail, the first time using Uber, Fremont Street, the lights, and the heat!


Yes indeed, Jude and Morgan got married this summer! About 3 years ago, Jude was ranked #3 by his parents as the most likely kid to get married first. But over the last few years of living away from home, and going to Millar Bible School, he’s really matured and his stock has risen ☺. At school, he met a terrific young lady named Morgan, who is from the Salmon Arm area. Morgan comes from a great family. Fast forward to the Labour Day long weekend when the wedding was held. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday, and a great wedding location on the shores of Shuswap Lake. Jude and Morgan got married where they met, at Sunnybrae Bible Camp, which is also the location of the BC Campus of Millar Bible School. Our family drove into Salmon Arm on Thursday, hosted the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening, and enjoyed every minute of the wedding experience. It seems like yesterday when Cindy and I exchanged our vows, and now we are the “parents of the groom.” Time flies. Jude and Morgan are now living in Princeton where they are working with the youth group at the Baptist Church there.

So there is our summer in a nutshell; it came and went so fast! Lots of great memories and definitely grumbling kids when school started up again.

Steve Klassen


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