the klassen family news

APRIL 2024 Edition


Some highlights from the past few months:


Easter

Yes, it gets a bit loud when we have 29 people gathered in the house to celebrate Easter and enjoy a wonderful Easter dinner. Cindy, her siblings, and her mom and dad are each responsible for preparing one special dish. So we have turkey, mashed potatoes, a yam dish, a cauliflower dish, cranberries, stuffing, and of course the Mennonite traditional Easter bread called “Paska”. I love my extended family but have to admit sometimes I need to escape to my den for a few minutes of recovery and quiet. So glad Cindy’s parents and my parents can be at these family events.

     

The Girls in Europe

One of the things I told my daughter Adrianna when she got her real estate license and joined the Klassen Real Estate Group is that she should work hard, and then travel. And since her sister Nicole was finishing up her time at a Capenwray in Germany, it was the perfect opportunity for Adrianna to travel to Europe, meet up with Nicole, and share some travel experiences before coming back home. Just because Adrianna is 25 years old doesn’t mean I can’t still be the overprotective father. I poured all of my travel wisdom into Adrianna including the pearls of wisdom including how to not be a pickpocket target, how to do early online check in for flights, how to ensure the money won’t run out, and in my words, how to have fun, but not “too much fun”. I’m so proud of the kids and how they’re learning about the world through travel.

 

83 and Counting

The extended family got the invite from Oma for birthday cake and snacks at Oma and Opa’s house on Opa’s 83rd birthday. Because Oma and Opa live in a townhouse complex that flanks Hazelmere Golf Course, Opa has taught the kids how to “hack and whack” through the back bushes and find stray golf balls. So during the visit for Opa’s birthday, a few of the kids went golf ball hunting and with great success! Opa impressed the kids with his “log book” and was sure to let everyone who would listen that on one day he had found over 90 golf balls!




FEBRUARY 2024 Edition


CHRISTMAS SEASON MEMORIES

This past holiday season was eventful for sure. Cindy and I celebrated 30 years of  marriage on November 27th, celebrated 3 kids birthdays on December 3rd (Jared), 4th (Andy), and 5th (Adrianna), hosted our Annual RE/MAX Client Appreciation Christmas Event (which was a huge success) and many memories were made at home.

Naldo Sees Snow

Naldo, who recently joined our family from the Philippines, has had a bit of an adjustment with the colder temperatures of the Great White North. He’s used to playing basketball outside year-round, and not really having to wear a jacket. But life in Langley requires a bit more in the way of “outerwear”. Naldo was quite thrilled to see snow for the first time, and actually enjoyed shovelling the walks and driveway. He and Andy even made a huge snow fort! Recently, after a few very cold days, Cindy and I took Naldo and Andy to a nearby pond for some outdoor skating. The boys loved it. The boys have been to a number of public skates, and I’m surprised they haven’t been asked to leave the ice yet with all of their on-ice horsing around.

Best of the Christmas Memories

Christmas 2023 involved a lot of noise, fun, food, games, and laughter. Thanks to Jared for supplying our traditional “real” Christmas Tree; I’m pretty sure the reason it was such a good price at Superstore was because the needles were already starting to drop out when the tree got set up. 

•  Christmas Eve service at Church.                                                                                                                                                                         •  Watching Elf with the family once again.                                                                                                                                                               •  Cindy delivering my yearly Terry’s Chocolate Orange.                                                                                                                                         •  Toblerone chocolate.                                                                                                                                                                                             •  Puzzles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                •  Games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •  Christmas lights.                                                                                                                                                                                                   •  Lots of great food!

Nicole Comes Home

After high school graduation and a summer of working, Nicole headed off to “Capernwray” in Germany, a combination Bible School and cultural experience. It was great that she could come home at Christmas and make us all jealous with her stories of hiking and skiing in the Alps, travelling throughout various European countries, exploring the German countryside, and of course meeting great people from all different parts of the world. Nicole is back in Germany now, and we look forward to seeing her back home in April. Nicole and sisters Mireya and Adrianna are all looking forward to being back together for some great Spring and Summer bonding time.

So that’s the update from the K-team! If you have any thoughts or funny memories, shoot me a text at 604-312-8920, email me at steve@klassenrealestategroup.com, or message me on Facebook!




DECEMBER 2023 Edition


The real estate market has, for another year, really been all over the place. The “roller coaster” ride that began awhile back has continued; I’ve noticed prices decreasing in some segments of the market while remaining steady in others. As I point out every year, now more than ever it’s important to get solid, expert advice as you consider your real estate options. Our Team is here for you, or anyone you care about, if the thought of a move has come up.

The Klassen Update

Jude and Adrianna, who are both part of the Team, will be including their own submissions to this newsletter, so I won’t be writing about them.

Cindy: Cindy was working with her sister Tracy as a “staging team” tandem, staging our listings. However, Cindy has had to back off, for reasons you’ll read about later in this update. Cindy has still maintained her running passion and enjoys taking Adrianna’s dog Princess Leia out for the occasional evening walk. Cindy really is the grease that keeps the Klassen family machine running.

Jared: J graduated from Trinity Western University this past year. He’s continuing with his summer job of lawn and garden irrigation while he assesses his options for the future. He enjoys hanging out with his buddies, playing guitar, hiking, and playing recreational hockey. Jared is getting pretty good at guitar although I tell him real guitarists play electric guitar turned up to 10, kick over their amps to create feedback, light their guitars on fire, and jump off the drum platform. He tells me these things are frowned upon when playing on the church worship team.

Mireya: Beya is in her 3rd year at TWU and living back at home after her dorm experience last year. She’s in the education program and has started working a bit with students with special needs. Mireya was quite the traveller this past summer with trips to Osoyoos, Newfoundland, and the Philippines (more on that later). Mireya and I enjoy our weekly late night hot tub after her late class.

Nicole: Colie graduated from Langley Christian this past year and is now in Germany at “Capenwray”; a Bible school that also affords travel and cultural experiences. She seems to be enjoying it so much that she doesn’t have a lot of time to check back in with her Dad. Nicole had a great grade 12 year of school soccer, with her team coming 3rd place in the BC High School Provincials. Her Langley United team did very well too!

 

Andy: Duke is in grade 10 at Langley Christian School and still plays soccer and basketball. He’s been spending more time on his bike. Andy travelled with me, Cindy, and Mireya to the Philippines in late August/early September to meet his new brother Naldo. Andy and Naldo like to ride bikes together, play Roblox together, and see who can annoy the other the most.

Naldo: 13-year old Naldo is the newest addition to our family. The 3 year adoption process finally resulted in a trip to the Philippines to bring Naldo back to Canada to join us as his “forever family.” Cindy and I are so blessed to be a part of Naldo’s life, and we’re glad that he now has a family with siblings, a dog, and a cat. Naldo (13) and Andy (15) share a lot of common interests, and it’s been great to see them solidify the bonds of their brotherhood. Cindy is working at getting Naldo into school, and I’m working at getting him into his favourite sport, basketball.

So, with 7 kids now, and me now turning 55, I’ve had to delay my “Freedom 55” retirement plans. I’ve re-run my “numbers” to include getting kids through school, sports, braces, clothing, food, and the occasional family trip. My tally confirms that I’ll now be ready to retire when I’m 108!




September 2023 Edition


Well, that went by quickly! Summer started with our daughter Nicole’s Grade 12 graduation from Langley Christian School. Lots of fun activities including the grad dinner, the grad ceremony, and of course all the fun Nicole had with her classmates. Cindy and I are thankful for the friends Nicole has met through high school and hope they will continue to sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron.

The biggest summer highlight for me was setting the Klassen family record at the  Rattlesnake Canyon mini golf course. Cindy really enjoyed the fact that I had the score card framed and set on our mantel back home. Other great memories of this Osoyoos trip included go-carting with the kids, jet skiing with Andy, morning runs with Cindy, nice dinners, shopping at the Home Hardware, sunshine, and drop in visits by my parents, sister Rita, Adrianna, Jared, Mireya, Nicole, and whoever else rolled in off Highway 3 based on their work/life schedules. 

Cindy and I, along with Andy and Mireya, were able to spend a few days in Whistler with friends and Cindy’s sisters Tracy and Pam. We love strolling through the village and exploring new places. I think I set a personal record for most time spent in a hot tub; great hot tub conversations with friends and even solving a few world problems.

The Fall will bring a change back to routine and such, but we’ve really enjoyed the Summer. 

Andy and I have had some great late night hot tubs when Cindy is already up in bed. We have a little contest of counting airplanes we see in the sky.

So, until the next update, take care!





JUNE 2023 Edition


Well, a lot has been happening since my last write up. Adrianna’s dog Princess Leia celebrated her 1st birthday on May 4th. Mireya just finished her 2nd year at Trinity Western University and will be working as a youth intern helping with summer camps at Cloverdale Baptist Church, as well as working some part time hours at the café she works at, Blacksmith Bakery at the airport. Andy only has a few weeks left of grade 9, and he’s enjoying playing some golf with his school as well as practicing at the Langley Golf Centre with his junior membership.

Jared just graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science, and Cindy and I are very proud of him. Jared met some great friends at TWU, and really learned a lot not only in his classes, but also in various leadership roles he had. The only regret I have is that I never could understand what he was talking about as he explained to me what he was learning.

Nicole has been keeping us hopping with her soccer schedule. Her club team with Langley United just won a tournament in Kelowna and this weekend her school team, Langley Christian Lightning, are in the BC Provincial Final Tournament as they just won the Eastern Valley Championship.

Nicole is a super speedy player, but you’d never guess it if you saw her around the house. I always tease her that I’ve never seen anyone so slow run so fast!

Cindy’s been busy with keeping our family glued together on top of her awesome staging work that she’s doing for my listings that we bring to market. As well, Cindy has enjoyed singing in our Church. I myself never did develop any musical talent other than playing a mean air guitar.


 





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