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!
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!
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.
Some highlights from the past few months:
It’s been a few years since the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board hosted its annual “Medallion Dinner” gala. This awards banquet was held this year at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and Cindy and I enjoyed getting out on the town again. It was fun getting together with the top Realtors in our area, and nice that two of my kids who work with me, Jude and Adrianna, could also attend. It wasn’t too surprising that Jude and Adrianna they tried to distance themselves at the part just so they didn’t have to spend too much time hanging out with Mom and Dad!
A New Treadmill
When our old treadmill broke down, Cindy asked for a new one. She wasn’t too keen on my suggestion that it would be an early birthday present, so I had to go back and check our budget. I found we had plenty of funds set aside in our “Fitness and Sports” budget category, but I knew that if I used up funds for a treadmill, that would deplete the funds I could use for hockey and dirt biking. For a few minutes I shared with Cindy my insights on outdoor winter running, and the benefits of slipping on icy roads and running in sub-zero temperatures. Who needs a treadmill? The joys of conquering the elements like hail, sleet, snow, arctic winds, and driving rain. However, after 5 minutes I had lost the debate, headed out to the fitness store, and bought a new treadmill.
82 and Counting
We had a great family time for my dad’s 82nd birthday. He had the BBQ going and made some of the best steaks our family has ever enjoyed. My kids are all amazed at Opa’s BBQ prowess. My mom prepared all the side dishes, drinks, and desserts. Cindy and I are surely blessed in that all of our parents are healthy and doing well. At 82, my dad is still pretty active. My mom and dad joke that I’m even getting old!
Some highlights from the past few months:
Andy has really been enjoying soccer this year and it’s been fun to watch his team. I’m pretty sure Andy loves my stories of what soccer was like “back in the day”; gravel all-weather fields and picking pebbles out of my thigh post game. And we played with square soccer balls because round ones hadn’t been invented yet...
Just before Christmas, our family spent some time in Nuevo Vallarta. It was great to get some consistent sunshine and warmth. I’d say the hightlight for me and Cindy was playing beach volleyball pretty much every day. I think the kids were pretty impressed with their Mom’s on court performances!
Cindy and I agree that if you can have 6 kids, what’s one more? We’ve been in the process to adopt again from the Philippines, and we now have accepted a proposal for a 12 year old boy. God willing this will work out and the boy will join our family by the end of the year. A lot of things have to happen between now and then, but our family is excited!