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I wish I had something to say that could help you with your situation. My MIL recently suffered brain damage and sorting out the best way to care for her is still a challenge (especially with so many opinions from family members).

My thoughts are with you as you work together to make the best decisions for your MIL.:
Thanks for the support.

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Elder care: We really want to be able to look after Mum ourselves when her time comes. Since we are planning to buy a small acreage, we have talked to her about contributing a bit to it and then building a small cabin for herself when the time comes. Then she'll be with us, but have her own space, and we can keep an eye on her. Eventually having visiting care would work and hopefully we can have her home with us 'till the end. Fortunately right now she's in good health so this is maybe another 5 - 8 years away, but of course if she gets an illness or develops something like alzheimers, then we'd have to rethink the best situation.

My Dad has a young (ish) wife so hopefully she'll take care of him! ;-)
That sounds like a good plan. I think it maybe would work for us if either us or BIL had a separate private suite in our house (which we don't) and we also hired some outside help. The young wife sounds like a good idea - we should all get ourselves one of those!

BIL's going to run through some of the options with her today out of the care homes that have space. . . fingers crossed that some of them prove to be worth a tour.
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Elaine

and I finally made it to yoga today! it was awesome!!

it's also getting quite summery here, which is nice, but does not make me feel at all like it's almost christmas!! I do feel oddly "off" in some way, but I'm not complaining!! We're heading out on our first camping adventure next weekend to Mt. Taranaki, so this weekend we're stocking up on all the camping essentials... things here are so dang expensive!!! The second hand shops are filled with junk, but there is a craigslist/ebay hybrid here, where people put up used goods for an online auction, but things are still pretty expensive. luckily camping is cheap! it will be our main form of entertainment over the next 6 months!

Ksenia, I love your blog! it's so nice to have these hi-tech glimpses into people's lives!
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ksenia, fabulous blog. i'm just not keeping up with one anymore, though it would really be timely!! oh well

i've been a bit tired with this cleanse, so i haven't wanted to get up and do yoga lately, but i've been trying to do some poses in bits through the day, being more conscious of how i stand, breathing out and using abdominal muscles when i walk up a hill. i've been enjoying the yoga dudette

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Still not keepin up with you guys .

Popping in for a question: is there anywhere where I can legally cut down a small conifer tree on public land? Like a roadside or hydro line where they have to cut them down anyway? Any suggestions? I like my xmas trees Charlie Brownish . Also, can anyone recommend a cut-yer-own tree place? Preferably with spruce trees (my "archetypal" tree species).
I knwo CP Rail used to give coupons or passes for this sort of thing...could you try calling City Hall? Or maybe a rural City Hall like Pemberton? Is that too far to drive?

Just popping in, ladies.

PS Yay! Due early May. :
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PS Yay! Due early May. :
: Yay Kate! Your two weeks from me
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Hooray Kate! congratulations!!!! When I saw your post on dawn's thread I immediately wondered if you were expecting, because I am so psychic!

mark is currently shaving off his mustache -- anyone else have to suffer through movember? do tell me how my husband looking like a 70's porn star is supposed to help prostate cancer??
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that's wonderful kate, nice to see the new round of babies

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any suggestions for where to buy beautiful, cosy men's pajamas in vancouver?

what about a skateboard? !!

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Cutting your own tree...

Ksenia - we used to cut our own trees every year, but that was when I lived in Nelson and crown land was a bit easier to come by! I have some great memories of it, and some not-so-great, but it was always an adventure. My city-bred husband is quite mystified by the whole thing.

We always went for a grand fir, if possible. Aaaahhhhh - I love the smell of tree!

I would love to do that this year - I'll look into it as well and maybe between the two of us we can figure something out!
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Congrats Kate. Being a newbie at this, it took me a while to figure out what meant, you think I would have known considering how many times I peed on a stick in 2006 and 2007. Please be patient with me. I am getting the hang of it.

I am looking for a favorite natural toy shop in the lower mainland to buy my sons Christmas gifts. I know there are a few, but I would love reviews. I love Melissa and Doug stuff, I am looking for 3 year old boy toys, puzzles, cars, animals, wood toys, etc. Help would be appreciated.

I am also looking for a teacher supply store in Surrey/Langley or further away if there is nothing close.

Thanks guys in advance!
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I knwo CP Rail used to give coupons or passes for this sort of thing...could you try calling City Hall? Or maybe a rural City Hall like Pemberton? Is that too far to drive?
You can cut a tree along any of the Hydro right-of-ways, logging roads or open ranges. You just have to get a permit.
Here's the link:
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/tasb/legsre...ereg/ctreg.htm
Hope that helps!

ETA: Err ... I guess it's that simple for those of us who live in the rural regions. Looking into it further, there are no Christmas Tree Permits for high density areas, which makes sense of course.
We live up in Pemberton, where it's easy to cut from the Hydro land or logging roads.

You could always do a day trip ... drive up to the hot springs, cut your tree on the way back, stop for hot chocolate at Mt Currie Coffee Company.
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Congrats Kate!!!!!

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Congrats Kate. Being a newbie at this, it took me a while to figure out what meant, you think I would have known considering how many times I peed on a stick in 2006 and 2007. Please be patient with me. I am getting the hang of it.

I am looking for a favorite natural toy shop in the lower mainland to buy my sons Christmas gifts. I know there are a few, but I would love reviews. I love Melissa and Doug stuff, I am looking for 3 year old boy toys, puzzles, cars, animals, wood toys, etc. Help would be appreciated.

I am also looking for a teacher supply store in Surrey/Langley or further away if there is nothing close.

Thanks guys in advance!
Well, there's a store in Port Coquitlam: creativechildreneducational.com. Their website doesn't show their products, but my SIL picked me up a catalogue and they have a ton of stuff. She's been there a few times, but I have yet to go. They do have some Melissa and Doug stuff there, and also I found a reasonable selection at Chapters, both online and in store.

I like BCPlaythings.com which is in NVan, so not that close to you, but they have great stuff and at reasonable prices, including Plan Toys, Haba, Selecta, Ravensburger. I also go to 'It's All Fun and Games' on Commercial Drive, which is fairly good as well. A lot of people like the Granville Island Toy company, which also has a store on Main St - I've only been there once, but they have a bigger on at Granville Island Kid's Only Market, I believe.
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You could always do a day trip ... drive up to the hot springs, cut your tree on the way back, stop for hot chocolate at Mt Currie Coffee Company.
That sounds like a lovely way to spend a day .

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OT, but does anybody know a Canadian source for pine tar soap? I buy dh a few bars every Christmas, but I always end up getting it shipped from the US, which seems ridiculous - and expensive.
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any suggestions for where to buy beautiful, cosy men's pajamas in vancouver?

what about a skateboard? !!

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Fluid is a good place for a quality skateboard... most toystores have them too if it's for a littler one who isn't going to care about brand, etc.
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I am also looking for a teacher supply store in Surrey/Langley or further away if there is nothing close.
What are you looking for in a teacher supply store? I go to A to Z Teaching in Port Coquitlam, just off the Mary Hill on Broadway, first left. But some of what they have is at Chapters, some is at Costco... depends on what you want! PM me if you like. BTW, I think I'm the only other mama from Surrey that posts in this thread, where abouts are you? (I'm near Guildford mall.)
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artparent, RideOn is a good place to get skateboards. They have specific stores for bikes, parts or skateboards. I think the skateboard shop is on 4th near Burrard.
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any suggestions for where to buy beautiful, cosy men's pajamas in vancouver?

what about a skateboard? !!

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I just got DH, DS1 and DS3 matching pajamas from Hanna Anderson.... I had them shipped to Vancouver from US but they were on sale so they came out to be around the same price, for organic cotton pajamas..... It's hard to get anything nice that doesn't have fire retardant crap!

For Skateboards, I think skull skates in Kits are the best

Speaking about Pemberton and surroundings, a couple of weeks ago I went on a field trip with DS's school to an amazing bio-dynamic farm in Squamish. I absolutely fell in love with that place. I never went to a farm that didn't smell like a farm before and the animals all looked so healthy, happy and well behaved It's worth a visit if you are in the "neighborhood".
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Just quickly popping in to say...
We have a table at the Douglas Park Children's Toy and Clothes Market. This Sunday from 10 to 1. I'm mostly mentioning it in case anyone on here is EC'ing and not on the DiaperFreeBaby yahoo group. I have a box of stuff that's really mostly good for EC'ing - anyone trying to use these cloth dipes conventionally would probably just get frustrated and switch to 'sposies. Stuff like Kooshies AIO's, fitted velcro dipes, the pattern for "EC Pants" (cloth only, but based on a cover shape), on B'Undies, a lone snappi, very small boys underwear (hard to find!), doublers, and one or two Motherease feel-dry-doublers. All super-cheap. Sadly, I actually have to work that day, but DH Wes and Emily will be running our table (which will be groaning from all the stuff we'll have!).

Congratulations Misseks/Kate!

Other Teacher Supply stores that might be closer to Surrey:
(from a list provided by Summit):

Academic Distribution Services - New Westminster ETA: website appears to be down... maybe I'll try to visit the next time I drive by...

Learning Lane - Langley ETA: This one is owned by the lady who gave the Homeschooling 101 class at the BC Homeschool convention last spring - she was great, and would be very unschooling-friendly.

Also, SMARTS and Teacher's Learning Store - both in Abbotsford (OK, not that close!) and Artel Educational in Burnaby (their online catalogue is HUGE!)

We went through SMARTS because they were Summit's preferred provider, and they were nice, but they didn't knock my socks off. I did everything either online or by phone, so I haven't actually been there. I don't know anything about the others.
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Well, there's a store in Port Coquitlam: creativechildreneducational.com. Their website doesn't show their products, but my SIL picked me up a catalogue and they have a ton of stuff. She's been there a few times, but I have yet to go. They do have some Melissa and Doug stuff there, and also I found a reasonable selection at Chapters, both online and in store.
Hmm... I'm not aware of a store in Port Coquitlam, but there is one in Port Moody. http://www.creativechildreneducational.com/ Its a warehouse type deal and the stuff there isn't well labled price-wise. Frankly, its a one stop shop for everything you need, but don't expect cheap prices.

Actually, scratch that, I have found some cheap stuff, but it was more like one-offs. Stuff that they only have 1 or 2 of, they'll package up eg. a couple erasers, pack of crayons, some pieces of felt, odds and ends of feathers, wooden cut-outs etc. and sell the whole lot for $5 or so. Good deal for those of you who have crafty kids.

Congrats Kate! All this talk about new babies coming up is making me itch for another one. Dh would have a fit, and I'd have no idea how to manage 3 under 5, but still...
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