Category Archives: Tree

Liam The Scream’s “Red Autumn”

Red Autumn / Splatter Paint

At Grandma’s place, Jade had some exciting moments with her cousin Liam.

Liam loves to “splatter paint” and he created this wonderful autumn image (above).

My wife also created this “edgy” snake for Liam’s arm with face paints (below).

Liam’s hamming it up to scare his mom (my sister).

Snake Tattoo

Grandma’s Art Gallery

Fridge Art Gallery

Lots of new art on Grandma’s fridge.

My daughter Jade, her cousins and myself drew voraciously at Grandma’s place.

Cheery Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Tree

It’s been around a month since we’ve seen the pink trees.

Earlier in May, the ground was covered in pink snow (image below).

A visual pleasure … but my allergies had mixed feelings.

Pink Flower Petals

The Adventures Of Windy Cindy

Windy Cindy

Everyday she walks outside …

Everyday she’s blown away.

Spirits Of The Forests

Emily Carr Style Drawing

In British Columbia, there are amazing First Nation’s Totem Poles.

Jade loves looking at the figures and imagining their connections.

I created an Emily Carr inspired image for Jade (above).

The Anthropology Museum in Vancouver hosts many amazing artworks (below).

Totem Pole

The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

The past while, I’ve been going through Jade’s old drawings.

This was her first image with trees.

It was a favourite during the summer.

The Mesmerizing Northern Lights

Northern Lights

A hint of Arctic air.

It was chilly in Vancouver today.

I was telling Jade about the beauty of the Northern Lights.

I grew up in the Canadian prairies and we’d see them often.

The Northern Lights dance, glow and shimmer across the dark sky.

The Canadian winter brings many moments of creative beauty.

Yesterday, during a family walk, I photographed some ice.

Always appreciate the simple beauty around you.

Ice Shapes

The Excitement of Christmas Morning

Christmas Excitement

Jade was feeling so happy Christmas morning!!!

Our festive home was decorated with our drawings and paintings.

Unfortunately, I was feeling the chills from on oncoming flu (blah).

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Kid Paintings

But most importantly, Jade opened her presents !!!


Opening Christmas Gifts

Thank you Jade for making our Christmas so special.

Love,

Mom and Dad :)

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Center of Attention

Christmas Tree / 1

Three is such a wonderful age and Jade has been fascinated by our Christmas tree.

ChristmasTree / 3

Our family stares at the lights for hours and we talk about the all different ornaments.

Christmas Tree / 3

There are a few gifts under the tree and Jade likes guessing what they are.

It’ll be so fun around the tree and finally unwrapping our presents.

July Christmas Tree?

Setting Up The Tree

Okay, maybe not July — but my wife was adamant about an early tree.

Making Memories
Our daughter Jade is 3 and these might be her first Christmas memories. Needless to say, we’re super excited. But there was a little issue about the tree …

Traditions
When I was young, our family had a REAL tree and it had a lifespan of around 3 weeks. Because of this, our tree would be up 2 weeks before Christmas and we’d take it down after the new year. Ever since then, December 12th just FEELS right for setting up the family tree.

Maybe November?
In Canada, some stores set up Christmas trees the day after Halloween (November 1). For me, this is WAAAAAY too early. For my wife, this sounded like a GREAT idea.

Finding Peace
All November, we wrestled about Christmas tree dates. I was holding out for December 1st. Finally, we reached a compromise with November 25th — one month before Christmas. The convincing argument was United States didn’t have Thanksgiving until November 22nd. How can we celebrate Christmas before the USA celebrates Thanksgiving ???

I still feel “wrong” setting up a tree in November … but at least there’s peace in our home.

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