Friday, June 12, 2015

Family Gathering

The past week has flown by in a wonderful mix of family, hiking, kayaking, card games, food and laughter. My brother John and niece Corinne flew out to Spokane from Chicago, picked up my mom, then made the long drive up to Canada for a visit.

We hiked to Lindeman Lake, one of my all-time favourite places.




Of course, I had to take them up Teapot Hill! There was a bumper crop of teapots. We spotted 30 by the time we finished our hike.




The weather was hot and dry while they were here, which was perfect for kayaking.




It was nice for Corinne and my kids to have some cousin time together. She has just graduated from university and is interviewing for jobs, so it was great she was able to make the trip out while she had the chance. I think the best thing of all was my mom getting to spend time with so many of her grandchildren at once. And after they left our place they went over to Victoria for to see Lucy, so there was some great grandchild time for her as well.




It's a rare thing, well, at least in the life of the Hammond family, for things to go exactly as planned. We had perfect weather, there were no disasters, nobody got sick, there was enough food, and we all had a great time. It just doesn't get any better than that. Now it's back to reality. There's laundry to be done, groceries to be purchased, blog reading to catch up on, and some rather important knitting to finish. A close look at some of the pictures should give you a clue as to what that knitting is for!

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  1. Such stunning scenery; you are so lucky. Is that a little bump I see there? Happy knitting. x

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    1. You're right VeggieMummy! Rebekah is expecting a baby in early August. :-)

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  2. It sounds like just the most perfect time together. I am so happy for you. Everyone just looks relaxed and happy to be with each other.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Everyone had a great time together, and yes, we were pretty relaxed except for when we were playing cards. We're a competitive bunch of people. :-)

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  3. Congratulations on Rebekah's impending arrival! Did you tell us this before?! Do they live close by? The scenery is absolutely breakthtaking. I'm so glad you had a carefree time.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! No, I hadn't said anything yet about her pregnancy on the blog. I was going to announce it in the next week or two, then realized it was rather obvious in these photos. :-)

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  4. What a lovely family time you all had! Such gorgeous views. Congratulations on your expected addition to the family :)
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks Wendy! We're all pretty excited for the newest addition to the family! :-)

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  5. Congratulations to Rebekah and Anton! How wonderful!! Such nice pics, too!

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    1. Thanks! Lots of excitement for both of our families lately. You had a wedding and we're getting another grandchild!

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  6. Exciting times, a new addition. Looking forward to seeing what you knit.

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    1. The first handknit for the baby should be finished this weekend, so hopefully I can get a blog post up about it sometime soon. :-)

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  7. What amazing scenery. It certainly sounds like a trip to remember. It gets harder to gather family together as kids become adults but so lovely when it happens, especially when everything comes together!

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    1. You are so right about it getting harder to gather family together as they get older. And when there are five kids involved it's almost impossible. I was so happy that it worked out the way it did. :-)

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  8. Glad you all had such wonderful weather for the family visit. Enjoy the little baby bootie knitting.

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    1. I will, Ellen. One of the great things about baby knitting is the projects are all so small. Especially the booties!

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  9. So glad that you all had such a great time and that all went so well!!! The lake is stunningly beautiful, I can see why you enjoy it so much! How great too that there were lots of teapots for your visitors to spot! It would have been a shame if they didn't see any teapots on teapot hill! xx

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    1. We were lucky with the teapots. Some days I hike there it's hard to find a single one. The parks people keep removing them.

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  10. Beautiful photos and looks like you all had a wonderful time. Congratulations on the future addition to your family. x

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    1. Thanks Chickpea! This little cottage is going to be bursting at the seams when everyone is here - we just keep expanding!

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  11. Looks like a fabulous weekend...and wow. What gorgeous scenery!! I'm a little bit jealous of those kayaking pictures. Glad that everything went off without a hitch...maybe you were due one of those? ;)

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    1. The nice thing about that hike to Lindeman Lake is it is only a 45 minute drive from here and an hour's hike in. And yes, we were long overdue having everything go as planned. :-)

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  12. Congratulations on the forthcoming grandchild, such a blessing. I bet your mother is excited to have another great grand on the way. You and your brother are very alike btw

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    1. Thanks Sue! My mom is very excited for the baby. The bottom right picture in the last collage is her gifting a whole box of baby clothes she had purchased to Rebekah. And yes, my brother and I look a bit alike. :-)

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  13. It sounds perfect, Kristie. I'm so glad you've had time together, doing things you all love to do. And oh my goodness, now I see who the knitting is for! Yay!!!

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    1. It was as close to perfect as it could get, Jennifer. :-)

      I need to pick up the pace on the baby knitting. August will be here before I know it!

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  14. I'm glad the family had such a great visit...and yay for Rebekah and Anton!!!

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  15. Wow, how exciting for all of you!!! I bet you are knitting up a storm. Congratulations to all of you! Lindeman Lake is so Beautiful, we live in such a great province. How nice for most of your family to be together !

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    1. I need to be knitting up a storm, but sort of got stuck in the miles of garter stitch that were involved in the baby blanket I'm making. I am happy to say I cast it off last night, and am now ready to move forward. And yes, we live in a very beautiful province. :-)

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    1. Thanks Lisa! This grandparent thing is a pretty good job. :-)

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  17. What a great family time you had, Kristie...and wonderful to be knitting for Grandbaby No. 2 :)
    The lake is very beautiful, a lovely place to visit, and I am pleased to hear that Teapot Hill is going strong with 30 teapots to show: so charming! It must have been very special having your Mum visit you also, and precious for her to go to see Lucy.
    PS I finished reading Ting Ting - such a lovely book, and congratulations again for writing it. I will enjoy sharing it with my grandchildren when they are older.

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    1. Baby knitting is fun, and last night I finished the first project, which was a blanket. Now I can move on to smaller, faster items to knit. It was great having my mom here, and nice for her to be with so many of her grandchildren at once. I'm glad you enjoyed reading Ting Ting! :-)

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  18. congrats! I love how everything fell into place and "nobody got sick" (a fave!) so many special memories and your mom was able to enjoy them-that makes it extra special!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Yes, nobody got sick, and just as important, no appliances died while they were here. :-)

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  19. Lovely family time! And grandchild #2 - exciting! Hope she is having a good pregnancy.

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    1. She's having a fairly good pregnancy, Kate. Her main problem has been exhaustion, but that seems to be getting better.

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  20. How fun! I'm jealous for that kayaking....so nice on a hot day! Glad you were all able to get together :)

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  21. Sounds like you all had a great time.

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  22. It's always good to get everyone together. We managed a gathering of the clan this last weekend too, with grandbaby Liam the centre of attention for all the children and their partners.

    Of course I knew about Rebekah and Anton's good news, but congratulations to you all again x

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