Here are some Christmas photos from our visit to Nanaimo with Natalia's family.


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We spent Christmas this year with Natalia's family in Nanaimo, hosted by her sister Donni and her husband
Karl. Here is the group (minus Lulu who hadn't arrived yet) at Neck Point Park near Donni and Karl's home.


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Here's Henry running around on the grass at Neck Point Park with his favourite stuffed turtle.


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We went swimming at the Beban Park pool. They have a waterslide! Here's Natalia's dad coming out of the waterslide.


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This was baby Ilsa's first swimming experience (other than the tub). She actually loved it.


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Natalia and Henry in the pool.

Video of Ilsa's first swim



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Ilsa and Donni in the pool.


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Natalia and Henry with a pool toy.


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Ilsa playing with a pool ball.


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She seemed to like the pool toys.


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Henry and Ilsa together.


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They had these sweet floaty toys that babies can sit right in and ride around. That was definitely a hit.


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Ilsa enjoyed it too.


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Henry in the floaty toy going through the lazy river.


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Natalia would sneak up on Henry and surprise him and he loved it and giggled his head off.


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Henry in the lazy river.


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Look at my smily baby.


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Henry in the lazy river having fun.


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Henry and I in a selfie.


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Ilsa playing with a pokey ball.


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Ilsa and Donni at Beban Pool.


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Natalia, Henry, Donni, and Ilsa at Beban Pool.


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Natalia and Henry at the pool.


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Susi and Ilsa in the hot tub.

Video of Henry in the hot tub



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Carl and Henry in the hot tub.

Rathtrevor Beach, Parksville, BC


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We went for a drive north to Parksville to see Rathtrevor Beach. Here are Karl, Ilsa, Susi, Ben, Lulu, and Maria.


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A beautiful sunny day on the island.


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Henry wasn't super interested in playing with the sea shells and kelp on the beach.


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Henry looking out at the Pacific Ocean.


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Henry's a cool kid.


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Maria and Lulu on a piece of driftwood.


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Lulu enjoying some sunshine.


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Lulu and Maria on driftwood.

12 meatless dishes


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Donni put together a beautiful meal for Christmas eve, complete with kutia, cabbage rolls, and perogies.


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Karl and Ilsa in her Christmas dress.


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Henry hanging out near the tree.


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Henry and Ilsa by the tree. Henry didn't seem to like this although I found it cute with Ilsa putting
her arm on Henry.


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Henry and Ilsa by the tree.


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Ilsa opening presents.


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Check out the spread of food!


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Henry in his santa suit.


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Natalia and Karl took Ilsa and Henry to meet Santa. It didn't go well.


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This might be my new favourite Christmas photo.

Morrell Sanctuary


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We went for a nice walk in the Morrell Sanctuary near the Vancouver Island University. This is
a pretty large maple leaf for Henry.


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Maria near the duck pond at Morrell.

Henry's 1st birthday (for the 3rd time)


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Natalia had a little to-do for Henry with her family. Here's the cake.

Video of Henry opening a birthday present



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Natalia brought along the great decorations that Danielle had made for his first 1st birthday party.


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Maria in a mustache along with Henry.


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Natalia and Henry enjoying the mustache theme.


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Maria looks pretty sweet with this mustache.


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Henry opening a birthday card.

Bowling for Natalia's birthday


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Natalia's dad took us bowling to celebrate Natalia's birthday.


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Some of the names we used on our score cards.


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Henry LOVED the bowling alley and he even picked up his first bowling ball (and promptly dropped it on the ground).


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Henry wanted to run down the lane.


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Henry and I playing with the ball return area.


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Natalia, Henry, Donni, and Ilsa at the bowling alley in Nanaimo, BC on Natalia's 33rd bday.


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Henry playing on the bowling alley.

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