Kelowna First Months
Kelowna First Months
01 JUN 15 - 31 AUG 15

Finding time while keeping three rugrats going to enjoy our first summer in Kelowna, building community and the enjoying the great outdoors - biking, hiking, exploring, camping, and road trips.


Biking - Silverstar, Glenmore Highlands, KVR Kelowna to Penticton

Hikes in the Mountains and Exploring - Monashees, Turtle, Boucherie, Carrot, Camel's Hump, Sugarloaf, Fosthall, Slate, Knox, Rose Valley, Crawford Falls, Mill Creek, Mission Creek

Visits from the Talstras, Smith-Breaks, Savages, Koops + Vincents, Sengers, Gosselins

Celebrations - Downtown block party, Canada Day, West Kelowna World Music Festival, Parks Alive Concerts

Steve working in Crowsnest Pass, HVC, Indiana

Edmonton roadtrip, Camping in the Shushwaps and Ellison PP

Around home and neighborhood

07 MAY 15

Adding to the list of hijacked special occasions, little Pax decided it was time to enter the world on May 7, 2015, otherwise known as our 10th anniversary. For our third child under 4, it was out of the question for her to be anything but a sweet angel and fortunately we got our wish. Paxten Arelea is shaping up to be our most pleasant baby and a welcome addition to our family of nearly all females. She has already been plunked into sibling hierarchy - adored by Aya and an unwanted time consumer for Arwen. As for us, she is just perfect and we are glad to get to know her.


Sweet Pax on day one
Peeking from under the covers
Aya loves holding her sister
Gut and baby acne. Totally healthy
01 JAN 15 - 01 MAY 15

After missing 6 winters abroad it is nice to be in a place that doesn't have much of a winter. This winter was unusually warm and compared to Saskatchewan winters it wasn't much of a winter at all! I have already cycled 1056km since the beginning of the year (mostly attributed to 10km work commute each way) and only had to stop for 1 week because of winter.

Overall we are happy with our decision to come back to Canada (at least for the short term), although it might never be possible for us to fully fit into this culture that we weren't very sorry to leave. We do miss our lifestyle in Phnom Penh - community, flexibility, adventure, excitement. Nevertheless, there is lots to enjoy about Canada and Kelowna in particular.

Despite dragging around 2 toddlers (and a third one that is getting increasingly burdensome), we've embraced the outdoors that we've been missing for a few years. Already in our short time here we've done a number of hikes, cycling trips, snowboarding and other exploring around the valley.

Our next big events will be welcoming baby #3 and Amie's parents who will be moving to Kelowna in a couple months. Aside from that, we are meeting some like-minded friends while trying best to avoid all the work, driving, bills, and home renos which seem to take up most of Canadian life.


Aya's first real hike, Rose Valley
Exploring Mill Creek Regional Park
Cold Arwen after sledding
Arwen playing dressup
15 AUG 14 - 15 NOV 14

So far our decision to choose Kelowna for the next phase of life has left no regrets. The surroundings are spectacular and with a fall lasting far into November, we've had ample time to explore the new landscapes. As we settle in for our first winter in several years, we turn to the realities of life - homemaking, finding new community, and putting in some real work hours. Oh and making babies - number 3 is on the way!


Amie pulling the kids through a tunnel in Myra Canyon Provincial Park
Aya's new favourite place: Kangaroo Creek Farm
Getting ready to trick-or-treat
Ladies at the park
01 SEP 14 - 12 OCT 14

The problem with Marathons is the training. What's the point of running if there is nothing to chase? I solved this problem by run-exploring which turned out to be a great way to check out the areas around our new place. Surprisingly, you can run a long way without overlapping. I did the best I could to try new places every run and after 322km worth of exploring I was quite ready for the International Okanagan Half Marathon. Unfortunately, race day wasn't ideal, filled with some bad cramping and lack of energy. With all that, a time of 1:53 was respectable and quite a bit better than my attempt last year in Siem Reap.


Exploring Kelowna
Exploring Regina (no surprises)
Finish Line!