Maren, Hansen, Lillie and I are home from a trip to Canada for a the Science Book and Film (SB&F) Awards sponsored by Subaru (awesome cars) and held at the American Advancement for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference which took place this year in Vancouver B.C. Canada. Preston is home from a soccer tournament in Portland Oregon. While I don't have any pictures of Preston's soccer tournament (he traveled with his coach and the team...I went to Canada) I have plenty of Canada. So lets get started!
Getting ready to cross the American/Canadian border. The line wasn't too long this way, it would be much longer coming home. We had to turn off our data roaming on our phones as to not be charged huge fees by needless internet surfing in Canada.
Money! Hansen was very excited to change our money to Canadian money. Canadian money is beautiful, and worth about the same, if not more than American money these days. Hansen still has his Canadian money because he decided the money itself was a better souvenir than anything he could have spent it on.
Now inside the conference center. One of the many huge signs welcoming all to the AAAS Annual Meeting. There were other signs that were easier to photograph, but this huge globe and the windows made for a very cool view of the soaking wet city.
And it did rain pretty much the whole time we were there. This picture was taken on the way to breakfast with the authors! Maren's invite to breakfast with the award winning authors was extended to myself and the kids. Lillie had a lost bag incident which soured her mood for a little while, but the amazing buffet of yumminiess helped to pull her out of her funk. I really like these breakfasts, you really can get a feel for who these authors are as humans. I always (third year for me, first year for the kids!) leave these breakfasts in awe of the work that goes into each of these books.
Maren is the chairperson of the SB&F award for Young Adult Science Books. The winner this year was Thor Hanson for his book Feathers. Here he is reading excerpts from his book and answering questions not far from all the science displays from above.
Thor Hanson and Maren posing in front of the cool poster of the cover of Thor's book.
A little shopping in the mall. Lillie loves her new beret and matching gloves.
One last Starbucks before hitting the road home.
Preston's team lost game one and won game two. They didn't advance to the finals, but had a good tournament. Preston scored a couple of goals and assisted in a couple more. Now the select soccer season is over for a bit and high school soccer will be starting soon. Hansen is also going to play soccer this spring. Lillie has dance tonight, but we are enjoying the day off thanks to President's Day. Back to going and going and going.
See you tomorrow.