Good places, Great People.

We often get asked questions on what we really “do”. Well, aside from the obvious (www.emertonrecords.com), every week is different. Both of us being self employed is a challenge – especially when balancing income versus outcome, but it can be the best adventure as well. We succumbed to the fact that we may never have a set schedule, and that can be freeing yet difficult in the same instance. I like a little routine, so we keep it where we can, and roll with the punches the rest of the time! It’s different for sure because the kids are not in traditional school. We are learning to manoeuvre life, rest, work, school, and finding new community in a new city. It’s going great. Again – not without challenges, but I have to say, I’m so happy inside and out!

This week on the agenda for the Siewert Famjam: Homelearning, Comedy Class, Stacy’s birthday and friend drop in’s – with cheesecake 🙂 Sushi with a bestie. Wedding photography, Filming on the series “100”, Music performances, Scootering all over Vancity, meetings in Gastown, writing music articles for some magazines, dance classes,  and callbacks for TV hosting. Thats just a few things. It sounds busy – which is why people think we are busy, but we are not. We are productive, and there is plenty of time saved to just be with people and “be” in our community, serve, help, and live.

We visited some pretty stellar places in our neighbourhood. I may start writing about some of my favourite places/events/people that we get to see. Honestly, it also helps me remember and log some of it for our home learning adventures too! We do purpose to actually enjoy Vancouver, not just work so hard we don’t get to take time to really LIVE in it.

So here are some highlights of our week, that if you get a chance, go try them out!

8172013134140Trees Organic Cafe in Gastown – where I set up my office yesterday. Great atmosphere and you can tourist watch as you work, which can be kind of humorous at times. You can also run into friends, which makes a heart happy.

Max’s Deli – a cool place by Oak and 15th. You can order full on lunches and dinners to pack up and go home. Great food whether you eat in or eat out!

Jethro’s – Great breakfast place around Main and 15th. Biggest pancakes I’ve ever seen. Best part of this day was the company we kept. Friends make everything better!

Vancouver Public Library – I got a little frustrated at the customer service ( or lack thereof ), but once I was over it, it really is a beautiful land of learning for adults and children.

Showcase Pianos – I had the privilege of meeting with Manuel at Showcase Pianos. Their pianos are exquisite and they house the famed Fazioli pianos made by Mr. Fazioli himself. Very excited to work with this company in the future, but they have pianos there of all price ranges so if you’re looking go check it out. It’s worth a visit!

IMG_00001240_editIMG_00001241_editMink – Chocolate fondue – that’s all I need to say 🙂 Again – best part is the company. Had a great lunch with two incredible artists and some of our best friends Zaac and Rachel. Check out their work, hire them if you will, buy Zaac’s music. I only recommend the best! www.zaacpick.com and http://rachelpickphotographyblog.com

Rhinoceros – My new favourite store in Vancouver and it’s right under one of my favourite friends too 🙂

CityLights Church – we visited friends of ours as they are launching a new church on Boundary Road. Stellar people building a great community of people loving people. Check out their pancake breakfast this week and grand opening next week at http://www.citylightschurch.ca After being sick for the first half of this year, I’m really learning to take everything moment by moment, so I encourage you to not just “survive”, but really pursue things that bring life to you! -M

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