Good places, Great People.

We often get asked questions on what we really “do”. Well, aside from the obvious (, 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! and

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 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

To move or not to move, that is the question…..

photo_3I live in Langley BC, but downtown Vancouver is my work, my play, and somewhat my old stomping ground.

Tonight, Stacy and I went on an impromptu trip to the city to run a few quick errands. We completed them and then grabbed takeout at the fabulous RainCity Grill, and ate on the beach at English Bay – one of my favourite happy places:) We ended our quick date with a cupcake stop and a real milk hot chocolate in Yaletown. It was so great. HUGE thanks to our friends Kris and Kim for taking our kids on a playdate so they wouldn’t be bored running errands lol. Love my people.

Stacy_Marika-0518Over the last 2 years, we have had a tentative plan to move back downtown or in the area of Vancouver. We
lived in Yaletown on marinaside when we had 2 kids and I was pregnant with my third in 2006, and we LOVED every minute of it. We have been super blessed with living in Langley for the last few years, but to be honest, I’m feeling unsettled and that our season in the suburbs could be coming to an end. I’d say we have had the best of both worlds. DSC04372We love driving to the city to visit the beach, the aquarium and do the big city activities,  but then we drive home to a great Langley neighbourhood to the space where our kids can be kids and play knee hockey with their friends and jump on the trampoline. Our kids school has been fabulous to us, and the activities we have been involved in have enhanced our kids lives immensely. But it’s a different time from when we moved here 8 years ago. Many of our friends lived here, and now those good ones have moved away. We are in the city for meetings at least four days a week, as well as auditions, filming and all that good stuff. I think because I have more time now to myself ( which I am enjoying ) I would like to be out and about more, and I LOVE the water. We do now also have a great community of people that we love in the city, and I love that my kids get to grow up being loved by good people and they get to watch some of our friends have some of the coolest jobs in the world.


Needless to say, we’ve started looking. I cringe at the thought of house/apt. prices but Im ready to take it on. I don’t know if we will move soon, we will do it only when we are sure, but I think I’m ready. Its definitely harder this time to move, as the kids are all in school and we have to be mindful of what they have to go through in making a big move like this. But, when a season ends, I don’t believe we should stay in it just because it “feels” comfortable. We are taking it slow but I want to to do it. I know career wise, I miss many events due to the fact that I’m in the burbs. I would like to attend these more as well as see my friends, and I love being a part of such a great entertainment industry in Vancouver.

I’m taking a deep breath, holding my husbands hand, and trusting that God has all this under control. So, we carry on……

If any of you have any wisdom or thoughts, I’d love to hear. I love getting outside perspective!