We met 10 years ago through mutual friends and pretty soon after meeting our adventure together began.
Two years later, June 2010, we set off to Central America and married on a beautiful cliff top in Costa Rica, just the two of us.
Our family is built on respect, trust, support, laughter and love.
We own a lovely heritage home a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Canada. Our home is in a beautiful, warm, vibrant, family centred community surrounded by forests, beaches and mountains. We have a big garden with fruits trees; a swing set, trampoline and a family sized hammock…blue prints are underway for an epic treehouse. We are a short walk from the wonderful community elementary school, which takes advantage of the surrounding beaches and forests for classes. It is a vibrant community for families with parks, recreation centres, swimming pools, hiking, beaches, an ice rink, a cinema, libraries and a ski hill with in a short distance.
Vancouver is a safe, beautiful, multicultural and diverse city with an excellent education system. It has beautiful parks and beaches and is surrounded by mountains. It has a thriving art, theatre and music scene, excellent skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and great lakes to camp by in the summer.
According to Chris, Lizzie is warm, funny, compassionate, loyal, welcoming, and a brilliant mum (Mom)!
Lizzie, Chris and Kitty are incredibly close to Lizzie’s siblings and their 8 nieces and nephews. They all try to get together at least once a year and Lizzie sees her sister (who lives in Vancouver) at least one a month, where dinners often turn into dance parties.
Lizzie’s and Kitty have become quite skilful bakers and love cooking up a treat for the Friday family movie night. Lizzie is a lifelong vegetarian and has practiced yoga and meditation for almost ten years. Through this she has developed her appreciation for mindful living and creating a nurturing home environment.
Having dreamed of working with animals since she was a little girl, Lizzie is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Lizzie works part time at a wonderful clinic near the family home and once or twice a year she volunteers with the Canadian Animal Assistance team, a charitable organization that works in communities that do not have access to proper veterinary care.
Talk about bringing your work home…we have two cats and two dogs, all rescues. Our two little cats, Otter and Kangaroo came via Lizzie’s volunteer work with the SPCA. Our two dogs, Paco and Reggie are the best of friends and have seven legs between them; Reggie is a tripod! Reggie is the HAPPIEST dog you’ll ever meet and he has big plans to meet EVERYBODY. Once he is a little older we plan to qualify him as a therapy dog, he has overcome so much in his short life and he such a sunny little guy.
According to Lizzie Chris is one of the kindest and most patient people you will ever meet. He also has boundless energy when it comes to playing with children and Kitty’s friends call Chris the ‘fun dad’.
Chris combined his love of art and gardening over 15 years ago and has since which grow (pardon the pun!) his company into a successful business. His knowledge of plant material has been passed onto Kitty, and together they make flower arrangements from the spoils of their walks together.
Chris is one of those people that is good at every sport. Cycling, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, golf (if you can call that a sport!). He has cycled up the winding roads of one of our local mountains, and snowboarded down it! His cake making skills cannot go unmentioned. He has by default become the family cake maker and decorator for Kitty’s birthday parties and each year they become more elaborate.
At work Chris is head designer and co-owner of a landscaping company and is a passionate botanist. At home he is head of renovations, head of wrestling with kids and dogs and mastermind of awkward photographs.