Edi­tor’s note

Westcoast Families - - Westcoast Families - Stephanie Mac­Don­ald Edi­tor

re­gard­less of how you feel about sum­mer end­ing, those of us with kids in school can all re­joice a bit in the re­turn to a fa­mil­iar rou­tine and feel ex­ited about the start of a new school year for our young­sters (even if they may be a bit less en­thu­si­as­tic then we par­ents are). Our Septem­ber is­sue this year ex­plores some Back-to-School sto­ries you may not be ex­pect­ing: our West­Coast Mom, Peggy Lee, is a for­merly high-pow­ered busi­ness­woman who, af­ter hav­ing her daugh­ter two years ago, de­cided to put her for­mi­da­ble en­ergy into redefin­ing what a preschool can be with her new en­deav­our, Lit­tle Sun­shine Acad­emy. Mark and Mon­ica Gon­za­les write about what fam­ily life with two lit­tle ones is like when the main bread­win­ner par­ent goes back to med­i­cal school, and our tal­ented teen cor­re­spon­dent Ka­rina Alib­hai tells us about what tech tools you might be in­ter­ested in for your kids at all their grow­ing stages. Once again we did a lot of or­ga­niz­ing and had a lot of fun putting to­gether our Back-to-School photo shoot, and we were thrilled to work with some amaz­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies who made our lit­tle mod­els look so cool they feel (al­most) ready to go back to the grind. See the re­sources sec­tion to find out where you can pick up some of th­ese awe­some looks for kids. If the end of sum­mer still seems a bit de­press­ing, our sug­ges­tion is to start plan­ning your next sunny get­away for when the weather starts to get more Van­cou­ver-y! Jodi Iver­son tells us all about her great Cal­i­for­nia Ca­per and gives us some won­der­ful des­ti­na­tion ideas to es­cape the frigid weather. An­other idea is to stop mop­ing about sum­mer end­ing and start plan­ning your next ski­ing/snow­shoe­ing/snow­board­ing/stormwatch­ing ad­ven­ture. West­Coast Fam­i­lies will be there with great fam­ily sug­ges­tions and help­ful tips ev­ery step of the way so don’t miss our fall is­sues. Happy back to school ev­ery­one!

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