August 16, 2016

Hornby Island, B.C.

I'm a huge fan of B.C.'s Gulf Islands - there's something so utterly charming about the way people live - the pace, the natural beauty, the roadside stands full of beautiful flowers or farm fresh veggies...
We spent four days camping on Hornby Island and it quickly won me over. Here are a few images from our getaway:

They wanted to help build the campfire....but I think they might have mixed it up with Jenga because it's looking like they're building a four alarm blaze.
These moments  are what it's all about.
Early morning reading
This photographer had heart palpitations during the making of this photo.
Who's a cutie?
Tribune Bay

Breakfast outside, campstove coffee and these two - heaven.

The beautiful bluffs at Helliwell Provincial Park. Helligreat.
Cardboard House Bakery: Delicious food within a parklike setting with a giant bike rack for people to come gather on their travels. I couldn't recommend this island more. xo

July 27, 2016

Harrison Hot Springs

We had a mini getaway to Harrison for one of Craig's bike races. He shaved an entire hour off his time last year and placed 12th overall! It was such an awesome experience for us to celebrate with him. Even though it was just an overnight getaway, sitting in those hot springs, going out for a nice dinner and staring out at that gorgeous lake sure was rejuvenating.

July 24, 2016

Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford

Hi friends! How's your Summer been? Over the next short while, I'm going to play catch up on some of our little highlights so far....I hope you've had a wonderful time enjoying the great outdoors! This is definitely the time when our province makes it oh so appealing to stay close to home. It's just beautiful. Here are some photos from back at the end of June. One of my favourite things to do is to explore places I've never been before. Here's a beautiful park to walk around, complete with a water park and numerous playgrounds along the little 2.5 km lakeside loop. It's called Mill Lake, and it was a great spot to spend the day and bring a picnic.

June 8, 2016

for the birds....

Today our sweet friends picked us up to have an adventure. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have these days together. We started at the bird sanctuary(one of my all time favourite spots) and ended our trip on a local farm, having a picnic in a beautiful covered gazebo as the girls played the day away. The best things in life sure don't cost much - time shared, laughing so hard that a little pee comes out, savouring coffee, walking through gorgeous parkland, spotting wildlife, and ending the day with ice cream. Seriously, pinch me. 

June 5, 2016

Living the dream

This weekend we went to visit my niece's gorgeous home in Mission. It was the most spectacular piece of property I have had the luck of exploring. I think she's pretty much going to have to live there forever because I can't imagine a more beautiful place to call home.

 The view from their front yard
 The view from the back yard (Yes, the mountain is also on their property).
 Papa, having a blast. 

 Their beautiful homestead.
Our daughter tossing sticks for one of three awesome dogs living on the property.
Watching her have so much fun adventuring around the property made me just keep thinking, this is how we are supposed to live - not sitting in traffic running around doing errands, but just enjoying everyone's company, playing in the great outdoors and ignoring the clocks.
Someone has to keep all those dogs in line.

Sweet cousins

May 24, 2016

California Dreaming

 Mission Beach


 San Diego Zoo

 We walked in the main gates, I took this photo and got really choked up  - It was definitely a lifelist moment for me to take her to Disneyland
 The incredible Pixar parade

 Disney's California Adventure Park
 Doc McStuffins gave Hops a clean bill of health

 Merida - the character Stella often gets most compared to
 Coronado Beach
 Mission Beach
 La Jolla

 Balboa Park
Old Town

Hello Friends! We did a fun little getaway to California last week. We spent the first few days exploring San Diego, then we surprised her with a little Anaheim getaway in the middle of the trip and ended the week back in San Diego . When we drove up to Anaheim, she fell fast asleep in the car, we had done a tonne of walking that day at the San Diego Zoo. So, lucky for us, she didn't see all of the giant Mickey Mouse signs near our hotel. It was honestly one of the greatest moments to tell her that when we woke up in the morning, we were going down the street to Disneyland. I don't know if I've ever seen her so excited. It was definitely a life list moment for me to take her to Disneyland - I have always loved it there so much, that I couldn't wait to share in the magic with her. But when we were at Disneyland, there was a girl walking with her friend and said, "Can we grab a giant pretzel, it's on my life list." So, a lot of dreams were coming true that day. There were so many highlights from the vacation: from watching her face light up on the rides at Disneyland, running along the shoreline of Mission Beach, having our hotel in San Diego give us a sweet gift basket of goodies for returning to their hotel, watching my daughter lose her shoe into a protected cove of seals in La Jolla, having a kind lady give my daughter two free balloons after she witnessed Stella losing her balloon into the sky, watching the gorillas interact at the San Diego Zoo, having fish tacos and ice cold beer while looking out at the ocean, building sand castles in Coronado, having time for us, that didn't have any distractions or demands. It sure was a blast to wake up each morning and plan the day's adventure.  xo