Sunday, August 03, 2014

camping at mount kidd // canada trip part two

During our stay in Alberta we spent an awesome three days camping at Mount Kidd with my parents, my sister and her three boys. Talia hadn't seen her cousins in two years and hadn't met the newest little guy altogether! They all got along extremely well and had so much fun with each other. The area was absolutely picturesque with surrounding mountains and woods. It was definitely one of the highlights of our visit.
our campsite backed right onto these woods, so beautiful!
the three dudes...
The kids loved playing bocce ball in the forest
There was even a cute little wading pool and an ice-cream shop
On our way home we made a stop at Wedge Pond for a dip in the water and a picnic lunch in the woods, a perfect way to end a great camping trip!
Here are a few other bits and pieces from our Canada visit . . .
My mom leads hiking and snowshoe groups (depending on the season) so while I was up there I asked if she would take me on one of her hikes. We did a most amazing trail on the High Noon Hills. The view at the end was incredible! I loved how she could name all of the plants and wildflowers, such a sweet mama :)
We also spent a morning at Lake Bonavista. Growing up, I spent so many summer days here and I loved watching my own daughter enjoy a place that I loved as a kid. 
My Grandma and Grandpa hung out in the sun while their great grandkids played in the water. They are the best.
Talia enjoyed our evening walks to get the mail
And that's it! What a trip it was. My heart was so full as I left my family and my homeland. It really was such a sweet time with the people I love and wish I could see more often. Distance can be such a tricky thing. Thankfully visits like these make it a little easier to bear. 
Hope you enjoyed the photos! xoxo 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

kananaskis // canada trip part one

Earlier this month, Talia and I traveled up to Canada to visit my family in Alberta. It was an incredible trip and we had so much fun. I hadn't seen my family for a whole year so I really soaked up every moment. Talia was such a good little travel buddy and did amazing on all four flights. I really enjoyed having her with me for this trip. The last time she was in Canada was two summers ago so it was great to see her experience it again.

One of the highlights of our stay was a two-night camping trip with my parents, my sister and her three boys. On our way to the campsite we made a couple of stops to enjoy some favorite locations in Kananaskis Country. 
We stopped at Mount Lorette Ponds for a picnic lunch and a little hike around the lake
The water was so clear and the most beautiful shades of blue and green
Back in the RV we went and off to our next stop
Upper Kananaskis Lake
Can you spot my family at the shore? The kids could have spent all day throwing rocks in the lake!
More photos to come! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

camping weekend

Two weekends ago we packed up and headed to MontaƱa de Oro for a camping weekend with our SOMD students. This was our first time camping with the kids and they loved it!  I have so many great memories of camping trips with my family and I can't wait to make more memories with my own kids. Here are a few photos from our trip. 
Our campsite was just a short walk from Spooner's Cove
Roasting marshmallows by the campfire
On the second day we went for a hike on the Bluff Trail
A few of our SOMD students and staff

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