Friday, June 26, 2015

Oh Canada!

Last month Liam and I flew up to Canada to spend some time with my family. I have been making Summer visits to Alberta for the last few years and each time I bring one of the kids with me. It is a really special trip that I look forward to every year. Liam did so well traveling and I really enjoyed having some one-on-one time with him. The time spent with my family was very sweet and I tried to soak up as much a I could. Here are some photos from my beautiful homeland, enjoy!
Elbow Falls
One afternoon we met up with my sister and two of her three boys for a little adventure in Kananaskis. We picnicked by a river, threw rocks in a lake, made forts in the sand and finished off the day with ice-cream at Bragg Creek.
two and three year old boys doing what they do best :)
My mom and I spent a day in the mountains and we started off in beautiful Canmore.
Whitemans Pond
Grassi Lakes Trail
We had time for one more stop so we headed up to Banff to go to Johnston Canyon.
Lower Falls
A few more shots from our visit- my parents live on a golf course so Liam loved playing in the practice sand trap at the end of the day.
Evening walk to fetch the mail
I love the long Summer nights in Alberta, it didn't get dark until 10!

Monday, June 08, 2015

spooner's cove

"When we crave simplicity we are not after an easier life. We are after life." - Dave Bruno

We were all out of town for Mother's Day this year. Aaron had a speaking engagement on the East coast and I was down in Southern California with the little ones. I was fine with taking a rain check and once we all returned home I told Aaron my only request was to spend an evening at one of my favorite little coves with the family. We packed up some snacks, some beach toys and a blanket and headed up to MontaƱa de Oro. I was quite content watching the kids play in the creek and I couldn't help but think this was one of our final few outings as a family of four. It was a beautiful and simple evening and I could't have asked for a better way to spend my (belated) Mother's Day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

avila beach

"We are always teaching our children, whether we mean to or not. Our children come to believe, probably unconsciously, that whatever is repeated regularly has significance" - Noel Piper 

Last Friday at the end of a long week we took the kids to Avila Beach for the evening. We browsed the booths at the farmer's market and the kids danced along to the live band. We split a cinnamon roll as we sat on the steps overlooking the ocean with plastic forks in hand. As the sun began to set we left the crowd behind and headed for our favorite little corner of the beach. The kids splashed in and out of the water and explored the rocky tide pools. When the last bit of light disappeared we headed home with sandy feet and happy hearts. 

Here's to making more space for laughter, family, adventure, rest, community and hospitality - and here's to passing those things on to our children. 

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