Saturday, October 18, 2014

slo creek farms

Earlier this month, Aaron was away on a camping trip with our YWAM students so the kids and I had a weekend on our own. A good friend of mine joined us on Saturday afternoon for a trip to our favorite U-pick Apple Farm. The kids loved walking through the orchards and picking apples off the trees. After filling their basket we made our way down to the creek for some hammock swinging and splashing around in the water. Here are a few photos from our day, enjoy! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

colorado

First of all, It seems that I have taken an unintentional, two month break from posting on the blog.
A very full summer + seven plane rides + starting two Fall schools at YWAM Pismo + new business ventures = lots of coffee and late nights and unplanned hiatuses from certain blogs...
Now I am back and I am catching up- today the blog, tomorrow the laundry! :) 

One of our stops this Summer was to Colorado. This was my very first time visiting this beautiful state and it blew me away! We first got the chance to see one of our past YWAM students from Colorado Springs and we were so happy to be able to spend some time with him and his family. 

Next we travelled up to Fort Collins to visit some very dear friends of ours. This was an amazing few days. There is nothing like good friends and paddle boarding and truffle fries and watching episode after episode of Portlandia, and whitewater rafting and exploring in the mountains... oh it was all just so good! My heart could barely take it. 

This was a trip that we won't forget and we left so refreshed and encouraged and challenged. Thank you so much Brandon and Niccole- now it's your turn to come to California!

Here are some photos from our day at Rocky Mountain National Park.
And then there was this impossibly cute little guy. I couldn't resist snapping a few shots of him on our last morning in Colorado.

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 

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