June in Chilliwack

Hazel and I got back from our month in Chilliwack a week ago today.  We had such an amazing time.  I wish I never had to leave it.  Our first 2 weeks were busy (Shane was with us) and fun.  The weather wasn’t the best, but such is June.  After Shane left though, the real fun started.  We had such beautiful weather (no more rain!) and such fun days.  We rode my bike all over town.  We had starbucks almost every day.  We had a lovely day at Granville Island.  We went to the beach two (or was it three) times.  We picnicked, we (hazel) ate lots of popsicles.  We BBQed, drank beer and good gin.  I got to go out a few times with my sister (thanks mom!), we hung out with friends.  We had a wonderful Canada day listening to music and watching fireworks.  We celebrated a birthday and spent time at the splash park.  Guys, it was so so good. (more…)

Girls Weekend at Sparkling Hills

By the time we were ready to leave for Chilliwack, I was in desperate need of a night away.  A night without husband or children or any responsibilities.  My wonderful partner said “do what ever you need”, and he meant it.  So I booked a room at Sparkling Hill resort just outside Vernon and asked my mom to join me.  We had an amazing time. (more…)

A Father’s Day trip to the Sunshine Coast

I am a huge proponent of experiences over things, so to celebrate father’s day this year I planned a small trip to the Sunshine Coast.  We left early enough one morning that both of my passengers fell asleep on the way in to the ferry.  The trip was a short 40 minutes, which was perfect.  Hazel loved her first ferry experience running around like a mad woman in the strong wind.
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June 5

Here we are, a few hours from leaving.  It’s Shane’s twice annual vacation (which we always spend in Chilliwack), and we are so very excited!  He is coming off night shift, so he’s sleeping right now, and will wake up in the early hours of the morning, pack the final items into the truck (and then pack us in too).  We have a 14 hour drive ahead of us, and that’s without stops to Kamloops where we are planning to spend the night.  Luckily it doesn’t get very dark here at night right now (sunrise 4:05, sunset 10:15), so starting the drive around 3 in the morning isn’t a stretch.  It’s a far cry from winter, where we’ve started our drives at 6 am and been in the dark until 9am.  I love summer!

And I am so very excited to be staying in Chilliwack for the month of June.  It’s going to be amazing, like it always is.  Posting will be even more sporadic (if it happens at all!), so until next time, enjoy yourself!

Right Now – May 26

Loving // My garden and I are getting along great right now!  I am actually really excited for this season!  Last year I planted 6 weeks later than this year, so of course it will be a far different expierece.  I am excited to pick up some perennials down south and send them back with Shane.  Slow and steady with the gardens right?  There is so much potential in our yard, but northern gardening still scares me (as far as keeping things like peonies and dahlias coming back year after year.)  This year we are installing fence all around the yard, so that will be a big improvement over our current view of the overgrown back lane.  I’ve got to arrange for someone to water my plants while I’m down though, which is turning into a HUGE PAIN!  (Shane will be with us two weeks out of four this time, and we’re all going away for two weeks at the end of August as well.)  I didn’t think that one through very well. (more…)

May 21

Happy May Long!  We’ve had a really great weekend here.  Shane finally had days off (love overtime, hate not having Shane around) on Friday – Sunday.  So we packed up and headed to Summit Lake to camp.  We had planned on two nights, but got too much sun…only on our faces, because we were bundled up in the winter coats, ha!  I hadn’t even considered sunburns in my planning!  I didn’t have sunblock, aloe vera, or hats for all of us.  Since we don’t have an awning on the trailer, we had no place to get out of the sun, so we had to come home.   As nice as it would have been to stay, we had a lovely extra day at home.  It was a wonderful 22 degrees, which called for a run through the sprinkler.   (more…)

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