Monday, July 10, 2017

Vikings vs. Cowboys

No I'm not talking the NFL teams or a movie, although if you think about it that could be a good summer movie. Now I just have to decide if Harrison Ford would make a better cowboy or viking...... frankly that silver fox could pull off anything!

Anyway I digress, cochrane had some very special visitors, a group of vikings as well as a few pipe bands all the way from Scotland stopped by to say Hello.

Even though it was a very short parade, it was amazing! The bands were fantastic and the vikings were so impressive dressed in their full regalia.

Rose loved it and was very much moved by the music and started dancing all around.

The bagpipes were a little too much for Violet, she held my hand very tightly and said "too loud"

But when she saw how much fun Rose was having she decided that it wasn't that bad and started to enjoy herself a little more.

Now onto the cowboys! We decided to brave the crowds and head down to the stampede grounds for their family day. And holy cow talk about crowds!!! It took us 40 minutes just to get onto the grounds!

Once we got past the gates we took in some of the festivities. The highlight was watching the heavy horse pull. It was amazing to see how the drivers handled all those beautiful horses.

We also went to the agriculture buildings to check out the mini donkeys, the horses and the girls favorite, the chickens!!! But for me that part was pretty stressful there was just way too many people and keeping a hold of two little girls who just wanted to run to pen to pen enjoying all the animals was a little overwhelming. What made it all worth it was seeing them enjoying the horses so much. Rose loved the little colt, until it got a little too close to the candy she had in her hand, she was not impressed with that.

After checking out the animals we were done! It was way too hot and there was way too many people! Thankfully all the children were able to keep it together and the meltdowns  to a minimum. 

I'm looking forward to all the summer adventures yet to come!
Monday, July 3, 2017

Family Hike

Hikes are supposed to be relaxing right!?!?

Today was a perfect summer morning for a hike. The sun was shining; the sky was clear and bright, at times there was a nice gentle breeze to keep one nice at a pretty good temperature. As well I was going with good company. And yet I stressed out!

I was worried about finding the parking lot we need to get to, then I was worried about getting on the correct trail (we were on the wrong trail but we weren't 100% sure of this till we got back to our van). So because I was not confident about where we were going as we walked along I was constantly looking for a sign to tell me we were on the right trail. I kept thinking "oh there will be one around this turn." "There must be one by now, did I miss it" And on and on this thoughts went on in my mind.

At the same time I was worried about my kids and keep thinking about them. Will baby nap and will he be happy or is this going to be a bad day and he will be fussy the whole time. Will I be able to find a spot to feed him and/or change his diaper? And so on and so on.

About Rose, despite sitting on the toilet multiple times she has yet to go pee this morning, will she have an accident? Or what do we do if she says she needs to go out in the middle of nowhere? And so on and so on.

About Violet, will she be able to walk and keep up or was this going to be too much for her? Would Mike or I need to carry her? And so on and so on.

And then just the fact that we were hiking I worried and ticks and Lyme disease, the I worried about mosquitoes and west Nile virus.

With all that stressing out I was missing out on the breath taking surrounds and enjoying being with people I care about.

It wasn't till I was forced by Keith needing to eat to sit and look at where I was, I started to relax and realize how ridiculous I was being and what I was missing. I started to let go of all my worries and just live in the present moment.

The walk back to the van was much better for me, I had a good little conversation with Violet about all the pretty flowers that were growing on the side of the path and we talked about all the different shadows we saw. It really was so sweet and lovely.

It really was a lovely day and a wonderful little hike. And it could have been even better if I hadn't let stress overwhelm me but instead of worrying about what I missed out on, I'm to be grateful the lesson I learned and move on. 

When we got back to the van and figured out we were on the wrong trail we figured out that we had walked between 6 and 7 kms. And the girls walked about 98% of the time! I was so impressed because they didn't complain at all (or at least not to me) about how long we had been walking. They did get a few shoulder rides on Daddy but those didn't last very long. So like I said I was very impressed how well they did.

The little man enjoying the view as well. He did really good too! He took a few good naps while we were walking and when he was awake he seem quite content. I was really impressed with him as well. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy Canada Day!


We had a wonderful day celebrating Canada's 150 birthday.

 We spent the morning in the community of Redwood Meadows. Where we participated in the bike parade, Mike pulled the girls the bike trailer. I think they had a good time; I was way behind walking with Keith in the stroller. It was a gorgeous morning, brilliant blue skies, sun shining bright and we were surrounded by beautiful tall pine tree. I loved every minute of it.

After the parade we took in the festivities they had. We checked out the fire trucks, watched some aboriginal dancers, and played some giant lawn games and then mostly the girls played at the playground.

Later in the afternoon after the girls nap we headed to the local celebration but as we were walking to the grounds the skies turned pretty dark. So we ducked into a restaurant to have dinner and wait for the better weather.

 And it worked out as if we had planned it, just as we were finished up the rain stopped and we were able to head down to the grounds.

The girls loved visiting the animals the most. We spent most of our time at the little petting zoo. At another booth they had some reptiles out to look at and touch. To my surprise the girls were really into touching them and loved all the snakes they had out.   After all that looking and petting they went on a pony ride to top it all off!

Then Rose was very brave and decided that she wanted to go on the huge blow up slide they had setup. Mike was a superstar and was willing to get his feet wet and muddy to take the girls down a few times.  I think they would have done that all night long if we had let them.

As we put the girls to bed that night we told them how lucky they are to be Canadian. With them being so young I don't think it truly understood what we were telling to tell them but one year it will sink in. One day they will recognize all the wonderful opportunities they will have because they are Canadian and I hope that I can teach them to be grateful for those opportunities and not take it for granted. 

Canada may not be perfect, there are always things to improve but it is pretty close! I'm so grateful to live in such a wonderful country, one where I don't worry about my children's educations as I know we have a good education system with a lot of programs to give extra help and support if needed. I have given birth to 3 children and with all the help and treat available to me if I needed it and never had to worry about how much it was going to cost me. I live in a part Canada that will take your breath away with its natural beautiful, people travel from all over the world to come and see what I can see and enjoy every day. I love this country, and I'm glad that I get to call it my home.

Mike enjoying a canadian treat, nanaimo bar.