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A Morning Walk

I love walking my daughter to school. It’s a morning ritual for us – get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, walk to school. Every weekday. And on the days that daddy isn’t home, little brother comes along too, tucked in cozily in the big double stroller, usually with a favourite toy clutched in his hands. Rain or shine, through snow and wind, we walk. Every day.

And these are my favourite things about this morning walk.

Friday Favourites

A fresh cup of tea in a travel mug, and my fuzzy, warm Olympic mittens. The mittens need a date with my de-fuzzer, but they’re as cozy and warm as they were on the day I bought them. I love them so much. And the tea? This morning it’s Market Spice, a lovely black tea with a spicy undertone, sweetened with just a smidge of honey.

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A girl who is so happy to go to school every day, she literally races me the entire way. “Last one to the corner is a rotten egg!” is something I hear frequently, usually yelled over her shoulder as she takes off at a full sprint. I can only hope that she continues to love school this much as she grows older.

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And a boy who is happy to just go along for the ride, even on chilly mornings, tucked in with a warm blanket {and his favourite toy car, which is under the blanket to keep warm, of course!}

Every so often I get a reality check out of nowhere. It might be something I overhear in passing, something I see… this time, it was something I read. I’m in the middle of reading 419 by Will Ferguson {and it’s a really good book so far, I recommend it!}, and there’s a part in there where one of the characters, a writer, is pondering biographies, the stories of lives, and how they are indexed by their achievements and accomplishments, and not by what truly defined their lives – their hopes, dreams, memories, regrets.

And then this morning, I was surfing my favourite blogs while the kids were eating breakfast, and came across this entry on a friend’s blog: Good Times. And it struck me: every day I go through the same motions, the same rituals. And how much do I appreciate the little things, the things that make me smile, the things that truly define my life? I am so much more than a series of accomplishments {or failures}, titles and descriptions that would index my life neatly. And I want to share those things that make me a real person, and not just be a collection of recipes on the internet. So every so often, I’m going to try to step back, and document some of my favourite things, some of the little things, and appreciate what I have. Starting today.

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In Photos: Road Trippin’

It’s spring break, and we decided to pack up and visit family while Eliza is off school for a week. We drove from Calgary to Vancouver over two days, and these are some of the photo highlights of our drive.

Road Trippin'

Superstar in the back seat, excited to be on the road!

Road Trippin'

Stopped for highway work. Thankfully it wasn’t a lot wait, or a long line.

Road Trippin'

Filthy car from a dirty winter highway.

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Scenic rest stop near Cache Creek.

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Stretching her legs!

Road Trippin'

Did you see that truck?

Road Trippin'

Road trip guacamole – a family tradition.

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Pit stop #1 – visiting with Grumpa

Road Trippin'

I used to live here!

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Tunnel! The kids yelled all the way through. This did not get old at all as we passed through six more. Actually, it got old before we even got out of the first tunnel.

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Beautiful winter canyon.

Road Trippin'

Rain.

Road Trippin'

Sleepy dude.

We have a full week planned, including trips to Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium! I’m sure there will be more of these photo posts to come while we’re away, because it’s an easy thing for me to post from a computer that isn’t mine.

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In Photos: Freedom!

Yesterday was a Very Big Day for my little girl. After all if her medical drama, she had her end-of-treatment follow-ups with Infectious Disease and Orthopedics at Alberta Children’s Hospital. And it’s all over – she is free! The PICC line came out, and she is fully and completely discharged from the care of both departments. Hallelujah! I may yet blog about how I feel about all of this, but I am still processing it all. In the meantime, here is how it all went down, in photos.

In the car and ready to go!

In the car and ready to go!

And we're off!

And we’re off!

Silly girl in the back seat.

Silly girl in the back seat.

Here we are! Hopefully the last visit ever.

Here we are! Hopefully the last visit ever.

Walking into the Infectious Disease clinic.

Walking into the Infectious Disease clinic.

A unicorn in the waiting room.

A unicorn in the waiting room.

Silly!

Silly!

Waiting for the doctor.

Waiting for the doctor.

Nervous.

Nervous.

Look! It's gone!

Look! It’s gone!

Waiting in Orthopedics. Check out the stylin' shorts.

Waiting in Orthopedics. Check out the stylin’ shorts.

Still waiting. Thank god for Angry Birds.

Still waiting. Thank god for Angry Birds.

Freedom!

Freedom!

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