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In Photos: A Road Trip Pit Stop

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on the highway between varying towns in southern BC and Revelstoke. We moved around a lot in my early years, but the constants in my life were always visiting my father and my grandparents in Revelstoke. Every summer and alternating Easters and Christmases, that’s where I went. And often while I was visiting, I’d end up going to Vernon or Salmon Arm to go shopping with an aunt or my dad or my grandma, so we drove that highway even more. When the weather was good, trips through Sicamous were always punctuated with a stop at the ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy for ice cream and a quick visit with the cows. We’d sit in the sun at a picnic table, trying to simultaneously savour the creamy cold goodness and catch the dribbles from our cones before they reached our fingers. Good times, I tell you. Good times.

Living in Calgary, we don’t make that drive very often. But when we do, we make sure we have time for an ice cream pit stop. Our latest visit was over the Easter weekend, driving from Vancouver to Revelstoke to visit my family for the holiday. A good time was had by all, even if Jamie did commandeer my ice cream! If you’re driving the Trans-Canada through Sicamous, I highly recommend this stop. It’s just off the highway, and worth the half hour or so you’ll spend indulging in ice cream made on-site from milk they get from their own animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from a cow .

D Dutchmen Dairy

A boy and his momma’s ice cream. I guess cherry cheesecake looked better to him than dutch chocolate!

D Dutchmen Dairy

The Girl and her strawberry ice cream.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Cherry cheesecake, just before it was stolen by a certain two year old.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Kisses from calves.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Visiting the yearlings.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Anybody home?

D Dutchmen Dairy

Meeting the ladies.

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In Photos: An Easter Retrospective

Our Easter weekend was a fun one. It kicked off with an egg hunt with my husband’s parents in White Rock, before we departed and drove to Revelstoke to spend the last days of our vacation with my parents, my grandfather, and my aunts. There, the kids had loads of fun, being spoiled by pretty much everyone! Yes, I know – Easter was almost two weeks ago, but I’ve only just managed to organize myself to sort through the remaining vacation photos and put together a collection of our favourites from the final days of our road trip. And as it turns out, I had so much inspiration to blog about, what I thought would be a single photoblog retrospective has turned into three posts! But before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the first one, a look back at our Easter weekend.

Easter Egg Hunt

Look at all this shiny stuff!

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Ninja!

Easter Egg Hunt

If you spill them without noticing, it’s like you found twice as many eggs!

Easter Egg Hunt

Finding more sweets, in egg hunt #2!

Easter Egg Hunt

Running for chocolate.

Easter Egg Hunt

Pouty McChocolateFace

Easter Egg Hunt

Sleeping off the sugar.

Easter Weekend

Snow stomping

Easter Weekend

Look! A loader!

Easter Weekend

Supahstar! Photobombed by her brother.

Easter Weekend

Hellllloooooo in there? Yelling into a massive tire and giggling at the echoes.

Easter Weekend

Reading to her great grandfather.

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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.

Friday Favourites

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.

friday favorite things | finding joy

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