August 30, 2015

inspired....



Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The weather here took an interesting turn - wind storms, a heavy dousing of much needed rain and a plethora of power outages (ours was out for 24 hours). It kind of feels like the door just slammed shut on Summer. Ba-bye! Even though I have been out of school forever awhile....the arrival of September still stirs up a fundamental shift in me - where I want to stock up on stationary(fact), sign up for classes, and expand my learning. This weekend with power outages stretching across the province, our plans shifted, and we stayed closer to home. The outage was actually a blessing in disguise - we went out for a cozy dinner, and my hubby and I stayed up, drinking wine by candlelight and talking for hours, which made me realize, that we need to cut the power more often.
I have had a tremendous summer - full of mini adventures and wonderful time spent with friends & family - plus, the never ending sunshine that demanded we savour the outdoors as much as possible. But there is something thoughtful about the fall isn't there? It makes you feel inspired to cozy up and read more, to catch up fireside with friends, to wrap yourself in your favourite sweater and kick up leaves in your best worn boots. I'm looking forward to dedicating more time to this blog again. I've been picking up my camera more regularly, and feel a surge of creative inspiration. I've been passionately setting up our new home, trying more DIY projects, exploring new recipes and writing again. I'm so excited to be back in this space, sharing new discoveries with you. Do you feel like there's a shift happening, both externally and internally, as the seasons start to change?
I'll keep this brief because it's getting quite late, but I just wanted to pop in to say hi. I've got a list of things I look forward to writing about, so I shall be seeing you soon! Sweet dreams loves! xoxo



August 18, 2015

Our first Bowyer Island family boondoggle....

Hello friends! How is your Summer going? Can you believe how quickly it is flying by? We just spent a lovely weekend away with our relatives. Do you do family getaways with your extended family? I can't tell you how much I love them - it's the best way to pack in ample, uninterrupted quality time. It also helps that this group is hilarious. I swear, I spent so much time doubled over laughing that my cheeks were sore by the end of the weekend (the ones on my face) - and it doesn't get better than that for me. Being outside all weekend, in this stunning setting, I swear, adds years to our lives. Every time I'm spending time in BC's beautiful coastal islands, I always tell whoever is in earshot, that this is how we're meant to live. Here's a little peek into our weekend over on Bowyer Island:

 The island is only accessible by boat.
This is the island's communal Kawasaki Mule used to cart everyone's gear from the dock to the cabins.
This would be the island's main roadway and since the only vehicle is that Kawasaki, traffic jams are pretty minimal.
 Getting back to nature. Ye old poop deck.(The cabin itself had a composting toilet in the bathroom, but it's for "#1" jobs only).

This time together means Everything to me. 
 Al Fresco dining at its best. 

 A beautiful visitor.
 Cocktails + Cards Against Humanity = Hilarity. It's simple math.
(For those wondering, the cabin lights are run off solar power or by propane).
The Kildare Estates beach.
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 The diving platform.
 An awesome way to spend the day.

 The gang.
xoxo

August 11, 2015

random images from the week

 One of my absolute favourite things about our new home is the steady stream of hummingbirds visiting our feeders and fuchsias. Sipping my coffee and listening to the buzz of their wings is a great way to start the day.
 A garden fairy spotted running through our yard.....if this costume stays intact for Halloween, I'll be Amazed.
 I'm kind of obsessed with these Edison bulbs. They have a way of adding a romantic ambience to the patio.
 I had such a fun morning with our sweet gal at the dog park. It's hard to believe she's 15. 
My hubby and I celebrated 16 years of marriage this week. Without a single hesitation, I would marry him again in a heartbeat. No one makes me laugh more and there's no one I'd rather spend time with.
I highly recommend taking a photo a day from your week. When you look back, you'll truly feel lucky for the cumulation of stand out moments that shape your life. xoxo

August 3, 2015

the week in images.....

 My favourite love birds on route to Saltspring Island
 The Farmer's Market in Ganges



 Our awesome campmates
Rainy afternoon cheese tasting. It's a thing people. They're real and they're amazing. 
Rainy afternoon beer tasting. We needed something to wash down all of that cheese.
The tremendously beautiful Ruckle Park.
Our stunning voyage home.
 the three munchketeers


 Buntzen Lake -A gorgeous swimming spot
 Fun in Tsawwassen where we stumbled across a fair and our oldest friends - an awesome day.

I remember once reading a quote from a photographer who took over one hundred photos a day, and then when he had his heart broken, he could hardly muster one. I have to say, I've been absent a lot on this blog for exactly the same reason - I've hardly picked up my camera. Most of the photos I've posted lately are all from my iphone. My grief definitely set in more recently. I think at first, you are watching someone you love struggling for so long that you just want their hell to be over for them. You can't bare to watch them struggle to move, struggle to breathe, seeing their skin stretched so tightly over their bony frame. And when they are gone, you feel a sense of peace for them, a sense of relief that they are through it all. One of my friends said it best to me this weekend, that you feel as though they are just away for awhile. But when it sets in that they are never coming back, that you can't speak to them again, that you can't hold their hand again, it hits you like a tonne of bricks. So, my camera has been collecting a lot of dust lately, and my blog has been quite neglected. I've been navigating these waves of grief. I thank you so much for those who are still checking in to this space and apologize for the big gaps in postings. But I read a quote by A.A. Milne that I think puts grief into a lovely perspective: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
In these photos, I hope you can get a sense that I'm trying to get out as much as possible to make our summer an adventure. I think the time spent in the outdoors, surrounded by loved ones, helps to reignite our spark again. xoxo loves

July 24, 2015

hello my friend, hello


Hello friends!!! It has been so long since I've visited this space. Thank you so much for checking in. It's been a busy stretch with a lot of big moments. One of the biggest lessons I took from mom's cancer battle was to take each day as it came, to thoroughly live in the moment. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to catch yourself, in your life, and go, my god, I love so many of these moments. I truly do that all the time. Here are a few moments since I last wrote....


On this afternoon, I had some of my daughter's buddies over and their beautiful mommas....whenever I tell my daughter they are coming over, she hugs me and says, "thank you mom! I love you so much." Every time. She is so elated just knowing her friends are on their way. I still feel that giddiness when I know I get to spend time with my pals too.

This photo was taken at my uncle's 60th birthday. I can't begin to tell you how much this all represents. My uncle is one of the funniest and kindest men I know. And now that he has met his quick witted Irish lass with the warmest heart, we're over the moon. And the beautiful lady lighting the cake, well, I can't talk about her without getting choked up because she is the closest woman I have to a mom now, and her presence in my life and her help navigating this tremendous grief, means everything. When our family is all together, there is this buzz in the air. You've never heard so much laughter. I remember when mom was first diagnosed, we rallied the family together, and played Cards Against Humanity, piecing together the filthiest jokes we could assemble. I remember seeing Mom laugh so hard. You can't ask for a better crew than that.

I will be so heartbroken if will these two lovebirds don't end up married one day. (No pressure!) I know that sounds a tad, shall we say, premature. But honestly, they are the sweetest buddies, who really do love one another, and let's be honest, their future kids would have The Best  heads of hair.
 Last weekend we had to say goodbye to our sweet Coops. Eighteen years together. When my hubby and I first moved out together, we adopted her from the SPCA. I remember walking in, seeing the wall of cats in cages and falling to pieces. They put her in my arms and said she was likely next to be put down. Well, I don't know if that was a sales tactic, but well played SPCA, well played. There was no way I was walking out without her. We lived in 7 homes together. She slept with us every night. She loved a good cup of tea (seriously, you had to always hold onto your tea or she was head down in it). When we first had our daugher, she disappeared for three days, apparently she was not amused. Our 70 pound dog was terrified of her. She was the best cat we could have asked for. She started getting wobbly and the vet told us her kidneys had failed, and it was impacting her ability to walk. So, we had to make the tough decision, but for her sake, the only decision. The vet told us that they never see cats that old anymore, especially ones that go outside. So we felt lucky that we got to enjoy her for so long. My friend said something so sweet to me, she said, "I think she just wanted to hang in a bit, to make sure you were okay, after losing your mom." xoxo
 My hubby did a Gran Fondo race this past weekend and we surprised him at the finish line to cheer him on. I was so crazy proud of him. His ability to tackle these endurance sports always blows my mind. Unfortunately for him, it was one of the hottest days of the year. He actually lost 6 pounds that day. I ate ice cream.

I went to Ikea and bought some desks for my daughter's playroom. She helped me assemble them. And by help I mean slowed the process down tremendously. And if you've ever assembled Ikea furniture, you'll know what I mean when I say, my confidence was soaring upon completion.  It's like climbing a mountain, you never think you'll get there, and then suddenly, you're screaming, "I did it!!! I f&#*ing did it!!!"
 This was something I've always wanted to do with her. We propped up canvases side by side and painted in the yard. Unfortunately, I left mine out overnight and a bird decided to show me what he thought of my original art.
We played a pick up game of baseball with our friends at a local park. I remember so many times thinking, I don't want to be anywhere else than in this moment. 
This is me saying hello. I was on my way home from work yesterday when I saw this black jumpsuit in the store. I swear to god, I watched so many episodes of Charlie's Angels as a child that I cannot resist a good jumpsuit. I used to want to be a private eye so badly that I would actually purposely throw my baseball into people's yards, so I could climb over the fence and investigate. I'm pretty sure the cops would call it trespassing, but I like to think I was great P.I. 



Have a fantastic weekend!! I leave you with this hilarious Netflix trailer, because this cast is off. the. hook.
xoxo



July 9, 2015

a moment of serenity

I captured these photos on my iphone this past week. What springs to mind when you think of serenity? For me it always comes back to expansive spaces in the great outdoors. Room to open your arms out wide and take a deep breath. I think it's important to take time in our day and see the beauty at our own doorstep. I hope you take a moment to find your own version of heaven.
xoxo

July 5, 2015

Images from the weekend....

 Papa came over for brunch in his new toy. He always tells me he sells carpet, but I'm beginning to think he might just be James Bond. 

 We went to Confederation Park, for the first time ever, and just loved it. We brought a picnic, went on the amazing miniature steam railway, played in the water park, climbed around on the great playground and took another spin on the train (because I was kind of geeking out about how much fun it was). If you're looking for a wonderful place to spend a Summer day with your little ones, I'd definitely add this park to your list.


We also caught this sweet gem of a movie this weekend (Inside Out) with our friends. Everyone really enjoyed it. Have you seen it? I loved the concept: our emotions are brought to life in individual characters (Like Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, etc) and the core memories we create foster the growth of our personality islands ( like Family, Friendship, Goofiness).  Even though Joy takes center stage, I think the movie beautifully illustrates the importance that sadness plays in our lives, and how joy and sadness work together to give our lives depth and complexity. Check it out. xoxoxo