Summer Bucket List

  • -- Go hiking at Beaver Creek
  • -- Find a new splash park
  • -- Make a salad from our garden
  • -- Go strawberry picking
  • -- Go to the Berry Barn for berry picking and waffles
  • -- Go to the zoo
  • -- Make watermelon juice
  • -- Run in the sprinklers
  • -- Bike to River Landing after supper
  • -- Make our own ice cream
  • -- Go to Pike Lake
  • -- Go camping
  • -- Go to the Children's Festival
  • -- Go to Ribfest
  • -- To to Taste of Saskatchewan
  • -- Make lemonade
  • -- Get ice cream at the bus

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hot hot heat.

We went CAMPING. In a HEAT WAVE. It was so, so hot, and we weren't on a lake or anything because we didn't book a site until like last Wednesday so we ended up at Bridal Falls, at this RV campsite where they clearly realized they could make a few extra bucks by letting people pitch tents on this sward of grass with like zero shade or privacy or anything, and we DIDN'T CARE because I can't remember the last time we went camping and didn't get rained out.

(Yes I can, it was that time when Geneva was like seven weeks old and the air was thick with mosquitos but it was glorious.)

But so these ages are great for camping. They can hammer with a hammer!

They can eat a giant burger!

They can play on the teeny, rickety playground!

They don't care if the s'more is raw because there is a fire ban on.

They don't wake up at, like, 5! They wake up after 6! And then they sit and read in the tent until it's late enough to go outside and make a bunch of noise!

They know how to use binoculars! (No they do not.)

Anyway. It was so, so hot, but we hiked up to the falls (in the shade)

and sat on the giant log-chair

and platted around in the stream.

Geneva had her nap in the sweltering tent and woke up AWASH in a sea of sweat and drank my entire club soda to replenish.

Eleanor had her quiet time under a tree with a coloring book and strict instructions not to talk to us, even though she could still see us because there was a like fifteen-foot square patch of shade and we all had to be in it.

And then she fell asleep because camping is exhausting.

Our campsite also had a pool, which was MARVELOUS, and none of the RV'ers seemed to use it! It didn't open until noon, but that's where we spent the entirety of our afternoon. Eleanor is a fine leapstress.

Geneva, who before that day would not voluntarily go in water over her thighs, made great strides in bravery.

Look at this little bird, swimming away by her lonesome.

The evening continued to be SO HOT and our site didn't get any shade until the sun went behind the mountains at around 6:30, so we took ourselves to the nearby wetlands for another hike.

Two hikes in one day! Also, what is this little birdsnesty plant? It is so Seussy!

This was such a great trip, despite the heat. The girls are so old and reasonable, Geneva was only up once each night and then slept until 8am the second morning,

Eleanor can sleep in a sleeping bag LIKE A HUMAN (although our tent was on a slight slant, so the second night she slid halfway through the partition into Geneva's room). At one point, Joel and I were each doing An Important Packing Thing and he mentioned how, when we went camping with Eleanor as a toddler, one of us would have to be monitoring her while the other one did all the work. And I was like, Yeah, but she was so little then, and our kids are so big.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


So, we live in a farming town now. We have been to many agricultural fairs this summer. We have milked some pretend cows.

So many pretend cows need milking?

What is even up with this cow.

We have driven some tractors.

What a large tractor!

And we have ridden a pony.

We have phoned Old Timey Times.

We have done some things involving harnesses.


We have eaten some snax.

Lookit dat snax.

Half-asleep, eating snax.

We saw pig races.

We held a baby goat.

We held a baby chick.

We held a snake (and we loooooooved it and wanted to take it home. 'Snakes are so smooth and cuddly!').

Monday, August 08, 2016


We saw Josie today!

JOSIEEEEE. Friend of my heart. She is in town with her family for a wedding, and to go down to Disneyland, but most importantly, to meet me at the park this morning and let me cry all over her. It is perhaps no secret that I am not coping super well. I just thought this would be easier. Major life change is hard, who knew.

But, like, I'm generally a flexible and positive person! I thought I would be doing so much better at this! But on the other hand, people in BC are insufferable about how great their province is YOU GUYS IT IS NOT THAT GREAT. Random strangers being smug at me when they find out we just came from Saskatoon and being like, Oh yeah? And there was like nothing to do there? I bet you're so glad to be in BC now. It makes me want to list off a dozen things that were amazing about Saskatoon OR a dozen things that suck about this town, like ok you have mountains but you can only look at them for so long and your damn beaches are all ROCKS and your parks are all bark mulch and why do I even own sand toys, there is no sand for miles.

Bark mulch is the worrrrrrst. But ok Josie. My partner in positivity. Being around Josie reminds me what I like about myself, what I find beneficial about a positive outlook. We are going to adapt, we are going to be fine, we are going to get used to Cultus and its stupid rock beaches and the pain of losing all of our very excellent parks is going to recede. I am going to miss Josie FOREVER but life is hard and that's ok and we have facetime.

I miss her already again, though. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Datestravaganza weekend

You guys, we have had a weekend. One of the things I console myself with when I'm mourning Saskatoon and sad-texting Josie is that now, not only do I get to live near family, I get to routinely abandon my children with people who are significantly less annoyed with them than I am. Which we did with √©lan this weekend!

Joel's mom offered to babysit on Friday, and we had a gift card from The Keg, which is a place we don't frequent due to MONIES and it not being all that interesting, food-wise. But gift cards wait for no man, so we went and ate like some snails and some baked cheese and some tuna tacos and some ribs. 

We were gonna get dessert but lol do you see all that food and also we ate the bread that comes out first with the whipped butter.

And then we saw Ghostbusters! It was great. Super fun medium-good movie that everyone should go see because there are ladies in it kicking asses but in like baggy jumpsuits as though sometimes function triumphs over form and you don't have to see a lady's boobs all the time to know she's good at stuff.

And then, Saturday morning we drove in to the aquarium!

Dem jellyfishes forever.

It's so magical, and the girls love it so much, and Eleanor and I have passes and we got Joel in on my guest pass so it was free, basically.

And then we dropped the girls off at my parents' house and walked up to this sushi place we love

and then we hopped on the bus down to the Granville Island Market, and got some donuts from Lee's

and had a beer and met a skeleton

and went into little shops and I had the pleasure of telling Joel how much le crueset actually costs and LAUGHING and laughing, and we went on a virtual reality roller coaster and it was INCREDIBLE because it felt so real, because your body has memory of what roller coasters feel like and so it accepts the visuals even though there are like dragons flying at you and people shouting in terrified Japanese, and because it isn't real, there are no safety constraints and you can just go, like, straight down or whatever, and I had to keep re-anchoring myself, reminding myself that I was sitting in an egg on the second floor of the Children's Market and not soaring over lava. It was a blast.

And then we hopped on some more busses down to the Richmond Night Market, where we at first balked at paying $20 for the 'express pass' (good for 7 visits!) but after waiting in the mile-long regular line for a few minutes, we bought an express pass and Joel was like, Who wants to chip in a few bucks and come along with us! So we and our new family (a young couple in their early 20s and two middle-aged Korean ladies with their 12-year-old son) jumped to the front of the line! Oh and also, the night market has dinosaurs now!

Ha haaaaa, what are you doing there, pterodactyl. That green apple bubble tea was easily the best thing we had all day because we were so hot and thirsty and it was refreshing af and also had a light-up ice cube inside because night market. It's hard to be hungry when you're still half-full of sushi and donuts and beer (and now bubble tea), so we walked around for an hour to buy socks and get our appetites up. Hee hee hee, look at this rice ball riding a dinosaur!

Also look at these sweet and spicy boneless wings.

ALSO look at this raindrop cake, which I obviously wasn't going to pass up the chance to taste, but which I probably would not get again.

It's so beautiful! But is just plain gelatin, and then you sprinkle the black sugar syrup and roasted soybean flour over it and it's kind of sweet and kind of savory and it is a thing that exists. You know what ELSE is a thing that exists, is this egglet parfait.

A++ would eat again, several of.

And then we staggered home to my parents' house and crashed in their basement and it was super weird to be away from my kids for so long because I sort of forgot I had them! And then my mom texted me a picture of what they were up to and it came back to me with a jolt that I had kids and they were somewhere doing a thing and I wasn't doing it with them. Being a parent is a trip.

Anyway, speaking of parents. We woke up Sunday morning and had brunch with my parents and my sister and her husband and kid and my brother and his wife and my kids like them SO MUCH and Geneva ate like four yogurt parfaits and then we drove home and Eleanor fell asleep on the way even though it wasn't even noon and she's like fifteen now.

Socializing is WORK. What's not work, though, is just hanging out with Joel and talking but not like over a thousand other voices, and going wherever the hell and doing whatever the hell and not factoring anything in except whether we want to get up and walk to the bus stop now or sit here under the trees for a few more minutes because the breeze is so nice.