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Every year for many years I’ve written a blog post about our family vacation in Malaspina. I’m a creature of habit and I love the familiarity of returning to the same place each summer. The boys are old enough to eagerly anticipate our time at the cabin for at least 351 days of the year. Our days are spent playing in the ocean, walking the beach, colouring and collecting rocks and sticks. I even manage to read a little and work on crossword puzzles which, hello, thrilling.
We spent the past week in Harrison Hot Springs with my parents, siblings, spouses and kids. Eight kids, seven and under to be precise. My parents rented out a ginormous house that was formerly a B & B. It was the perfect accommodations for a group of young families and there was even a separate cabin so my parents could escape the fray. Each room had it’s own bathroom which is fairly essential or at least convenient when you have kids at various stages of potty training. There were huge grounds for the kids to explore and play equipment came with the site.
Last week I embarked on an adventure with Ardbeg Whisky to Vancouver Island. I’m writing up the trip for Vitamin Daily but I thought I’d post some photos here of the experience. It was a wicked awesome time and while it was a professional trip, it was hard to think of it as one when it was so dang fun!
I could have taken a million pictures of Ezra in his life jacket. It fit him perfectly but was just so miniature and cute! On Saturday our family had the opportunity to go out on a Dragon Boat in celebration of the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival happening June 17-19th.
Not a day since having kids have I thought, “so this is my new normal.” Every day they grow before my eyes. They change and morph into the people they are going to become. Sometimes it feels uncannily like watching a slow motion film as they tantrum and convalesce on the ground like an over turned crab. When will they grow up? Other times it feels like a year is a day. I don’t have time to grow accustomed to a status quo. That’s what it’s like being around evolving little ones.
I’ve often heard people describing old houses as having good bones. They just need a bit of a facelift and then voila! You have something unique and beautiful.
I feel the same way about a lot of vintage clothing. It may have good bones but it needs some tweaking. This vintage, button-up dress was shoulder padded out and pinned in weird places. A few snips later and it became a vamped up topper of distressed jeans with sexy BCBG Max Azria heels.
This weekend we visited the UBC Botanical Garden for the first time. I cannot believe that it took us nine years to get to this magical place! It is so family-friendly. The boys loved hiking the garden paths, walking through the tree tops of the Greenheart TreeWalk, exploring the gigantic tunnel and performing shows in the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre.
This past year, every Monday, we’ve hosted a potluck in our house. As the ones usually responsible for the main course we’ve had to come up with dishes that spread far and wide. Although Ben and I are currently limiting our gluten intake there’s nothing like a pasta dish to feed a full table.