Ivy’s first flight

A success 🙂
We enjoyed an amazing weekend in Vancouver & Ivy was such a good traveler (a relief for me for sure).



Such a gorgeous city, sigh.


Lunch…only breaking stride for a few moments.


Our little Ivy wants to walk everywhere…how about the Aquarium?

Walk walk walk

Busy Fall

We’ve had snow, sun, company & lots of fun this September.

Ivy all dressed up for her Uncle Tom’s birthday.


Arra came for a visit before her big trip to Australia…


A cute outfit she’s just about grown into 🙂

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Can’t get me down s-n-o-w. Ha!

too cute


So a girlfriend was explaining to me how her boyfriend proposed to her. She really set a romantic scene.

Her boyfriend prepared a picnic lunch (checkered blanket & picnic basket to boot). They had planned an early morning departure to Elk Island to ensure snagging a canoe to rent. As the two peacefully paddled toward an island on the lake they noticed all sorts of beautiful birds (she described one to me that she was particularly excited about but neither of us really had a clue)*grin*. They paddled to an island where no other paddlers had headed to lay out the perfect picnic lunch. And of course the prince popped the question with a stunning diamond ring. I’m very happy for the sweet couple.

As I heard the story I thought it sounded like a lovely outing for me & Alvin. Grandmama & Grandpa were happy to look after Ivy on a glorious fall afternoon. We had no problems renting a canoe. We paddled off with Mr. Sub sandwiches & a couple of beers in a cooler (hopeless romantics, eh)? We laughed so hard on the water. We headed hard to the right. Then hard to the left. And finally figured out how we could maintain a fairly straight line. I noticed some birds…the most exotic being the common loon*LOL*. As we drew near to an island (the second closest from shore); Alvin said- we’re eating in the canoe- I am not walking through those reeds to land. As our canoe neared the shallow water & reeds I was almost knocked over by the stench. And the standing water was thick with blue-green algae. We paddled a little further out of the stink to crack into the beers & sandwiches. I had a wonderful time & would go again in a heartbeat; however, I found the outing less than romantic (even with my sweetie).

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The prairies

I don’t know why everyone disses the prairies. Countless people make fun of the drive from Edmonton to Saskatoon; fair enough, it’s 5 hours of fairly straight road. But I think it’s gorgeous. I love watching the farmers fields fly by in a variety of colours & textures (during our recent drive at harvest time the fields had been worked into neat rows, had hay bales perfectly rounded or squared, while others still had crops in). And the sky; I not only admire the fine blue hues but the puffy white clouds or the storm clouds from miles away – what’s boring about all that? I really am a prairie girl at heart I suppose; I love the wide open space.

I was lucky to hitch a ride with my folks and enjoy a few days introducing Ivy to Mom’s side of the family.

We stayed @ the gorgeous Bessborough; look how tiny my Pop looks*grin*



Grandmama entertained Ivy (less a 45 minute nap) for the entire journey – sweet!


Amazing pool- I felt like a Queen staying in the hotel/ swimming in this pool.


Family. Out on a beautiful farm on a lovely afternoon

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And now…back to some form of routine :-)…cold weather or otherwise.