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Memories of Tofino



As back to school busyness takes over, I can’t help but miss summer holidays. Do you find yourself doing that too? We just got back on Monday from Tofino, a beach town on the Westcoast of Vancouver Island. Surfing, bike riding, beach combing and boat rides on water taxis kept everyone happy.

I would venture a guess and say that this enormous beer (called a “Growler”) from the Tofino Brewing Company was Jason’s favorite discovery of the trip. I am not a fan of beer, but I loved the bottle!

We stayed at Pacific Sands Beach Resort this year, and the boys asked at least once a day whether we could move in! With a view like this, yes, please! It was so beautiful, and kid friendly too! Of course you can’t stay in a place like this without coming home and searching all the property listings, right?! A girl can dream…

PS – I posted about our 2010 trip to Tofino here.

Back to School



Our youngest started kindergarten today! And his older brother is now in grade 3. It’s hard to believe. The moment I thought would never come is actually here. Although I’m thrilled to start working during daylight hours instead of the midnight shift, I have to admit that I’m a little bit emotional about the whole thing! This is one of those moments where I kind of want to stop time and soak it all up slowly.

Happy Friday & Wedding Pics



I thought I’d leave you with a picture I took of my sister’s gorgeous wedding bouquet. It’s hard to believe that it was almost a month ago that she got married! And I can’t believe she’ll be moving away in less than a week!

These sweet shots of my beautiful sister Louisa and her husband Steve are from photographer Linda McCague. You can see more here.

Have a great weekend! I’m sure there are many happy brides this weekend with the weather we’ve been having!

Greetings from Whistler



Okay, so we aren’t actually in Whistler anymore, but haven’t we all received postcards from people after they’re already back from holidays. Consider this one of those! 😉

We usually head up to Whistler at least once every year. It’s so beautiful, and it really helps to unwind when you’re surrounded by nature. Between the hotel pool and all the lakes the kids are pretty much swimming the whole time, so they sleep well. I officially love family bike rides that end in everyone jumping off a dock and then drying off in the sun.

How about you? Do you have a spot that you visit for a yearly escape?

Lego + Water



It all started when Ben wanted to play Lego inside, and Cole, outside. I broke the stalemate by introducing a water hose. Lego reached a new level of fun!

If you spray the hose just right it creates some major whirlpool action! The boys had a blast watching their figures whipping around, and taking turns throwing in extra figures. When the tub filled up I watered the plants to empty the tub, and the fun started all over again. By the end of it, everyone was wet, and happy!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend enjoying some summer fun!




I have been enjoying moments like this lately. The boys seem to have found their groove after a few weeks of adjusting to being around each other constantly. Their sweetness makes me want to hold onto them tightly with both arms and never let them go. They are growing up so fast it’s kind of hard to believe. The exhaustion of the newborn stage feels like just yesterday! But the reality is that the countdown to both of them being in full time school is on. Seven weeks. I am determined to make the most of these short summer months.

I hope you’re enjoying the summer as well! Have a great weekend!!

Family Time



We had a family photo shoot last night with the lovely and talented Rachel of Rachel Ray Photography! I thought I’d share a few! I love how she’s captured us laughing, since we do a lot of that! I feel so incredibly blessed to have these guys in my life. If you’re curious, Rachel has posted a bunch on her blog.

I’m heading to this little guy’s preschool graduation today! (Oh no! Possible change of plans – he just woke up with a fever!!)

I’m going to go play nursemaid now, so I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite posts from around the web lately:

  1. Lisa’s post about this clever jewellery you can design with Meshu.
  2. I laughed hard at Sara’s second confession this week!
  3. I missed the contest, but love this book idea!

Have a great weekend!

Birthday Love



I was spoiled rotten this weekend… with sweet kisses and a birthday dance-off from my little guys. I was surprised with Mast Brothers Chocolates, this gorgeous wool blanket (from Old Faithful Shop), and a much adored Tivoli radio from my man. And pattern inspiration books at my family lunch… oh, and I can’t forget my favorite birthday card, designed by Rifle Paper Co.! I am truly thankful to have such loving people in my life. The gifts are just a really fun bonus.

This is what most of our weekend looked like. Lots and lots of baseball! How was your weekend? Hope it was a good one!

Hostile Takeover



There are toys EVERYWHERE right now. I think that they are conspiring to take over the house… I can tell just by the look on their faces!

We are going to be ripping up the carpet in our youngest’s room soon, so it was emptied of all Lego, ending up on the train table, bumping the trains to the floor… and so on. Storage systems are going to be top of the list on my next trip to Ikea.

Happy Friday! And Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all you moms out there!

California Dreamin’



After a great time in Palm Desert with the in laws, we headed to Carlsbad to visit Legoland. We knew the boys were going to have a great time, but what surprised me was how much I enjoyed the trip! We decided to stay near the beach, not near Legoland. It was the right decision!

Downtown Carlsbad is charming. From our condo we were able to walk to shops & restaurants, and the beach was right across the street! The Naked Cafe is a must for breakfast or lunch. And you can eat in their beautiful courtyard! Also, Paradise Pizza is a hidden gem, with amazing pizza. Both of these places have gluten free options, which is part of why we loved them so!

I researched accommodations in Carlsbad for quite a while, and decided on Carlbad Inn Beach Resort Condominiums. If you’re going to head down to Legoland and still want some beach time, pool time and a kitchen so you can make some meals… this is the place!

I’m reminiscing about our holiday because it’s mostly rain in Vancouver lately. It makes me want to jump on a plane again! How about you? Have you been anywhere warm this year? Maybe we’ll all get some sun this weekend! Regardless, have a good one!

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