Nothing gold can stay 

Fall is in full swing in Alberta now and this time of year always reminds me of how much I enjoy the season.  Time spent doing projects you love, snuggling by the fireplace and of course, bonfires with hot cocoa!  Edmonton can give you a lovely fall, as long as the snow stays away.

We’ve been enjoying a perfect Sunday, starting out with pumpkin spice lattes this morning and then pumpkin pancakes, with a recipe I found on Pinterest.  They turned out so fluffy and tasted just like pumpkin pie.  Charles loved them, since pumpkin pie is his favourite dessert.

All our leaves have turned and these are just a few of them that Sophia and Ava gathered.  I thought they were so pretty, so we tried drying them.

I’ve been working on some projects this week.  Of course I always have some kind of knitting project on the go, but I’ve been inspired to make a chalkboard for a while.  I thought I’d start with something small just in case it didn’t turn out, so I hit Michaels for my supplies.

 

I saw these cute 1″ wood stump slabs and I thought they would make a nice chalkboard sign

 

I went to the paint aisle in search of chalk paint and Martha Stewart had a huge selection of colors, but they were outrageously priced. No offense to Martha cause I love her products, but in this case, I just wanted a black chalkboard and paint is paint, so I went with the folk art brand that was about 30% cheaper.

I started by applying one coat of the stuff with the cheapest brush I could find.  I let it dry for about 2 hours, because it was really thick, goopy stuff to work with and then I did coat # 2.


 Well, I’m no artist, but this is how it looked once dry and I’m very happy with the results.

I hope everyone else is loving this time of year as much as I do.  Take some time to slow down and do some of the things you love to do:)

-Lori
Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.  Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour.  Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay.  -Robert Frost

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Summer part 2

Before my memory of summer fades, I better share the rest of our adventure to the Okanagan.  It was a trip with our whole family this time (Daddy came with us) and we had so much fun stopping along the way.

We stopped at Mara Lake cause Sophia saw the beautiful water and immediately wanted to get out and walk in the water
First stop in the Okanagan was at Mara Lake.  Sophia saw the beautiful water and immediately wanted to get out and go splash around.

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It was a beautiful, warm day when we arrived and I remember the water feeling like bathtub water.  It’s no wonder my girls didn’t want to leave.  Kids love playing at the beach and I can remember growing up, my mom took us to the lake everyday and we never got bored.

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More time at the beach with my sister in law, Katie.  She brought her paddle board and taught me her skills of how to do this.  It was so much fun, I only regret not getting some photos of doing it.  Auntie Katie even gave Ava a turn on her board.

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And here, Sophia had just returned from a whole week at summer camp that her Gramma was teaching crafts at.  This was her first time going to kids camp and she had so much fun!  Ava was sure happy to have her big sister back though.  This was their first week apart from each other.  And as much as she missed her, I think it was good for Sophia to have a break and have a chance to make some friends.

More beach time!  We found a beach that Charles really loved going to, so we went there every day that week.  Some of our good friends met us there one day and we had a good visit with them also.

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Our last evening in Kelowna ended with a BBQ at my brother and his wife’s place.  The kids sure enjoyed visiting with their Aunties and Uncles.  image image image

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This concludes our time in the Okanagan and it was a bittersweet ending.  I had a whack load of pictures to share, but for some reason they aren’t uploading properly.  I know we will end up living out there in the near future.  It sure feels like home and I know my husband loves the idea of all the family support we would have there.  Until then, it helps knowing they all love and support us

 

 

 

Dreaming of summer 

Well it’s already September and I’m not gonna lie – I’m not ready to embrace fall just yet.  The temperature here has significantly dropped from the high 20’s, down to around 13-16 degrees the last few days.  It is Alberta, afterall and we could have snow 3 weeks from now.

On a happy note, dreaming of my summer spent in beautiful BC makes me feel a WHOLE lot better 🙂  It was an adventure the first time down there.  Just my 3 girls and me on an 11 hour road trip.  Many people kept on commenting along the way that I was doing a good job, braving a drive that long with 3 kids, all ages 5 and under.  It kept me going hearing the positive feedback.  Especially because the hardest one to deal with was my little Ava (the middle child)  Oh, how I love her, but she can be a problem every 5 minutes.  She has a stronger will to have things her own way, than any child I’ve ever met.

We spent nearly 2 weeks the first time down there and had such a nice time mainly visiting family and spending as much time as we could at the beach.  The girls just loved it, as the beach is foreign to us people in Alberta.  I don’t know why, but it still surprises me today what people here consider  to be “a lake”.  

Anyway, here are a few pictures of our time in Kelowna. My girls loved story time with Gramma, but were very tired as this was the first day we arrived.

This was a picnic night at the park with Aunties and Uncles. Auntie Lesley and Tessa bonded well.uncle Matt getting Sophia ready to take her out on the sea doo.

Fun times messing about in Uncle Matt and Auntie Katie’s pool

Playing in the sand at strathcona beach and time spent with Gran 

Happy Canada Day! Sophia got to spend time with some of her cousins and they took her to the Canada day parade.

That’s it for now. I will continue part 2 later.