Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy 7th Birthday Shayla!

I can't believe my little girl is 7 already!
We had such a great birthday week with baking and decorating cupcakes and cakes, sharing them with classmates, having family dinner and cake, shopping and a movie night for just Mom and Shayla and a birthday pool party with friends!
What a busy and fun week it was!
Happy Birthday day my sweet girl!

(And Happy Birthday to Clayton, who got to attend a 7 year old girl's birthday party on his birthday, can't ask for a better birthday gift than that!!! Hahaha)

Tristan's quad!

Finally... a post and picture of Tristan and his very own quad!
He saved his money for over a year and this spring had enough to buy this second hand quad.
He worked so hard, collecting bottles and not spending his money when he had opportunities and it finally paid off. 
And he loves his quad! 
He loves everything about his quad, even when it won't start... he is excited to push it up to the garage and take the seat off and hook up the battery to the charger!
He can now start it all on his own and is a very carefully driver and even extra careful when he is giving Jax a ride.
 (Mya, on the other hand, just runs to the house screaming because the quad is too loud!)
Tristan thought we should get Dad a quad for his birthday so he would have someone to ride with.
So sweet Tristan.
Sadly, instead, we got Dad a shovel and some gummy bears!

So proud of you buddy!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Just feels like a warm hug!

Driving down the driveway to my parents place a few nights back... almost a week ago now, I just felt this deep calm. Surrounded by all the lush, natural beauty, I felt sheltered, safe and warm. The wild shrubs have really grown up along their driveway, making it very picturesque. The weeping willows tower above the house now, their long lacy branches dancing in the light breeze. The lilacs are in full bloom, explosions of purple and white against a back drop of green. Maple trees fill in the gaps between the grandfather furs. Rain drops glitter like sparkling diamonds and splash into a thousand jeweled pieces as they hit the ground. A lush, rain forest feel. A warm hug. Home.

I always say that what Alberta might lack in natural beauty, it makes up for it with the beauty, warmth and kindness of it's people. A point confirmed, as during this time that I am out here, away from my family, they are being well taken care of. Home cooked meals brought to them each night by such a wonderful group of hardworking, thoughtful prairie people. A caring, stead fast support network. A warm hug. Home.

A while ago I re-read this post: Alberia and it seems appropriate to post a link to it now.

So maybe the two places are merging together in my heart. Seeing the Southern Alberta beauty and friendly BCers waving to Dad and I as we are out for a bike ride. I come around one corner and see Dad chatting to a couple in an SUV and they are so smiley and friendly and I join in the conversation, thinking to myself, see Clayton, BC people are friendly too!
We wave goodbye and the red license plate stares me down as they drive away.

I guess some things never change.