family · Summer 2017 · Wedding

Apologies, but I have been living my crazy life!

So, I guess that the wedding craziness has ended. Oh and the summer craziness. Don’t forget about the first month of school craziness. It’s back to normal in our household, which means I should get back to writing.

This summer was a blast! We did lots of new things, saw old friends and family and overly enjoyed ourselves. We are glad to be back in the swing of things, but I still miss all of our adventures! Here’s a quick look back at the rest of our summer.

When I last had a chance to write, I was just about to emcee my brother’s wedding. It was an amazing day, the bride looked beautiful, we enjoyed the sunshine and we danced the night away! Being the emcee made this night particularly special. I loved that they chose me to be a part of their day. I am so happy to welcome Erin officially into my family and I can’t wait to share many more family memories.

But I realize that I have forgotten something so important! We held baby wallabies and kangaroos. I’ll let that sink in…WE HELD BABY KANGAROOS! It was amazing! On the way up to the wedding, we went to Lake Country, just outside of Kelowna. There is Kangaroo Creek farm right in the middle of the city. A real kangaroo farm. It was incredible. There were wallabies, kangaroos, goats, parrots, emus, capybaras, chickens, sugar gliders and even a pot-bellied pig! If you are ever in the Kelowna area, this is a definite must! It was only $10 for Sean and I and $5 for the boys. You could pet most of the animals, and the staff showed us a new born sugar glider. Plus, you have the option to hold the baby wallabies, wallaroos and kangaroos. We loved this place and when we are in the area next, we will be going again!

Sunday morning, Sean and I packed up the car and headed home without the boys. It was a quiet week without the boys, mostly organizing our  house while we didn’t have 2 little tornados behind us the whole time. It’s nice to go through everything, but it is exhausting! We have accumulated so much stuff over the course of 7 years living here, that I am at the point where I want to move, just so that we have to pack up and go through everything!

We also had a date night and went out to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with the Lumineers opening. It was an amazing show! I love the Lumineers, so I was very happy to get to see them live! And Tom Petty, FANTASTIC! It was a great night out and I am super grateful that we have incredible parents who are willing to take their grandsons any time. We are even more grateful that we were able to see Tom Petty before he passed away last month. We had a great night out and early the next morning I drove to the cabin to spend the weekend and bring the boys home.

So Friday morning, I packed up myself for the weekend and left the house at 6:30am to head to the lake. Now, this is on about 5 hours sleep and it is a 6 hour drive! I wanted to be able to actually get in 2 full days at the lake before I had to come home. The lake is my happy place! It’s off the grid, and there isn’t electricity, minus a generator. But it’s quiet, peaceful and the most incredible place to reset. But back to the drive. I had to start the morning off with a Venti caramel macchiato because otherwise, I was never going to make it. I only made 2 stops and only one of them is worth mentioning. These small towns that no one ever stops in, those are the best stops to make! I always stop in Little Fort, BC at Jim’s Food Market. Now, if you have never stopped here before, STOP. It has everything you could need, including a Subway. But the reason I stop there? F’Real smoothie machine and bacon wrapped cheese sticks! Every. Single. Time! It’s now become a tradition to stop.

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The cabin, was as always, the best. We went kayaking, had a propane fire (fires were still banned), went frog hunting, fished, saw a beaver, loons and pelican, attempted to knock a massive hornets’ nest off a tree near the boat launch, played a lot of cards, board games and kick-the-can. All in all, it was exactly the breath of fresh air I needed after our busy summer.

The last 2 weeks of summer were mostly trying to get back to routine and ready for school.  This was more difficult than we thought it would be. We let the boys stay out late, playing with the neighbours. We stayed up even later playing with the neighbours. All in all, it was a fantastic summer and we have many memories to look back on. We had BBQs with the neighbours, an outdoor movie night, another wedding of one of closest friend’s, and lots of fun. The boys, and me (especially me!) were ready for school to start and our lives to settle back into the routine that comes with it.

Until next time,

Jaime

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