Let it Snow!


This morning we woke to the much-anticipated first snowfall. Emily took this as a sign to begin wearing her beautiful winter coat, which was hand-made in Fort Smith and has a genuine lynx fur collar. Soooo cozy! Emily says that the lynx is her favourite animal.
first snow
Madeline got all dressed up to play in the snow. She wanted to go skiing or sledding but I had to explain that there was not quite enough yet.
first snow

Hallowe’en Night


In between trick or treaters I was able to post a pic of the girls. Madeline had a better indoor costume for her mermaid but on a cold October night we have to improvise.

Two Hallowe’en cuties:

Our pumpkins:

Hallowe’en for the Big Kids


We found a fun party to attend on Saturday night, complete with DJ and laser lighting! We had a great time dancing and hanging out with friends.
party skiers

happy ladies

Jump, Jump, Jump!


While Emily has decided on ballet lessons this fall, Madeline has chosen gymnastics. She loves the trampoline the best, especially with the ribbon:

Furry Friends


On our trip to Vancouver, the girls met some new friends, of the furry variety. Here are Teddy and Panda with the girls:

Island Fun


Over the Thanksgiving weekend we travelled to Gabriola Island to visit with some of our relatives. The weatherperson was totally wrong and we had a beautiful weekend.
This is the lovely view from Aunt Bev’s place:
It was apple picking time, the girls were ready helpers in the trees.
apple eating

tree climbing

After leaving Gabriola we travelled down to Victoria to visit another part of the Hunt family. Here’s our girls and 2 of the 3 cousins at this house. Five girls under the age of 8 means a lot of delighted screaming, giggling and dressing up!!

Having fish and chips on the wharf in Victoria:

We had a great visit with all of our cousins, aunts and uncles on the islands! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Giving Thanks


It’s just a week away from Thanksgiving and I thought I’d start off the sentiment a bit early. I give thanks for this beautiful (and aromatic) bounty from our garden, the gardens of Wild Flight Farm Organics in Mara and from the local forests, including the generosity of friends for picking these lovely Chanterelles. We truly live in a paradise!

Gap-Toothed Girl


Finally the tooth that has been holding on tighter than a barnacle on a weathered boat has fallen out. Emily was pretty excited and eager to show off her new smile.
gap tooth

PB Season


To most people, PB stands for peanut butter. Not so in our household, it’s Prescribed Burn. It’s the time of year when the hot days, teamed with cold nights and possible showers make for ideal conditions for lighting forest fires. This is not your delinquent-youth kind of fire setting, these plans have literally taken years to establish and the burning is conducted only when all the variables have been accounted for. Parks Canada has realised that fire is part of our natural landscape and beneficial to both plants and animals. Simon was recently called to both Banff and Kootenay National Parks to help with the burning process. Here’s a few shots of his work:


Terry Fox Run


Emily’s school, Mountain View Elementary, participated in this year’s Terry Fox Run. Emily did the 4km run/walk, which is awesome! These are her schoolmates:

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