Day 206-211 – My Vacation (part two)

Day 206 – I only had one full day at home before going on our first full-fledged family camping trip and the most beautiful moment (or should I say momentS) of my day was/were one(s) that show how good of a team Stewart and I can make.  Things were in order.  The meal “plan” was made.  The groceries were bought.  The kids were happy.  Usually the day before a holiday is filled with anxiety, chaos and frustration… at least for me.  But there was very little of that this time.

Day 207 – Letting go.  This is not something I do easily.

Day 208 – It was a fairly rainy and icky day, so we decided to get in the car and go for an explore.  Stewart stumbled on The Chippery, a chip wagon in Rideau Ferry.  Other than Stewart’s pancakes, there’s not much that my kids like more than french fries.  Boy were they happy with this place.  The chips were hot, fresh and soooooo tasty.  And I even got to try deep-fried pickles for the first time… also lovely.  I was a greasy, happy, full girl.

Day 209 – Clouds… also equally beautiful is taking the time to gaze at them.

Day 210 – Sunset at Murphy’s Point

Day 211 – We put away most of our camping gear today, which was kind of sad.  I don’t expect we’ll have a chance to camp again before the end of the summer.  However, I was surprised by something new.  Instead of feeling bummed out, there was a kernel of anticipation for the next trip.  Just a tiny glimmer of excitement deep down.  Where I normally feel a hole was replaced with hope.  A vast improvement I would say.

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Day 190 – Anticipation Part Deux

The last time I wrote about anticipation was the night before I got on a plane for a business trip.  This time, my trip isn’t for almost two weeks but the anticipation is already building up.

I’ve daydreamt about my last two weeks of July for a while now.  I will finally be taking some time off.  Officially.  Definitely.  And it will feel good.

My vacation will be part “me time” and part “family time”.  The “me time” involves going to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival for a few days all by my lonesome.  Granted, I probably won’t be able to walk 5 feet without running into someone I know.  But still, it’s one of my favorite festivals in the world (next to the Ottawa Fringe of course!) and I’m really excited to see as many shows as I can cram into a short amount of time.

The “family time” involves going on a short camping trip with my hubby and the little ladies.  We’ve never gone on this type of adventure with them, so I’m a little nervous.  Luckily, my nerves didn’t stop me from shopping at MEC like I owned the place.  (Wait, don’t all of us who shop at MEC technically own part of the place?)

So all of this to say, I can’t wait!  And my daydreams are keeping the anticipation alive.

Having something to look forward to, no matter how simple, is beautiful.

Day 155-161 – All Grown Up

Apologies for the lack of updating. I finally took some time off. I’ve been told it’s also called a “vacation”. Strange word. Anyway, I’ve been having a blast the past week and will now happily share photos galore of my adventures.

Day 155 – After a couple of months of failed attempts, I finally got together with two of my Tweeps for an afternoon of shopping. This was a beautiful moment for me for many reasons. 1) I essentially know these ladies best through Twitter. We have the same circle of friends, but aren’t actually “friends”. I sense that this will change. 2) Jes is hoping to break out of her 9-5 and go into the personal shopping/styling/fashion guru business and wanted to test out her skills on Nadine and I. How cool is it to have someone helping you who has an awesome sense of style and who understand your needs and your budget? Pretty damn cool, I’ll tell you that. For under $400, I have a solid summer wardrobe that will easily transition to Fall and should be classic enough to transfer to next summer too.

I’m such a girl!

Day 156-160 – I was only on a trip for 3 days, but the memories are still with me. A great friend of mine and his fantastic fiancé invited us to their lakeside cottage. When I said cottage, I mean a proper log cabin, but with the perks of running water, toilet, stone fireplace and a kitchen big enough to make some mighty good meals. Here are some shots of the awesomeness that was my time off.

First boat ride

The fireplace (It sure was helpful when the temp dipped under 10 degrees)

There's nothing quite so beautiful as a happy baby after a spaghetti dinner.

And it has slide and swing set. AJ was sold!

A walk in the woods (flower picking and wild strawberry eating ensued)

The sun finally came out.

Chilled Out Family

Day 161 –

In honor of the women in my family…

In honor of my bi-cultural and bilingual heritage…

In memory of my first Fringe as Executive Producer…

In celebration of being a strong, sexy and confident woman…

I present to you, my first tattoo.