Spring Break travels part 3


Welcome to the 3rd and final installment of our Spring Break Travel series! You can check out part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE.

This is my favorite part because I get to share the biggest reason we went to Alberta, which was visiting family  🙂  Awww sappy, I know, but it’s true!  My sister-in-law and husband and 6 kids live in Calgary, so we drove there from Drumheller.  I have to say one of the most frequent comments from our kids while driving around Alberta was, “It’s soooooooo flat! And straight!!” I somewhat agree although there are a lot of rolling hills, but it is definitely flat compared to what we’re used to!

We spent 3 1/2 days with the family, before heading home, and it was so wonderful watching all the kids interact. They are all different ages (theirs are 18,16,15,13,5 & 3 and ours bridge the gap a little at 13,11 & 8)  yet they all get along for the most part.

The youngest two and I had fun making “scary princess faces” and my youngest two had a blast with their birds and we all enjoyed the antics of their two puppies 🙂  Unfortunately I didn’t really get any pics with the teenagers, but I was so happy I got to spend a bit of one-on-one auntie time with most of them.  Miss them all already!

And last but not least, the kids requested a visit to the zoo while in Calgary, so we spent the better part of a day exploring the animals at the Calgary Zoo.

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Among many many others we saw the lions, tigers and bears (oh my!), the baby giraffe and her family, snow leopard, meerkats, wolves, bison, camels and (my personal favorite)the penguins.  The kids also enjoyed a carousel ride, playing on the awesome playgrounds and wandering around the gorgeous, lush, and informative conservatory.


So, that’s it for our whirlwind five day tour of part of Alberta. We’re now back at home enjoying the second week of spring break with play dates, sleepovers and a visit to grandma’s which I should get ready for right now!

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own, I have not been compensated in any way for this post, I just think it’s a really cool place!



Spring Break Travels part 2

Hello and welcome!

If you missed out on Part 1 of our travels you can check it out HERE.

As I mentioned previously,  we were travelling around a bit of Alberta.  A big part of Alberta culture is their paleontology and so what better way to immerse ourselves in the stuff than to sleep over in a dinosaur museum!  The Royal Tyrrell Museum to be exact.


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February on the homestead

Hi there!

It has been awhile since I’ve done a homestead update and since I took some pictures around the place this morning I figured I may as well share with all you.

I love our ducks, they are so cute! Unfortunately we lost one (we believe to a large predator bird) and I was the one who found what was left of it. That was a sad day. I sure hope one of the females which are left will hatch some eggs this spring cause I love me some ducklings 🙂 We have the ducks in our fenced in garden space for now (they’ve been in there all winter) and since we have very little snow left they are busy busy cleaning up the garden for me 🙂


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Valentine inspired tablescape

Good morning!

Long time no chat!  I tell ya there are just not enough hours in a day! The other day I got a little free time to do something fun that I wanted to share with you so you can be inspired for Love Day. I made a little valentines inspired tablescape.


I wanted to kind of practice it before Sunday so I could see if it all worked nicely and how I pictured it in my mind.

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December Recap


Just thought I’d do a little December recap for anyone interested. At the beginning of the month my youngest two tested for their next belt level in Tae kwon do and they both passed! Gabe got his gold belt…


and Cadence got her green belt. So proud of them both!


The next few are the day we decorated our Christmas tree. This year we got our tree a little differently. In the past we always went out into the forest and chopped one down ourselves, but this year we were on a time crunch and were excited to see an old fashioned style tree market. I wish I had taken pictures cause it was pretty cool. This boy loves decorating for holidays 🙂IMG_6820IMG_6822IMG_6829

Is there anything better than kids Christmas concerts? I don’t think so! Our daughter is in the zebra striped outfit 🙂


and our little guy is in the back row with the pink toque (can u tell he has two older sisters?!) and blue scarf.


Here we are in our holiday best 😉IMG_6907

We were happy to spend some quality time with some family we don’t get to see very often.


Loved seeing these cousins hanging out like they do it every weekend when in reality it’s more like once a year!IMG_6963

Christmas morning brought some goodies from Santa


And that’s about it for 2015!

Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings…..

Happy New Year!

Wow!! I can not believe it is already January first and that I didn’t write a single post in December. Well, actually I can believe it because if I had only one word to sum up 2015 it would be BUSY. Especially the last month or so as I decided it would be “fun” to add two part time jobs to my list of things to do! More on that later though, for now I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and to thank all of you who still stop by my little spot in blogland. I’ve really missed it and hope to settle into a routine of posting more regularly.

Thank you thank you again,

All my love, Sam

Getting all cozy in this Canadian cabin

Last time I was here I mentioned some changes happening that I was excited about and now we are (almost)done! Since we moved to this place we have wanted to install a wood stove. We had them in both our rental place and the original kozy kabin and just loved the warmth they provided. Plus, when you have five ore six people stripping out of cold wet snow gear all the time, an electric furnace just doesn’t cut it in the drying department! We’ve had the wood stove pumping out the heat for a week  in this place and I have just been amazed at how quickly things dry, what used to take a couple of days to dry, now only takes a few hours!


Nice and warm and cozy…..did I mention the cats kind of love it too?


We had to move some furniture around and I’m still not 100% sure this is how things are going to stay, but so far I’m loving the new cozy reading corner 🙂


I’ve also been having fun tweaking and styling my bookshelves…


One of my favorite quotes. You can get one of these and many more free printables from The Inspired Room.IMG_6733

Even Stella the dog likes to get in on the cozy action sometimes….


On a sidenote my daughter made that fire poker (behind Stella’s back) in metalwork class! So proud of her!

I’m trying out something new for my before and after shots. Just below is a slide show of a bunch of pics. The ones with the bookshelves and greenhouse and dark wall is the corner where the woodstove is now prior to the deep freezer going there and then there are a couple of pics with our t.v and some random messy Halloween decor which shows how it looked most recently with the deep freezer in the corner.

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Hope you enjoyed our little update, I’m hoping to finish up the other side of the living room and share that soon too.

Have a great day!




 I’m so excited for some changes we have going on around here.  If you’ve read my blog and my previous blog for awhile, you will know that I like to change my furniture around…..a lot. So much so it’s become a kind of running joke amongst my family and some friends. Anyways, the changes and furniture moving are for a very good reason (this time at least). We are getting a wood stove! And we are finally moving our deep freezer out of our living room! More details to come soon I promise, but for now, check out how organized I was this time in planning out our spaces in advance of actually moving them! Yes, that is graph paper people. I feel so grown up 😉