Canada oh Canada

Friday, June 29, 2018

Cameron and I are back from our 5 day vaca to Banff Canada and let me tell was wonderful! This was my first time to Canada and of course it didn't disappoint. The people were SO nice. The weather was AMAZING. Overall it was a perfect little vacation for me and my honey. Just like the last 2 years, this was an incentive trip that Cameron qualified for from one of the insurance companies he sells for. I was a little excited that we were not flying overseas this year and would only be one time zone away from home. That made the trip pretty easy. PLUS, we got to fly first class on the trip there. Ummm...yeah...I might just be spoiled. It really is as nice as they say 😏

On the flight there we flew over a storm.

We landed in Calgary, then had to ride a two hour shuttle to Banff.

Once at the hotel we checked into our room and oh em gee...look at our view!

We hit the jackpot. I could get use to looking at this everyday. After awing over the view, we took a nap then got dressed for the welcoming dinner.

At the dinner they had owls and a bald eagle on show.

The owls were rescue animals that they find, mend then set free. Oh they were soooo cute! 

The next day, Cameron and I walked from the resort down to the town for some sightseeing and shopping.

Banff was a beautiful town. It was so clean, the building were so cute, it was almost like we were in a fake town. We found an interesting museum that's been there since the 1920s. It was full of the local wildlife but they were all stuffed. A man (sorry can't remember his name) would hike the area in the late 1800s early 1900s and find dead wildlife then taxidermy them. Once his collection was big enough he made a museum. Like I said...interesting 😉

After eating and shopping we took a long walk along the Bow River back to our hotel. Is was cold and then started raining on us. We didn't mind though considering back home it was 101.

Our hotel

That night we drove into the woods to a BBQ/Bonfire dinner. On the way we saw some Elk just chillin on the side of the road.

Our third day in Canada, Cameron played golf and I hit up the spa. It was so nice and much needed.

Cameron text me during the day with this almost hole in one.

We had another company dinner that night but I have no pics

Our last day we went on a Banff sightseeing tour. It started off with a 7500ft gondola ride.

The views at the top were amazing!

Then we ate lunch at a local restaurant and headed to Lake Minnewanka...lake of the spirits. The water was crystal clear! So so beautiful.

Once there we took a boat ride and were told all about the mountains, water and wildlife.

On the ride home we passed a Big horn sheep eating lunch

The wildlife is unreal! There was a group from our big group that saw a black bear and her cubs. I was dying to see a bear but never did.

After a long day of sightseeing some friends invited Cam to play 9 holes of golf and the wives to walk it with them and hang out. So off we went...

 Because the sun doesn't set until after 10pm the days are SO long. You can get a lot in a day.

It was actually really fun and a perfect way to end our vacation. The next day we were up early and headed home. Unfortunately we didn't get first class back which was a huge bummer. Banff is amazingly beautiful. We agreed that we will be back with the kids next time. We had so much fun and I always look forward to these trips as an excuse for Cam and I to get away with each other. Not sure how many more we will be blessed with but I will take them 😊

Linking up with Kelly even thought it's not a conventional 7 QT

welcome to my favorite season...summer!

Friday, June 22, 2018

When my kids were little I really disliked summer. The sun was brighter, which made nap time more difficult. The days were longer, which made bedtime more difficult. It was so HOT! Here in Texas summer can feel long and very brutal at times especially with little kids. Park visits were few and far between and had to be really early in the morning. Plus all the schools were out so there were tons of big kids everywhere. It's so funny how perspectives change. Now I love summer. I look forward to having my kids home with me all the time. I love not having a schedule and I love late nights with them. On the super hot days I love swimming a bit then coming inside, cranking up the AC, closing the blinds and watching a movie with dry clothes on and our recently sun and water soaked skin resting. I just love it all 😊

Our first couple of weeks of summer were everything I wanted them to be. The first week was being lazy, sleeping in, watching movies and swimming. It was perfect!

I picked lots of yummies from the garden

And at the end of the week threw my sister and soon to be niece a baby shower!

The second week started with tennis camp at our local high school for the boys. This is their favorite camp and ask every year to do it. Our theme for the summer was to just BE. I scheduled very few things and our plan was just to go when and where we wanted. The mistake I have made in the past is over scheduling summer and by the time it ends, it feels like it flew by. This year I plan to take back summer!

Anyway...back to camp...

Milly loved watching her brothers. She also really loved the free snow cones after camp 😉

We met up with friends at a local park after camp one day and decided to have more snow cones. I mean, its summer y'all!

We also made a little stop to our favorite local donut shop for a world famous donut before a trip to the library.

We hit up a local water park for a day of water and sun fun.

The third week of summer was busy! I decided to put my new Magnolia Table cookbook to good use and made homemade biscuits for lunch one day.

And cinnamon rolls another day for breakfast. Another thing I love about summer...easy meals!

After another trip to the library we met up with friends for ice cream and cooling off in a splash pad.

Seeing the new Incredibles 2 was at the top of our list so of course we had to go!

It was so good. All of us really enjoyed it.

Aiden and I have been running every morning since he signed up for the cross country team. I absolutely love running with him however my knees feel differently. It's been a rough transition but thankfully it's getting easier on my old body.

This week was a big one for our little dancer as it was her big recital! I know I say this every year but man is she adorable. She is the best dancer and I just love watching her.

And the week ended celebrating our Dad's.

I might be a little partial but I think we have the best Dad's 😊

Finally...I'm all caught up on what's been going on! Annnnnd linking up with Kelly 👍
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