Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Magic


Is there anything better than waking up to your world blanketed in snow!? What magic it brings. Recently we were treated to a rather large dump of the white stuff that stuck around for close to a week. As we don't see it very often, everything (school and work) sort of shut down for a few days and going anywhere only happened if totally necessary.  We didn't have much to worry about other than making snowman, feeding the birds and enjoying it. Snow brings quiet and stillness. The beach was heavenly but cold.  The roads were dead.  We'd go outside for a walk then head back in and return to our jammies, drinking lots of hot tea and chocolate. We watched lots of movies and put together a lot of lego. Lily drew and wrote, Jackson played a load of video games. We read. It was blissful and I have to admit I was sad to see it go. There are rumours of more coming our way in March. It seems hard to imagine as I look out my window now to beautiful sunshine and the bluest skies but we shall see.
Enjoy some Boomerang snow silliness below.


                    

Sunday, 19 February 2017

8/52


 "a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: Is there a sport he doesn't like or want to try?!?! He has joined the school basketball team and is loving it but of course wants the $100+ runners that are "necessary" to play properly. :) 

Lily: We really are kindred spirits, both thrilled to feel the sunshine kissing our skin this past week. Snow last week, warm sun this week. Our poor Earth!

Joining in with Donna and others for Living Arrows 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

7/52

 "a portrait of, and occasionally a quote from my children, once a week, every week, in 2017"

Jackson: We received an email this week from a Gramma of one his friends (a girl). She wanted to let us know that he was "lovely and had impeccable manners and that he was welcome in her home anytime". 

Lily: Happy and lighthearted having a 5 day weekend because of school closures due to weather. There is nothing she loves more than staying home all day long and we did a lot of that during our 5 days off. There was loads of lego, Netflix and art. See the Valentine she gave to her friends this year below. 

Joining in a little late this week with the lovely Donna and others for Living Arrows

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Postcards from the Banff Springs Hotel and Banff


Banff is really, really great but even better is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel! Neil had a Real Estate conference to attend and lucky me got to tag along. We stayed at the seriously AMAZING Fairmont where the conference was and WOW, what an unbelievable place!!! I was very sick when we first arrived. A terrible flu hit me a few days before we left and I was beyond miserable (stuffy nose, heavy head, exhausted and achy all over)on our flight there and on the two hour shuttle ride from the Calgary Airport to the hotel. However...once we arrived my spirits were immediately lifted especially once we got to our beautiful room with the most comfortable king sized bed and windows with views of the mountains like no other. What luxury!!! Neil changed and headed to his first meeting not long after we checked in and I got into bed and slept like a baby. I don't know who couldn't sleep well in this place. I woke up and showered and off we went to supper in town then back for another good rest in that bed. Did I mention the bed?! How I wish I could have packed it up in my suitcase and taken it home with me. Anyhoo, we had 4 glorious nights and 5 days in Banff and were grateful the whole time for our stay. 

Neil was very busy during the day so I really had to rough it. I'd sleep in til 9 or 10am!!!, shower then walk to town. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk away from town. This is not the most accurate timing as I stopped a lot to admire the view and take pictures. The mountains are stunning and we had the most perfect weather.  Banff itself if very touristy. Souvenir shops litter the main drag and yes I did get suckered. (I needed to get the kids something and also my parents something for watching the kids. :) ) Most days while in town, I would find lunch somewhere and then wander, checking out all the streets and shops. It was a dream really, very hard to take. I saw a couple movies and did a lot of looking around. I also spent a lot of time exploring the hotel. There's a lot of history and I was fortunate to take a tour with a very animated tour guide. He was so much fun, knew his stuff and told lots of ghost stories. I LOVED all the old pictures around. Imagine living in that time?! Such elegance! The place is full of great details - the public bathroom doors, the Tiffany lamp shades and fossils in the staircase among other things. It's gorgeous!

 Saturday I had a wonderful surprise visit from my oldest friend in the world Gwen. I have known her since grade 1 and stupidly didn't realize Banff was so close to where she lives right now. We texted and on Saturday she and her kids drove to meet me. We go a few years between visits so it was extra cool to get this unexpected meet up in. We had a lovely lunch then wandered around town to a park with several snow and ice sculptures.  After several hours and a long hug goodbye, maybe a tear or two, Gwen and her kids headed home and I headed back to the hotel. Neil had a big end of conference gala supper to go to so I had big plans with the bathtub and Netflix. More rough. :) Turns out he was able to snag me a ticket so I got back to the hotel and got ready and headed out for the night with him. It was a super way to end our time in Banff. The trip was fabulous and I'd go back anytime, especially if we are put up in the Fairmont again. Lucky and so very grateful!