Monday, July 21, 2014

[vacation photos, part I]


We left on our vacation as soon as school was over. The drive to Kelowna, British Columbia, is a feast to the eyes as you go through the mountains. I must say that Canada is one gorgeous country. So much beauty here. So much variety too: mountains, prairies, canyons, lake country, ocean towns...







Fresh peas for lunch while we stopped at a lovely road side eatery. Peas are my favorite. I'll choose them over strawberries any day.


Getting closer to Kelowna. This part of BC is dotted with huge lakes. Breathtakingly beautiful!



We rented a vacation condo right by the lake. Our apartment was on the 14th floor in the building closest to the lake. Yes, I was a bit scared when I stepped on the balcony. 





You only see a portion of the huge lake Kelowna hugs. Sure love being by water!
Kelowna is known for hot summers and mild, short winters. The temperature was +24C - +32C during our stay (most of the days were over +30C). 
There are wineries (for those interested in wine, we don't drink alcohol), fruit orchards (fresh peaches, cherries, strawberries, vegetables...), beaches, beautiful parks...
You wouldn't have to bend my arm too hard for me to move there. ;) 









We really enjoyed staying in a condo instead of at a hotel. Less generic, quieter... The place had a fitness room, outdoor and indoor pools, indoor parking.
Our bedroom was right by the entrance door, our daughter's room had this nice view of the lake.







We had a wonderful time in Kelowna. More photos to come. :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

[car wash art]


Had some fun while my husband was washing our van while on holidays. :)










Friday, June 27, 2014

[gotta love lists]


I found this list online but there was no source as to where it's from. But since it's just floating online, it's most likely a free printable. 

Something fun to do on a quiet summer evening, perhaps?

What are some things on your list?
Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii is one of mine. :)

(Just right click the image, copy, then paste it to Microsoft Word and print. Or save the image first and then print it.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

[Canmore & Banff, AB, Canada]


School is not over yet here in Canada (tomorrow is the last day), but we've had a chance to start summer vacationing early. I love going to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Just like being near the ocean, being surrounded by mountains and nature refreshes your soul as well. 
We biked, did a bit of hiking to say hi to the hoodoos, Sienna swam in the hotel pool lots and spent hours playing at different playgrounds while I read books, we ate out, admired beautiful nature, saw some animals (deer, mountain sheep... even couple of grizzly bears!), shopped a bit (well, mainly looked at things, didn't really see anything I needed or had to have), etc.
Soon we'll leave on our vacation #2.
Gotta love summer.
Hope you are all enjoying yours.

First photo: The Three Sisters mountains in Canmore.


If I had had an extra $12,000, I would have bought a totem pole. :)


Downtown Canmore.


Frankie goes to Canmore. :)


At a golf course where my husband hurt his back the first time he swung his golf club. Sports can be bad for your health. :D Enjoyed a lovely banquet there too.



Pigs CAN fly! :)



Gotta love them hoodoos. Even if there are just a few of them. 
Canmore in the background.


There must be many rich people in Alberta. So many over $1,000,000 houses!


On our way to Banff.


Fairmont Hotel in Banff. Soaking in the hot springs pool is lovely.



Kananaskis country.


The only photo we got of the grizzlies before the wildlife officer scared them away. Wouldn't want to run into these guys while hiking... :)

If you want to see more photos of beautiful Canada, click here.