My friend Shana from Life as Wife and Mom blog and her two sweet boys met up with us to do our Christmas Card photos. She is so talented! She really captured our silly family moments and made us look good. My favourite thing about these photos are how easy and fun they were to take. Rather than feeling posed and awkward in front of the camera, Shana captured moments of us just being a family.
Jane and I had the honour of being invited behind the scenes for a blogger tour at the aquarium last month. Ever since Jane was born we have been taking her to the aquarium. There's something about the contrasting tanks and colourful fish that she has always loved even before she could crawl.
Travel has taken its toll on our relationship as well as on our daughter. I feel for those of you who have to hold down the fort while your spouse is away, often times for weeks on end. It's a tough job and I'm so thankful that this past work trip Chris took was the last one.
This year I was able to share our favourite Christmas tradition with four lucky winners by gifting them seasons passes to the Vancouver Christmas market. Chris and I have gone to the market every year since we met and we look forward to it every Christmas.
Every year since Chris and I met we have been going to a pumpkin patch together. When we got pregnant we found a local patch that fit us perfectly. They're a short drive away, have super cute farm animals and an awesome hayride to the pumpkin patch.
August is perfect for heading to outdoor pools. These cooler temperatures mean less crowded pools, more shade and many more pool visits for us! If you don't mind taking the kids out in the evening it's a beautiful time to hit an outdoor pool.
Yay I started a cute little category for all of Jane's posts. I called it See Jane Run. So any post that's about her growing or doing something will have that tag so you can scroll through and check them out. Here are some photos of Jane's first trip to the waterslides. It was SO MUCH FUN! She was laughing and smiling the whole time and kept saying "More Please!" I can't wait to take her again.
Jane can be seen here sitting on my grandparent's floor eating yet another carrot she picked from their garden. And, of course, a few shots of the work we did there. Chris, my Dad and my Grandpa all working on the deck. One of my favourite shots of my grandpa looking silly at the cam
Every year for the past few years my family and I head up Vancouver Island to my Grandparents for a week. My aunts and uncles come, my mum and dad, my sister and her husband. We all get together to visit and help work on my Grandparent's house.
Chris and I aren't much for hitting the super touristy spots. We prefer to avoid the big crowds and seek out the local hot spots. We often enjoy wandering around the city with our eyes open for little gems. We definitely found a few of those while in Seattle.
Our first Valentines day together we stayed at the Hyatt Recency in Vancouver. Chris had diamond status at the hotel so we had our own floor, access to our own breakfast lounge, an out door pool and a gym. I've never felt so spoiled in my life.
Dear Vancouver locals and visitors, there are only a few days left to see the beautiful BLOOM Abbotsford Tulip Festival. I suggest you get your tickets online before you go because they sell out quickly and that way you're guaranteed entry. The rows and rows of tulips are so beautiful. It's quite the site and definitely worth the trek out to the valley. Bring your boots! It's quite muddy.
Chris and I have been wanting to go on a little getaway ever since his worked picked up. He's been travelling a lot so as soon as we realized we both were free for a few days we headed off to Seattle. It also happens to be Jane's first trip out of Canada!
This year I was totally spoiled with a trip to San Francisco for my birthday. Chris and I hit the cable car museum, Union Square, spent a day in Napa Valley touring the vineyards, walked the Golden Gate Bridge, checked out Pier 39, visited the crooked street and so much more.
Here are some snapshots of our trip and a few MUST SEE places.
They've got a great selection of both men's watches as well as women's watches. The watch I'm wearing in the photos is zebra wood and champagne. I've got my eye on another one I'd like for next summer? It's zebra wood and pink. So cuuuute!