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Confessions Of A Lazy Person : Not Biking In Whitefish


Nine of us traveled to Whitefish for a biking bachelorette weekend this past weekend and I was the only one who didn’t bike. It wasn’t a hard decision for me as I still have no feeling in most of my foot and if I do too much my leg gets super achy and I’m just a little tired of achy. So I stayed back and did some swimming and hot tubbing and a bit of walking, which was really good because I’m supposed to be walking on an incline, good for the stiffness, and I haven’t been.

I’m okay with being the oddball in a group. I’m getting good at being that person. I like that everyone has accepted this part of me. I had no grief for it, although I had a great excuse, but I feel as though if I had not broken my leg this wonderful group of bike crazy women would have been very cool with me not participating (to my face). I love that.

We Went To A Magical Place Called Kalispell, Montana

eureka - cafe jax - great family restaurant

I’m not even joking. Kalispell, Montana is a magical place where a man you talk to for 3 minutes ends up secretly paying for your whole family’s meal (at Cafe Jax in Eureka, actually); where our children are given a teddy bear for finishing their meals; where hotels offer complimentary dinner and breakfasts. Rod and I felt like something strange was happening but we went with it.

Thank you, to the man who was so generous to take on our whole lunch bill.
Thank you, to the United States of America for being so kind.
Thank you, Rod, for taking the family out of These Are The Rainy Days Of Our Lives Fernie.

eureka montana - cafe jax eureka montana shipping outlet kalispell - the family fun zone kalispell montana - holiday inn kalispell montana - hotel with toddlers free teddy bears road trip to kalispell

Her 2nd Time Skiing At The Hill

three year old learning to ski at fernie alpine resort
My little three year old is learning to ski. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m so excited for her (I don’t ski. Not yet.) and I think it’s a fantastic activity she can do with her father. Today I went up with them because I wanted to see her ski and she really wanted to show me how good she was. She was so confident, she wanted to go down the hill without her father, without knowing anything about turning or stopping, but those skills are important and in no time she will be our little independent skier – just not today.

Rod was looking into a bunch of different techniques for teaching kids to ski and he came up with this method: The Camelbak and Dog Leash Method. Now, it worked alright but he was saying she was leaning back too much when it’s important to learn to lean forward. He might try something new next time.

three year old learning to ski at fernie alpine resort three year old learning to ski at fernie alpine resort three year old learning to ski at fernie alpine resort

A Break From Fernie – Everyone Needs It Once In A While

Rod, Phoenix and I took off to Ontario for a little over a week to introduce our little one to our families and we had a fabulous time. We also enjoyed getting out of the GTA to spend quality time with the Brink family at a cottage. I was reminded once again how beautiful Ontario is with it’s beautiful lakes and landscapes. We were also reminded of 401 traffic and hot and humid summer days – no thanks.

Here are a few favorite photos from our travels.

Don't miss driving on Highway 401Taking phoenix to the park - Rod had a good time on the swingSchenk Family Children - Adia, Brody, Max, PhoenixDriving up to cottage country - Haliburton areaBear Aware OntarioRod and his Brother StevePhoenix's turn on the swingBrink Cousins at the cottagePhoenix experiencing the cold lake water temperatureToronto for a birthday party - Ellie, Bowie, MikeTrip Home - This says it all.
Our flight home was extended about 5 hours due to weather conditions in Calgary (we found ourselves in Kelowna with very little baby food and a few hours of uncertainty of how we’d get home) but we made it home in one piece and with very little fussiness so I can’t really complain. Phoenix was a star on every flight we took. She was smiling at everyone and everyone smiled right back. HUGE success!

One little note though – our success in flying with Phoenix was playing the distraction game. I’m not sure what we would have done without Cheerios.

Views Of Fernie :: Top Of Hyper-extension

Rod took this photo of Ronan and Henry during his bike ride last night. It was a special occasion, Ronan’s first time on Hyper-extension with his new bike. Look how happy he is (on the left)! This is Henry’s millionth time but he’s just as happy as Ronan…if not more.
Fernie Mountain Bike - Hyper Extension - Ronan and Henry

Fernival In Fernie, According To Brina

April Wine, PDA, hangers, rock’n out, fatty steaks from Back Country Meats that burst our whole bbq into flames, races across the backyard and then early to bed = Fernival Weekend.

There’s still the Slope Soaker to come. I’m not sure we can handle all this goodness in one weekend.

Fernival Weekend - Andre and Toby at April WineToby, Andre and Marni made it out for the free outdoor show too.

April Wine at Fernie Alpine Resort. The sun came out just as they started to play.

Fernival Weekend - Phoenix loving April Wine“Put it up to eleven!” says Phoenix.

Fernival Weekend - Emma and Al PDA“Get a room!” shouts the neighbours.

Fernival Weekend - Poor Leroy - Stuck like this for a long time.Poor thing. He was like this for a couple minutes, just starring at me as if he was saying “help. me.” So I take a picture.

Fernival - Could have been a lady.I think we know what Phoenix is going to be when she’s older… Stay tuned.

The Move And Settling In

We did it. We moved successfully and we are loving our new home. If it wasn’t for our friends I probably would have had a minor heart attack, but I was saved! It took a few days for everyone to settle in but we’re back on schedule.

Here are a few photos from the past week.
Moving to Annex neighbourhood in Fernie - boxesMoving to Annex neighbourhood in FernieAdjusting to new home - finally fits in dwight's t-shirtAdjusting to new home - leroy dog getting comfortableAdjusting to new home - new ideasAdjusting to new home - first day playing outsideAdjusting to new home - don't get me startedAdjusting to new home - bath bubble beardAdjusting to new home - ladybug composer