Category Archives: Fernie Mom

Phones Cannot Swim

Phoenix on a bike ride - Instagram

I’ve had my iPhone 4S since my daughter was 6 months old. She’s almost 7! I’ve mentioned this cellphone a few times along the way but today, perhaps, it might have dinged it’s last ding. It might have taken its last photo of my children. It might have overheated in my truck dashboard for the last time. The poor thing. I’ve taken this phone for a long ride and it’s now a dark black screen of nothing. Phones cannot swim. They die. Lesson relearned.

It’s in rice right now but I’m already researching what phone I’m going to get next and it’s going to be AMAZING compared to the old grandpa phone I was using. Look at me, I’ve moved on so quickly.

So obviously I want a new iPhone can but can you recommend something better?


Am I Going Crazy?

brina schenk - sketch book

Do you ever think you’re just days away from being strapped in a…gosh, I can’t even think of the word…that white suit that straps you down so you don’t hurt yourself. Straitjacket! That’s the word. See?

There is this story that I hear every few months and every time I hear it I’m blown away, like I’ve never heard that story before. I’ve heard it three times now!! Every time my reaction is the same. “NO WAY! Does Rob and Marie know??”

And just moments later, sometimes more, I remember the exact time I heard that story before. Some people must think I’m just crazy.

Being in my 40s is serious business. My memory is becoming quite selective and slow.

The Power of Slugs


Children get emotional. All them of them do and there’s always a reason but most of the time it’s hard for them to explain why. What started off as a terribly emotional morning changed instantly the second we met a slug on our walk to school this morning.

I’ve come to cherish our morning walks to school because it often gives us time to fix whatever happened previously, to “reboot” as I like to call it, because mornings can be difficult at our house. At the end of the day it’s a nice walk home to reminisce, give piggy back rides and take turns kicking a stone or a pinecone along the way. If I’m going to hear a story, it will most likely happen on our walk home or at the dinner table, the times when you’re forced to be together and not get distracted by other things.

So this morning we met a slug and it turned all three of us into a skipping, joking, happy family. Sometimes a good distraction is all we need, or perhaps it’s the power of nature at its slimiest. We can’t always come across a slug when we’re in a foul mood but maybe just a walk through Annex park is just what the Dr. would prescribe. I’ll give it a try this summer when we spend every minute of every day together, which can be distressing for everyone.

The Play Room News

My friend Emma runs The Play Room in Fernie, BC, a cool, safe little place to bring your kids and friends. Now they’re offering kids clothing consignment AND a nice and easy 3 punch pass for $10…but lets get back to the consignment clothes.

“Have some kids clothing in EUC? Save yourself the hassle of posting online and having people come to your home and bring them on in to The Play Room next time you come to play and make a little extra cash.”

Camping With Friends At Big Pine

Big Pine Campgrounds - Lake Koocanusa - rhino ride

A couple weeks ago we stayed with some friends at their trailer on Lake Koocanusa. It was certainly more on the glamping side, which isn’t our usual, but I can’t say I hated all the extras. I immediately saw the benefits of having a place that’s all set up (to the max) with only clothes and food to worry about. The kids were so happy with their dirty faces, dusty clothes and wind blown hair – it was such a treat to see them out there doing something different. We went mid week, which was brilliant as the beach was empty and the lake was quiet. Our hosts were of the most and we relaxed more than we would have if we had gone camping, that’s for sure, plus, we all boarded their jet boat and the kids just wanted to go faster and faster.

We’re just loving summer time and feeling so blessed that such a place is just a mere 45 minute drive away. Thanks, friends, for inviting us to your palace on the lake!

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Explore BC : Part 1 : From Fernie To Surrey

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Our family decided to forgo any vacations involving planes as a form of transportation this year and, instead, go on a tour of British Columbia by car. Not all of BC, of course, but a few key spots where we have friends and other fun attractions for the kids to enjoy. The idea of traveling with two young children seemed like a bad idea but with low expectations, we hit the road.

We left Fernie at around noon on May 30th and tried to do a few hours without stopping right off the bat. It wasn’t hard to do since the weather got cool and wet at about Cranbrook and it hit us really hard. With clouds above us and a fairly open road ahead of us, we just kept on going. Because we are traveling with a 1 (almost 2) and a 3 year old, I thought I’d tell you what we did to keep the smiles on their faces, which was the most exhausting part of the whole trip.

In our “fun car bag” we brought toys from home, a couple cheap toy fans from Extra Foods cheap bin, some new toys, stickers and books. There was talk of a portable DVD player but that didn’t happen, although, I think it would have helped.

Our first stop was Christina Lake. By the time we got close to Christina Lake, ears were popping and we didn’t know how to teach a three year old how to fix her ears. How do you teach that?! It was time for a run around! Christina Lake has a huge, beautiful beach. We tried eating picnic style on the beach but the kids were way too busy with the water and sand, to eat anything. But the second we got back in the car, guess who was really hungry…FUN! PJs on and ready for a few more hours with sleeping children we got on the highway again and 10 minutes later we drove straight into a severe hail storm. Slow u-turn and a nerve wracking crawl back to Christina Lake, we checked into a motel but not without getting completely drenched. So much for getting ahead. It ended up being just fine. We got up the next day and carried on to Osoyoos.

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Before we got to Osoyoos, we needed a strong cup of coffee. Let me tell you how little there is going across British Columbia. Very little. Imagine my surprise when we drove through Greenwood, a town that might still be living in 1955, and spotted a little place called Copper Eagle Cafe. I wanted to hug it.

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Osoyoos. What a great place to take the kids. I was tempted to stay in Osoyoos for two weeks but the rest of our trip to the coast sounded too good to give up on. Our kids are happy enough on a beach throwing rocks into the water, and we did do that, but we also found Rattlesnake Canyon, an amusement park that our kids were too small to really enjoy. We ended up doing the bumper boats and Roman cried almost the entire time. They loved just running around the park, which you can do for free, but we’ll try again in 5 years.

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Back on the road with some not too excited children so the toy fans came out. They were great for a little while and then, of course, they turn into weapons. Children. Not fast enough, we got to Surrey and went directly to a park just off highway 1 so we could all stretch our legs and go for a walk. The park is called Tynehead Regional Park and if you had a dog, this would be a prime place to take your pet if you’re driving to Vancouver because they not only encourage dogs in the park but also have a large off-leash area. Plus, the whole park is beautiful, which I wasn’t expecting in Surrey. The kids loved walking across the highway on the pedestrian bridge and walking through the many trails in the forests and meadows. We stayed at a friend’s place that night in Surrey and then drove to the big city of Vancouver. That story comes next.

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Explore BC : Part 2 : Vancouver

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The Morning Winter Returned

winter returned - snow covered house and trees - fernie bc

Waking up to snow on the ground was a bit of a shock. With a forecast of temperatures ranging from -4 to 13 degrees, I doubt we’ll be enjoying the beautiful sight for long. We began our morning with a quick trip to Knox United Church only to find out Parent Tot Fun Times wasn’t running today. I should have known but I was hoping that some programs were still running during March Break. Instead of heading home I took my kids out for brunch at The Blue Toque. I love that place. Tanya came out with some fruit for my kids (without ordering it) and was just being awesome with suggestions for me and accommodating for the kids. I found a few Dr Seuss books for the kids to read while we waited, which really helped. An unexpected pleasant experience! Bonus, from my table I could look out the entryway and see some of Nick George’s wood sculptures (not an easy thing to keep my kids from touching.)

Because I would like to introduce some workshops to Phoenix in the near future (pottery or a messy art class) I took the kids on a tour of some of the studios at The Arts Station. We saw the beautiful pieces the weavers were working on and the pottery studio in the basement. I’m hoping by exposing these things to her she will feel more comfortable with them. Crossing my fingers.

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