At the moment I’m so glad I have kids who love riding their bikes. Their pace is exactly mine, when it comes to mountain biking. They want to stop and eat snacks every 10 minutes. They take their time climbing uphill. My husband chooses the easier trails. The adults want the kids to enjoy biking so they do silly things to make them want more. I want more! It’s a million times more enjoyable than just powering up a mountain to get maximum fitness.
I don’t feel like an unfit slob when I ride with the kids and I love it!
I decided to create a little poster graphic of the Fernie that I know and love. I call it To Fernie, With Love. It’s about raising my kids in a town that is full of adventure, exploration and nature. What do you love about Fernie?
Posted in Fernie BC, Fernie Mom, The Arts
Tagged Adventure, Brina Schenk, Explore BC, Family, Fernie BC, illustrator, Kids, Living In Fernie, Raising a family in Fernie
I got home from school drop off and came to my computer, like I do every morning after drop off, and opened Spotify. Looking for something different to listen to, I clicked on the Release Radar mix. The first song I heard was this and I felt it was just the perfect song for this morning.
I’ve been reading a book called Road Ends by Mary Lawson. It’s about a family who lives in northern Ontario, set in the late 1960s, and the struggles they deal with from their past and present. The mother locks herself in her room with her newborn and slowly fades away, completely obliviously to the rest of the family, the father lives a life of regret and fails to step up to his role as father, and the kids, well, the kids are surviving the best they know how. About 15 pages from the end I put the book down and I cleaned up all the toys on the floor I’ve been ignoring, put away all the drawings my kids have 1/2 finished that just sit around the house, I put away clothes on the floor that I pretend aren’t there and threw out a banana peel from under the coffee table that looked like I caught it just in time. Life can get away from you. I get it but I don’t want that. I want to step up. My kids deserve to be kids and I should be there to support them and show them how to love even when things aren’t going our way. Gosh, books, I love them. I love music, too. Now it’s time to draw!
Posted in Children and Babies, Fernie BC, Fernie Mom, Music Break, The Arts, What I've Been Reading
Tagged Family, Interpol, Mary Lawson, reading, Road Ends, Spotify
Being away from Fernie really made me appreciate the little mountain town, especially now that the skies have cleared and the temperatures have gone down. Planning a trip in August was a good idea since August seems to be a time of campfire bans, smokey skies and suffocating heat.
Driving back felt good and now it’s September 1st, a new school year. I feel refreshed. Let’s do this!!
We ended our weekend trip to Invermere, BC at Radium Hot Springs and it was a good idea. Everyone was already tired from the busy weekend and a little cranky but that ended the second we were all in the hot pool surrounded by rocky cliffs. It was beautiful. Although, I have to say, it was a sleepy drive home to Fernie.