Tag Archives: Living In Fernie

Summer Began, In Case You Didn’t Notice

It’s hard to tell when you look out the window but summer is here and school is out. My posts will be less frequent, now that my kids are home full time. I must admit, I do miss my computer and my creative time that I was blessed with every Monday-Friday during the school year. Six blissful hours to do whatever I wanted, which was almost always drawing, writing and working on new projects. But, it’s not just a transition time for the kids, it is a transition time for me too. To get my mind out of the office and with the kids, it’s not always so easy.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. We have a few fun things planned but nothing too crazy. Being in Fernie in the summer isn’t so bad. Zip line park, tadpole catching, clay diving, tennis, park playing, mountain biking, hiking, Wednesday socials, markets and beach time. Everything is going to be alright.

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Fernie Mom : My Fernie Lifestyle Illustration Poster

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?

To Fernie, With Love by Brina Schenk - raising a family in Fernie BC Canada

Birthday Weekend At Loon Lake

There’s nothing like celebrating a birthday with amazing friends, camping at a local lake. The “local” part is important because we ended up camping with about fifteen extra Fernie families, on top of our group of 5 families, and the kids came home with their cups full and passed out for 13 hours. Everyone left the campground happy, even my husband who had to go to the hospital for 5 stitches on his finger.

Camping is one of the only ways I can completely relax and let go. My phone was off for four days and that felt amazing. The kids were busy and happy with new and old friends. The lake was glassy smooth and clear and the campfire roared for hours each night. Life is truly good.

Free To Roam

Occasionally, the subject of free range kids comes up with friends. Should we allow our children to go alone beyond our “safe zone” aka: yard, when this doesn’t seem to be a popular trend? Our area of play was much larger when we were kids. I remember exploring the large back field behind my house when I was 6 years old and my mother was not watching us. I also had older brothers, so she might have expected them to watch over me.

How far would you let your 5 year old roam from your house?  Do you allow them to leave the yard? Go beyond the block? At what age do we allow them to go further? When does their world get bigger?

Living in Fernie, there doesn’t appear to be much danger…other than the distracted drivers, startled bears and fast flowing rivers.

One family I know in Fernie who allows their children a lot of freedom, very few boundaries, they’ seem to be fine. The children are a bit older than mine but I love the idea of free range kids…it’s just a bit hard to let go and know when they’re ready.

grayscale photography of girl walking on grass field

Photo by Derwin Edwards on Pexels.com

A Christmas Story

Orphan Christmas in Fernie BC - a small house, 7 families, loads of kids.

For days leading up to Christmas I was a bit worried about having 29 people at our small house for Christmas day dinner. 7 families, 14 kids, 15 adults, many beyblades ripping. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough food. I was worried the kids would be so crazy and wild, we wouldn’t be able to think straight. I was worried I didn’t have enough for people to do. All for nought! The party was great, the kids were civilized, the food was amazing and somehow, almost like a miracle, there was way too much to eat. My dessert plate was just as full as my dinner plate. I love when things just work out, with the help of 29 other people, that is. I’ll try and worry a little less because every holiday ends with a magnificent feast and fabulous company.

None of us have our families around but it’s much less noticeable when you have such a great Fernie family. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Fernie Mom : I Want To Throw Out Everything In My House

It’s that time of year again! I think it happens about 3 times every year, for me. When you want to clean and rid of all the useless things in your house. Things that collect dust and aren’t being used/played with or those objects in your house that just always get in the way and you don’t know why you even have it (baby gate leaning up against the wall for about 3 years now, I’m looking at you). I want it all gone.

I might do it!

A friend of mine, an older woman with no kids in the house, has an empty house and I love visiting her. They has art on the walls, furniture, just a couple things on tables but hardly anything at all and I’m so jealous.

But what if I need that 4′ x 3′ crinkled up map of earth in the future! What if Roman asks me where Australia is again! That’s what I always think and that’s why we still have it and the baby gate and the other things in our house.

I might just do it!

scrap metal trash litter scrapyard

Communal Living Revisited

We’re living with a family of four for a week and I’m already thinking about communal living again. I believe I mentioned it after our multi-family trip to Costa Rica, about how great the idea is, in theory. Or, perhaps, I didn’t mention it but just thought about it. Either way, I love the idea of sharing a space with another family. It feels easier, although I know there would be kinks to iron out. Such as, will people be bitter about their roles in the household? How would chores be divided? How much of the space is shared and what space is your own? What if a family wanted to move? Who replaces them? Would friendships be ruined? Would couples be afraid to fight? Would we judge each other for our imperfections?

I’ve been thinking about it.

It seems to complicated when I start thinking about it.

So I keep thinking about it.

backlit dawn foggy friendship