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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.

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A New Addiction

Hey there! It’s me. Remember me? It’s been a while. I blame my new iPhone. It’s been entertaining me day and night. I mean look at this photo!!

Phoenix on a bike ride - Instagram
She’s so friggin cute! And look at this one…

Old Fernie Beer Bottle
This phone can make anything look cool.

So that’s my update. I’m just playing Draw Something, taking photos, sliding and looking up at the stars via SkyView.

The Dancing Phoenix

I couldn’t help myself! I just had to make this video of Phoenix when she was super young and she couldn’t control her limbs. Every time she did those moves I thought she was dancing. Ahhh this video still makes me laugh.

A true Brina project – I started this when she was 2 or 3 months old and I just finished it now. As you can tell it’s fully just thrown together with no proper editing skills but I’m sure Dwight will forgive me.

I chose the song Beat and the Pulse by Austra because she loves it. It puts her to sleep in seconds. It’s a magical little ditty.

We Got Cut Off…

So I fixed it.

Brina and Phoenix - Picture cut off - filled in with drawing

If you have any photos that accidentally cut off the important bits and you would like a realistic rendering of the missing pieces, send it over and I’ll work my magic. I think this example will win you over.

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.

“Blink twice if he’s still behind me.”

Phoenix - Is he still there?
We’ve been feeling a bit of this since moving into a City of Fernie neighbourhood with actual neighbours and not just being worried about bears watching me change into my flannel pjs.

But to the smallest degree. I mostly enjoy having people around – seeing them walk in front of our house, living their lives, having friends stop by to say “hi”. I feel more part of the community rather than a queen starring at all my little minions.

Leroy is even enjoying our new place with over 10 acres less to roam around (this may all be in my head). I believe this because we interact with him more – take him for walks or bike rides throughout the day, rather than just opening the door and letting him roam as he pleased. He did have a very important job in the old house: protecting us from bears, moose, deer, squirrels, crickets etc. But now he has a even bigger job – to bug us until we take him for a walk.

Anyways. Just letting you know we’re enjoying our new place, being around people and being able to walk everywhere without the thought of climbing a large steep hill on the way home. Life is good.

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