Did you see the fireworks in Fernie? We didn’t! I was reading a book in my nice warm, dry, cozy bed. But now that I see Todd Weselake’s photos of the big event I wish….No. No. I don’t. I was happy in my bed. But these are some very cool pics of Fernie and I hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day weekend. Find more on his facebook page.
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From Kyle Hamilton’s Facebook page:
“Looking to get as many #Fernie people into the studio as possible next week on Wednesday and Thursday (October 19th and 20th) to capture more faces for my Faces of Fernie project. I’ll be in the studio from 9am till 6pm, doing nothing but shooting faces. Bring your friends, bring your family!!! And please share this post!”
You can already read a bit more about the project here, on his website.
Get in there Fernie!
“The Elk River Alliance is doing a photo contest with submissions from community members and tourists enjoying the Elk River. We are planning on doing a slide show and a selection of the winner at the Elk River Festival, “Our River Rocks!” on September 26th. The purpose of the contest is to share appreciation of the Elk River and raise awareness of what organizations and companies are doing to keep the Elk river beautiful and healthy.
Make sure to use the hashtag #myelkriver”
As soon as we hit the road on Monday morning we were reminded of what it’s like to be in rush hour traffic jams in the city. Morning traffic in Fernie is waiting an extra 30 seconds at the stop sign before you can make a turn…not 15 minutes, Vancouver! It was our fault. We decided to go straight from Surrey to Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park in the day time. We discovered the best time to drive anywhere in Vancouver is before 7 am and after 8 pm. Anyways, Vancouver Aquarium was on our list because as soon as Phoenix found out we were going to the ocean she asked “Are we going see a penguin?” …. “Yes, you can.” I said, after I checked the aquarium’s website. I’m not a believer in holding animals in small, unfamiliar spaces but I do love seeing the faces on my kids when they get to see, up close, a sea turtle bigger than their sandbox, a sting ray glide through the water so elegantly and they even had monkeys eating bugs off each other. It’s hard not to want to show those things to your kids.
Rod was not feeling so good (I think it’s because he hates cities) so we checked into our new home for 3 nights, which we booked through Airbnb. It’s a strange thing moving into a basement suite of a house in Vancouver. It might not sound strange but it felt strange. The whole experience ended up being really great. The owners of the house had two little kids with lots of toys in the backyard that our kids were free to enjoy as well. Sweet! The place was clean and we had everything we would need at a much cheaper cost. I would totally do it again but next time I would try to get a little closer to the downtown core. We were far too south to be able to just walk out the door and explore. That didn’t stop us from exploring, though.
The kids and I got in the car, while Rod slept, and I showed them a great spot I used to go to. Spanish Banks. It’s a quieter beach and it was a week day morning, so we had the whole beach to ourselves. The kids ran around and we ate our snacks and played in the sand. It’s all they wanted to do. After Roman went down for a nap, Phoenix and I strolled W 4th Ave in Kitsilano for the perfect birthday gift for Roman. Later that day, Rod put a smile on his face, even though he was still not feeling great, and drove us all to North Burnaby…in afternoon rush hour traffic. It was hard keeping that smile on his face but we were going to see friends so as soon as we landed, a happier Rod returned. The kids weren’t too happy about getting back in the car either and many are we there yets were blurted out. A big part of putting Vancouver on our itinerary was so I could see my friends who I haven’t seen in so long. This meant a lot to me, seeing my old business partner and dear friend Albertine De Leon and her beautiful family…so thanks, Rod, Phoenix and Roman!
By Wednesday Rod was feeling a bit better, enough to get out of the basement suite and celebrate Roman turning 2. For Roman’s birthday we went to Granville Island. Our first stop was the Toy Market, of course. I don’t think Phoenix or Roman have ever seen so many toys in one place. They were in heaven. We bought a few things for the kids and then went upstairs to play in the Arcade. The best part about this arcade is that even our little guys, age 3 and almost 2, were able to play a few games. That’s pretty rare.
We tied a birthday balloon to their wrists and dragged them out so we could explore more than just the toy stores. Phoenix found a tree to climb by the market, she can always spot a good climbing tree, and after a quick bite we decided the kids should experience the Aquabus. Rod, Phoenix and Roman got a tour of False Creek and came back as happy as my dad on a golf course, while I ran around the market trying to find snacks for Roman’s beach birthday party that afternoon. It was a smart idea. Our time at Granville Island had to come to an end because naps needed to be taken. This glorious nap time gave me a few minutes on my own in the Dunbar-Southlands area for a nice cup of coffee and some window shopping and I also picked up a beautiful birthday cake for Roman. You can’t have a birthday without cake.
We picked Kits Beach as an easy to access place for his birthday celebration and we had such a great time. There were ominous clouds behind us the whole time but they never came near us the entire evening. With dirt in their mouth, shirts and diapers, we said our goodbyes to our friends who we miss so much and went home for one more night in Vancouver. Victoria was calling us.
1. Water For Moms. In the beginning, when Phoenix was first born, I experienced a thirst like I’ve never known before. It was unquenchable. There were glasses of water everywhere, in every room, and it wasn’t to combat aliens. This thirst did deplete quite a bit by the time she was 3 months old but I still have a glass of water by my bed and in the living room at all times. Sometimes I get a little crazy and put a lemon in it. I know. Slow down there, Brina.
2. Lotion For Hands. I don’t think I’ve ever washed my hands as much as I do now that I have a little baby. I wash my hands so much they were dry, cracking and I even had a little rash at one point. I’ve now put lotion in the bathroom, kitchen, office, living room, bedroom and still it will never be where I need it to be.
3. Camera For Photo Albums. I know this is not a brilliant moment to be saying “try and have a camera handy”… but I always have one around and I am glad I do because I’ve started her albums and it’s already so much fun going through and seeing how much she’s changed in 5 months. This is something my mom did for me and I’m so thankful she did. I have about ten albums from my childhood that I frequently flipped through at various times in my life.
We have a printer at home to print off our photos but in Fernie I only know of a photo kiosk thing at Extra Foods for quick printing.
4. Pillows For Posture. In our living room I have pillows of all shapes and sizes for nursing. It’s helped my back, shoulders, legs and general comfortableness as I hold Phoenix for as little as ten minutes and, in the beginning, up to an hour and a half. I just mention this, mostly, because I noticed that different shapes and styles of pillows have different roles and I really enjoy each and every one of them. Another important feature is to have a pillow cover that you can take off and clean when he/she poops, pees and/or throws up on it. Around Fernie I believe Grow (on 2nd Ave) would have the Boppy type pillows but for the other fun support pillows, I’m not sure where you would go. Maybe Extra Foods, Canadian Tire, Livery Home, IGS, Sears? I just used the throw pillows I’ve collected over the years.
Happy mom brilliance to you! Feel free to let me know of your own needs around the house. There are so many – like lots and lots of food in the pantry, freezer and fridge is a must, a calendar to quickly write down all her new amazing developments and piles and piles of blankets for when she spits up.