I think I have a sweet place in my heart for this place. The first time I really spent time here was with Ken, and it must have been in our first year together. We fed the ground squirrels at Lightning Lake, we checked out the Hope Slide, we drove to Three Brother Mountain and did part of the hike, checked out Manning Park lodge and fed the Whiskey Jacks by hand.. it was a magic day.
Jump forward a few years (??!!) and we went when I was pregnant with Brandon and spent Father's Day there with my folks. I think I even posted about it back in 2006. In 2008, we spent an awesome weekend exploring Hope and the area around there for a May long weekend and drove out to Manning Park on a whim. There was still snow on the ground, so we more drove in for a while and then turned around to come back since it was obviously still way too early in the season.
It really is hard to believe it has been 6 years since we have been to Manning Park. To say we have been busy raising two kids, moving, working, and then some is an understatement. The time has flown. It is nice to get back out in the woods again, and to be seeing some new things, and to be exploring a bit more of BC again, and not just Washington (no matter how much I enjoy heading south it is nice to spend more time in our province).
Feeding the ground squirrels - cheeky buggers will eat out of your hand, and will also help yourself if you leave the carrot container open..
My handsome boy.
My other handsome boy.
A little older perhaps, same breathtaking view. It really helps even just blogging a few thoughts down. To try to remember these kinds of amazing moments so they don't get lost in the shuffle. Our weeks go by so fast, and at times have to be so structured, it is so great to get out and do something like this, even if it means all my laundry is not done and our meals completely planned for the week. I probably should not have spent the last few hours blogging, and thinking about books, and not doing those tasks, but it has been really nice to take some time and do just that.
Balance. Again, it comes to trying to find this elusive thing. That and being better at setting limits and realizing that not everything needs to be done at once. I can spread out tasks and things to do.
Today was great.
Tonight B did karate belt testing. I was so proud of him. I leaked out a few of those things called tears again. Watching how hard he is trying, and seeing him getting his legs up, and giving the best he can with his rosy cheeks and sweaty hair. I love my kids so much. C fell down earlier and took a knick out of his head in the shower. Scared the bejesus out of me. Sometimes it seems relentless, I can talk about trying to find balance and I just seem to go from moment to moment. I wouldn't trade it, life is interesting, life is going at a crazy pace, and there are so many amazing experiences that we are getting to have as a result. I do feel pretty blessed.
June has been a very, very intense and mostly wonderful crazy month.
Pitt Meadows Day, MIL 90th birthday and family reunion, friend getting ready to move away to Alberta, the end of the school year, changing daycares, changing schools, karate provincials, wrapping up baseball, karate belt testing, going to Winnipeg for three days, then you add in a few late nights at work, and book club, and a friend's wedding celebration, and my BFF coming to town for a short period of time and you get a really busy month. There is apparently another 8 days left before the month is done! I almost forgot to add in C's birthday as well. The list has been growing all month. I am also trolling a bit for a book to catch me… I have been reading so many good ones lately and now I just finished my last library book. I need more. None of the books I have that I have not read are really calling out to me right now. I am going to check and see before I head up, but nothing is yelling out READ ME next. I guess a lull was coming after the 5 weeks of great reading..