Invasion of the… flowers!?

Clearing the Rhododendrons When we were in Scotland, Darren and I were pleasantly surprised by how lovely the countryside was. It was pristine, beautiful and litter free. So, as we approached Torridon (near the coast in the north) we were surprised to see plumes of inky, black smoke rising up in the distance. What could that be about, […] Continue reading →

Parenting Through Jet Lag

Tower Bridge Jet lag is a very real condition and, sadly, there is no magic cure. For many people (myself included) jet lag is also more than ‘just feeling a bit tired’ – the biggest symptom I get is actually tummy troubles whereas my husband and kids tend to get tired, headachy feelings. Darren, especially, gets quite […] Continue reading →

Touring Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cruise Ship In Halifax Harbour The port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has been a vacation destination for our family for a number of year’s now. Our favourite time to visit is late September to early October when (most years) the weather is still warm and the autumn leaves are putting on their display of golds and reds. Halifax […] Continue reading →

How To “Build” a Tree

Paint Q-tip flowers Many years ago when I was in elementary school, our art teacher taught us how to “build” a tree with paint. To this day, I still enjoy mixing a couple of tree bark colors and using them to build trees. I loved that lesson! And thought I’d share it here with you. It’s appropriate for […] Continue reading →

Parenting Thoughts: Moraine Lake

moraine lake canoe Darren and I sat on the covered porch at Moraine Lake Lodge, sipping tea while we watched hikers scramble for cover from a sudden downpour. It had been a lovely day in the wilderness, but I was suddenly struck by how many people there were out here with us! Moraine Lake is a gorgeous glacier […] Continue reading →

Parenting Thoughts: Introverts and Extroverts

Guitar I’m an introvert. My daughter, Tasha, is an extrovert. Darren and Kaitlyn are more “in the middle” – a little on the introverted side, but less so than me. I’m going to start off by clearing up one giant misconception: introverts aren’t all shy and extroverts aren’t all friendly. I’m an introvert AND I love […] Continue reading →

Hot Air Ballooning in Arizona

A view from the top of the balloon as it is inflating. Another Family Travel Adventure with Kids. Darren, Kaitlyn and I went hot air ballooning and we had a WONDERFUL time. All of us would definitely go again. And we all agreed that we wouldn’t recommend it for young children (I’ll get to that in a bit). The Hot Air Ballooning Experience We went first thing […] Continue reading →