Life in June

June is coming to a hectic end and we are heading full force into July without a break in sight. But the sun is shining and Peter’s work schedule will (eventually) slow down so June is also getting really good. We spent a good portion of this past weekend at the beach, including a Saturday dinner picnic. Pearl loved playing in the sand and the creek and trying to find tiny crabs. Here are a few pictures from our life lately:

Our hikes (or “forest walks”, as Pearl calls them) often look like this when we have Bella around. Bella runs ahead and off the trail, Pearl runs after her, yelling, “Bewwa! Come!” Bella does not often listen.

The tricycle we found at a thrift store in Washington is a big hit. Pearl is now tall enough so that her feet can reach the pedals. Bike riding is limited to the carport/driveway currently but we have big plans to one day bike to the park.

“Pearl help!” is something I hear a lot. And while it would definitely be faster for me to empty the dishwasher myself (and the cutlery would get into the correct spots), I remind myself that we are (hopefully) instilling good habits. Plus, she’s such a cheerful and eager helper!

We are currently spending a lot of time in our backyard and in this little pool.

No one can say Pearl doesn’t know how to relax.

I decided to let go of keeping the play dough colours separate. It still makes me cringe when she mashes them all into one giant ball, but it also means I can let her play by herself and get something else done and that’s worth it to me in the long run.

We are currently making our lists of goals and dreams and projects for the summer. No big plans but lots of fun and friends and sunshine ahead, I hope.

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Smuggler Cove Hike

Smuggler Cove is a short hike through a provincial park, about ten minutes away from us. Peter and I hiked through the park about two years ago and went back again on Saturday to enjoy a gorgeous day of sunshine.

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The path starts out rough but groomed with boardwalks taking you across the marshy sections.

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Why is the area so marshy? You can see trees, now dead, that grew before the water was there. There hasn’t been a flood recently…

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The culprit:

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We saw further evidence of beavers at work.

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We lingered outside their home but our industrious national animal was not spotted.

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After the marsh ends, the path became rockier as it took us closer to the ocean’s edge.

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The Arbutus trees lean toward the sea as they shed their skin.

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Spring is arriving in a thousand tiny ways.

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