What March Looked Like

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Does this picture sum up how Pearl feels about her baby sister?

Actually, Pearl is a great big sister and is often (not always) eager to help. She likes to get me diapers and blankets and choose clothes for Rose. She likes to bring Rose toys when Rose fusses and will gleefully tell me when she is being gentle with her little sister. Rose has some of her biggest smiles when she sees her big sister. Other times (sometimes in the same day or hour) are not so sweet and there have been whacks and scratches but I truly love watching these two interact.

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Lots of outdoor time. Lots of time in the “forest” at the end of our street. Lots of bike riding. The beginning of days on the beach. Exploring, climbing, rain or sun.

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The beginning of days in the backyard. Blanket spread in the grass for Rose (just as I did for Pearl at this age) while Pearl runs around. I bought that plant guide in an effort to answer Pearl’s endless questions about what is that and why is it there as we explore our world together.

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Wild St. Patrick’s Day.

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Painting and crafting and drawing. Always a hit as we wait out these rainy spring days.

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And a trip to Whistler at the beginning of spring break. Just a few days away but it was great to get out of town and have some fun together. We went sledding, had an afternoon at the pool and visited some family.

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Check out my post about our last visit to Whistler in 2016 to see pictures of baby Pearl in front of this same mirror! (We also went in 2013.)

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This is Pearl “reading” to Rose. She can completely recite “Big Dog, Little Dog” now and is pretty proud of herself. Rose is impressed.

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Spring Break 2016 – Whistler

To kick off Spring Break 2016, we headed up to Whistler for a night.

Way back in 2013, Peter and I had ventured that way for spring break. We had a little less snow and a whole lot more child to deal with.

Now, I could show you some sweet pictures and let you think this was a relaxing time away but…that would be a lie. Don’t get me wrong – we had fun and it was nice to go and do something different. But I wouldn’t describe it as relaxing. We had originally thought we might stay two nights but at about 2 am on Sunday night, I was pretty sure one night would be enough for us.

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Pearl’s favourite part of the trip was this window in the condo, where she could stand and look out and bark at any dogs that might pass by below.

After writing this post on Saturday,  it may be clear that we weren’t going into our trip with the best sleep under our belts. And Pearl, bless her little heart, is a home body. While she’s fine with some flexibility in her schedule, she does still need two naps a day and she loves sleeping in her own bed.

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She also loved admiring herself in a mirror the length of one whole wall.

We only had to pull over once on the drive from the ferry to Whistler and Pearl’s annoyance at still being in her car seat was placated with baby biscuits. She eventually fell asleep and we opted to not stop for lunch in Squamish (the original plan) but drove onwards and spent our afternoon in Whistler.

As sacrificing parents, Peter and I set up Pearl’s portable bed in the condo’s bedroom and took the living room’s (very uncomfortable) pull-out couch. Pearl went to bed with minimal fuss and Peter and I enjoyed take-out pasta and cable television. The rest of the night? Well, let’s just say when Peter went out to get us coffee in the morning, I asked for a large.

But looks what a happy family we are!

But look what a happy family we are!

We spent a quiet morning in the village and then worked hard and long to get Pearl to take a nap. Which ended with her asleep on the big bed and me laying down beside her, not asleep.

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Having decided one night was enough for us, we packed up and drove to Brandywine Falls, where we’d heard there was snowshoeing. Unfortunately, we were missing that key component of snowshoeing – snow. So it was more of a hike while carrying snowshoes.

But the falls are pretty.

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Family shot!

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Can you tell that Pearl is edging ever closer to being done with family bonding/hiking time?

We made it as far as the bungee bridge, me feeding an increasingly fussy baby bits of rice cake. We stopped there for a quick snack and let Pearl out of her carrier to run around in her snow suit. Which she did not like.

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But at least she looks cute.

Look out point at the bungee bridge.

Look out point at the bungee bridge.

About five minutes after we’d turned to head back, Pearl started hollering and crying for serious. Peter and I launched into a rousing rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus” (Pearl’s favourite song, stretching it out to make it all the way back to the car. Since one of Pearl’s favourite things right now is animal sounds, the song morphed into a song about a bus full of animals (and some dinosaurs) but Pearl quickly grew quiet and before long was fast asleep.

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It really was a pretty hike.

We all slept (pretty) well that night, happily in our own beds.

Snow and Sunshine – Spring Break 2013

When you think Spring Break, you generally think “beach”, right? Me too. However, that’s not what my spring break vacation looked like this year.

Pictured below: Spring Break 2013

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Peter and I snuck away for a few days in Whistler. You might know it as the ski resort town that hosted the 2010 Olympics.

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You may not know that it’s also one of the closest towns to where we live, by land. People often think of the Sunshine Coast as an island because you have to take a ferry from Vancouver to get here.

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See? Theoretically, you could walk from our house to Whistler. But there are mountains and wolves in the way. So we took the ferry and had a little road trip (see our road trip playlist at the end of this post), stopping for explorations along the way. The sun was bright as we pulled into Squamish and stopped for a picnic lunch, the Chief looming over us.

Overlooking the Squamish Valley.

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Neither of us had been to Whistler in a few years – well before it became an Olympic spot. It was interesting to see the changes the games had made to this little mountain village.

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We had great weather, even waking up to snow after our first night. This is the view from where we stayed.

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It was colder than the Sunshine Coast.

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We ate giant hot dogs, drank Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day and explored in the snow.

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This sign made us laugh. It looks like you might be decapitated.

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I stopped to pet a bear.

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It felt like something was behind me…

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Spring Break 2013 Playlist

(Yes, I did burn this on a CD. What can I say, our car is from 1995, we’re fortunate I didn’t have to make a mixed tape!)

1. Here We Go – Dispatch

2. The World (Is Going Up in Flames) – Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band

3. Mountain Sounds – Of Monsters & Men

4. Man on Fire – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

5. Welcome – Hey Rosetta!

6. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

7. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

8. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

9. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

10. Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men

11. My Girl – Yukon Blonde

12. Home – Philip Philips

13. The General – Dispatch

14. Changes – The Stars

15. Heart of Gold – Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band

16. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros