Friday, 27 June 2014

Lululemon Festival Bag


Fashion Friday: lululemon festival bag


I love this bag.  Love it.  Love it so much that I now have 2.  I bought the yellow last year.  It is a great travel/hiking/camping/casual bag.  It has been to Hawaii, Mexico, Disneyland, Vegas, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Banff, Glacier, Calgary Zoo, Fish Creek, – pretty much anywhere that I can’t bring my very pretty hand bags too.
While I loved the yellow it was so bright but when I bought it last year my options were that or red and if I wanted to spend a TON of money I could buy an orange one on ebay.  I picked yellow because i thought it clashed the least with pink which is what I almost always wear.  My only complaint is that it gets dirty fast and i hate the discolouration that shows on the back of the bag from rubbing against your clothes.  
This summer they came out with more practical colours.  I saw the really crisp light grey one at the store in Chinook and i almost bought it.  It had a pretty pink strap and was so pretty.  But I bought something else instead.  (see next friday’s post haha).  While we were hiking and biking in banff I was thinking that maybe I did want the grey one after all as it would be perfect for Invermere which is where I am going (I am already there as  you are reading this).  So after all of our extracurricular activities I stopped into the one in Banff before supper and found it in black.  I was so excited!!
And as you can see, I bought it!  Now I am trying to decide if I should keep them both or sell the yellow….clearly first world problems!
Here are some of the reasons why I love this bag:
**Lots of pockets and compartments.
**Zippers to keep the main compartment closed!!  
**adjustable straps.  I can wear it cross body (which i always do) or around my waist.  I did that once and Greg made fun of me.
**water resistant so if i am hiking and it rains my iPhone is ok….this is VERY important!!
**It is very accessible – every compartment.  So fabulous.  I have a place for my phone, my earbuds, my lip gloss – you know, the essentials 
**the size.  It’s not too big, not too small.  Just perfect.
I was so happy to find the black version of this bag in Banff.  The banff lululemon is probably the best anywhere.  The staff are great and they have SO MUCH MORE selection then any of the stores in Calgary.  Last year I wanted the Studio Crops in concorde grape and I procrastinated too long and they were sold out everywhere here and online  but I found them here.  This is also where I made my very first Lululemon purchase and I have been addicted ever since!
PS. In case you are wondering, my favourite lululemon store in calgary for clothes is 4th street.  Staff wise – hands down Southcentre wins.  They are awesome there!! They also have the most clearance stuff too. 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Johnson Lake



So from my post yesterday you knew we had picked up Greg’s dad’s canoe.  What you probably didn’t know is that he made this more then 30 years ago along with 2 of the paddles.  There were others but they have disappeared over the years.  The girls loved being able to use the paddle that once belonged to their daddy and uncles – of course that was when they weren’t fighting over who’s turn it was.  Note to us – buy another paddle before we got out again.
After having our hike and bike in Sundance Canyon, we drove out to Johnson Lake where we were going to go canoeing.  An interesting fact about Johnson Lake: We had hiked around it, snow shoed across it and now we would canoe across it too.  Kinda a neat little fact I thought.
Greg’s dad and brother Brad helped Greg get it on our car in Calgary so that was great.  The tricky part was trying to get it off and then back on in Banff.  It was much heavier then I anticipated.
Greg did manage to get it off the Traverse with little help from me – which is always a good thing!
Getting the canoe in the water and ready for us to get in it!
Not a bad view to be canoeing against.  Such beautiful scenery in our backyard
Me and Greg 
Here is Penelope paddling.  Finley learned a lot yesterday – Penelope not so much.  
And then it was Finley’s turn.  She loved paddling.  She even joked about how last summer when we went canoeing Aunty Kristy and Madi kept getting stuck and that Aunty Kristy lost her paddle and someone had to help her.  It was pretty funny.  Kristy and Madi would definitely have more success here then at Vermillion because it is wide open and would be hard to continually hit the sides but i guess you never know with them  hahaha
This is apparently the best seat in the boat.  Greg said when they were kids, 2 would get to paddle and one would get to relax here.  The problem was that now both kids wanted this spot and nobody wanted to paddle hahahaha
We had so much fun canoeing!  It is such great exercise for your arms and abs and obliques and the scenery is stunning and it’s just a lot of fun.  We are thinking that we are gonna go to Waterton and canoe Lake Cameron since we haven’t been on that lake since I was pregnant with Finley!!!!!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Sundance Canyon




On Sunday morning, we got up bright and early and headed to Grandpa Don’s to grab his canoe (more on that tomorrow).  We were heading to Banff for a day of hiking, biking and canoeing.  Our first stop was Sundance Canyon. 
We chose Sundance Canyon because we  hadn’t done it since Finley was about 9 months old.  Successfully that is.  We tried it last spring, the week before the floods it.  I was 2 weeks post partum (with major surgery and minor complications, read about it HERE) so I wanted to see where I stopped and if I would regret 53 weeks later.  And  I did not.  It was tough stretch and I am in WAY better shape today (obviously) and it was still a bit tough towards the end.
The trail starts at the Cave and Basin that was redone last year.  They have made so many great improvements.  If you  haven’t been to check it out, I really recommend that you do.  It has been really well done and it is the whole reason we have national parks today so it’s a good lesson in history.  You leave from the parking lot to get to the canyon and you can do it by horse, foot or bike.  It’s great for older people and kids because it is relatively flat until the end.
Such beautiful scenery to bike towards and the smells were sensational.  
Greg and his bike train.  The girls have gotten bigger so everything is heavier. Hopefully this will be the last summer for the bike train and next summer Finley can be riding trails like t his on her own. At least (mostly Greg) can hope!
I got to the canyon first and waited for the others to reach me.  All the water was in Penelope’s bike trailer and I was so thirsty.  We started the hike and left the bikes behind.
Water falls!  You actually hike right to the top of the fall which Finley loves to do.  She loves her water falls!!  Which is good because you tend to see a lot of them and they can turn her frown upside down.  Penelope doesn’t always see them which can lead to meltdowns.
We are trying to get the girls to hike without holding hands all of the time and in all honesty it’s easier for them if they are not holding their hands.  Greg taught them how to balance with their arms.  It was kinda funny because they were using it in all kinds of situations.
Sunshine Canyon was closed for a long time after the flood although it was mostly due to water accumulation as opposed to much other damage.  The only damage that would have occurred was right at the beginning with the more narrow paths.  The rest of the canyon is quite deep – probably due to floods in the past.
It got a little crazy with rocks and mud through out the hike
Finley landed in some mud and she was not happy with mud on her pretty pink shoes….not too sure where she would get them from……(not me I swear haha)
Finley has been a really great hiker minus the last year or two.  When she was 3.5 she hiked 7.5K to Hearney’s Peak in South Dakota.  People were in awe of her.  She slacked off a bit last year but she is definitely back this summer and she was at my hiking pace which is really nice.  I have a tendency to leave them behind because I can’t handle hiking at the slow pace of Penelope (for the most part).  By taking Finley with me, I get in less trouble from Greg for leaving which is good.  And Finley and I get to have some one on one time too which is always good in my books :)

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Graduation



On Thursday we had TWO graduates!!  One from Age 3 Preschool and one from Junior Kindergarten.  We had a very excited (and sad) household on Thursday as we got ready.
The girls all ready to go 
Finley’s was held first.  I am so sad that we are leaving Mrs K and Mrs J – they are absolutely phenomenal teachers.  Such a great experience for Finley.
Finley with her flowers from mommy and daddy and her diploma
Next was Penelope who didn’t quite get what was going on but she was excited anyways.  Also 2 more great teachers from this great school.  Happy she will be back here in the fall!!
So excited to get flowers!
The girls’ flowers.  I must say I really like how these flowers are looking on my table.  This might have to become a regular occurrence in our house ;)

Monday, 9 June 2014

Gooseberry Campground




Last weekend we headed to Gooseberry Campground which is only about 30 minutes from our house.  It sounds lame but it was quite nice and the change of scenery and fresh air was a welcome treat.  We couldn’t go anywhere that Greg didn’t have cell service as there was shutdown in Fort Mac and he needed to be on call incase of any problems and there were a few.
Getting ready to set up the campsite
She was trying to make my book disappear

Waiting out the rainstorm.  It was fierce.  I was in the tent reading my book.  Greg and the girls ate nachos under the tarp.
This was a driveway to a campsite.  Thanks to mother nature, this campsite is no more.  There were a bunch like this.

We walked down into the water or at least where it used to be



These are all photos of damage that is still present from the flood nearly a year ago.  It still amazes me all that happened and continues to happen because of the flood

This is a pet lamb.  The camper adopted her from the hutterites after her mother turned her away.  Her name is Baby and wear a pink collar.

Roasting marshmallows

Grandpa Don and Andrea came out for the campfire.  The girls were very happy.  Another plus to being so close to the city
Penelope the next morning stuffing my sleeping bag after she finished hers.  I have these girls trained well ;) I hate stuffing my sleeping bag and refuse to do it.

Helping Greg take down the tent

Getting ready to head home.  It was a quick trip but well worth it.  Can’t wait to go back again!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Elbow Falls





This past weekend we visited Elbow Falls for the first time post flood.  We had been here just before the flood and I am glad we got to see it at its finest.  So much of the area has been washed away, the river rerouted and trees re-routed….
Before there was a nice path that you could walk along from one end to the other.  That doesn’t exist anymore.  An upside down picnic table is a steady reminder of once what was
You can still use your ATV like old times but you are limited to as where  you can go





Despite all the transformations thanks to the flood, it was still a pretty walk to do although I wouldn’t drive out to just do elbow falls anymore.  It has indeed lost some of its luster