Friday, June 25, 2010

To The Mountains And Back

It has been brought to my attention that my blog is in need of a more recent post - and here I thought you might all enjoy re-reading and re-reading my previous postings! ;)

Okay, well to my defense I've been rather busy lately. Not a good excuse I know, but it is what it is. I've attempted to blog recently, but the few times I tried my computer/Internet was not co-operating. Such is the price you pay for poor satellite Internet service, I guess.

So what's new in the land of me? Well, we (my family and I) took our camper out for its maiden voyage to Jasper National Park a few weekends ago.

It was a lovely long weekend for us. Four days of nice weather, no bugs, some wildlife, lots of nature, some shopping, eating out lots, and not a lot of sleep. Emily went to bed too late each night and woke up too early each morning, and by the end of the weekend both her and Adam were sick, but it was still a fun time. It was hard for Emily to understand that we were on a mountain ourselves when she saw all the other mountains around us. And she enjoyed her first ice cream cone in Jasper too! (yes, she's been a deprived child, lol)

We were thankful to be home, however, and it took us nearly a week to catch up on all our sleep and feel 100%. I've realized how nice it is to be able to sit properly on our toilet at home, rather than having to sit partially sideways in order to close the bathroom door, like in our tiny RV bathroom. But at least I didn't have to use the public camp restroom - a small phobia of mine.
We saw some wildlife on our trip - nothing exciting like a bear (although we were told by the staff that they were in the campground) or a wolf. But we did see a big herd of mountain sheep - a bit mangy but exciting because of the two cute babies.

And since our campground was also Elk calving territory, we were warned about female elk and their young and instructed to stay at least 30 feet away. But one kept visiting our campsite and I managed to sneak a few quick pictures.

Other than that, our most common sighting were the very brazen squirrels that lived around our campsite and kept having territorial disputes right in front of us. I think they wanted to fight it out for our prime real estate, since we were feeding them salted Spitz, which they were extremely fond of. That and a chocolate M&M, which Adam was determined to let them try... I was concerned the chocolate might kill the little critter. But he seemed to rather enjoy it, and he was still alive the next morning. :)

Other than our trip to Jasper, nothing all that interesting has happened lately. We've had more than enough rain lately, with 3 nights of thunderstorms in a row this week already. Our yard is covered in puddles and the mosquitoes are exceedingly abundant. At this point, I'm just praying for some hot sunshine.

My garden is coming along, although in desperate need of being weeded. My pumpkins, zucchini, carrots, peas, lettuce, sunflowers, parsley, celery, tomatoes, bean (only one plant as it was one Emily planted), and strawberries are all growing well. I ended up reseeding my peas for a 3rd time this summer as they just weren't growing - too wet maybe? Third time's the charm! :)

I've planted a few new trees in our front yard - a new spruce tree to fill in an empty spot, a poplar, and a choke cherry. I also just bought a mountain ash that I still need to plant. I'm getting tired of seeing mostly spruce in our front yard and want a bit of variety.

What else? I've been attempting to potty train Emily for a few weeks now. It's going okay, although some days are more successful than others. She's a great kid, but I think we've entered into the "terrible twos" a bit. She's becoming more defiant and argumentative and is trying to assert her independence a lot more. She's lucky I think she's so cute otherwise it would be a lot harder to deal with, I think.

She's also in a big "crafty" phase of her short life and has really been enjoying finger painting and stickers and colouring a lot more these last few weeks. That's something I'm trying hard to encourage. I was amazed at how well she drew this picture a few weeks ago - a person and a sun. Not bad for 2.5 years old!

Speaking of crafty, I haven't done much of anything for scrapbooking since my last post, up until yesterday. I finished these two layouts yesterday.

I think that's about all.... oh, except to say that "The Book of Negros" was an excellent read. :)

Until next time...

Buck Lake Blogger

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic trip!! It looks so beautiful there!!!