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It’s another year around the sun for me today.

A year that was dedicated to welcoming and raising our newest baby, leaving the country life and moving into the city, and a few travels in between. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s where I’m supposed to be. I’m feeling thankful and a little undeserving of all of God’s blessings.

Emory

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our trip to waskesiu

Hello friends and hello summer!!

Last weekend Geoffrey and I took the children to Prince Albert National Park. Apart from going there last year, it’s something that we used to do every June for our anniversary until we became parents. Once we had Remy, we stopped going camping.

This marks our second summer in a row in Waskesiu, and I think that it’s a tradition that we are going to keep up again. Everyone truly loves it. Last year we went as a family of four in our renovated tent trailer. This year we went as a family of five at stayed at Elk Ridge Lodge. Oh. My. Goodness. It was beyond beautiful. It reminded me more of Colorado than Saskatchewan. The resort has a pool and water slide, two restaurants, spa, a zip line and rock wall, golf course, and more! I can’t ever see us staying anywhere else in the whole of the National Park.

Here are the pictures from our trip. I hope that you like them!

It’s always such an exciting time with the change of a new season. Summer is especially welcome on the prairies as it means there will be no cold or snow for several months. Um, yes please!

What are your plans for this summer? Do you have any vacations booked? Let me know.

And happy belated Father’s Day to the men out there!

Emory

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twelfth wedding anniversary

Today is our twelfth wedding anniversary. Twelve years also means that we have been married for 1/3 of our lives. I find that to be incredible!

This anniversary is probably the one that we are least prepared for. We haven’t bought each other gifts. We are in the midst of having two bathrooms and a kitchen renovated. Our children are sick with colds. We have another baby. Geoffrey is working a lot and we are both just  t i r e d.

That said, I absolutely love this life that we have slowly carved out over the last decade or so. Although it is a busy season of life at the moment, I literally wouldn’t change a thing.

This weekend we will be going on our first vacation as a family of 5. So perhaps we can count that as a present?

Here’s to many more anniversaries!

xx Em

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happy birthday, geo

This week is my husband’s birthday!

This one is especially special because we get to celebrate it with a newborn baby. This may very well be our last, so I hope that you are able to get in all the snuggles!

Happy birthday to a wonderful dad and husband. Hoping this next year around the sun will be just as memorable as the last.

Emory

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eleventh anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.

As we are preparing to add another new life into our family, I can’t help but reflect on the early days of our relationship. Little did we know when we first started dating where our lives would lead us. In fact, we were planning on living very different lives. I was headed to Edinburgh, Scotland to undertake my Masters degree in Art History, and Geoffrey was finishing his last year of his BA at university.

We had planned on having a very new and very long distance relationship for the first year. However, I ended up not going, and that’s when we really began our lives together. We were quick to become engaged, buy our first place together (with the help of our parents), and then get married. Over the next 5 years, we travelled, worked hard, moved a few times, adopted a few animals, really got to know one another, and truly enjoyed just having one another.

These last 6 years have been all about our family. They’ve obviously been very different, but just as loving and enjoyable.

One never really knows how their life will turn out when they get married, and to me, that is just so fascinating. Hopefully it is for the better, and much comes from your marriage! But whether or not you choose to is completely up to you. I’m just thankful that I did, and we did together.

Happy anniversary, Geo. Pictures were taken by Oarsman Photography.

<3<3

Em

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