our canadian vacation

This August, I packed up the kids and took them on a two week vacation to British Columbia. Not a fan of flying, I chose to instead drive the 4000 km (round trip). We spent the first eleven days driving there and then venturing across the province. We stayed with family in various parts and went to at least one attraction everyday. A lot of the time, we did two things. Naps were skipped and we were wiped out by the end of each day, but in the best way possible. Geoffrey then flew out to meet us on the twelfth day, and drove back with us over the next three days.

Before leaving, I prayed that it would go well and that we would make it back safely. So many things could have gone wrong, but they didn’t. God certainly kept us out of harm’s way, and we had the trip of a lifetime. Here are the highlights taken from the day Geoff joined us until we made it home.

August 28:

Early that morning my brother, Wilder, and I picked up Geoff from the airport and we met Remy, her cousins, and my sister-in-law at a nearby park and lake. We visited for less than 1 hour then sadly said goodbye. Thus began our trip as a family of four.

We made it to 3 Valley Gap around noon. We had already stopped at the ghost town on our way through about two weeks prior. We loved it so much that we decided to visit it again, this time bringing dada.

We explored old buildings, rode a train, played, ate, and ran around. It is such a fun place to visit, and spending a couple hours there is almost not enough time. Revelstoke is definitely a city of immense possibilities for families, from the Enchanted Forest to the Locomotive Museum. It is one that I look forward to visiting again and again.

After leaving 3 Valley Gap, we drove for a few more hours and made it to Golden, BC that evening. I had already stayed the night in Golden with the kids, and knew that there weren’t any attractions in the small but beautiful town. That said, we still needed something to do that evening as well as the next morning before hitting the road. I therefore asked Geoff to book us a room at the Kicking Horse mountain resort, hoping that there would be trails and/or parks within walking distance.

Located just outside of Golden, it is one of the most picturesque places that I have ever been to. We acquired a room at Winston Lodge and given that the busy season was just ending, a room turned out to be the same price as one at a lower-rate hotel within Golden.

The lodge reminded me of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. It was huge, beautiful, homey, full of history, had amazing food, and so much more. Guys, if you need to stay the night in Golden, please stay at the lodge or anywhere else in the Kicking Horse resort. What a gorgeous end to an overall fun and fulfilling day.

August 29:

The next morning we ate our complimentary breakfast. Then we went back to our room, packed up, and headed to a park before returning to the road once again. I didn’t want to leave, and wished that we could have stayed another night. Being in the mountains and in a secluded resort felt so freeing! I would have loved to explore the trails and ride the gondola for one more day. Alas, we had to go.

Our next stop was in Banff, AB. We drove through the Rocky Mountains and made it there within two hours.

Once in Banff we parked downtown and went to Central Park so Remy and Wilder could run around and work up an appetite. Then we walked the main street until we settled on a restaurant. After we ate, we went shopping. Afterwards, we returned to our vehicle and loaded everyone up.

Our final destination that day was Drumheller, AB. We arrived around supper time and went straight to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Remy is in love with dinosaurs, and so naturally she had a blast. We chased her around the museum, going from exhibit to exhibit, naming all of the dinosaurs. Wilder sat content in his stroller.

At the end of the museum visit, she and Geoff climbed the large hill outside, and Wilder and I took photos of them from below. What an amazing place for children!

August 30:

The next day was dedicated to the long drive back home. Although our time with Geoff was short, it became our favourite family vacation to date.

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we went to edmonton

A few weeks ago, we went on a small holiday to Edmonton, AB. We did the same trip when I was pregnant with Remy. It was mostly to buy big baby items, but also to mark the last mini vacation before baby comes! This is what we got up to …

Day One

We arrived around supper time. Our original plans were to check into our hotel, order room service, and then go swimming. But with being locked in a vehicle for over five hours, Geoffrey and I were wanting to stretch our legs and let Remy run around. We decided to go to IKEA then, instead of on our last day (even though we went back then as well).

We had supper in the restaurant, and then went shopping. We purchased:


Leka Baby Gym


Tillgiven Baby Towel


Forsiktig Stool


Raklev Flatwoven Rug


Fladis Seagrass Basket


Soare Place Mats


Minnen Children’s Bed


Plutten Mattress


Vanskaplig Linen


Grusblad Duvet

By the time we had finished it was nearly bedtime. We picked up a snack and made our way to the hotel. We were off to a great start!

Day Two

We began the morning with a continental breakfast at our hotel. We ended up staying at the Radisson, as per usual. It’s a larger hotel with free parking, free breakfast, a hotel, gym, restaurant, pet-friendly, and is basically equal distance between IKEA and West Edmonton Mall. We love it there, and have stayed many times alone, with dogs, and now a child.

After breakfast we made the short drive over to West Coast Kids. One of the main reasons why we came to the city was to purchase a particular stroller from this store. It was one that I had my eye on since the beginning of my pregnancy, and it just so happened to be on sale! Geoffrey and Remy played while I shopped. I bought:


Peg Perego Book Team Double Stroller


Little Unicorn Muslin Crib Sheet


Kushies Changing Pad Cover


Gautier Studio House Shelf


Boka Wood Pacifiers


Sago Mini Wiener Mobile (for Remy)

I could have spent all day there, buying more and soaking in the baby jitters goodness. Yet, I didn’t want to annoy anyone, or break our budget. Sadly, we left after less than two hours. Afterwards, we ended up going to Canadian Tire to buy straps in order to tie everything down to the vehicle. We also drove to where we used to live when we were first married. It was too smoky that day to go for a walk, unfortunately. So we ordered room service for lunch, and went back to the hotel to eat and nap.

That afternoon, we went to West Ed Mall. All of our plans were thrown for a loop because of the forest fires in BC. We couldn’t do anything outside, like visiting the zoo or walking around. So we decided that day to get all of our shopping over and done with and head home a day early.

Geoff took Remy to Marine Life while I quickly went to a couple of stores. After getting a few non-related baby items, I was feeling guilty and missing them. So I went and found them. We took Remy to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then walked around to let her burn off all of her sugar energy.

It was getting late, but we really wanted to go to Galaxyland. We made a quick stop where they went on one ride. Honestly, it was just too loud and the rides weren’t really suited for a 2-year-old. We ended up leaving after awhile, picked up supper, and went back to the hotel. Aside from Galaxyland, the mall was really fun!

Day Three

We had planned on leaving that afternoon, but were out of ideas as to what to do that morning for entertainment. We originally wanted to go to the RAM, but after looking it up online, we discovered that it was closed while they were moving to a new location. We also now had IKEA purchases strapped down to the roof of our vehicle. Not wanting them to get stolen, we decided to return to IKEA to run around and eat before leaving the city. (We figured that they would be the safest there.) So that’s what we did! I ended up buying a few other items:


Fintorp Kitchen Rail


Mala Paper Holder


Mala Paper Roll

We ate at the little cafe before heading out. That was probably the best food that we had the entire trip. Remy and I shared four hot dogs and she devoured the pear juice. At less than a dollar for each item, we should have stocked up. It was a delicious and fun morning. We all just love IKEA.

We made the five hour drive home, and returned close to bedtime. Our goose is the quietest traveler in the vehicle, and loves exploring new places. I really cherished this last vacation as a family of three. I’m sure that it won’t go this smoothly once our beloved baby arrives. Haha.

You can relive our previous trip to Edmonton here. Thanks for reading!

Emory

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our new crib : a jenny lind

Red Jenny LindWhen we took our trip to Edmonton, AB, our goals were to buy our baby-to-be a travelling set (stroller and car seat) and a nursery set (a crib, dresser, and rocking chair). We had wanted to get the majority of our shopping done in that city as opposed to ours since the province has only one sales tax, whereas our province has both. Additionally, they have an IKEA store. Enough said!

I had always hoped that when we did  decide to have children, we would be able to buy everything from IKEA. Years ago we would spend our Sunday afternoons in the store dreaming about the furniture that we wanted for our future lives. This included their cribs and dressers. When I found out that I was pregnant I was already beginning to plan what its nursery would look like. Creating that finished product would inevitably involve a trip back to Edmonton’s IKEA to purchase the items that had been on my wish list for five years. So off we went. Soon after walking around the Swedish store, we realized that our dreams would have to remain just that. They were no longer keeping the cribs and dressers in stock. Fighting back tears (me, not Geoffrey), we left. Because we were leaving the province that day, we knew that we had to find an alternative store, and choose different nursery furniture all within a few hours. We decided to return to West Coast Kids. I cried the entire way.

Once at West Coast Kids, it had only taken a few minutes before we picked out a different crib. Out of the dozens that were there, only one had jumped out at me from the day before. It was turquoise and vintage-inspired, and was reminiscent of our green, antique bed which, coincidently, would also be in the same room as our future crib. They even both have wheels! We were sold.

Scandinavian crib styleWhile it is not an IKEA crib, the Jenny Lind has grown on me. Now, I prefer it to our original choice. It still has a Scandinavian feel, but is much more unique looking and better fitting with our own taste. Here are the specs on the crib:

A beloved nursery favorite, DaVinci’s Jenny Lind Crib features intricate detailing and signature spindle posts. Loved for its timeless elegance, Jenny Lind graces your nursery with a unique charm and innocence. Jenny Lind Crib meets or surpasses the latest safety standards, and every crib undergoes individual inspection.

  • Classic rich finishes to complement your nursery
  • Four adjustable mattress levels to set a safe height you can reach comfortably
  • Extend use of your crib with toddler bed and daybed conversions
  • Breathe easy with non-toxic finishes that exceed safety standards
  • Metal and spring mattress support gives optimum support
  • Extra strong slats for extra security
  • Support sustainability — made from New Zealand pine wood from sustainable, expanding forests

Apartment Therapy also has a slideshow of these cribs in real rooms.

IMG_0580All in all, and tears aside, this was only another lesson on how life never truly goes as planned, but somehow works out in the end. Our job is to just to roll with it. Kind of like the crib, and how I anticipate parenting will be.

<3

Emory

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we’re (hopefully) moving on west

Well, we’re not moving yet!

If you have been following Hello, Scarlett Blog for awhile, you might have noticed our frequent shopping trips to Edmonton, Alberta. Here are a few blog posts about the River City: going to, a video, Instagram photos, clothing shoot, getting Holly, and countless purchases from the city, seen here, here, and here

I think that our love for Edmonton is rooted in the fact that my husband and I used to live there. Five years ago, we moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta so that Geoffrey could go to school. It was a mere month into our marriage, I had just received my university degree, Geoff was finishing his degree online while starting college for a different career, and we owned a condominium but were renting it out from afar. It was all too much, too soon. After five months of not finding a job where I could apply my university skills, I let the stress get the best of me. I moved back to Saskatchewan and into our condo, and landed an amazing job at the public library. Geoffrey ended up moving back a year later. He had finished his university degree but not his college diploma. We both felt defeated, but for the next few years continually talked about moving back once we were more stable. We wanted to have money saved up, experience under our belts, and be a few years into marriage. Edmonton has always been our next goal.

In May 2015, I quit my job at the library to focus on my store. After four years, I felt as if I wasn’t getting further ahead, and knew that I wanted to work there as a Librarian and not just as a Library Assistant. One month later I got pregnant, and two months after that Geoffrey began a ten month trades program in the city. Because there are more job opportunities in a city of 1 million (as opposed to 300,000) and there is a master’s program for library science there as well, we finally feel prepared to take that jump and return to a city that we found so challenging five years ago. I also feel as if it is a fresh start with having a baby. Inevitably, we have concluded that Edmonton fits into our life goals more so than our current residence in Saskatchewan.  

All of that being said, we have to wait approximately seven months or more before we can move. By then, our baby will be here, hopefully happy and healthy, and my husband’s schooling will be completed. So much has to line up before we can actually take the plunge, from housing to education to careers, to name a few. In the end, it may not even happen. However, we’ve waited five years to be in this position. We can certainly wait a few more months.

Here is a video of our latest trip to Edmonton. This time, we shopped for all things baby.

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Emory

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on the road

America Road Trip 3-1Today is the day that we are leaving for our great southwestern adventure! We had initially planned to leave on the 28th, but we were too excited with our itchy traveler’s feet and decided head out tonight instead.

I have a post scheduled for tomorrow, and on Monday March 2nd. After that, my next post will be the following Monday March 9th. In the meantime, you can see our travel adventures by clicking here. You do not need an account to do so. :-)))

See you in week and a half! 

<3

Emory

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“They have worries, they’re counting the miles, they’re thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they’ll get there – and all the time they’ll get there anyway, you see.”

– Jack Kerouac, On The Road

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