Monday, September 20, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Alberta Arts Day

We tried to get out to some of the activities happening in the community down at Medalta. It was great but Willow's crafty appetite was not nearly saitated. So we came home and as Adam and I dove into some deep convo, Willow painted and embellished this mirror frame for her room. i love how proud she looks in this pic.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Neighborhood Walk...

Our favorite thing to do as a family....stroll through our neighborhood. There are two awesome playgrounds right across the street. We are one block away from the river and all of the woodsy trails. And the train tracks are only two blocks the other way, nestled into the crease of the prairie's biggest hill. Riverside, it's a very cool neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Scarecrow Days

Seems like it's that time of year again...time to think about the end of summer....and embrace the Fall! Willow and I made the most out of Silas's naptime today by pulling out old Mr Scarecrow.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Prettiest Flower Girl...

Our trip to Ottawa for Will and Care's wedding was filled with so much family and fun...thinking about it makes me feel a little lonely here on the prairie. We were so proud of Willow and her flower girl performance!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Driftin' Away....

Squeezing every last drop we can out of summer....Willow and Kyran are loving this trip to Swirls

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer's Buzzin'

Everyday dressing up is fun in our house.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Elina and Willow enjoy some playground time....

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Heritage Day....

After a morning at the Esplanade Heritage Festival with Grandma, we finally got a moment to hang out to together in the backyard. A quick breather from our West Coast journey before Dad takes off for a week in Ontario and Best Man-ing. Days like this with Willow are a sweet like a summer plum.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

There's No Place Like Home!

After two full days on the road we finally made it back to Medicine Hat. It was so much fun to go away, but in the end, there is no place like home....Willow was so happy to flop on her own bed and race around through the overgrown garden. You can check a out all the pics from our journey in the album to the left.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Back to Van

Our trip is coming to a's been wonderful seeing so many old friends! This is our last day to enjoy all of what the big city has to offer....including one of Mom and Dad's favorite Gelato stops! Tomorrow we hit the road for home...I think we are ready....

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010


Ahhh the life of Island hoppers! We thoroughly enjoyed the ferry trek from Galiano to Vancouver Island. The West Coast is just such an amazingly beautiful place! And a short drive past Victoria is of he prettiest places on Earth, I am sure. Combine that with more wonderful old friends and the next leg of our journey was completely memorable as well. Here are Willow, Bronwyn and Ada checking out the rocks on the beach at Whiffen Spit. We are just going to spend as much time as possible at the beach, enjoying every aspect of the ocean's watery goodness!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Galiano Island

Our days spent on Galiano Island were some of the most magical ever. We spent our days at the beach, exploring tide pools and experiencing the true freedom of 'island life'. Willow was completely enchanted by Makayla, who celebrated her 9th birthday while we were there. All that attention from an older, cool girl made a huge lasting impression on WIllow. Adam and I had a fantastic time as well. Visiting with our old circle of friends reminded us all things good in life. It was great to be there and we were sad to leave....I wish we could have stayed a whole summer!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


There have been so many exciting, new experiences here in Vancouver. Today Willow met the ocean. Ok, so it's not a pristine beach, but the 2nd beach on English bay is real beach...complete with shells, sand, crabs, mini tide pools and lots of sunbathers. It was so neat to see her sit and watch the vastness, the waves and just drink it all in. We also visited the place at Ferguson Point where five years ago we were married...and guess who took our commemorative picture sitting on the wall...Willow of course! What a blast! Later, we went to one of our favorite haunts - the Clubhouse, where WIllow experienced some real West Coast cusine - SUSHI! She loved it...and so did Mom, Dad and even Silas.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pit Stop Picnic

Enjoying a little nosh in Roger's Pass. Willow is a great traveller, enjoying the view and the bag of activities I brought along for her. She loved seeing the mountains....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Willow is helping Mom pack up for the big trip to the West Coast....I don't think anyone really knows what will be in store for the SWAN family....

Monday, July 19, 2010

Willow's Playdate Party

We got all of Willow's friends together for a backyard morning playdate party. The weather was threatening rain but the sun held out just long enough for us to have a really great time. Shelby, Ian, Caili and Addison brought Willow the coolest hand made calico cat pinata as per her request. I love this look of quiet contemplation right before the mayham begins....There are plenty more pics to be looked at from the big party in the 'Willow Turns Three' album on the left.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Three Years Old....

Wow! I just can't believe that Willow is three years old. I guess the time just flies like a run away snowball from here on in. Willow is her own person through and through. As she learns and struggles through her knowledge of herself as a little person, I do the same as I figure out how to be a parent of a little person. The last month has passed in a blur to say the least. >The broken leg, the cast and the level to which her dependence on me increased was both exhausting and eye opening. To suddenly have to carry your three year old around to go to the bathroom, get in the car, get on the couch and everything else you can imagine really made me realize how independent she is. It also made me feel extreme gratitude for having healthy, able kids. It got me tapped in to new levels of compassion and empathy for my beautiful little girl. I don't think that she was very happy to be so needy, and at the same time I could see how relieved she was to know that Mom and Dad we completely with her in her struggle. My heart just went out to her as she would cry with the pain. Or later, I was bursting with pride as I watched her nimbly walk and play in the backyard...happy just to be a kid in the sunshine. Throughout the whole ordeal, he spirit was never broken and that speaks volumes about the person that Willow is.