halloween faerie

halloween faerie little aya rain

for halloween this year aya was a ballerina forest faerie. somehow she convinced us to spend three hours trick or treating and hit up two neighbourhoods. she was nostalgic for the old neighbourhood where she had been trick or treating since one and remembered how generous they were. hope you had a happy halloween!

heather trail

we decided that it would be a good idea to go on a family hike once a week this summer. taking the advice of a seasoned hiker i met on a previous hike we established that heather trail at manning park would be a safe bet with aya along. it seemed like a good idea at the time and then i spent a solid 5 minutes of the car ride there projectile vomiting until all the blood vessels around my eyes sockets exploded. i immediatly decided it would be the last hike of the summer and then back to bed rest and netflix. thank you pregnancy. and thank you jamie for being so kind as to pack aya, my camera equipment and all of the food and water. regardless of my first trimester blues it is very beautiful and i would highly recommend it as far as bc hiking goes. the best time to go is in early summer when all of the wildflowers are out (around july). this trail is known for all of its beautiful flowers and colours, we went up in august during the tail end when not as many were in bloom. next year i plan on checking it out a little earlier when there are more flowers out and who knows, maybe we’ll even find ourselves out for a family hike once a week!

mannning park aug 2014-4003mannning park aug 2014-4989mannning park aug 2014-4756mannning park aug 2014-4760mannning park aug 2014-4000

mannning park aug 2014-4002jamie was talking to aya all about being a big sister (there’s been a lot of talk of it around here lately) i caught her on my camera as she looked over at me for a second, clearly she’s very excited! ^^^

mannning park aug 2014-4758mannning park aug 2014 4787mannning park aug 2014-4809mannning park aug 2014-4718mannning park aug 2014-5007mannning park aug 2014-5012mannning park aug 2014-4922mannning park aug 2014 4919mannning park aug 2014-4906mannning park aug 2014 4978mannning park aug 2014-4959mannning park aug 2014-5026

salt spring island mothers day

today was the laziest day we’ve had in a long time. we woke up late and hung out at the cabin, went out for coffee, had a delicious picnic in a field of wild flowers, went for a walk and watched the deer grazing, went to the beach and had a bbq. it was a good day and a really good mothers day. 

mothers day

i decided that all i wanted for mothers day this year was to be with my family by the ocean. we’re heading out to a cabin on an island for four days (I’m extending mothers day for as long as i can get away with here) but for now here’s some photos from this spring of me and aya plus one of our favourite fellow mother daughter duos…happy mothers day all you moms out there and especially to sonja who is always one of the first listed every time aya talks about her friends; thanks for always putting in the effort even on my lazy days, we’re so happy to have you two in our lives:)