30 June 2014

Camping at Deception Pass

The weekend after Porteau Cove, Sophia and I went on another camping trip, this time, to Deception Pass in Washington.  We went with our friends, the VanDops.  Ed was on a boys' trip and didn't join us for the weekend.  Instead of our mansion family-size tent, we brought our (pre-kid) 2-man tent which fit me and Sophia quite nicely.  It was so nice to be able to pop-up the tent in less than 10 mins!  This was our first time at Deception Pass and we all liked the campground a lot.  Our site had enough room for the kids to run around and play.  It was just a short walk to the beach, too.  Yvette, Avery, Sophia, and I spent most of Saturday hanging out at the beach.  We also attended a junior ranger info session where the ranger talked about the different mammals that lived in the area.  The ranger also talked about camp safety and how we should not leave food out.  Ironically, when we got back to our site afterward, we discovered that critters had come for a visit in our site and helped themselves to some of the Trader Joe popcorn that I had left out.  Oops.

This was my first time going camping by myself with Sophia.  It was actually quite manageable, now that Sophia is older and doesn't need constant attention.  The only time it got super busy for me was when I packing up our stuff and getting ready to go.  Sophia was really good about staying out of the way, though, and played on her own or with Avery.

 All in all, it was a really good trip.  I'd like very much to camp at Deception Pass again.

27 June 2014

Camping at Porteau Cove

We were very lucky to have been invited by our friends, Paula and Thomas, to go camping with them at Porteau Cove.  The campground is located on the shores of Howe Sound, about an hour away from Vancouver.  It’s a beautiful spot and we were thrilled to be going.  

Sophia had her friends Gabi and Maya to play with all weekend, and they had lots of fun playing along the beach, climbing the logs, and running around the campsite.  It was fun for the adults, too, having a chance to sit around the campfire and relax a little bit.

Here are some photos from our camping weekend...

19 June 2014

I'm still here!

Can't believe so much time has gone by since I posted last.  Time is just zooming by!  I took on a new role at work in September of last year and my work load basically tripled.  I have just had to drop some things in order to keep my sanity, and unfortunately, blogging has been one of those things.  But I stay hopeful about finding that elusive balance between a rewarding and successful career and a fulfilling and happy life outside of work.

A lot has happened in the last couple of months and I will spend some time this weekend catching up on my posts.  But for today, I will post a few photos taken last weekend.

Ed, Sophia, and I went to Squamish for the Day Out with Thomas event.  The train ride was a little unexciting; watching Thomas come and go proved to be more entertaining.  Sophia enjoyed the bouncy castle, face painting, and having a photo taken with Sir Topham Hatt.  On the way back to Vancouver, we stopped at Shannon Falls to enjoy the view of the falls.

My mom-in-law and her hubby were in town for a short visit, and we enjoyed a lovely dinner with them at Bombay Bistro in New Westminster.