Wineries with kids

8/27/2015


We visited the Okanagan on our honeymoon waay back when, and loved it. The views, the wine, the fresh fruit, the wine... it was all great. Once we started planning our big road trip this summer, we knew a stop in the Okanagan was a must. I started looking at accommodations, and was a little unsure of what we could find. I wanted something like a bed and breakfast, so I checked VRBO and Airbnb, but was having trouble finding a rental for only one night. As I was searching for some wineries to visit, I realized that maybe we could stay right at a winery. Some of them have guest cottages, or small apartments. I searched around for something in our price range, and then up popped D'Angelo Winery. It had a pool, allowed kids, and had availability for our night there. Booked!


We arrived late on Sunday night, and there was a bottle of chilled wine waiting for us in the fridge. In the morning, we awoke to the most beautiful views. We ate breakfast on our deck, and stared out over the winery. The owner came over to chat, and told us a little about their operation. Listening to a small business owner talk about their pride and dream is always so special. It definitely makes you think that yes, your dreams can come true. It didn't sound glamorous - but he was clearly so proud of everything he had built up around him. 


The kids loved running up and down the vineyards, and we stopped for a game of bocce ball. Tyler and I may have sampled some wine at 10am... we were on vacation! After checking out of our spacious guest house, we headed down the road to a few other wineries. We went to Red Rooster, another place we remembered from our honeymoon. The kids were fine to amuse themselves while we sampled. At the next place, Misconduct, they gave the kids crayons. Win! More time for sampling! We also had a delicious lunch - pan fried calamari, a charcuterie board, and a beet salad. 


Our time in the Okanagan didn't last very long, and I'm sure we would have appreciated an extra night. But it was lovely - and taking the kids with us on some wine tastings was no problem. Both of them were really well behaved the whole trip, I think they just enjoy spending time together, as a family. You don't really need much to make an adventure out of nothing. We rarely prepared ourselves with toys or books, but rather took advantage of things like bocce ball, or just marvelling in the beauty of the mountains. 
 

Blogging and Butterflys

8/20/2015








This blog is not dead... even though it may seem like it lately. There are just not enough hours in the day! I feel like I am always a bit behind in things, be it laundry, cooking, blogging, and just life in general. I need to have an organizational bootcamp, I think, and whip myself into shape. I function a lot better when I have schedules, and lists, and meal plans, and summer is not really the time for that. While I love leisurely days exploring with my little family, I also crave a little more structure.

With Soren starting real school in a couple of short weeks, I think we are going to get a lot of structure. His bus schedule arrived yesterday, and he will be picked up at exactly 7:47 each weekday morning. It's hard to believe that he is old enough to take a bus to school...

This past sunday we woke up to a cooler day and decided to take a trip to the zoo. We spent some time at the butterfly garden, and the kids worked on some crafts. Soren created a beautiful ring, while Poppy coloured away and tried on some stick on earrings. Speaking of which, when is a good age to get girls ears pierced? At one point I had thought we would do it when Poppy was a baby... but now I'm kind of thinking four or five might be a better age? I imagine that a four or five year old would be SO excited to get their ears pierced. When I was little I had to wait until I was eight, which I thought was way too old. It seemed like every girl in my class had pierced ears, except me. We will see - those little ears would look pretty cute with earrings!

Lake Louise

8/12/2015


After waking up in Calgary and enjoying a delicious breakfast with my brother and sister, we headed for the mountains. The rockies look spectacular as you drive up to them, especially after we had spent two days driving across the prairies. Wanting to stretch our legs, we decided to stop at Lake Louise for a little walk.

You can't see the lake on the drive in, and the rain had started and it was a little foggy. We parked the car and made our way through the throngs of people towards the lake, not really knowing what to expect. The first site is truly breath-taking. The water is such an amazing colour, and the mountains behind were covered in snow. And the people! There were people lined up ten deep to get a shot next to the water. It was crazy! These images look so serene - and it was in a way, but it was also kind of like a parade. Watching people's reactions to seeing the lake was pretty special.

We hiked up the mountain a bit before figuring we needed to keep on trucking, but Lake Louise had stolen our hearts. Tyler and I are excitedly planning a short ski-vacation in the winter. Fingers crossed we can make it happen.

The last two photos were taken at a cute little roadside dairy farm. Soren is apparently petrified of farm animals (we did have some knowledge of this beforehand), so he stayed away from the cows. Poppy loved them, of course. As she loved the chickens, the pigs, the birds, and anything else that moves. We all loved the chocolate milk - me preferring the glass bottle to the actual drink. It made the trek home with us, and I know will sport flowers for years to come.