Lifestyle, Photo Diary

camping | mcloed river | photo journal 6

Hey friends,

So we bought a trailer.

We didn’t think we would this year, but it kind of landed in our lap. It is my dream trailer, and has been for years now. So when it came up for sale we had to snag it up!

We’ve used it a couple times this summer. At the Wild Mountain Music Festival, camping with some friends and then for this trip. A place called McLoed River Campground, just our little family. The campground is so remote (literally have to drive half an hour down a dirt road) but it is so peaceful once you are there! The campsites are super far apart from one another and the river is very close. It was perfect. I loved the sound of the river flowing.

I’m really happy we got to get one more little camping trip in before school starts. I brought my camera, and I’m excited to share the photo’s with you. So sit back, and enjoy my documents of our trip.

Most of these images are freelensed. I love to focus on all the little details of my life.

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Thanks for stopping by. I do want to know…What do you like to do with your family?

xo,

-Cynthia

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle, Photo Diary

camping trip | photo journal 4

Hello,

It has been a while since I’ve made a blog post. A lot has happened. I was just scrolling through my latest blog posts and found myself becoming more and more heartbroken as I got to previous posts. I no longer have a pregnant belly…I am no longer doing pregnancy updates and for those of you that don’t know, we lost our little guy at about 35 weeks pregnant. I never thought we’d be a family to experience delivering a stillborn…but we have. I’m not gonna go into the full story as this isn’t what this post is. But if you haven’t already watched our story on our son, Leif (who is with Jesus now), please go and watch the videos we created. We put them in two parts on our Youtube channel, so be sure to watch them both. Here is the link for you: Our Story of our Baby Leif

It has been a very crazy past couple of weeks; very emotional at times, but we are recovering slowly. I’m sure the hurt and pain of losing a baby will never go away, but I’d have to say we are doing pretty well considering all we’ve been through. Our little guy is pain free with Jesus now, and that gives us peace.

 

The beginning of this week we had the opportunity to go out camping. Some pretty awesome friends of ours lent us their trailer and canoe for our trip (one day we will have some of our own).

Monday night we spent the morning just getting organized for our two-night camping trip, then we dropped our boys off at their Nana & Papa’s house. Jayden’s parents offered to take all 6 grandchildren for a first sleepover at their house, so Jayden and I thought it would be great to do some camping while he still has the rest of the summer off. Once we packed everything up we went to our campsite and set everything up, then we went for a drive and did a bit of exploring.

When we got back to the site we decided to start getting our supper figured out!

My drink of choice is always ciders, I just love them, so simple yet so delicious. Also you always have to have a spider friend try and join ya right? This one was extra creepy, Jayden eventually moved him into the woods.

I could stare at this guy all day long. Plus he let’s me experiment with practice shots and doesn’t even get (that) irritated!

Who else loves baked beans when they go camping? This dinner was seriously so easy to prep and so simple yet so good!

A caveman beard, and a pipe in his mouth. That’s my guy. Also have you ever had bannock on a stick? It is one of our favourite camping food must haves. I mean who doesn’t like bread dipped in butter?

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It took me a while to get this shot, I wanted his face to be pretty focused as well as the smoke. vision…accomplished! Love when that happens (even after a few tries).

We just sat by the fire the entire night and enjoyed each others company. It’s not very often it’s just the two of us. We did catch ourselves talking about and missing our little boys far too much though (even Jayden admitted that).

Tuesday morning we met with Jared & Emma at a creek near our camp. They had their canoe all ready and we had ours…we planned to canoe the creek together. I didn’t bring my Sony a7iii, but I did bring my little Canon G7x. It did an awesome job of capturing all the moments. The creek took about three hours to paddle and took us through four different lakes!

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Later in the afternoon we went and picked the boys up, they were so excited to join us for camping in the trailer!

I loved the feeling I had bringing the boys to the site, they were so happy to be there! It was such a special little memory for us to cherish as a family. They ripped on their bikes almost the entire time and just explored the area!

so. much. joy.

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We spent the rest of the evening just playing at the park, eating bannock on a stick and s’mores and then put the boys to bed. We could hear them talking to each other as we sat out by the fire. Remembering the times when we would have adventures with our families and not being able to fall asleep. Good times. A good reminder to “let them be little”.

The next morning we ate breakfast and then went and did a little bit of fishing off the dock.

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This one makes my heart sing….what a dreamy photo captured. This is not fog, though it sure looks a lot like it. I’m very sad to report that it’s smoke from some wildfires in BC. The smoke is very bad here in Alberta and I just cannot imagine how it is for the folks in BC…prayers going out to them.

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Isaiah is going to be such an outdoorsy dude, this boy is always up for outdoor activities!

What a fun time spent with each other, it was exactly what Jayden and I needed after experiencing losing Leif. A night together and a night away. It was so nice to have a kid-free night, but we were so happy to have them with us the second night. As we watched them riding their bikes to the park in that first photo of them above…I remember saying to him, “this is better…having our boys here with us”

As we go through this time of loss of our little Leif, we are growing closer to each other. We have each other. Always.

xo,

-Cynthia

 

Lifestyle, Photo Diary

ancient forest | photo journal 3

Hello friends,

Last Monday we drove home from Prince George, and decided to stop in for a little hike into an ancient forest. It was the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park! We didn’t go for the full hike, maybe about 2km of it. But we were able to see some pretty incredible things. There is just something so rewarding about exploring in the forest, especially one with so much history attached. But boy oh boy were there mosquitos so it definitely kept us moving on our hike. It’s also pretty amazing as a mama witnessing your tiny little humans walking through an forest with crazy tall trees. It was refreshing to stop at this forest, during our long journey home from Prince George. Jayden and I were just talking about how when we go somewhere we always just want to get there, but it’s memories like these that the boys will remember…us taking the time to let them stretch their little legs, and us actually exploring some of these little gem places along our way to our destinations.


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I love watching this guy as a dad, maybe a sappy mama here, but it actually makes me fall more in love with him as the days go by!

It was also a little bit windy, some of the trees were swaying and creaking. A bit creepy, but oh so cool!

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We’ll have to stop here again in the future to see how much our boys grow over the years! How neat would that be?

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Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

-Cynthia