I seem to be getting itchy feet. I think it’s because I know the weather will be changing soon and I will indoors with a new little one quite a bit. The thought of going on a big journey with a newborn doesn’t appeal to me, but the idea of looking forward to a mini-trip this fall is something I can get excited about. Last year, Joe, Frankie, and I went for one night to Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Even though it was just for the night, it felt like a refreshing holiday. I’m thinking this will probably be our first trip away together as a family of four. I figure we’ll keep it pretty low key again this time, and fill a few days by hanging out in the hotel a lot and wandering into the adorable town of Harrison.A few things we found easy and relaxing with a little one in tow…
Sometimes life can feel very hectic, especially when living in a more urban setting. That’s why I often find myself drawn to more peaceful spots around the city. I always like to have a mindful moment or two in a day, whether alone or with my son. I thought I’d share a few great spots that I always find bring me a sense of calm…
Le Marche St George is one of my happy places. It can be very busy though, so often I walk up the hill beside it and sit on the old church bench that leans against the cafe property’s fence. If you peak through the slats, you can sometimes see a chicken or two kept by the owners. A chicken sighting is one of Frankie and I’s favourite things.
I often forget that Queen Elizabeth Park exists because it’s tucked away on its very own hilltop. Even though it’s bordered by busy streets and is beside the hustle and bustle of Hillcrest Community Centre, I always find it to be an oasis of calm. You can take in the most beautiful sunset views of the city, and, when I have Frankie with me, I sit by the fountains and let him run around and be mesmerized by the water show, while I take in a moment’s peace.
Even though I grew up in North Vancouver, the first time I ever heard of Wreck Beach and its clothing-optional policy was when I began attending UBC. I still remember my first-year pilgrimage down there. The large stretch of naturist beach on the shores of the university felt, at the time, like the ultimate metaphor for the extreme freedom and liberalism one so often feels in young adulthood and early university life.
Wreck is one of the most beautiful beaches Vancouver has to offer. It is well worth trekking up and down the flights of stairs to get there and back so long as you are comfortable with some people’s choice to be nude or are choosing to be nude yourself. I respect the naturist philosophy that many people choose to follow. My life choice, thus far, has been to remain as clothed and covered as my bathing suit or bikini dictates while enjoying any beach (apparently this means I am a “textile” in some circles).
J and I just returned from our first bike trip with Frankie. We traveled from our house in Vancouver to Vancouver Island via bike, bus, and ferry. We stayed off busy roads, taking our bikes on the bus for any busy sections and enjoyed cruising along the Galloping Goose Trail to get to Sooke (our destination on the Island). We used a Weeride bike seat for Frankie that was given to us by a neighbour and we loved it.
This past weekend we went to Italian Day on Commercial Drive. Our little guy celebrated his heritage while rocking his dad’s shirt from the ’82 World Cup. We had a delicious, simple lunch of Italian sausages smothered with onions, ketchup, and mustard. Francesco enjoyed his first dip at a waterpark (I can’t even believe he’s old enough to do this already!) We passed by Prado – my favourite coffee shop on the drive. I will definitely have to ride my bike down there soon.