Wit and Wisdom From a Beach in Mexico

What a winter we are having this spring…at least that’s what it feels like here in Alberta…and Saskatchewan…and Manitoba!!! I think I can safely say that everyone I know is ready for the snow to be done and the warmth to arrive so we can put the winter boots away and bring out the flip flops…permanently. Well, until October, at least.

My family just came back from a wonderfully relaxing holiday in the Mayan Riviera where the sun, surf and sand were good for the soul! Sitting on a white sandy beach with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean before me, I realized a few things…here they are:

There is no age limit in which you can ‘rock’ a bikini…I saw many older women looking pretty great in a two-piece! You go girls!

It is possible to sit out and stare at the sea and simply “not think” at all…pure bliss! You really should try it!

You always seem to run into someone you know…no matter where you are in the world! We ran into three different families that we knew…a long way from home! Great minds think alike, I guess!

Saying one simple word makes me happy: “Gracias.”

It is best to apply ‘continuous spray’ sunscreen on indoors before you head out to a breezy beach on a 35 degree day…4 awkward and goofy looking sunburns taught us that from the places the spray did not reach…OUCH!

Hammocks are a great investment…we bought two and plan to use them lots this summer!

Being at the beach makes you want to dance…just ask my 6 year old who was continually shaking his booty at the beach simply because he was enjoying life!

We can learn a lot from the Mexican people…especially about patience….we should simply practice it more often!

Unplug from technology and your mind truly rests and quality time with family grows immensely.

Until next week, I will sign off with a quote by a man you might of heard of, Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

 

 

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2013

The weather cooperated, the scenery was breathtaking, and the talent on display was nothing short of spectacular! Yes, I am talking about the Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival. My family took in some of the events this past weekend and if you missed it, you can still go next weekend as this festival is on two weekends in a row! This is the second year my husband and I have gone to the One Carver – One Block – One Hour Competition and we really enjoy it! This year our six year old really got into it and I am including a photo of his vote of the People’s Choice Award. His pick for best scupture was the ‘Canada Flag with the Canada Goose.’ 12 ice carvers from around the world compete for the winning title and $1000 prize for first place by carving whatever they choose out of one block of ice in the span of one hour. The chain saws were humming, the irons were out, and the torches were fired up at the end to turn the cloudy ice crystal clear. It really is amazing to watch 12 talented people come up with such creative sculptures in such a short time frame. After that competition held at the Lake Louise Inn was over, we drove out to the Chateau and checked out the ice sculptures there…made out of 15 blocks of ice and the theme for this year’s competition was ‘Carve a Song.’ We went Saturday afternoon and the masterpieces weren’t completed yet, but we were able to see a tremendous amount of carving done and what the finished products were going to look like as each station had a picture on display along with the title. This is a pretty big deal…one couple has traveled from New York for 11 or 12 years in a row to attend this event…pretty neat. Until next week…stay warm and enjoy mugs of hot chocolate, sitting by the fireplace, and the great selection of infinity scarves in style right now!!!

“Dad, I thought it was a real moose!”

Enroute from one family Christmas in southwest Saskatchewan to another in northeastern Saskatchewan on Boxing Day, we were driving through Moose Jaw. My husband, Wade, said to our boys, “Look out your window up ahead and you’ll see a great big moose!” Well, the boys dropped their cars and their books that they were engrossed in to catch a glimpse of this big moose…well, it was a big moose, all right! It was the gigantic moose statue that greets the visitors at Moose Jaw, but my boys have spent enough time at their grandpa’s farm in northern SK to know what real moose are and what a majestic animal they really are, so they were hugely disappointed and both exclaimed, “Dad, I thought it was a real moose!”