Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunshine, sand, art and whales

Buenos Dias! or... tardes... noches? Good day wherever you may be :) It is a lovely sunny morning here and although we still have lots of snow on the ground... there is a feeling of spring in the air and it has me thinking of warmer weather and BBQ's! So to continue with the warm weather theme I thought I would share some photos of our trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which was back in January. I'm warning, this is a photo heavy post.

Puerto Vallarta is on the west coast of Mexico, where the temperatures were a consistent 28 C every day.

We walked lots... and saw many interesting things. The Malecon offers beautiful sunset views, amazing food and entertainment. These incredibly ornate sculptures were everywhere to be seen and photographed.

We took a break to sit and pose with the sculpted chairs.

I wonder if anyone ever really purchases boots such as these...

We continued with our journey down the Melacon and observed this acrobatic type entertainment.

I was too shy to sit with these gentleman... they were like moving sand statues.

I have wanted to go whale watching for years and one might think with my fear of water and all, it might not be on my bucket list of things to do. Well, I was thrilled to bits. I made the decision to not take my camera with me as I wanted to spend my time enjoying what I was about to see instead of worrying about the camera settings etc... so the next three photos are from the tour photographer. 

Before we set out that morning, our tour guide mentioned they had not seen any breaches for 5 days. She told us to keep our hearts open and to have no expectations. It was breathtaking... and we must have had a boat full of open hearts as these humpbacks put on a show... 

This one flapped his tail at least 8 times in a row...

At one point we were stunned at how close we came to this whale surfacing, you can see our guide telling our skipper to back it up!
We saw at least 15 breaches that morning... 8 of them repeatedly from one whale... incredible to say the least!

One afternoon we did the Art Gallery Walk, there are so many galleries in Puerto Vallarta, and lots of art to see.

Most evenings we sat in the hotel lobby to take in this incredible view and to watch the sunset...

And with that I will wish you all a great week ahead!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Month In Numbers | 2014 Wrap Up

Well hello there :) I'm still having computer issues, but I thought I would try and see if I can post something.

Last year I managed to complete a whole year of Month in Numbers and found by putting the numbers on a consistent layout design, it kept me on track with keeping up.

If you do not know what  Month In Numbers is, it's a meme started by Julie Kirk over at Notes on Paper. You can see her thoughts and ideas on what you could include in your own Month In Numbers if you look here.

Here is December's layout...

What a busy month December was! I received a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and you will see on this layout a couple cute cuts, the Santa and his sleigh as well as the deer. Unfortunately is was shortly after this I had problems with my computer and have not been able to use the cameo since! Oh well, I'm a fairly patient individual ;)

November's layout was lots of fun to create...

For the most part I tried to keep count of the same thing each month with a few additions. The red cup is another silhouette cut from the silhouette online store and let me tell you there are so many interesting things there!!

October's numbers...

Overall, I was really happy to be following along with Julie's Month In Numbers and although this year I have not been creating anything specific, I'm kind of missing this little project, so you never know, I may do a blog post every now and then with our numbers :)

Take care friends and have a wonderful evening, or day, where ever you may be!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Computer Issues

Thank you to all who commented on my last post! You are all amazing and I'm so thankful you popped by to say hello :) 

Well wouldn't it figure as soon as I decide to blog more I end up having computer problems! So we will see how well blogger works on the iPad. 

Here is a bit of a peak of my Month In Numbers which I will share once things are back to normal!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 | A Fresh Start

Happy New Year!

I love facing a new year and I have so many things to look forward to. Although it has been several months... hmmm 5 to be exact...since I wrote a post here, I feel really good about this year. I sort of got use to not writing which is strange because I know I have lots to share... my Instagram account is a good indication of that :O) This past month I have been thinking more about this space and my lack of presence and it has compelled me to take a good look at what I want to accomplish this year, not only here on my blog, but life in general.

This is a list of goals for 2014:

1. Blog. In the coming weeks I plan to see what is realistic. I believe in goals, but there needs to be a planned process and I have already started a few things to help this along.
2. Scrapbook. The past year I have made more scrapbooking layouts than I ever have in any previous year (I will let you know how many once I complete my December Month In Numbers!).
3. Read more. Last year I read maybe 9 books which is quite a bit less than what I hoped for. I still have several books I purchased at the beginning of last year, not to mention those on my Kobo, so I am staying away from the bookstore for now and focusing on those items I already have.
4. Exercise. Well, this might be why I haven't been around so much the latter half of 2013! I started working out with a trainer 2x/week and I also took up Kickboxing another 2 nights a week. This really does take up 4 complete nights for me. That is okay though. I'm committed to this one.
5. Meal planning. With all this exercise I have been doing, the weight is coming off, but not as quickly as I want it to. I will start sitting down and make a plan for our weekly menu.
6. Project Life. I finished my second album last week and cannot wait to start my third year. It's got it's ups and downs, but I love the end result.
7. Instagram. I plan to continue posting to IG. It's easy and I have met so many inspiring and friendly people. Plus it's been a great way to connect with friends and family.
8. Photographs. I really want to pick up my camera more often and be deliberate with this. It's so easy to use the cell phone (which I plan to continue), but I found last year, more and more at gatherings or events I did not even bother taking my camera with me. That's about to change.

That looks like a pretty good start to 2014! What about you? Do you have some goals for the new year?

I can see the light shining... 2014 is going to be awesome!

Take care friends!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Month In Numbers | June 2013

I know I'm posting June's numbers just a little late, but what the heck, now is just as good a time as any, right? :)

Month In Numbers is a meme started by Julie Kirk over at Notes on Paper. You can see her thoughts and ideas on what you could include in your own Month In Numbers if you look here.

I have managed to keep up with month in numbers and have quite a nice stack of layouts now and I love to look back at them to help me create and provide inspiration for my new monthly numbers.

I plan to pull some papers together this week and start preparing the basic layout for the coming months so I am ahead of the game! Overall, I still believe that is what's kept me at it this year!

Alright, now on to June's numbers :)

After looking at June's numbers I can see they are mostly related to the weather and I really wanted to include the statistics on the flood the southern part of our province experienced.

I looked back at my photos and we were very busy with the yard and gardening, finding flowers and planting them.

I forgot to add that I have read "0" books, and it would appear July will end in a zero as well! That's okay, we are doing lots of other things that are just as fun and relaxing and I'm sure there will be plenty of time for reading in the coming months.

There you have it! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the last bits of July!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Our Summer thus far...

I thought I would share some photos with you on how our Summer is going... I'm sorry if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen most of these pictures already...

I went for a walk the other day near the museum and I took this photo of our river valley. I have been making a point of getting outside more at lunch time as the summer seems to fly by and this year I am making the most of every moment. I love the fresh air and seem to have a greater appreciation for the small things... like the amount of green trees and blue skies I see here.

 Moving this rock into the backyard took some extra effort... it is the last of the backyard renos and is the water feature that makes me want to spend my entire evening near it... listening to the calming ripple of the water falling down it's sides.

Wedding number two was outside... It's the first outdoor wedding I have been to and it was an incredibly beautiful day... perfect really. Hubby actually took that photo of the releasing of the balloons while I was trying to take some with my DSLR (I had the wrong setting and captured nothing). I love this shot.

We have also been doing some convalescing... Sophie cat has had some long standing chronic issues that resulted in surgery... It's not easy keeping a cat kenneled but we managed to get through it and she is back to her normal self.

I am taking the Phone Photography Project at Big Picture Classes. It's been fun and the challenges are making me see things differently.

Last weekend we had a family gathering for my sister's  25th Anniversary and took some family photos... yep that's my brother in law, just keeping it real.

That's it friends! And how is your summer or winter fairing?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Sunday | Sisters Spa Weekend

How has everyone's weekend been? We had a wedding on Friday and it has all passed so quickly... I will share some photos from the wedding another time... today I would like to share a few pictures from my sister's weekend at the Kingfisher Spa on Vancouver Island.

This is the first trip the four of us have ever taken away... all together! At the end, we agreed to do it again, perhaps every two years...

This was the lovely view we had from our walkout patio... glorious indeed. These are some of islands off the coast of British Columbia.
Many people from Alberta move to Vancouver Island, especially to retire. In talking with the ladies who gave me my spa treatments it is not surprising to hear them say they have no desire to leave the island. It is hard to not want to live here... the pace is certainly slower!
You can see the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the distance... There was mostly overcast skies for the majority of the trip, and on the last day when the sun was shining I didn't take a photo of the mountains! Ha Ha! I guess by that time I was so relaxed I was just soaking it all in!

We were staying in the "Eagle" room, which was so aptly named. There were eight bald headed eagles living at the resort and it was hard not wanting to take more photos, but after about 25 shots ... I decided to just enjoy them :)

It felt so good to get my big girl camera out and take these photos. I loved walking along the beach and seeing things in a different way... with a photographer's eye.

We did take a drive one day and stopped to see the Sea Lions...
They certainly look cute... but boy are they bossy! This one you can see basking in the sun would not let any other lion near his "spot"! When he decided to lay down he just pushed the guy off in front of him! When another lion would try to jump up, he would bark at them all... the noise sounded like "NO, NO, NO"! He looked like he was one of the elder Sea Lions so he was quite comfortable.

That is it for now... I will share more photos again... I'm sure you would like to see the food I ate! Right? In the meantime... here is one last photo of us settling into the room.

Do you have regular trips with your siblings and with out the spouses if there are any?

Take care friends!