RAIN! Finally, after months and months of heat and smoke we had a bit of rain. While it didn’t quench the fire as much our community would like, it let the fire fighters get control of some of the fires around Nelson.

A few days ago I found this Facebook post and shared it to my timeline. The original post has since been shared nearly 3000 times throughout the community, and I think that’s because it describes exactly how each one of us has been feeling for the past few months.

Here is the link to the post:


The smoke has lifted (for now), the temperature is tolerable again (for now), and Shambala continued as scheduled.


smokey Nakusp

This past weekend we went to Nakusp for a little R&R and stayed at the most amazing BNB on a farm surrounded by mountains. We spent Saturday at the beach in Nakusp, letting Freya crawl around and explore the park, putting everything in her mouth of course (when does this stage end?!?!).

standing + clapping

standing + clapping

We also ventured up to the Nakusp Hot Springs for a quick dip before heading to the BNB. Freya was mesmerized by the farm animals at the BNB. The horses and goats were friendly and came close enough so that Freya could get a good view. I love how much she loves animals.



Browse Creek BnB + Saddle Mountain

And as if the animals and beautiful scenery weren’t enough, the breakfast on Sunday was incredible. We are excited to go back the Brouse Creek BNB in the fall!


Freya loved these beauties


Freya’s new friends

Freya and I are heading to Vancouver Island next week, so we are sticking close to home until then. Now that the smoke has lifted for a few days, we can hopefully get down to the park to visit with some friends. I look forward to our runs and pool time, lots of sleep, simple healthy dinners, and Game of Thrones.


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xo ali


Welcome to my first blog post!

I guess I should start by telling you why I decided to start this blog. Our lives are about to get pretty crazy around here, and I thought this would be a good way to document all of our happenings. I’ll be heading back to work in a month, which will be a huge transition for me and will probably include many evenings of homework and studying to get back in the game. As well, I’m still trying to finish up my TEFL training, with no end in sight. Freya will be heading to day care, which means endless evening snuggles (fingers crossed), followed with numerous nighttime wakeup calls. So I think now more than ever, I’ll need some ME time. I need to slow down and dedicate time toward self-love and creativity. This will be a great place for me to reflect on our week through words and pictures, sharing our little world with you.

It’s so hard to believe, but this little monkey is already 10 months old. Where has the time gone?!  It seems like just yesterday that I was calling John home from work because my contractions were getting intense, and now look at her, a whopping

18lb, 8oz!!


We’ve been keeping things pretty low key over the past few weeks, trying to get back into our daily and weekly routine and to genuinely enjoy every day together. This has meant saying NO to a lot of people, which is something that I’m still getting used to. Trying to make other momma friends in this small town has been a little difficult, so I have always pushed myself to get out there and have playdates and coffee dates as much as I could, even if it didn’t jive with Freya’s nap schedule. With our summer (and with that, my maternity leave) winding down, I’ve come to the realization that these carefree and lazy one-on-one days with my babe will soon come to an end, and so I need to cherish every single minute.

We are looking forward to spending our three day weekend together, visiting some nearby hot springs and slowing things down a bit in the country.

xo – ali