As far as I know, the average person tries very hard to prepare for the unknown. When I found out I was pregnant, my head began to spin with the idea of how we would have to plan for what was to come eight months from that very moment. As time went on and my belly grew, so did the lists of things we needed to do. Everything I did up until the day my son was born was plan and prepare. Eventually that day arrived, and we went on to experience everything that typically accompanies the first year of a baby’s life. Just as we finally figure out our footing, our groove as I like to say, I notice there is a date looming around the corner waiting for me. It’s the one when my comfy security blanket I like to call maternity leave, comes to an end. Something else to prepare for now. Working and being a parent. Another unknown. As the “first day back” approached, lists were back in my life, mental notes while lying in bed returned with a vengeance. How do I set up child care? part-time or full-time? How will I ever get everything organized? My head again, spinning. I needed a break from the pressure of upcoming work, and being trapped indoors from the rain. So we did what we do best, and made our way out of the city to explore the wilderness.
Who doesn’t love the sound of crawling the Eastside, exploring artist’s studios, and being immersed in culture, art, and community. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend an evening with a friend. An adult friend. Have you ever attempted the Eastside Cultural Crawl with a kid!? Or multiple children….. it can be daunting. And terrifying. And most likely stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!
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It’s been one of those months. The kind of months where the laundry pile is looking more like a wild game of jenga, I high-five my partner every time we leave the house with a kid who’s at least brushed her teeth or hair (bonus points for both!), and 3am photo editing sessions are my closest friend. Continue Reading
I’m a fan of cookies. Chocolate chip cookies to be precise. I don’t like to mess around with it either. Read: hold the raisins thanks. Don’t ruin a good thing! I did a bit of a scour of this fine city and I’ve compiled a small list of the, in my humble opinion, best chocolate chip cookies. I am definitely open to hear (and taste) your favourites.
Tucked between Hastings St. and the industrial area of Terminal Ave, Strathcona is a neighbourhood brimming with culture, art, and young families. Heritage homes line the streets and smack in the middle sits a little oasis of a park.
For the past two weeks, I was on the other side of the world, experiencing Tanzania so I didn’t get a chance to create an Experience Vancouver post. I love travelling. I love experiencing different cultures and exploring new-to-me lands. I was blown away by the animals, landscapes, and Maasai people. Next week we will resume experiencing Vancouver and loving it’s people but for now, here a couple of images from my time in Eastern Africa. You can see a few more images on my blog.