Better late than never! I like year in review posts, can't you tell? This one though is my personal one, the one I really like to take my time on and reflect back to the year that has passed. This post usually takes me a few days to write, I go through all my pictures and reminisce, then decided what to post.
This year we didn't take a large trip, like the one to San Francisco and Anaheim in 2009. We traveled around our province and our neighboring ones, which only reminded us how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country.
This I desperately try to tell myself as I watch the snow pile up to my windows.
Looking back at pictures like the one above remind me that our summers are worth it.
We finally, after years of thinking about it, went and visited our longtime friends in Christina Lake. Erin and Sheldon up and sold their house, changed their lifestyle from “working for the man” to “owners of a campground” in a beautiful lake town.
What an amazing lake, warm water, sandy beaches with a stunning mountain view. Only in Canada can you find this!
There is also a beautiful nature preserve that we visited on a slightly rainy day.
And we were lucky enough that two other couples we know, girls I went to high school with and have known for, oh too long now, were there as well the same week.
We had a lovely dinner one night, catching up, watching the kids run around like crazed animals and drinking far too much wine from the amazing surrounding wineries that can be found in Southern BC.
Oh! The wonderful snowfall of May Long. Not only that, but the freezing cold frost that killed or damaged a lot of my plants.
Yes, that is a kiddie pool covering my planters. We were desperate.
I am still not sure if I learned any lessons from this, as in wait past May Long to plant. It's just that I am so impatient come that time of year!
My delphiniums took over this side of the yard and I was pleased.
We took a family trip to Banff to celebrate my Dad's 65th birthday and his retirement.
I stuffed my fear of heights way back into my gullet and went on the gondola with Mike and the kids.
I still have nightmares.
I also met Val…
…Kevin and his lovely wife…(then later his lovely daughters)…
..and Liane, all people in the “internet world” that I had known for a while then met in real life. Which is a big thing for me, I rather like just being a hermit.
I judged the Downtown Chili Cook-off, another big step for me which included recording a soundbite for CBC radio with Liane –silently screaming inside the whole time– , standing in front of a whole bunch of people and having them look at me –again with the silent screaming– and generally pushing my comfort boundaries to the limit.
And I had a blast. Which tells me to push my boundaries a lot more often.
My longtime friend from Australia came for a visit with her absolutely gorgeous family. We haven't seen each other in years and never met each others children, it's been that long, so this was wonderful. With some hilarious results.
And I wanted to steal her baby.
But it's ok, we're friends.
I had my first article published in a magazine, ironically nothing to do with food, but children's books. I had 4 published in all this year, but no longer write for the magazine, which relieved a lot of stress for me. I miss the thrill of writing for a magazine, but I don't have the time. It was a major source of stress for me and as much as I love looking at the articles I wrote, I am so glad it's done.
Add in a lovely summer of splashparks with the kids, playdates with friends, a wonderful Christmas out at my parents acreage and I can only hope 2011 is as wonderful!0