Nature is so sweet

Anyone who cares at all about where their is food is coming from probably knows that fruit season is in full effect.
The kids and I were so stoked to go to Blue Berry Knoll to pick some raspberries!  Ok the truth is I was super stoked and the kids were less than enthusiastic at 9am.
Taya insisted on having the front seat in the VW since the top was down and lucky for her Tristan was in a good mood and let her have the seat without a fight.
The sky had just the right amount of cloudy to keep us the perfect temperature while we picked.

I have to say it was super hard not eat every berry that we picked but eventually our little quarts filled up.  One of the greatest things about picking your own fruit is that you get to chill out in the farmers field with friends or family or just alone with your thoughts, but on top of that you get fruit at its peak.  You pick which berries you want basically insuring that every berry in your quart is edible (good bang for your buck) ……you’re not stuck with some fruit that was sprayed with god knows what,  picked way to early and ripened on a truck while traveling from another country.  I’m not sure where we as a society starting to go wrong but I feel like there is change coming about.  Maybe it starts with us caring where our food comes from, caring what we put into our bodies I’m not sure.  What I am sure of it ends with our farmers.  You have heard the phrase before farmers feed cities!  I would just prefer that the farmer that feeds me is local.  That might mean I wont be able to eat strawberries all winter unless I buy frozen but you know what I think I could learn to live with that.  My grandmother died at the age of 102 she was born in 1902 she ate what her family grew and what they canned/preserved.  They had the right idea.  Judging by her age when she passed away I think that her health was better because of her way of living.  We live in a beautiful country which happens to have the ability to sustain us very well, so lets keep those hard working under appreciated farmers working!!!  Lets eat better!

We are totally worth it!

The kids and I went to Blueberry Knoll its a great place to pick your own fruit, buy homemade pies and when their corn is in season it is the best corn you will ever taste!

Leslie
xo

Super Yummy Supper Healthy and we picked em!!!

Super Yummy Supper Healthy and we picked em!!!

 

 

Massey Hall

Weeks ago Matt and I were in the grocery store when a lady with a big smile walked up to us.  She asked Matt if he remembered who she was.  Matt replied “Yes!  You’re Tony’s Mom!”  Our friend Tony Dekker is “Great Lake Swimmers” along with his very talented band mates.  Tony’s mom had asked us if we would like to join their family to go see Great Lake Swimmers at Massey Hall.  Seeing Tony’s moms face light up with pride as she gave us the details about the show gave me goose bumps.  Of course we said YES!!!!!  Hearing anything about Tony always brings a smile to our faces.  We don’t get to see or talk to him often but still feel very much connected to him.

Last night was finally the night.  We were all so excited to go to Massey Hall.  Massey Hall!!!  Our friend is playing at Massey Hall……we were pooping our pants I can’t imagine how Tony and his family were feeling.  It’s a huge honor to play that venue.  If seeing The Great Lake Swimmers wasn’t enough I also got to see another friend open up for them.  Amy Cole and The Rural Alberta Advantage.

Amy and the band killed it.  The venue is a seated event but The RAA was totally meant to listen to standing up.  The driving drums, the rhythm of the guitar, and Amy’s back up vocals all come together like nature had intended it that way.  Seeing her up on that stage all I could feel was pride.  Tristan kept trying to keep up with the drummer while he was air drumming in his seat.  I think Taya wanted to get out of her seat and dance.

Great Lake Swimmers took to the stage like seasoned pros without any of the cockiness.  The second all of their instruments came together was the second my jaw hit the floor.  Each note was bathed in beauty.  The band as a whole fits together like puzzle.  If one piece was to get lost the puzzle wouldn’t be a puzzle at all.  They all brought something so valid to each song.  Tony, a soft spoken, smart, hansom, modest and sometimes shy man stood so well in the center of the stage at Massey Hall.  Small town Tony is big time talented!  It was so cool to see strangers enjoying his music.  To see his dad beam with pride in the aisle as we patiently waited for him to take stage, to hear his fans clap so loud after every song,  and to hear his sister Carolyn say that she was able to skype their other sister in Japan so that she could hear her brothers entire show was almost as great as hearing Tony’s music at Massey Hall.  I bet one day years from now some 20 or 30 something will be standing on stage thinking to himself this is where Tony Dekker stood oh my gosh!  I think that it is so amazing that Tony is putting his mark on the world and will have a legacy.  Not everyone can say that!

As we were driving home Taya said, “I haven’t listened to Great Lake Swimmer’s in a while but I think Tony just changed how I think about music.”
Thank you so much to the Dekker’s for including us.  You have such a beautiful family that both Matt and I admire very much.

Such a great night!
Congrats to both of our friends from lil ol Port Colborne for taking on Massey Hall last night!

Leslie
xo

Great Lake Swimmers and The Rural Alberta Advantage

Great Lake Swimmers and The Rural Alberta Advantage

A night of Girl Talk and and Thunderstorms

One of my most favorite places in the world to be is on my boat.
When I’m on it I forget about my job, about someone complaining to the city about our chicks, about the laundry that needs to be done, the emails that need to be read, and only do I think about all the things I am so grateful for having in my life.  There are the obvious ones like my kids, my husband, my parents, then there are the things that I don’t always stop to think about.  Such as the wind that can actually make my boat move, the water that not only my boat floats on but that I can jump into and swim, where I realize how small I am in this huge world but can see how my actions can cause ripples. The Chubby Bean is 19 feet of pure bliss and clarity.  Its also a great place to have a good sleep!

Last night I was sitting on the boat reading when I heard someone walking down the dock……I couldn’t have been more excited when I saw Taya’s face.  She climbed aboard and got comfortable.  Taya and I had no intentions on sleeping on the boat but we started talking.  Talking about her report card and being on the honor roll, boys, her upcoming birthday, our hair and just life in general.  It was one of the best nights I have had with my daughter in a long time.  The older she gets the more I wish I could hold her like a baby again, the more I realize how lucky I am to spend time with her…any time at all, because I now understand how precious time really is.  Taya will be going into grade 12 I’m running out of time or the times are just changing.  Either way it can be overwhelming.  Last night is a night that I will probably talk about at Taya’s wedding of some other huge life event.

While the lightening flashed and the thunder rolled Taya and I drifted to sleep swaying to the motion of the water.

Tonight is going to be another great night!!!  We are off to see our friend Tony of Great Lake Swimmers at Massey Hall!  Thank you to his family for inviting us to come along!

Give your loved ones an extra hug day cause….why not!

Leslie
xo

On the Chubby Bean with The Bean

On the Chubby Bean with The Bean

Who doesn’t love a good surprise!

Working on a Saturday when my husband is off can suck…but hey that’s how it goes sometimes.  Matt and I try to make the most out of the free time that we have to spend together with the kids.
Friday night we spent the night on the boat.  Tristan was out with a friend and Taya was working late.  It was a perfect night, warm with a nice breeze that kept the bugs away and just the right temp for a good nights sleep!
Saturday morning Matt and I debated on going for a sail before I had to go into work but decided against it.  So we choose to go looking for a patio set for a porch we have off of our second floor.  There wasn’t a lot to choose from and some of the prices were crazy high.  We stumble into one of my least favorite stores…..walmart and found a deal on four chairs and an outdoor rug, and at Target we found lots of fun Beaver Canoe accessories and 4 colorful  ottomans that we made into a table.  I actually can’t believe what we were able to fit into our lil VW Cabrio.
We could only 2 of the four chairs so Matt had to head back to Walmart while I went off to work.

I work with some pretty great people so the day was going by at a good pace and there were lots of laughs while we were working away.  On my break I grabbed my phone to see if I had any texts and Matt had texted saying he had a surprise for me.  I was guessing that he set up everything we had bought, and I couldn’t wait to come home and see what he had done.

Once I was all done work I practically sprinted home to find Matt on the 2nd floor porch he had put the chairs together, put the carpet down, put the ottomans in a pattern to create our table where he had bought candles and a cool tray that totally finished our little slice of serenity.  Could I have been more stoked????  Hell no!  My Matt is the shit and I never forget for one second how lucky I am!

Time to relax before we get back to the grind that Mondays bring.

Have a blissful night!

Leslie
xo

Our Chill Space

Our Chill Space