Explore: Life in Pictures, Vol. 1

I wrote a post just about exactly one year ago about all the things I wanted to do in 2012. It was part of wanting to live in a vibrant way and I was totally excited. And then about a week later I got pregnant. And I spent about, oh, 8 1/2 months feeling like crap. So we didn’t do all the things I wanted to do, which was okay because we did some of them and the rest are there waiting.

Some people might think we’re crazy for moving to a place with the fabled Canadian winter, but I love it. I love snow, and we get a lot of sun, and it’s not as cold as you might think and when it is we just dress for it.

It’s exhilarating.

Lately we’ve been driving around doing things and I keep thinking, “I’m so glad we moved here. I belong here.” And I feel so lucky and grateful.

This year I want to revisit that list of things I want to do. I want to EXPLORE.

We’ve started already.

One day it was a visit to a tower that I’ve had a fondness for since I was a child.


Looking up.


We looked way out past the buildings, past the river, past the houses to the mountains. And we looked down. Way down.


Looking through tower's glass floor

Looking down.


I’m going strong on my latest life list quest — exercising for 30 days straight — and have been treated to some wonderous things in the process.



Winter sunset


And we’ve ventured a little farther from home as well. To the mountains, of course.



In Banff


Just out of the frame on the left were some elk. Big ones, with big antlers (just far away enough that I couldn’t get a decent picture with my iPhone). And my husband smiled at me and said, “I love that you get so excited about seeing stuff like this.”

I do get excited about things like this and I’m not afraid to admit it. Choosing to get excited about seeing elk at the side of a frozen river is just one of the things that makes life interesting, don’t you think?

But sometimes the things I get excited about are right there on my very own couch, and I feel so lucky and grateful for that too.



Ethan and my dad



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  1. MellieMom says:

    I love this post. You sound so vibrant :) xo

  2. Oh, that picture of Ethan with his grandfather – it’s incredible.

    I’m excited that you’re excited. I love that you’re living up to your word. Thrilled in fact. YAY!

    • Rich pointed out that Kodak moment and I grabbed it quickly before Ethan started to squirm. Love it!

      And thank you for being thrilled for me. :)

  3. I love all your pictures and I’m glad to see you out exploring your land. It’s a great feeling to see what is around you.

  4. Your photos are all marvelous. But that one of Ethan and your dad…love that!

  5. We live in area with all kinds of wild animals strolling through our yard but are still close enough to a major highway to get to places quickly. It is the best of both worlds. I get excited when wild turkey are hanging out in our yard & I get just as excited that we can be in DC, Baltimore & Annapolis all in 30 mins or less.
    Beautiful photos but that bottom one is priceless!

  6. Love the pictures!
    Looks like you moved to Calgary?
    I haven’t been there yet, we moved from Germany to Merritt, BC 5 years ago. The first winter was brutal, but now it’s just the new normal 😉
    I’ll have to go and check out your Twitter account!

    • Yep, we moved to Calgary last year. Loving it! And I know what you mean about Merritt – nice place as well but not warm in the winter. 😉 Glad it’s feeling normal!

  7. Anonymous says:

    High five on the explore front. For all the people that shake their head and say ‘I don’t get it- why you want to live there..’ oh well. Good thing it’s me and not them. Right?

    Congrats on your move, and that pic with gramps is priceless. Just beautiful

  8. Breathtaking! What a beautiful place to explore. And the photo of the baby with his grandfather is just gorgeous <3

  9. That’s a really beautiful landscape! The baby/grandpa shot is frame worth, for sure.

  10. What a beautiful place you live in!

  11. LOVE that last picture. I cherish photos like that. And I always love to see your IG pictures from your 30 days of exercising….sometimes they make me cold to look at, but I can tell that you’re happy there and it makes for a beautiful photo. What a majestic place.

  12. Gorgeous and heartwarming! Your heart shines through.

  13. Great pictures! Gorgeous!

  14. Such lovely photos! I loved the sentiment in your first paragraph…you can always pick up where you left on last year’s list. So true.

    I look forward to seeing what else you discover as you explore this year.

  15. Oh, what amazing pictures!! The glass-floor skyscraper one is definitely my fave. Such a brave little one :) Love the idea of picking up on last year’s list – nice to know that WE get to decide things like that!

  16. This looks fun! I’m so glad you guys are exploring (in every way)!


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