Explore: Life in Pictures, Vol. 6

The end of 2013 whipped by. Last time I did a photo update on my word for last year we were finishing summer and transitioning into kindergarten and I was getting ready to go back to work. And now it’s 2014. January 7 already. Before I know it May will be here again and the snow will be gone and 2013 will seem very far away. So here’s the end of the year in pictures.

I didn’t do much in the way of exploring, at least not in the traditional sense. But we hit some milestones and had some fun, and I guess that’s what it’s supposed to be about anyway.

Someone turned one.


You would think he didn’t like his birthday cake.


But you’d be wrong. He devoured that piece.


It was a good birthday. The last first.


Christmas came even though I wasn’t ready, as predicted.


It was fairly low-key – a rare thing in my family. But we did the obligatory (and enjoyable) things. Now I just need to clear the detritus from my living room. (I did mention that it’s January 7, didn’t I?)


We had a cold snap in there too. A very, very cold snap. Did you know you could get ice an inch thick on the inside of your windows? In Alberta you can.


But winter is beautiful. At least I think so.


So we took advantage of it.


We walked, and found signs of beauty and love.


Winter lasts for a long time here, but sometimes you just have to throw yourself into it and become one with the snow. (Literally, even.)


He looks like he’s not enjoying himself (or maybe he just thinks the hat is goofy) but he had a blast. Deep snow is apparently quite fun when you’re one.


We had some losses…


…but many more wins.


And so ended 2013.

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  1. You certainly capture winter very well! It does look beautiful.
    2013 really did whiz by. Sigh.

  2. I can’t believe the ice on those windows! And yay for lost teeth! Winter where you are puts Ontario to shame!

  3. That hill looks perfect for sliding! We have a little one in our neighbourhood and I just picked up some saucers for the kids. I can’t wait to take them.. once it warms up just a bit. -30 is too cold for me! Cheers to a new year, Robin!

  4. You make winter look glorious! And then I remember that I’m so glad I don’t live there. :) You and your handsome boys seem perfectly happy, though!

  5. We had our last first birthday during 2013 also. Sad but good. Your pictures are beautiful! But I am happy we don’t have any snow

  6. Those pictures are great and the ice inside the window is insane. We live in an area that doesn’t get much snow and are all flat land so I desperately miss sledding when we are blessed with some.

  7. I have yet to experience a very cold winter and if I do, the first thing I would will be to slide down a slippery slope.
    Yet the thing that stood out most in your story was the picture of the cake. I really want a piece now.

  8. I’m feeling the same about my youngest. I seem to be taking greater note of each first because I know it will my last time counting those. Bittersweet. As far as the holidays, there is a corner in my living where it’s still Christmas 😉

  9. Great pictures! The ice in the windows floored me.

  10. Winter looks beautiful by you. I have a hard time finding beauty in winter but this post made me think I should try.