A Birthday Celebration in Port Alberni

Over the weekend I went on my last adventure of the summer. Jordy and I went on a mini roadtrip over to Vancouver Island to celebrate his roommate's birthday and visit some of his family. We spent one night at his grandma's house and another night camping on his roommate's family property out in Port Alberni. There was river floating, badminton playing, berry picking, and nunchuck swinging going on all weekend and it felt like the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

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All sorts of fun things had been set up to keep people entertained throughout the weekend but badminton was by far the fan favourite. Although the trampoline was pretty awesome too.

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In the morning we got up and ventured over to the garden at the front of the property to pick fresh strawberries and blackberries and admire the corn, potatoes, peppers and other veggies being carefully tended to.

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This moment (above) was one of my favourite moments of the whole summer. I was standing in the cool shade under the trees watching new friends happily pick berries and chatter back and forth, laughing and just enjoying each other's company. Everyone was happy and the moment just felt so great and made me feel so content.

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The love that Blue and Zack shared was almost too much to handle. Get a room guys.

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Other than a concert at the beginning of September my summer fun has pretty much come to an end. And I'm really ok with it. I've had so much fun and experienced so many things but I've been busier than I think I've ever been and some slower weekends are definitely ok with me.

TGIF

dahlia flower center
making a smoked salmon salad

Best part of the week: I handed in a bunch of things this week that I’d been working on and it felt so satisfying. 

Worst part of the week: I’ve had a bit of a cold this week and I do not have time for it!  It’s midterm time and there are a bunch of assignments coming up so I can’t afford to have low energy right now! 

Something I’m grateful for: My time management skills. I have a fun weekend coming up so I made sure to work extra hard this week so I can fully enjoy the weekend without worrying about school.

Something I’m excited for: I’m leaving for another adventure this afternoon and I can’t wait! I’m heading to Vancouver Island for a birthday celebration and it’s going to be so much fun. There’s going to be a float down a river, a mini roadtrip, lots of good food, and tons of excellent company. 

500) Who was your favourite teacher at school and why? I’ve been lucky to have lots of amazing teachers throughout my education. The two most notable were Ms Kinvig and Ms N.  Ms Kinvig, my grade three teacher was my first favourite. She encouraged creativity and communication and really got to know her students and make them feel important. Ms N, my grade ten English teacher, was my next favourite teacher. She was amazing. She was a student teacher so she only taught us for a few weeks but man, oh man did she leave an impression. She taught the material in relevant ways, listened to feedback, and really made me feel seen in the class. She was the most amazing teacher I’ve ever had.

Happy weekending friends! I hope it’s full of sunshine, friends, and all sorts of tasty treats.

Galiano 2017

Growing up on the west coast I've always spent parts of my summers on Vancouver Island - either living there, visiting grandparents, or camping with the family. This year, however, I've spent more time on the Gulf Islands than I have on Vancouver Island and been able to experience the magic that can only be felt on a small island with a tiny population. Two weekends ago I went to Galiano for the first time and camped with a group of friends, some of whom have been making the annual Gali trip over for over 20 years!

Because of the wildfires burning throughout the province the air quality and visibility wasn't great but it sure didn't impact the fun we had. I didn't take my camera out until the last night we were there so much of the fun wasn't documented by me. But boy was there a lot of fun to be had. Playing campfire games around a fireless fire pit (thanks fire ban...), lounging by the water, paddling out on paddleboards and floaties, and making huge meals to feed the 20-40 people coming and going throughout the week and weekend were just some of the ways we passed the time. 

On the last morning we were up bright and early (helloooo 6:45 am) to load up the truck, clean up the campsite and send off the first couple of groups of people to the ferries. We were done by around 11:30 and the remaining nine of us spent the rest of the day hanging out on a field near the beach playing Spike Ball, frisbee, soccer, and reliving some of the highlights of the trip. In the late afternoon we packed up the last few things, stuffed ourselves into the truck, and started the trek back home.