Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vancouver Vacation - Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

A few weeks ago, we returned from an AMAZING trip to Vancouver, Canada.  I've been inspired by my friend Bailey's pictures of her time in Vancouver, so we just had to experience it for ourselves!

We met my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend, Megan, Sunday night at the airport; piled ourselves into what is now our official vacation car, a Flex; and made our way to the house we rented for the week in Deep Cove (an area west of North Vancouver they all the "interior").  When we woke up Monday morning, we got a full glimpse of how beautiful our home base for the week was.


deep cove house rental

deep cove house rental


After getting cleaned up, we decided to head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, one of the things we were MOST excited to visit.  Why not start out with a bang?  When you walk through the gates, you immediately feel as though you've left the real world and entered a lush forest.  After checking out the totem polls, we went straight for the giant suspension bridge.  This bridge was built in 1889 and stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River.  We had some rowdy kids in front of us who jumped most of the way across, making our first trip over quite bouncy.  Even though we were hanging on for dear life, the views were beautiful.

vancouver totem pollsvancouver totem polls

vancouver suspension bridge


capilano river

capilano suspension bridge

Once you make your way across the suspension bridge, the real fun starts.  You find yourself in the middle of a "coastal rain forest", where you can make your way through an endless trail of boardwalks weaving through the park.  We walked most of the boardwalk area on our way to the "Treetops Adventure", my favorite part!






His wingspan was ALMOST equal to the eagle...






The Treetops area was a set of suspended bridges between 1300 year old Douglas Firs.  We ascended a staircase and walked from tree to tree, pausing at viewing platform around each trunk (think Ewok Village from Return of the Jedi, says husband).  It was AMAZING.  I could have walked back and forth all day, enjoying the forest from the tops of the trees.





After making our way down to solid ground, we traveled back to the suspension bridge (where we had a much less bouncy trip to the other side) and made our way to the last major part of the park - the Cliffwalk.  This was a (yet another) set of tiny bridges and stairs that followed a granite cliff along the Capilano River.  The views were beautiful!








We finished the morning with a delicious lunch on the patio of the Bridge House across the street.  Then it was off to Grouse Mountain, where we took a gondola to the summit for some amazing views of the Greater Vancouver area (and a bear).  Stay tuned for pics!  


Want to see pictures from our vacation to Yellowstone and the Tetons last year?  Check out these posts for some amazing pictures.

Yellowstone National Park
Hiking Jenny Lake and Colter Bay
Horseback riding and Chuckwagon Dinner
Floating Down Snake River
Hiking Rendezvous Mountain





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Things Lately & Some Exciting News!!!

Hello friends!

I've been terribly neglectful of my blog the last few months...bad blogger...bad blogger!  Life has been CRAZY busy and I'm sorry!  I've decided to pick back up to keep track of this next year, as it's going to be a doozie.  Here are a few things that have happened since we last spoke...

I started a new job.  Ok...I mentioned this last time, and it's actually most of the reason blogging had to go for a little while.  I write all day, so coming home to work on the computer didn't sound appealing for a while.  I miss it now though, so it's time to start back up.

We had an awesome trip home for Christmas.  We were lucky to get 12 days at home and we made the most of it.


I allowed my brother to stick me with a needle (aka...he gave me my flu shot).


Had a terribly cold winter




My parents came for a much needed visit.

Travis graduated from Brandeis University with his doctorate in Music Composition.  I'm so SO proud of him!  It's been a long road, and he's finally done!!


We went to Vermont with Travis' family.  Stowe, VT is one of our favorite places in New England, so we were so happy to share that with his family.


We found out we're pregnant!  I'm 15 weeks along and am finally starting to feel less nauseous.  We are so excited to welcome a little baby into our family.  December 7th...hurry up!!


We haven't had an ultrasound yet (that'll come July 9th, when we find out if it's a boy or girl!), but we DO have a recording from when we heard the heartbeat.  Enjoy!



More to come.  :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tell Us Tuesday 16

Welcome to the Tell Us Tuesday party everyone!  We’re excited to see what you’ve been up to this week!  Stop by every Tuesday to link up your latest blog posts and show off what you’ve been doing, then check out the other links and find new bloggers to follow, inspiration for new projects, parenting tricks, or a new yummy dinner idea.

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Now for some of the features from last week...they're all about fall this week!  

Food Features


It's been really cold here in Boston in the last few weeks, so I'm craving soups.  Check out Domestic Superhero's Skinny Tomato Basil Soup!

These chicken nuggets look A-Mazing.  

DIY Features


Loving this tutorial for making a table runner from wood scraps.

This is such a cute cake - I love seeing it floating around!  O Taste and See has put together a tutorial for the Kit Kat cake - check it out!

Ladies Tellin' It Like It Is

Check out The Jenny Evolution's 6 tips to reduce food cravings.  I've been following most of these as I've been losing weight!  Great advice.

Ashley from Life on the Parsons Farm did a "day in the week" post - check it out!


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Tell Us Tuesday 15

Welcome to the Tell Us Tuesday party everyone!  We’re excited to see what you’ve been up to this week!  Stop by every Tuesday to link up your latest blog posts and show off what you’ve been doing, then check out the other links and find new bloggers to follow, inspiration for new projects, parenting tricks, or a new yummy dinner idea.

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Here's what your hosts have been up to this week...



Check out our trip to Carter Mountain in Charlottesville, Va.  Preston had an awesome time!!



Check out my trip to Salem, MA - it was a fun fall day!

Also - make sure to read her recipe for Peanut Butter Cheesecake.  Yes, please!


Food Features
Gorilla Bread - it looks sweet, it looks warm - it looks perfect for the Fall/Holiday season!!

Pumpkin pie cupcakes recipe
To. Die. For.   - Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.  I will be making these this week!


DIY Features
You gotta love a beautiful knit hat for your daughter with a giant bow.  Check out the crochet pattern here!


As we are all giving thanks during this season - this DIY project of a Thanksgiving Chalkboard is perfect.


Ladies Tellin' It Like It Is

Check out how Brianna is planning on staying positive these days and getting rid of the negative.  Something I think most of us could try to do!


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Tell us about your recipes, parenting tips, DIY projects, or your family vacation – we want to see it all!
Follow each of us so you’ll never miss a party.  Follow on GFC, Bloglovin’, or your favorite reader – we’d love to hear from you!
Add a party text link or button to your blog.  This helps us in exchange for letting ‘ya link up!  The more people that know about the party, the better.
Click around – find a few links that interest you below and check them out!  Better yet, leave them a comment and tell them where you came from!
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