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Highland games

We went to Canmore this afternoon and watched the Highland Games. I’ve been wanting to go again for years – I think the last time I went was before kids. Now however, the monsters were at the perfect age to enjoy the Games. Teens are pretty easy in these situations. We checked out the booths, watched men and women do tug of war and throw giant logs, and enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. How lucky we are to live here.

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The moon

I was so grateful today we had some much needed rain. The smoke isn’t gone but it’s certainly lessened. I hope this means BC also had some rain to help put out fires.

Tonight for the first time in about 3 weeks I saw the moon. It’s the first time the sky has been clear enough from the smoke. It was so nice to look up and see it shining down at us.

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Mountains returned

The smoke was almost gone this morning and for the first time in want feels like ages we could see the mountains today.

We did a mountain escape after supper and walked around Canmore. It’s always been a place that resets our souls and brings us peace.

As a bonus today I got the best picture of the boy enjoying his stroll around town.

Quality time with the kids. It’s stuff money can’t buy. I love this life.

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Spot it

The kids and I spent more time packing and sorting things today. This has been the longest process to move the shortest distance ever.

We stopped part way through when we found one of our favorite old games Spot It. We were obnoxious and loud as we yelled out our finds, and laughed and remembered how much fun it is to play together.

Then for a little evening entertainment we brought one of the barn kittens in to give her some homemade formula. Hopefully her mom comes back for her soon. But ohhh she’s so cute

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Summer classes

The boy has been enrolled in summer driving school and spent the last week in the classroom learning how to be a responsible driver.

He wrote his exam today and passed with flying colors. Now onto the actual in car part of his learning.

I did the same driving course through AMA years ago and I still use what I learned. I’m grateful I was able to provide this opportunity for him – it’s all about giving them the best possible foundation on which to build their lives.

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Stampede breakfast 2018

We had our community stampede breakfast at the hall this morning. It’s one of my favorite events of the year. I see people there that I often only get to see once a year, it reminds me how lucky we are to be in this community, and I love seeing bonds between families made stronger.

This year not only did I help because I’m a board member, but my kids helped as part of 4H. When they came home they were so light and happy. Finally they are truly feeling like they are part of this community , they have developed deep and comfortable relationships in the last 3 years that hopefully will last them a lifetime – as they have for me.

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