Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Dad's Day!!

Father's to honour such greatness? Do I rave about my Dad, my father-in-law, my husband, my son, my son-in-law? All of them wore and wear the "Dad" badge proudly.

Let's start with our Dad's. They were the "John Wayne" of Dads. An older generation with a different philosophy. Never short on opinions (....or love). Never shy to give us a smack if we needed it, or advice. Of course, Doug must have needed way more than I.  They taught us many life lessons but none so important as honesty, hard work and love. It's mostly the love that I remember.  Good grief I miss them both. Mostly I miss the fact that they didn't get to see what great people our kids turned out to be. Also mostly that they didn't get to meet their great grandsons, Gus, Jasper & Rudy. How they would have loved those little boys and how proud they would have been watching their own grandkids become parents.

Twenty three years, way too long. Miss them both still.....always will.

Leslie Tamas 
Arnold Beglaw
Now, on to the Dad of my kids......I think you all know him as Doug. 
He is an amazing guy. He has spent his life doing just what's right for his family. He was there the moment Teagan and Josh were born. He has laughed with them, cried with them, taught them to drive, play guitar, go-kart race. Done late night school projects, picked them up, sang with them, taught them to make the secret "Beglaw pancakes", scolded them (hardly...well, maybe a bit) and done everything one can ask of a great dad. So many lessons have been taught but mostly about loving, unconditionally. I am so proud to see him as a grandpa. He loves those little boys. He has orchestrated our crazy travelling life. I would never have done it on my own. He is a dreamer and never ceases to amaze me about all the plans and ideas in his head. I wish I had half of his dreams. 
I love him so much.....

And then there are the Dads of our beautiful grandsons. Josh & Shawn. If I could tell them anything it would be that I am proud of them both. Maybe even a bit jealous of the path they are just starting to go down. Don't rush it by. It moves along with such epic speed that you will one day look back and wonder what happened. "How is it possible that they are this old"? Trust me, it happens.
As our son, we have watched Josh embrace the role of fatherhood. He revels in it, cherishes it, adores it and those little boys adore him. So much work ahead but so worth every moment. Yes, even the tough ones. They are what will make you a great dad, like yours.

Our son-in-law, Shawn. I wished we could have know you sooner. Known you when you were younger. I watch you now with Rudy and I know you adore that little boy. It is evident from the moment you walk in the door. Your whole world has been turned upside down by this little boy, this new little version of you. So much joy awaits you. It's so hard to much love.
There will always be love.......thanks to all the special men in my life.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Road Home

No matter how we try, the road coming back home is just never quite as much fun as the road going out on the trip. Oh, it's not that we don't love coming home, it must be that it's just always hard to leave where you are having fun at!! But home we must go......

Lovely downtown Nelson....

Our beautiful little boy - see you next time!!

This drives just passes by without effort. Before we knew it we were in Greenwood, which is half way between Christina Lake and Osoyoos. Lovely little main street. Every time we have gone through here (and there have been many times) we go by the Copper Eagle Bakery and Café and say ..."we should stop there sometime". Well, this time we did. It was so nice. Nothing like a bowl of homemade soup and breads to make your cruising break worthwhile.

Believe it or not, someone put this sewing machine on this mini tractor
and it actually works. The tension wheel on the sewing machine
even works as a steering wheel. Super cool....

What a beautiful patio out back. Peaceful.....

A quick little walk up the street.....

This little store didn't even look like it ever opened but it housed the most amazing collection of "old stuff". Gadzooks, there were a ton of toasters......all shapes and sizes.
See the toaster "wall of fame". But check out the TV!!!

Just an incredible collection of things. We'll have to watch
and see if it is ever open.....

Anyway, back on the road home.....I have always wanted to stop
and take some "proper" pictures of these barns. Maybe next trip!

I absolutely love this area.....

And just like we were back home again and off to work. And already I miss our little boy......
Thanks for checking in!!
Thought for the DayA society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in…....Greek Proverb

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Nelson Musings....

Time flies when you are enjoying yourselves and it is always the rule when we come to Nelson. We just can't get enough of this little family.

Sometimes those backpacks come in handy for cupcake icing time!!

Hey, Grandpa is just alike a big toy!!!

My favourite place to be...
Grandpa and Rudy were quite the little pals by the end of the day today!

A cupcake just for this a trick??

A few friends dropped by for a visit.

Mural under the "big orange bridge"....aka B.O.B.
Just like that, the visit is over and we are headed home in the morning. We look forward to our visits for so long and then, in a blink of an eye, it's over and we are headed back. Sheesh.....
Thought for the Day: Begin each day with a grateful heart.