Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Our Week in a Nutshell

This week we explored ruins and abandoned buildings, cooled off at the beach and at the lake. 
George's Island, in the middle of the Halifax harbour, and home to Fort Charlotte, is not usually open to the public. However this past weekend, it hosted "Picnic in the Past" with historical reenactments, tours of the underground tunnels, and general exploration. I am always astounded by the grit it takes to walk around in the summer heat in those heavy cotton and wool uniforms! Thank goodness for modern clothing :) 

Today was Pea's 15th birthday. We've been celebrating for over a week because this birthday is the one that means the most to her. She invited her friends over for a sleepover, her closest friends from her old school, and closest from her new school. She spent a day watching old movies. We went on a road trip to take photographs of an abandoned building she loves. We had a fiesta with our group of friends she has connected with, hearing the stories of when they were fifteen. And tonight, after a supper of crepes and fruit with family, we watched the sun set on her 15th birthday sitting on the roof of the house. 

Last fall, Pea made a very difficult decision, a decision that created a fair bit of change and some negative repercussions. It was a brave decision, one that when she looks back on it, would choose the same again, although handle it differently. I am so proud of the maturity, the strength and the grace she has shown. It has been a difficult year, but one that has brought about a blossoming, and a freedom to be herself. 

I love you Pea, and I hope this year brings greater happiness and peace. xo


  1. Happy birthday Pea! What a wonderful and unique way to celebrate your birthday!


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