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Canada, day 6: Sulphur Mountain & Hot Springs

On our last full day I knew I wanted to hit the hot springs, but also wanted to do a little more hiking. After doing some research I learned that the trailhead to hike up Sulphur Mountain was in the parking lot of the hot springs. One thing I read called it an "easy" trail and another labeled it "difficult." Soooo... I wasn't exactly sure what we were in for but knew we could at least ride the gondola down so we didn't have to worry about hiking all the way back down, too (which I sometimes hate more than going up!)

The trail started off great! Nice wide trails with great views...

And as per usual, Lucy decided that this was the perfect time to take a nap!

The hike up took about 3.5 hours total and while the trail itself was "easy" (no actual climbing over rocks etc like Ha Ling) it got a lot more narrow and steep as we got closer to the top.

The openings in the trees where you could see the gondola were soooo steep and made me so nervous! I couldn't even take a picture of the view down! 

We finally made it to the top and were greeted by a tiny snowman!

Lucy woke up just as we made it to the summit! She seems unimpressed.

I was so happy to be at the top and off super steep trails where you could fall to your death with one misstep! Also, I love how Lucy and I are bundled up and Josh is just chillin' in a t-shirt... crazy man!

We went inside to warm up with some coffee and relax for a bit.

Afterwards we went back outside to explore for a bit.

Such amazing views everywhere! Which Lucy missed...

Then we rode the gondola down and got in the hot springs! Lucy LOVED them!

I figured she would because she loves swimming and splashing, but she pretty much made this face the whole time! 

It was kind of like a giant awkward pool party... it was cramped full of people and hardly anyone was talking to each other. We didn't stay real long, but it was kinda one of those things you have to do when you're in Banff! Plus Lucy loved it so it was worth it! 

We left there and had dinner and while we were walking around we discovered Beaver Tails!

ummm.... yes please. Haven't eaten food like that in a LONG time! It's probably a good thing we didn't find out about it until our last day! 

I'll be sad when she doesn't sleep with her butt in the air anymore.

The next morning we hit our favorite breakfast spot (Rocky Mountain Bagel Co.) before heading home.

We had a wonderful time in Banff! I am so proud of my sweet girl for being so easy going and such a good traveler! She just takes everything in, sleeps when she wants, and is happy 99% of the time! So thankful for these adventures with my family! 

Happy Monday! 

xoxo

Friday Favorites!

Friday already?! 

I still have one more day in Canada to re-cap & a few other things to share from our trip, but I just had to share some things I'm loving this week! 

1. Lucy has been saying "Mama!!!!!!"

She still doesn't associate it with me (as far as I can tell) but it's still THE most beautiful sound I've ever heard! As of Sunday, she was 40 weeks old and has now officially been out exactly as long as she was in. Crazy to think about! I'm just sitting here wondering how the past 40 weeks have FLOWN by, while the 40 weeks of pregnancy seemed to drag on and on. Her bottom teeth finally popped through, she's been trying to climb the stairs, I'm pretty sure she'll be driving next week. Gosh, she is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I could not love her more if I tried... and yet, I love her more every single day. 

2. Sleeping!!

sleep sack c/o

This is the face of a girl who has been sleeping 10-12 hours a night for the past couple weeks!! Before that she had still been waking up once a night most nights, but she's been going to bed earlier, sleeping later, and now thanks to the Nested Bean, sleeping better.

She has pretty much been sleeping for at least an 8 hour stretch (if not 10+) since we got home from Canada. But even so, when the Nested Bean asked if we'd like to try out a sleep sack I wasn't sure how much it could help since she's been sleeping so well, but figured it couldn't hurt! 

We've been using it the past few nights and I have noticed that Lucy hasn't been stirring as much. Even with her sleeping all night, she's still quite a noisy little sleeper and has still been inadvertently waking me up through the baby monitor just by tossing and turning. Since we've been using the sleep sack, she hasn't been! It has a little weighted pouch on the chest that mimics Mom's touch and helps her soothe herself back to sleep. 

Yay for sleeping all night!!!

3. Sitting backwards is apparently one of Lucy's favorite things.

This is pretty much our new normal at Target... but apparently it's also now normal for eating, too.

We met a friend for lunch the other day and she started off facing the table like a normal person, but then all of a sudden she was like this. Sitting correctly in the chair... just backwards. Apparently we weren't entertaining enough for her! She was so proud of herself! 

4. Double date night!

Last Friday we went up to Indy for a date night at Morty's Comedy Joint with my brother Eric and his fiance (!!!!) Erin to see our buddy.. comedian Derik Zoo! Always fun!!! It was nice to get out but I sure missed my little peanut (even though we were only gone for about 6.5 hours! ha!)

5. And ummm... duh.. THE FIRST DAY OF FALL! Although the high has still been in the 90's here... wish Mother Nature would get the memo! But I'm so excited about Lucy's first fall! pumpkin patch! halloween! pumpkin spice lattes! okay, maybe that's more for me than her... but so many fun things we're looking forward to! 

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What have you been loving this week?! Any fun plans this weekend??

xoxo

Canada, day 5: Grizzly Bear Refuge

When I booked our Columbia Icefields Parkway tour, I stumbled across the "Discover Grizzly Bears" tour, which was another full day tour with several "main attraction" highlights, so I was in! 

Our first stop was the Takakkaw Falls waterfall... 

It was so LOUD! I mean, nothing like Niagara Falls or anything.. but still. 

Best family photo ever! Ha! I love some of the results you get when strangers take your picture! 

This picture of Lucy cracks me up. She reminds me of Randy from A Christmas Story haha!

Riding the gondola up to lunch!

We had lunch at Eagle's Eye restaurant, which is the highest restaurant in Canada! The views were pretty amazing! 

More selfies.

After we ate lunch and hung out on top of the mountain (where it was freezing!!! ....obviously, with the snow and all), then we rode the gondola back down and got ready to go visit Boo the grizzly bear!! 

We had to go a bit of the way back up the mountain to see him, and this time we had to ride a chair lift.. 

It was waaaayyyy higher than it looks and Josh had a death grip on Lucy! He was SO nervous about it. I mean, obviously it was a little nerve-wracking having her on something like that but I honestly wasn't as nervous about it as I was on some of those crazy hikes we took! On the way down he actually zipped her up inside his jacket. She screamed for a minute and then fell asleep. Ha! It was cute :)

They guarantee a "sighting" of Boo or you can come back for free. Since he has over 100 acres to roam around I was expecting to just see him off in the distance somewhere, but as soon as we got up there he was RIGHT THERE. 

Pretty awesome!! After a few minutes he walked further back and then disappeared into the trees and we didn't see him again so I was glad we got to see him so close for a little bit!

Boo is a 14 year old grizzly bear who was orphaned as a cub with his brother when his mother was illegally poached. :( They were about 5 months old at the time and usually that's a death sentence for cubs that young so typically they're euthanized. This refuge was built for them and Boo has been there ever since. His brother passed away during their first winter there, so it's just been him for all these years... although he has got out twice and they think he became a father one of those times ;)

We all really enjoyed meeting Boo! It was such a neat experience and we'd definitely recommend it if you're ever in the area! 

On the way home from the refuge, we stopped at Emerald Lake. As usual, this lake didn't disappoint with beautiful views either.

Once we finally got back to town that evening, we ordered pizza and took it back to our room and just relaxed the rest of the night! 

Lucy really wanted Daddy to share! We were all content with a fun filled day either way though! ;)

Tomorrow... our last full day in beautiful Canada and possibly Lucy's favorite: the hot springs!

xoxoxo