Y’all. I wrote on my Instagram post yesterday all of the feels I had after experiencing my first Family Day with MY family. I just could not have asked for a better day to remind me of all that I have and how blessed I am! I know I should feel that way every day but in truth, this past year has been a blur of sleepless nights, exhausting days, and the learning curves of becoming a new parent. It’s been hard to live in the moment and really soak in all of the emotion.
Mike works A LOT. You mamas out there that pull all-nighters AND all-dayers are my heroes. It’s HARD. My husband along with many other husbands work those extra hours to bring home the bacon for their families and their contributions though less visible are just as substantial. Typically, Mike works a six day week (Monday-Saturday) and if we get to spend time with him as a unit of three before the baby goes down to bed on those nights then that’s icing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but this is why I did lightly demand that he take the extra day and spend it with us. If we get a stat day every once in a while, I’m gonna take it!!!
We are LOVING the fact that we’re seeing things we’ve seen a million times before through Luca’s eyes for the FIRST time. I grew up in the mountains skiing with my family every weekend and hiking and camping in the summer. Our proximity to that level of exquisite nature was something I always took for granted. Now, we love getting in the car and driving West to make memories with this little guy who is seeing it all brand new and will likely grow up out there like we did.
So, we packed up the car and headed out to Lake Louise. I don’t think I’ve been to Lake Louise since I was kid seeing as how Banff is closer to us in YYC… we don’t typically go further than that. I had no idea what was in store for us and oh my sweet heavens I’ve found a new favourite spot. I’m already planning our return trip in the spring/summer to try some of the trails, tea house and Moraine Lake. I’m telling you, I’m a born and raised Calgarian and I’m still discovering this beautiful place we live.
I digress. We arrived, bundled up and set out down to the ice castle and frozen over lake with the most magnificent view of the mountains I have EVER seen. I kid you not. You’re literally surrounded by vistas while you look up from a snow covered flat land. There were horse drawn sleigh rides which looked nothing short of magical, and ice castle and skating rink, ice sculptures galore and sitting areas with a fire set up to keep your hands toasty. If you so desire, the Fairmont Lake Louise is RIGHT THERE for your lunching needs and Banff is only a short back-track in the event that you still want to get some Banff Avenue action in.
We stayed until our noses were a bright red and then piled back into the car for a quick nurse and nap. Perk: there is nothing quite like fresh air to knock a baby out into the deepest, dreamiest of sleeps.
I will always remember our very first Family Day as a family of three and I’m SO glad we decided to make something of the day because memories don’t just happen, you have to make them.