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“Spring Break”

We're at the end of spring break and it's been a surprisingly really great break! I'm really proud of Conor and myself for giving the girls a great time and some great memories. Conor took the girls mountain biking for the first time and then took them a couple more times. Holly and Greta had a couple play dates with friends. They cleaned and performed maintenance on their bikes. And we went hiking with friends. Next weekend, I'm going to drop them off in Idaho with their bikes and they're going to bike back to Spokane along the Centennial Trail. Conor and I are dividing and conquering and I often miss him by the time we get to the end of the day. It's a tricky balance having bigs and littles (and a Maeve island in the middle!), but we're doing our best!

Hiking with friends was really nice. It wasn't strenuous (although I was wiped out!) and we had a picnic lunch and a fire afterwards. It was one of those 1 hour hike, 3 hours socializing kind of adventures. And it was awesome!

When we arrived home, I changed into my pajamas, got into bed to feed Ira and didn't get out of bed until two and a half hours later. Ira and I snuggled and rested together and it was heavenly!

We managed to sneak in an afternoon hike in Kananaskis Country with Conor's sisters and their families. It was a gorgeous day and so fun to be outside in the mountains. Holly stayed in Calgary with my parents because her knee hurt and she had her own kind of awesome day with them. The kids all hike so well together. At our halfway mark, we stopped for snacks and the kids built fires unsupervised. This was totally childhood unplugged. It was pretty dreamy.

We went to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump with my Mom and Sisters. I remember going there when I was little and I must have really enjoyed it because I've wanted to go again for as long as I can remember. It was really fun to take my girls and learn about Alberta history. The building itself is so neat. It's built into the cliff and blends right in. The exhibit was awesome and the staff were so inviting and friendly. It was so cool!

While in Calgary, it was very important to me to make a stop at the Calgary Zoo. We went with our Larsen cousins (and some of their cousins!) and had a fantastic time! One highlight was seeing Panda Bears! So amazing! 

One of the biggest cousins with the littlest. Maeve gets so incredibly loved on by all her cousins!

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