Algonquin Camping Trip-2016

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It has been a while now since I’ve posted something on my blog. It has been a busy summer for us. We are not living in California anymore and came back home, to Canada! It has been a bit stressing for the four of us but hopefully things will come back to a more steady routine.

We have always done camping since we met with my husband, and I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I have all these years. Yesterday we got back from Algonquin Park here in Ontario. Gorgeous place, I have been here twice before but never portaging like we did this week. Four portages and five lakes!!!! I thought that the kids would not be able to handle the walking and carrying their stuff and sitting very still in the canoe…but they did!

Here are some of our best images of this awesome trip, can’t wait for next summer!!!

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 Getting some gas and then we are set to go. Algonquin here we come!!!!

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Taking a break before we do the first lake.

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We had to wait, it started to rain and we couldn’t go…

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Then we found our chance to do it, Magnetawan Lake was our first one.

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Our first camping spot. So we did five lakes but the first day we did only 3 and camped one night at Ralph Bice Lake, too big to do it when the weather was not so nice. Next day we were heading towards Queer Lake but had to do Little Trout Lake before.

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I was on charge of that fat red bag…amazing how you can get used to the  load after a couple of stops. That canoe has quite a mileage, has been everywhere and it has been in my husband’s family since he was 3ish? We got some nice compliments from various people on this trip.

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That’s Phil trying to find a nice spot to bring in the canoe.

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Kids loved it so much, we still can not believe it. There were no complaints or requests to go back home. They went in the water, they ate their food, they didn’t mind the “toilet” in the woods, they were great!

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Kids peeling the hard boiled eggs we brought for lunches or dinners.

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Having rocks for a snack!  (they were actually chocolates that looked like rocks, got them at the bulk store)

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I got caught eating my pasta and eggs!!!

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It was a beautiful experience and now I’m looking forward to our next summer and next location. Also, we are very happy to be back to Canada now, you don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it, we had so much here. I really want my kids to grow in a nice environment, with a good sense of community and of course with some culture to pass on to other generations.

Happy Week!

 

A visit from El Salvador

Hello, I have been busy last month with the visit of my nephews from El Salvador and my brother. There was no sewing at all and now I think I’m running late for handmade Christmas presents, but everything is posible!

I want to share with you some photos I took during their stay, they are too many so I will share just a few.

Hola, he estado tan ocupada este último mes con la visita de mis sobrinos y hermano que vinieron de El Salvador. No tuve ni chance de hacer costuras y creo que estoy algo retrasada con los regalillos navideños hechos a mano, pero todo se puede y será posible!

Quería compartir algunas fotos que tomé durante la estadía de ellos aquí, y como son muchas compartiré solo unas cuantas.

Grover Hot Springs ( This time in winter)

 

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It was an amazing experience for the kids, to be in the pool in the middle of winter. One was cold and the other one was hot (naturally hot). It looks like its dirty but it was so nice and clean. My nephews were saying: Patty!!!! this is too hot, we can’t do it!!! they spend almost two hours in it, like tadpoles !

Fue una experiencia increíble para los niños, el estar en una piscina justo en invierno y en un espacio abierto. Una piscina estaba fría y la otra caliente ( pero naturalmente caliente). Pareciera que esta algo sucia, pero el era el agua más limpia y clara. Mis sobrinos me decían: Patty!!! esta agua está muy caliente, no creo que nos podamos meter mucho!! Luego pasaron casi dos horas metidos allí como renacuajos!

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First time in the snow. The youngest one said he would jump in the lake that was near by and he would do it for 45 dollars! As soon as he was out he took it back…he said he had forgotten his shorts…yeah right!

Primera vez en la nieve. El sobrino menos dijo que él se metía al lago que estaba allí cerca por 45 dólares! Al no mas salir del carro se retractó y dijo que lo que pasa es que se le habían olvidado los shorts…si como no!!!!

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We went to Emerald Bay or more like we took photos from the road, but it is such a beautiful spot, you can not go there without taking some pics. We went to Tahoe, we did Yosemite and El Capitan and Merced, second time now since we moved here to California two years and half ago. We did a few spots a the city like Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Warf and walked lots in the city one day from ChinaTown up until the ports.  It was a great visit and nice trip.

Fuimos a la Isla Esmeralda, bueno más bien tomamos fotos desde la calle que pasa arriba, pero la verdad que es una parada que hay que hacer y tomarse una fotito del recuerdo. Fuimos a Tahoe, Yosemite y El Capitán y el área de Merced, por segunda vez desde que vinimos a California hace dos años y medio. Visitamos algunos lugares en la ciudad como el Puente del Golden Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf y caminamos bastante un día por el barrio chino hasta llegar al puerto.  Fue un gran visita y lindo viaje.

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Merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for visiting my blog during this year. It has been a good year and I have a few goals for 2016 lets see if I can accomplish them.

I really wish that the world becomes a less tumultuous place to live next year, and that each of us work on building a better place for our little ones and families and friends.

Send you all my love and hugs in this holidays!!!

See you in 2  0  1  6!!!

Feliz Navidad a todos! Gracias por haber visitado mi blog durante este año. Ha sido un año bueno y yo tengo algunas metas por cumplir en el 2016 a ver si lo logro.

Deseo que el año que viene el mundo se vuelva un lugar menos tumultuoso para vivir, y que cada uno de nosotros trabajemos en construir un mejor lugar para nuestros chiquitines, familias y amigos.

Les mando todo el amor y muchos abrazos para estas fiestas!

Nos vemos en el 2   0   1   6!!!! 

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Northern California Camping trip part 2

This is the second part of our little road trip around the California Mountains, and I have to tell that I was very impressed with the landscaping and the amount of green around that area. I think I definitely prefer this part of California than the south, maybe because I’m so used to the weather in San Francisco and the Bay that I just feel like the intensity of the sun these days is strong and to much for me ( says it me, a 40 year old woman that doesn’t do sun tanning anymore and that is constantly taking care of the her skin so she doesn’t too old too soon).

So our second stop was at this campground called Panther Flats part of the Six Rivers National Forest Campground and very close by was the Jedediah State Park a stunning place, I recommend it to all if you haven’t been around this area.

Here are some of my favorite images. Enjoy.

Esta es la segunda parte de nuestro pequeño viaje por las montañas en el norte de California, y tengo que decirles que quedé muy impresionada con el paisaje y la cantidad de verde por esas areas. Definitivamente prefiero esta parte de California más que el Sur, quizá es porque ya me acostumbre al clima de San Francisco y la intensidad del Sol estos días a veces es demasiado ( lo dice una mujer de 40 que ya no quiere broncearse o que esta constantemente cuidando su piel para no hacerse muy vieja antes de tiempo).

La segunda parada fue en un campamento llamado Panther Flats  parte de Six Rivers National Forest Campground  y muy cerca de Jedediah State Park un lugar increíble, se los recomiendo para los que aun no han venido por esta area.

Aqui están las imágenes prometidas.

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At Panther Flats we found a creek just for us!

En Panther Flats encontramos este riachuelo solo para nosotros!

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Then we got to our campground and made dinner and prepared some Cubas Libres (Rum and Coke) with a Rum that a good friend of mine that lives in Panamá sent to us a few weeks ago. Thank you Jenny, you saved us for a couple of nights.

Luego llegamos a nuestro campamento a hacer cena y tomar unas Cubas Libres con un ron que mi gran amiga me envío desde Panamá. Gracias querida Jenny nos salvaste un par de noches.

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When we go camping kids have no choice but to make up games and play with whatever they find in the woods.

Cuando vamos de camping los niños por supuesto no tienen otra opción que jugar con lo que encuentran en el bosque o inventan juegos.

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Jedediah Redwoods State Park was very close to our campground. So many trees it was amazingly beautiful in there. I really want to go there again…soon!

Parque Estatal Jedediah Redwoods estaba bastante cerca de nuestro campamento. Habían tantos arboles allí, fue asombrosa la belleza. Quiero ir otra vez…pero pronto!

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This tree was one of the big ones, but not one of the biggest ones. There were giant trees in there you can’t believe they can grow that tall.

Este árbol fue uno de los grandes arboles pero no el más grande de todos. Allí habían arboles tan gigantes que uno no puede creer que puedan crecer tan altos.

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Our kids had so much fun, they are pros now at hiking and exploring! This was a great experience for the four of us and we are glad that we have check this one off our list, but will gladly put it back to do it again and again!

Nuestros niños se la pasaron muy bien, ya son profesionales en caminar y explorar! Esta fue una gran experiencia para los cuatro y estamos encantados de que ya le podemos poner un cheque en nuestra lista, pero con gusto lo ponemos de nuevo en la lista y hacerlo una y otra vez.

Tomorrow I will come back with more images and maybe some sewing projects I had just finished.

Thank you for visiting my tiny little corner here, see you soon!

Mañana regreso con mas imágenes y talvez con un proyectito más de costura que hice por allí. 

Gracias a todos por visitar esta pequeña esquina, nos vemos pronto!!!!

Northern California Camping trip Part 1

Hello everybody, we are on Monday the beginning of the week and I’m happy because this strange phenomenon  here in Half Moon Bay we are having, with hot weather, blue sky and sunny at 8 in the morning. We haven’t seen rain yet and even though is alarming, I have to admit that on a day  like this I feel more like doing stuff around the house and out.

Today I want to share with you some of the photos of our little camping trip we did a couple of weeks ago. There were many hours of driving and almost 9 days of camping up north in the mountains and by the pacific coast too, it was worth it the driving and the days with no shower ( something I’m very much used to now) and mosquitoes that didn’t even get my ankles, but the kids were their favorite main dish, those dammed bugs, blood suckers and quite annoying little guys!

We started our trip in Napa but we didn’t camp there, it was too hot and to be honest it was not the place we had in mind, NOT that day! I mean, if it was about going there for wine it would be paradise, but not the ideal place to start our little summer adventure with little kids. We had lunch there and then we drove up north all the way to Trinity Lake part of the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

These are some of the images of our first camping spot.

Hola a todos, estamos en Lunes inicio de semana y feliz porque como fenómeno raro aquí en Half Moon Bay tenemos sol y cielo azul a buenas 8 de la mañana y con mucho calor. Todavía no hemos visto lluvia y a pesar que es preocupante, tengo que admitir que en un día así me dan muchas más ganas de hacer cosas en la casa o afuera. 

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes algunas imágenes de nuestro viajecito de camping que hicimos hace un par de semanas. Fueron muchas horas de manejo y 9 días de acampar en las montañas y por la costa del Pafícico, pero valió la pena la manejada y los días sin bañarse ( a lo cual ya estoy muy acostumbrada) y los mosquitos que no me picaron pero ni los tobillos, los niños si fueron platillo preferido para esos chupa sangre, condenados y fastidiosos!

Empezamos nuestro viaje en Napa pero no acampamos allí, estaba tan caliente y la verdad no era el lugar que teníamos en mente, no ese día!. Digo, si se trata de vinos claro que es el paraíso, pero no era el lugar ideal para iniciar nuestra aventura de verano con niños chiquitos. Almorzamos en Napa y de allí manejamos hasta Trinity Lake parte de Shasta Trinity National Forest. 

Estas son algunas de las imágenes de nuestra primera parada. 

Trinity Lake

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We were happy that our camping spot was right by the lake…or not? The lake use to come all the way where I was standing and up to the edge where the trees are.

Estábamos tan felices de que nuestro espacio para acampar estaba justo por el lago…o quizá no? El lago solía llenarse hasta donde yo estoy parada y se llenaba hasta el borde de donde están los arboles.

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Either way, we managed to find some water and cool ourselves for at least an hour. Little Sebastián is such a brave boy but when it comes to jumping in the water not so much.

Igual logramos encontrar agua y pudimos refrescarnos por una hora. El pequeño Sebastián is un niño muy valiente para muchas otras cosas, pero cuando se trata de mojarse o meterse al agua no mucho!DSC_0059

I think my husband won’t like it that I’m posting this “sexy” photo of him, but he is away this week, hopefully he doesn’t find out.

Creo que a mi esposo no le gustará que yo este publicando esta foto tan “sexy” de él, pero estará fuera toda la semana y espero que no se entere.

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Kids had so much fun this day, and every time we travel anywhere they seem to bond more as brother and sister. This is the reason why we do it every year once or twice, to be closer to each other and forget about phones, TV, and all technology possible…except my camera!

Los niños disfrutaron tanto este día, y cada vez que viajamos a cualquier lugar nos damos cuenta que ellos se acercan más como hermano y hermana. Esta es la razón por la cual lo hacemos una o dos veces al año, para estar mas junto al otro y olvidarnos de teléfonos, televisión, y cualquier otro tipo de tecnología posible…excepto mi cámara!

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These were the first of many more images. Tomorrow I will post more about our second camping spot.

Thank you for stopping by again. Theres no sewing going on today, but as soon as I get my mojo I will be back here with some more fabrics and needles .

Estas fueron las primeras imágenes de muchas. Mañana publicaré más sobre nuestra segunda parada.

Gracias por pasar nuevamente por aquí. Hoy no ha habido costuras, pero en cuanto agarre un impulso vuelvo con telas y agujas por aquí.

San Luis Obispo

We were in San Luis Obispo for our 9th year wedding anniversary, our wedding was on September 10th but this time we celebrated it until the weekend. It is a nice area and out of all the little towns we passed by or stop at, San Luis was the nicest, cutest, and with more of a feeling of a city. They have the Cal Poly University and I think that,  makes a big difference to any city or town, there a lot of young people (probably students living there) and a good amount of tourists (like us). We walked around a bit and had some lunch and then headed up the hill to visit the church and one of the 22 missions if I’m not mistaken.

When I think of wedding anniversaries, I think of wine, hotels, nice food, relax, and fall in love again, but when you have kids the celebration concept changes completely. We went to little kids museum there in SLO, we had PIZZA for lunch!!, we got some ice cream and found a park! I enjoyed it a lot, and the kids did too. A friend told me to leave them with a babysitter or a friend or a relative, I said: no, I don’t leave my kids ever with babysitters and nobody will take care of your kids better than you, relatives…well there aren’t many available ones near by. I’m a martyr maybe, or too attached to my kids, but me and my husband enjoy traveling around with our kids. We all have fun together, they will leave the house one day, and why not enjoy them now that they still like to hang out with you, travel, or sometimes kiss you!!

So here are some photos of our trip. Enjoy!

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We went into the church and Gaby started to pray for something.

This day I wore a nice top I made for myself out this nice fabric I bought from Missmatatabi. It was a self drafted pattern and maybe next time I will add 3cms. to the hem, I felt it was too short for me, good thing it didn’t shrink at all. The pants are linen, confortable ones but got them a while ago at United Colors of Benetton.  Oh, Gaby is wearing something new too, a dress I made and put it on my etsy store as well.

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Somebody got to happy at church, this is a good sign!!! No one was looking so we didn’t get kicked out…luckly.

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It was one of the nicest churches I have visited in quite some time. It fell so nice to be siting on the benches they had around the gardens.

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Then we took a break and went back to our hotel. Next day we wen to the Farmer’s Market and head back home…but we made a stop at…DSC_0919

Hearst Castle!!!

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A huge property and some parts had that European castle feeling, but then some parts were not too pretty, it reminded me of the buildings at Alcatraz.

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Check this pool out!!! This was our favorite spot in the whole place! There were mermaid’s statues, some chairs to sit around the pool and the tiles were so pretty, I only need a couple of meters from there to make my bathrooms look nice!

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Mister Smile really gets my heart when he looks at the camera like this!

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It was such a nice weekend and we were so happy to celebrate such an important day in our lives now with our two “chiquitos”!! It was very hot too, and we all avoided the sun as much as we could.

I’m glad to share our happy weekend photos with you, how do you celebrate special days like this in your life?

Happy Sunday!

We are back!!!

We are back from our trip to El Salvador, 6 long weeks for me and the kids and 9 weeks for Phil who got there before us! But we are home now and nobody got sick or lost or hurt or anything that usually happens on a long trip like this. Last time the kids catch Rotavirus a very bad flu and it happened two days before leaving, it was not a fun flight!

I have some photos to share with you and I hope you like them.

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Having lunch at the Sheraton San Salvador, this was an excuse to get to use the pool for a couple of hours, the heat was unbearable!

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My niece joined us for lunch this day and was doing silly things to entertained her cousins.

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And then we jumped in the pool…Basti is trying to pose like his sister!

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It was Basti’s 3rd birthday while we were visiting my parents up in the mountains. We didn’t come that prepared but we all sing him HBD!!

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This is Basti’s face wondering what was going on…we all started singing and he was a bit confused. That’s my dad thinking that the presents and songs were for him!!!

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And we went for a walk afterwards…to our favorite spot!!

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Uncle Robert hanging out with his nephews and niece!

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Hugging a tree!

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Basti helping me pick the traditional candies from El Salvador during this time in the year. They had Papaya, coconut, figs, tamarind, and so many more!

Wait for my second part, third and maybe fourth, I have so many photos to share and things to tell.

It is nice to be back!!

A week of Camping part 1

We had an amazing time last week camping with the Grandparents that came to visit from Canada. We went up and down mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, creeks, hot springs, forest and meadows. It was very nice for us and more for the kids who hadn’t seen the “abuelos” for a long time.

So I haven’t mastered the skills of camping yet, not the Canadian way or European way, but the way we did it this time ended up working well with the kids. We started at Merced River which was the kids favorite spot because of the river and because we could jump in the water anytime we wanted to. We tried a couple spots more, like Grover Hot Springs campground and Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe. We liked them all, each had its own unique beauty (landscape) and we were lucky there were not much people camping, so it was quiete…except for our laughter! We might go back to Merced River and now we know which spot is the best. If you decide to try it too, get spot 26.

Here are some of the photos for us to remember such a good time. Thanks to Thomas and Astrid for visiting and and helping us around, thanks to Astrid for folding loads and loads of clothes and ironing them as well.

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Merced River. Kids loved it!!

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This was the beginning of the week at our favorite camping spot. You can see some had lots of fun!!!

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And I was having some tension problems with both sewing machines, one was fixed, the other one gave me a headache so I put it away. I cut this one yesterday and was dying to try this pattern. I will blog about it on the weekend, it just needs buttons and voila!!!!

I will come back tomorrow hopefully and give you the second part of our Camping road trip!

Cheers!!!!!