While Levi’s family was here, we spent an afternoon at the Muttart Conservatory! It’s taken me a while to get these photos up because I took so. many. while we were there. Hundreds, guys. And in the space of just a few hours. Levi and I had been once before and I didn’t have my camera with me but I definitely made up for that this time. Fair warning… this is gonna be a super long post of pictures of flowers and leaves… and the occasional human. ha. (and these are just my very favourites…)

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We did the pyramids in the same order we had last time, starting with the tropical first.

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I’ve gotta tell you… I’m proud of this shot…

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I really think this exit looks like something that belongs in Jurassic Park. I love it!

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And here we have a Richard in his natural habitat… ha. I’m a creep.

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Human photos!

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Off to the arid pyramid! My favourite.

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So many succulents and cacti!! #obsessed

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Grandma D wasn’t loving the heat in the previous pyramids, so the temperate pyramid was a nice change…

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I’m really a creep…

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In addition to succulents and cacti, I also have an obsession with ivy…

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And off to the feature pyramid… the Jurassic pyramid!

I thought the leaves on this tree looked sort of like lettuce leaves…

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I loved how vibrant these flowers were!

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After that we were off to eat lunch, do a bit of shopping, and then Levi’s cousin and her husband for supper. And because I didn’t take any other photos the rest of the day, I’ll finish out this blog with a couple of phone photos from our supper out the night before…

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I’m so glad Levi’s family had the chance to visit… hopefully we can get them out here again soon! It’s fun having visitors and always good to see family.

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  • Kristi Jasik - Oh wow…incredible pictures!!! They are amazing Karen! All of them!!! So good to See Sister Barb, Brother Richard and Sis Grandma Drake!! They look great and look to have enjoyed it! Loved the human “creeper” pictures lol…looks like a really neat place to visit. The last 2 pictures from your phone…you all look wonderful!!! Love this post! Love you!!ReplyCancel

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Last Week’s Goals:

1. Keep it Up: C
Water everyday, 3 blog posts, and 4 workouts… that was the goal. I did drink water every day, just not as much as I should have. I only blogged twice thanks to really terrible internet connection. I’m thinking I may need to take a walk down to Starbucks to make use of their wifi for an hour or two this week… seriously, our wifi has been awful. Most of the time, I can’t get images to load. Which really doesn’t work for a photo-heavy blog. And workouts? ha. The husband convinced me to do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout with him Tuesday and I could barely move until Friday. I did two other mini workouts this week but I definitely didn’t do as well as I wanted to.

2. Try a New Recipe: A+
I tried two! Unfortunately, I don’t have great things to say about either one. The first was a crockpot teriyaki pork, and it was much too bland. I even added extra spices. The second was a “healthier” chicken alfredo. Also bland, and the ingredient measurements were completely off. I wouldn’t mind trying that one again and playing around with measurements and flavours… but as-is, it was definitely a disappointment.

3. Don’t Get Sick: A+
I didn’t! So, that’s a win.

. . .

This post is going to be just a recap because I’ll be taking a break from weekly goals for the next few weeks! Not because I’m burnt out or anything, but because these next few weeks are gonna be craaaazy. We’re driving to BC this weekend to meet up with Levi’s family for a long weekend camping trip and we won’t be back until sometime Tuesday. Then the following Tuesday, my mom flies into town!!! We’ve got some super fun things planned for while she’s here and I don’t see myself actually doing anything productive… so weekly goals will be back on September 26th. I know you guys will be counting the days. ;)

…do you guys enjoy these weekly goal posts at all? Personally, I enjoy writing the posts. I think I’m more likely to accomplish things if I know I have to publicly check in the following week to tell you how I did. I like documenting my progress… or my need to make better progress the coming week. But do you have any suggestions for how I could change (or add to) future goal posts to make them more enjoyable for you to read? Let me know if you do!

Happy Monday!

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  • Kristi Jasik - I love your weekly goal posts…plus it means more posts from you!!! Yeah I’m sort of selfish like that!!! I love to hear what you are trying to do and what works for you…the only suggestion is more pictures of your beautiful face and of course food pictures!!! LOL, sorry your recipes weren’t as you wanted but good for you for trying! I felt creative the other night and came up with my own lobster topped baked snapper…just sort of came up with it on the fly and it was pretty tasty….now if I can just remember how exactly I did it that would be good! I certainly hope you have an amazing time camping an STAY WARM!!! Do NOT get sick please….because I am coming to town!!! I am so looking forward to it! Can’t wait to see what you have lined up for me! Hopefully some muffins and cookies are part of that???? HINT HINT! Love you, now on to the next post!ReplyCancel

I have loved this summer, guys. It’s been full of relaxing weekends, adventurous weekends, making plans for fall adventures, and delicious food. Summer food really is the best. You know- barbecued everything, pasta salads, fresh fruit and vegetables. (Yeah, yeah… in about 3 weeks, I’ll be telling you that fall food is the best. Soups, chili, pumpkin spice everything. But right now, I’m still obsessed with summer foods. kay? kay.)

We’ve probably barbecued at least once every week this summer and it’s been incredible. Well, Levi has barbecued while I pace around the yard waiting for the food to be done. ha. (I usually do all the prep before he barbecues so really, it’s a team effort.)

So far we’ve done burgers, ribs, pork chops, steaks, chicken kabobs, potatoes, and corn on the barbecue. And I’m hoping to try some Tandoori chicken drumsticks before fall arrives.

Sometimes I get my camera out while the food is cooking…

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Then usually I get shooed away from the barbecue. So I distract myself from the delicious food smells by wandering around the yard and taking photos of random flowers and things.

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My very favourite meal so far has been probably the simplest one we’ve done… chicken kabobs and a veggie pasta salad. I wish there was a way for you to understand from these photos JUST HOW GOOD THIS TASTED. (phone photos, btw. sometimes I don’t get my camera out but still need to document the deliciousness.)

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I post a lot of our barbecued meals on Snapchat so if you’re into seeing a lot of food photos (and random photos of my face)… follow me!

Also… I have a question. Do you say barbecue or grill? barbecuing or grilling? barbecued or grilled?

I think barbecue is the Canadian word of choice while grill is the US word. It used to really confuse me… I don’t like barbecue sauce, like, at all. If we order pizza and Levi orders a barbecue chicken, I will go in another room to eat my pizza because I can’t stand the smell of his. Anyway, people would talk about barbecue this and barbecue that, and I would be REALLY CONCERNED at all the barbecue sauce Canadians ate. Until I realized that it was actually grilled this and grilled that. ha. Just another difference between Canada and the US, I suppose.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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  • Kira Barfield - I think I need that pasta salad recipe…?? Yes!!
    And I say grill! Lol I’m soooo with you in the barbacue sauce tho!
    Chris always pulls it out when I make any type of chicken. -.-ReplyCancel

    • Karen - I will send it to you! it’s amaaazing. and UGH I’m so sorry for you… haha. thankfully Levi usually goes for ketchup. that I can handle!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Stemen - Yoder’s always says barbecued chicken, ribs, etc…
    I hear that quite a lot, but we say grilled. Guess just depends
    What you grow up with.😊 I enjoy your blogs. DianaReplyCancel

    • Karen - is it chicken and ribs with barbecue sauce? or just grilled chicken and they say barbecued? I have always said grilled too, but I’ve had to change my ways since I’ve moved here because no one knows what I’m talking about. ha!
      so glad you enjoy the blog! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Jasik - I love this post!!! Food looks wonderful…can we grill/BarBQue while I’m there? I may be over under the tomato bushes with my salt shaker tho! LOL…

    I agree with the whole terminology thing…it must be regional, I always say grilled unless I’m actually using BBQ sauce….well, maybe I do say both…I dunno. Love you!ReplyCancel