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Our Alberta Homestead

We are still settling into our little condo in Black Diamond Alberta!  Moving is NEVER a pleasant experience but when you get a couple oxen like Jeff + Shelli, we git ‘er done!





After our 12 hour drive from Vancouver, we thankfully spent the night at our friends Karen + Kyle’s house in Canmore.  Man, we crashed once our heads hit the pillows!  In the morning we had a short chat with Karen before going to check out our new digs!  Megumi contributed to the conversation one mew at a time.Black Diamond - 01

Back in the car!  Megumi was REALLY not happy about it because I’m sure she thought it’d be another 12 hours!  Luckily an hour + 1/2 later we arrived at our summer home!Black Diamond - 02

Check out all that snow!  Crazy, eh?!  It’s like a winter wonderland!!!  But it’s April!  Take that, Los Angeles!!  We had no idea what to expect from our new lodgings, since I found the condo on Kijiji (it’s a version of Craigslist) + it only featured a couple of pictures.  I didn’t expect a row of little gingerbread houses!  So cute!  And Stepford Wife-ish!Black Diamond - 03

I felt like a draft horse lugging all the heavy boxes into the house…Black Diamond - 04

UUUURRRRRGH!!!!!Black Diamond - 05

So not fun!!!  Hey now, the inside is bright!!!Black Diamond - 06

The kitchen.Black Diamond - 07

It’s tiny + compact, but perfect for two people for the summer!  Megumi was like, “HUUUUH???”.Black Diamond - 08

“WHO’S THERE?!?!”Black Diamond - 09

“WHAT’S THAT??!!”Black Diamond - 10

Our stand up paddle boards lie unceremoniously in the living/dining room cuz they don’t fit anywhere else!  But Megu likes to take snoozy naps behind them, so it works out for the best!

After we hauled what was in our cars, we headed back to Canmore for the night since we don’t have a bed!!!!  Sigh, so tired.Black Diamond - 11

What’s with the sideways stinkeye, Jeff?!  Why I oughta…..Black Diamond - 12

More domestic hijinks to come!  Thanks for all your support!!!!

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Glad to see you got er done! Not sure if you’ve figured it out yet, but Alberta has the WORST weather in Canada. Period

    April 22, 2013
    • It’s really fluctuates!!! But I’m digging the big open sky!!!

      April 23, 2013
      • There are some amazing sunsets there. Maybe you can see the meteor showers this week!

        April 23, 2013
      • ???!!!???!!! I’m going to look that up right now!!! Thanks for the heads up!!!

        April 23, 2013
  2. Super cute! I was picturing the boonies…I had no idea there was an actual little town!

    April 22, 2013
    • That’s not the town – that’s just our condo complex! But there is a one street little part of town – I’ll take pictures!

      April 23, 2013
  3. Oh, do you have a bed now?!

    April 22, 2013
  4. Deb Fayle #

    Beautiful and bright Shelli!! Love it. Miss you guys already …

    April 23, 2013
  5. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    HAHA, luv the stink-eyed Cowboy Jeffrey,
    …classice foto, Nan, well Mum & I are so
    glad U 2 made it safely 2 Alberta, and of
    course grumpy Meg’s….ur new dig’s look
    veeery niiice,…Ok, gotta hit the road, oh
    yah, Mum’sie is leaving this weekend for
    Japan,…take care, miss U, Dad’s

    April 23, 2013
  6. Adrianna Benjamin #

    I dunno about your “summer” in Canmore, doesn’t even look like it’s close to being Spring in Canmore!

    Wish you were in your old ‘hood right now, we’re out at the Lake for 2 months while we’re between housing. Moving to New Orleans in July! You’ll have to visit once you get your papers settled!

    April 23, 2013
    • I wish I could be there to help you pack!!!!! So crazy! I’m missing you guys so much! And will miss our hikes in the Santa Monica mountains!!! I will FOR SURE visit you when I can bust out of this country! Jeff will LOOOOOVE New Orleans! I haven’t been there since I was 20!!!

      April 23, 2013
  7. Hiroko Nishino #

    What,Ad!!!!!n!!!, You too move to New Orleans ? No way! , but blessing to you.
    Miss you visiting to my house with your baby.

    April 23, 2013
  8. think of how much cheaper rent/mortgage is there compared to rainy vancouver…!

    April 28, 2013
    • You’d be surprised how expensive rent is in Calgary!!! We couldn’t find anything cheaper than $1300 for one bedroom apartments! That’s why we chose Black Diamond – it’s closer to Jeff’s location + it’s cheaper! But it’s literally in the middle of the country!

      April 28, 2013

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