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What a week!!!  First snow – IN SEPTEMBER!  Swimming!  Hoarding!  Visits!  Langdon’s life is most definitely a busy one.

Over the weekend it was back to Canmore for more organizing + editing of Jeff’s 40 foot shipping container.  Pulling out racks, pulling out racks, over + over again.  Jeff is like the Sisyphus of boxes + clothing racks.  Here he is turning his face away from the camera + shaking his fist at me in a “Why I oughta” - 01

We have vintage aplenty.  I’ve just got to find the time + will to try + sell it all.  Piece by piece.  Blech.  It overwhelms me so much that I have a REALLY hard time even knowing where to - 02

There are some perks to all this misery.  Found a pair of vintage cowboy boots for Langdon!  He’s so excited about it!  Win!!!!blog - 03

Jeff holding one of his old rock concert tshirts.  Saga?!  Who the hell is Saga?!  More importantly, Jeff was working while wearing this Chinese robe + police baseball cap.  Because who DOESN’T wear a Chinese robe + police baseball cap while they work?!blog - 04

Jeff carrying off Langdon into the deep, dark, cavernous depths of Hades.  Look at his wee face.  He was looking at me over his dad’s shoulder trying to say to me with his fear filled eyes, “Mommy!  Haaaaaaalp!!!!  Noooooo!!!  Hoarding!!!!”.  Oh, Langdon.  Dear Langdon.  Yes, this is your - 05

Well, the three of us were entirely wiped out that night.  Jeff + I are truly blessed that Langdon is such a tolerant baby because we drag him around + he puts up with so much from us already, poor thing.  We booked a room at a hotel in Canmore – the next morning Langdon happily slapped his toy in his dad’s face as he was trying to rest.  That’s my boy.  By the way, doesn’t Langdon’s hair + chewable legs look amazing?blog - 06

Morning swim at the pool!  Oh so happy times + baby rolls!blog - 07

Joined by Langdon’s buddy – Juna!blog - 08

Langdon is like, “What in the sam hill is up with the freaky faces, people?”.blog - 09

Jeff put Langdon in his Swimava ring + it was joyful fat baby arms + legs swim, swim, swimming away like a little Nemo!!!  I’m so glad we bought him the Swimava – it’s the best baby invention ever!!!blog - 10

Juna making more comedic faces.  She’s so - 11

Look at how excited + bright eyed for swimming this baby is!blog - 12

I’m telling you people, the Swimava is amazing.  That day Langdon slept like A BOSS.  Nap time + night time out like a light!!!

Juna lovingly wrapped Langdon up in towels apres - 13

“Thank you, Juna!  I is toasty warm now!!!” said - 14

Later that day we went to check on Jeff’s 1977 Chrysler Town + Country station wagon.  He was prepping it to get a little work done on it, to hopefully rent it out to some of the TV shows that will be set in the 1970s shooting here in Alberta.  It hasn’t been moved for 7 years.  Help - 15

Oh, you didn’t know that we have a vintage station wagon in Alberta???  Did I forget to mention it?  What weird, random things DON’T we own?  It’s a really long story + I can’t get into it because I’ll lose my mind.  Anyways, Langdon was helping his dad polish “the hearse” - 16

Sweet original green interior.  Langdon approved.  This Chrysler was a posh ride in it’s - 17

The weekend in Canmore nearly killed us.  Langdon + I were exhausted from the running around, organizing + long drive.  This week it’s been SNOWING for the past two days!!!  Snow in early September!  Can y’all believe it???!!!!  And a major power outage!!!  Tree branches snapping + breaking from the weight of the snow!  “Welcome to Canada!” was Jeff’s explanation.  Thanks, Canada.

Wednesday morning I wore Langdon + we set out for a walk to visit my dear neighbor who I lived next to in Black Diamond last year.  Langdon’s first reaction to the snow!  I love sharing these moments with Langdon.  The wonderment of experiencing first time moments in this big, big world!blog - 18

“Eegads!!!  What is all this cold, fluffy stuff?!” asked Langdon.  It was tickling his little face + he was getting all squiggly with delight!  Our first taste of the snow was like la dee dah magical + then it got all Perfect Storm on us as you’ll later read!blog - 19

I loved living next door to Katie last summer.  She is the sweetest, most gentle person.  Langdon + I tried to visit as much as possible this summer because Langdon loooooves him some Katie!  She is amazing with babies.  Langdon is going through a phase where he gets all frowny face around anyone who isn’t me or Jeff.  But Katie has the magic touch + Langdon always adored being held by her!blog - 20

And I loved visiting because Katie always fed me her homemade ginger snap cookies + muffins!!!  Yum!!!  We’ll miss her so much!  We said our goodbyes to her + we were all so sad!

Well this Southern California girl was FREAKING OUT walking to her house + back in the snow.  The entire time I was walking like a jerky, weird robot + looking at the ground with each step thinking, “Is that ice?!  No it’s not.  Is THAT ice?!?!  No it’s not”.  It was wet snow + gusty, biting wind.  My head was going a mile a minute.  “This was a bad idea.  I’m a bad mom.  Langdon’s going to get frostbite on his nose + be disfigured for the rest of his life.  Maybe I should call someone to come pick me up in their car.  Are we going to freeze to death?!  There’s going to be a whiteout + I’m not going to be able to find my way back home.  Don’t fall.  Don’t fall.  Don’t fall.” I was tripping out, yo.  If I wasn’t white knuckle gripping onto my umbrella, I would have been wringing my hands together in woe.  Mother Nature you hateful wench!  The house seemed so faaaaar awaaaay!blog - 21

Oh sweet jeebus!!!  Home again!  Oh the drama!  When I recounted my perilous tale Jeff said I’d never make it in Alberta!blog - 22

Can you believe how much snow fell in early September?!

Folks, another exciting, exciting thing happened this week!!!  MY MOM IS IN CANADA!!!!  Thank Zeus!!!!  She is going to help me drive young Langdon Takehiko David Fayle back to Vancouver!!!  Langdon hasn’t seen grandma since he was 3 months old!  At first he was all - 23

Then minutes later he was like, “Nah!!!  I was just clowning!!!  Grandmaaaa!!!!  Yeeeeee!!!!!!”.blog - 24

The Alberta Summer chapter has come to a close.  When I first arrived with the baby I felt isolated + lonely + crazy with a fussy, crying baby in a tiny country home.  But of course now I’m very sad to leave.  I have some amazing friends here + met a couple of really cool moms this summer.  And nothing beats the endless blue sky, the mountains + cowboy country.  It’s truly gorgeous + I really feel a deep affection for Southern Alberta every summer that I’ve spent here.  I will miss it as I always do every time I leave.  Well, stay tuned – road trip to Vancouver with a loco 5 month baby to come!

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  1. It probably adds fuel to the fire that Jeff is able to find vintage-wear for Langdon in his storage. But those boots are pretty cute! Hope you’re doing okay in the snow and I’m so glad Hiroko is there to help you schlep back to Vancouver. Yay mama!

    September 11, 2014
    • It’s true!!! I want to burn everything in that shipping container, but then we’ll find a gem + I’ll be like, “Wellll helloooo you little gem!”. It’s like crack. Yay for moms coming to the rescue!!! Miss you!

      September 12, 2014
  2. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    OMG….Snow… i read the Weather Reports but didn’t believe
    IT UNTIL NOW,…Wow,…amazing, geezz i love the Photo of
    LangLang, getting high on white snow flakes,…hehe…LOL !!!
    well i guess Rocky, was a bit surprised 2 C all that snow!!!!!!!!
    ok, report back later, hope all is well and keep on taking those
    AWsuM photo’s of my Grandson…booYAAAH,…Luv, DAD’s

    September 12, 2014
    • I couldn’t believe how much snow there was either! It was nuts! Wish you + Ashley were here too!!! Love you! Miss you!!!

      September 12, 2014
  3. Have a safe trip! See you next summer!!!! 🙂

    September 12, 2014
    • Thanks Michelle!!! We had so much fun hanging out with you this summer! Langdon + I will miss you! Take care! XOXO

      September 12, 2014
  4. Deb Fayle #

    Tobin loves the photo of Langdon in bed banging his toy on Jeff’s head, Tom likes the one of crazy Jeff in his Chinese robe in the container and I love the one of Langdon and snowflakes! How beautiful:) When are you are heading back? Have a good trip, love to you all and looking forward to seeing you, Langdon and Rocky. xo

    September 12, 2014
    • We are heading back this weekend!!! It’ll be a looong drive! Thank you! Can’t wait to see the family!

      September 12, 2014
  5. Dawn CLIMIE #

    Wow! Didn’t it only get to 0 it maybe -2…. Wow you would just love minus -30!!! A whole new world of pain! So glad you are on your way back can’t wait to meet the little man! Safe drive and see you soon…

    September 12, 2014
    • Hahaha!!! When I was lamenting about my walk through the snow, my neighbor + a friend both said, “Well, it’s really not even that cold today!”. I was in shock!!! Wimpy Californians….yes, can’t wait to see you again!!!

      September 12, 2014
  6. Awe I enjoy reading your blogs and I’m sad that we met just as you were getting set to leave!! Our 2 meet ups we’re fun tho! I think when your back In Vancouver you should find a Gymboree play and music. It’s been wonderful I’ve met a lot of moms & Isabelle likes the equipment and I think the other babies! lol If you sign up mention I referred you, I think theres some sort of friend discount.

    September 12, 2014
    • I know – curses to Jeff!!! But either way, I’m glad I got to meet you!!! Thanks for the tip – I’m definitely going to sign Langdon up for classes!!! Kisses to Izzy!!!

      September 12, 2014
      • Ya silly Jeff! Least we can keep in touch with the power of technology! Safe travels back to the west coast!

        September 14, 2014
  7. Hi Sharon,

    I miss you and Bible study .

    The travel Agency name is JTB USA or JTB Los Angeles. Pls ask them about Singapore Air Lines with free Hotel.

    God bless you.


    I am fording my Daughter Shellis blog.

    Sent from my iPad


    September 12, 2014
  8. OMG seriously I’m ready to chew on a leather shoe from seeing all of Jeff’s stuff. Just the pictures gave me anxiety. The car almost made me throw myself out the window. We’re those tassels hanging from the roof of the car!?!?! Stop the madness! Love me some Langdon! The girls keep asking to see him again! Soooooooooooo good to chat the other day. You’re like chicken for my soul! Miss youuuuuu!

    September 12, 2014
  9. Ummm….yeah fat ass here again. That was supposed to say you’re like chicken soup” not chicken. Aye ya ya. My fingers are so fat I cannot even type properly.

    September 12, 2014
    • BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Yeah I was totally like, “I’m chicken for the soul????”. You are a crack up. I totally want to bang my head against a brick wall when I think about Jeff’s collection of clothes, trailers, cars, shoes, furniture….

      September 12, 2014
  10. I SO know what you mean about chewable legs! And the little upper arms too..oooooh.

    Gots to get us one of those swimava thingies – bring on payday!

    September 21, 2014
    • Chew, chew, munch, munch on fat little legs!!! Nom nom!!! I probably told you already, but I think Swimava is based out of Hong Kong?! Olive is going to go beserk for swimming!!!!

      September 21, 2014

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