Friday, July 22, 2016

An Update on Our Plans...and what we've been up to!

Hello Luvs,


Someone is trying to spell me
name in the clouds!
Old World Beauty...
I know...it has been a minute since I have blogged. Lots going on with our next step that I would like to share. But before that I wanted to let ya know about a few things we've done since I last blogged. 



Local library visit was a given.
Our one big treat (we have been experiencing this while being extremely budget conscious) was to go see a Cirque de Soleil show celebrating the music of Robert Charlebois. It happened to be taking place at l'Amphithéâtre Cogeco de Trois-Rivières. It is an outdoor theatre which is thankfully not overwhelming in size. This meant that there was not a bad seat in the house. Before the show started we walked around the edge of the theatre's entrance. From the start you see water and sky. Once inside there were female performers who wore go-go dresses, white bob haircuts, white circle shades, fishnets, and white patent leather boots. They floated around taking pictures with whomever wanted one. There was also a cadillac with awesome graphics that many took pictures by. Now about the show....
Beautiful landscaping
all around...

Looking up at the ampitheatre
from the lawn...
Monsieur Charlebois' music was (and still is) funky, romantic, playful, and memorable. We had not heard of him before which is a shame. But....now that we have had the pleasure of experiencing his works we are hooked. The color theme was mostly black and white done in checks, stripes, blocks, and occasionally circles. There were other colors thrown in like red and orange. If you know anything about me you know that this color palette suits me well. The music had us moving in our seats and trying to sing along. Once again the performers outdid themselves. They defied gravity, stopped on a dime, showcased versatility which ranged from extreme flexibility to mastery of the dances of the time period. I have a few pictures throughout the blog. If you want to learn more about the musician and the show visit the Trois-Rivières tourism site: http://www.tourismetroisrivieres.com/fr/quoi-faire/serie-hommage-du-cirque-du-soleil/72227 Oh.....and there were SWINGS!!!!!
Downton Trois-Rivieres




Isn't it pretty....
I also went with the kiddos to visit Île d'Orléans again. The to-do list was....buy strawberries grown there (kiddos ate all of them within 5 minutes so we had to go back and buy more!), a maple sugar pie (we bought one on our last visit-YUM!), and go by the statue of the folk singer Félix Leclerc. I posted a picture of the statue from our previous visit to the island. This time we actually parked across the street at the museum and walked over so I could get some closer pictures. Once I got some pictures of it we walked a little further and discovered an arboretum and additional trail. Another trip there before we leave will happen so that the Hubster can join us. One thing we did come across that wasn't expected was the Parc de Île d'Orléans. There is a glorious art installation which celebrates the founding families who settled in Île d'Orléans (considered the New France and is/was the cradle of French Civilization in North America). It was a sight to behold. I have pics of it in the blog also. If you want to learn more visit: http://tourisme.iledorleans.com/en/ile-d-orleans/founding-families-of-ile-d-orleans.
Of course I had to swing!



Birthday Breakfast.....YUM!
We are still in St. Ferreol Les Nieges (45 minutes from Quebec) at the lovely home we found on airbnb. We will be staying here til the 30th then off to a house next to a lake. It was nice to celebrate Baby Boy's birthday here. Both him and his sister are enjoying themselves. We feel so comfortable here. It has been that way since the very first day. We have had some neighbors asking if we moved in. I guess we have been here for more than a minute. They have been helpful and welcoming. One neighbor told us about a small trail we could take that enables us to avoid the road while another invited us and the kids to come by and visit their ducks and chickens. It is a bummer to say, but in the U.S. rural areas a bi-racial family is not welcomed so kindly. We have had looks (well more like dead faced stares) that would make even the most social family feel unwelcome. Even saying hello and adding a smile goes no where. It is something which is fundamentally different and a pleasant change.
Make a wish....




Entrance to Parc.
I am sure that you might think that while taking on this new approach on life and fazing to a roadschooling family is a costly venture. In truth is it isn't. We took our time finding a place and are actually paying $600 less than in the States with utilities not even factored in. If you are unfamiliar with airbnb you do not pay for water, electricity, or the other utilities so the savings are even greater. We are a bohemian family and finances are always a factor. We live in a conscious state of awareness in this regard. If anything, what we are doing is showing that you can take a different route toward health and wellness which does not include the perpetual drive for more and more money. If we can do it so can you. Taking our first steps are frightening yet liberating. Letting go of all the trappings of the American Dream which no longer exists....at least not in the way the bill of goods was sold to us. We have a different reality than our parents and the sooner we realize this the sooner we are able to figure out what truly is our ideal existence. No longer does working hard and going the extra mile guarantee financial stability. An advanced degree does not automatically enable you to find you a job in your field. Right now in the U.S. we are clearly seeing that even race relations are taking leaps backward. Many would say that there was a mask worn by many blurring their true feelings that they can now remove.
Reaching toward the sky...
So beautiful in person!

So....take stock of where you are and what you want. What priorities and passions are you trying to instill in your children? Are you trying to make the world a better place or are you solely driven by what will fill your pockets? Are you a person who will lend a hand to someone in need...whether it is a friend, stranger, or family member? What drives you? How are you going to change in order to make your life more authentic? These are just some of the questions the Hubster and I ask ourselves. It is imperative that we tackle our fears, dreams, roadblocks, and passions. Once we do....living in the moment and embracing the real us is easier. 

Isn't it amazing!

There are people whose lives have been recently touched by others who would answer these questions in a way that is not healthy and shows their true intent. When we take responsibilty for our village (Mankind) we start to heal and break down these negative versions of others perceptions. Yes, there will be people who will still try to destroy with their hatred. Hopefully they will face an unbreakable wall of Humanity.
Leclerc

As I mentioned, our next step will be renting a house next to a lake. It will allow us a different experience with the ability to canoe, pedal boat, and stand up paddle. We have yet to really enjoy water activities so this will be nice. When deciding on our next place we had to make sure that it met a few requirements. It had to sleep four comfortably, have a strong wi-fi signal for the Hubster (who has been working throughout), have a washer/dryer, allow pets, and be family friendly. It took almost a week to find the right place that met these and fit within our budget, but we did. Now we just need to make sure that we make the most of the next week. Today we did just that and spent a little time in Québec City and ate at Chez Ashton. Taking the scenic route back to the Airbnb reminded us of just how lovely and vibrant the city is.
This work begs to be seen in person!

You know me...I can go off on a tangent. Thanks for sticking in and reading this rambling minds thoughts!

Til next time,

Kat

2 comments:

  1. Beautifully said Kat! The more things change the more they stay the same or "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" as is said where you are. It's disheartening at times but I keep holding out hope. Thanks for taking us along on this journey with your family.

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    1. Kathleen...as always I am so thankful for your comment and feedback. The time we are in calls for more connections versus seperation based on race or religious belief. Luv the French you threw in! Very impressed by you! Grateful for our connection made through our social endeavors.
      Kat

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