Project Sullivan

To document in pictures one year in the life of our family.

The last of august in the norhteast.

We’ve been cruising around this little corner of North America in the last week - the Laurentides, Montreal, Vermont, and then back up again.  It definitely feels like the end of the summer, with some cool (even wintery, by Austin standards) days, some rainy days, but plenty of hot and humid ones in between too.

Beach days.

S’mores and campfire evenings.

The s’mores crêpe will be a tradition from now on.

A rare family pic in front of a beautiful sunflower field in Brébeuf, on the day before we dropped Ryan off at the airport for a couple weeks of work. This shot took a lot of finagling and the kids are completely in the shadows, but it’s the four of us! together!!

Riding in Vermont with all the Rose Abbene girls on our annual pilgrimage to Morrisville.  This was the first year the girls really played together (as opposed to side by side) and it was so wonderful to witness. There were a lot of sick princesses and doctor princesses helping them get better in Hadley’s bedroom.

"Crazy faces" according to Saskia and Hadley. Obviously.

Checking out the river after a little bike ride.  We added a couple inuksuit to the collection.

Back in the city, we checked out the Oratoire St-Joseph, and enjoyed the beautiful view towards the Laurentides.

And just like that, it is the last day of August and in eight days Garneau will be two!

This field is amazing!

This field is amazing!

From around the hautes laurentides, lately…
**beach day = serious digging.
**the old train station in labelle is a restaurant now, with lots of bike parking, a bathroom, shower and park. The building isn’t crooked, just my phone.
**reading after nap time. Two is way easier than one. (Ha!ha! Just kidding!)
**green trees on lac Tremblant.
**the view from where I’ve been running, to the top of la Montagne verte.
**deer family spotted in the driveway.
**donkey family spotted on a bike ride.
**playing in the ferns.
**vultures through the power lines.
**riding, riding, always riding.

During our 10 or so days in Montreal, I took exactly 0 photos with our proper camera, so blurry iPhone pictures will have to do for the record keeping…
**a blustery day on the belvedere. We’ve had all kinds of weather this trip, hot, cold, rainy, windy.
**eating boiled corn on the cob at the Atwater market.
**pool day at parc Laurier.
**i love these beautiful trees in the park. I’m pretty sure I’ve taken this exact picture, probably last August.
**climbing up the classic Montreal staircase.
**meeting up with neighbors from Austin who came to visit the province.
**parc st-Michel splash pad.
**place des arts selfie.
**le fleuve!
**another shot of the marché Atwater, such a pretty one.

During our 10 or so days in Montreal, I took exactly 0 photos with our proper camera, so blurry iPhone pictures will have to do for the record keeping…
**a blustery day on the belvedere. We’ve had all kinds of weather this trip, hot, cold, rainy, windy.
**eating boiled corn on the cob at the Atwater market.
**pool day at parc Laurier.
**i love these beautiful trees in the park. I’m pretty sure I’ve taken this exact picture, probably last August.
**climbing up the classic Montreal staircase.
**meeting up with neighbors from Austin who came to visit the province.
**parc st-Michel splash pad.
**place des arts selfie.
**le fleuve!
**another shot of the marché Atwater, such a pretty one.

Lately, around lac Gervais…
** blueberry picking atop la Montagne verte. Not a great year for blueberries (thus far), but the raspberries are amazing
**storytime with opa
**riding on le petit train du nord
**doing a little work on the jeep
**gardening tutorials with Oma
**riding around mt-tremblant, saskia dropped in to a bunch of singletrack!
**playdough on the covered porch
**men on the canoe
**raspberries, raspberries, raspberries!
**and we’re now in the city! Eating bagels everyday!!

Currently.

Currently.

Lately, from the road…
***lots and lots of corn fields in eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.
***the Des Moines river, where we spent our first night on the road.
***driving lessons.
***the beautiful hotel lobby in Cleveland.
***the Cleveland zoo!
***west side market lunch, in Cleveland.
***still happy, after 4 days of road tripping.
***road naps x3.
***the border!!

Two Weeks in Breckenridge.

These last two weeks in Breck zoomed by and we are now hundreds of miles away in the comfort of my parents’ house in Québec. I’ve been looking through all of our pictures and there are so many amazing ones (most of them from hikes and eating donuts, did we live it up or what?) The mountains around Breckenridge are just so beautiful, it’s hard to take a bad shot! Above are a couple from the first hike after we arrived, up to the first little bump of Baldy.  The wildflowers this year are amazing (I’m guessing because of the massive snow they had over the winter) and eventhough we tried to adhere to the ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints’ way of hiking, it was sometimes too hard to resist picking a few.

Family shot at Wheeler lake.  This was probably my favorite hike - the valley up to the lake is beautiful and then the lake itself is incredible, surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000 ft peaks and still draped in snow. The lake  had a whole lot of ice floating in it, so we obviously had to go and stand on it! (And then the ice broke while I was trying to get down with Saskia and we got really wet and cold and it was a good lesson in not being a dumbass.)

Garneau was mostly a good sport about being in the ergo.  This boy is such an adventurer, sometimes he just couldn’t take having to stick with his mama. Saskia was our trailblazer and completed most of the hikes on her own, with the occasional ride on Ryan’s back and shoulders.

Another day, another hike!

This time on the Northstar ridge, where there was still lots of snow and Saskia and I traversed a couple really big snow fields on the way down.  She dug in her heels, like a pro.

Yellow flowers as far as the eye can see.

We had a picnic on a little shoulder in the scree instead of going for the summit with the rest of the group and the kids loved playing around with the rocks. It’s always refreshing to see how little kids need to be happy and play.

One last one because it is too good:

Until next time, Breckenridge! We absolutely can’t wait to be back in those mountains!

Lately… Breckenridge edition.
**we’ve been a hiking or biking family everyday. Going high in the alpine is one of my favorite things to do as a family, even if it’s not the easiest (hmm hmm Garneau).
** our rental house came with a hot tub, aka ‘une petite piscine’ according to the kids.
**saskia has been ripping around on singletrack. Amazing and a bit scary.
**garneau mostly has to stay in the ergo on our hikes, but when we stop for breaks or picnics he likes to explore and jump off rocks.
**there is an amazing bike path from breck all the way to vail (and beyond). Saskia has tackled the road to frisco, then to copper mountain. She likes to ring the bell three times when in need of ‘cruise control’, aka Ryan’s right hand giving a little help up the hills.
**scree field hiking by northstar.
**garneau, not convinced it’s better in the ergo.
**happy hiker.
**ice cream date in town.