Easter Weekend Adventures

This Easter weekend was so great. I didn't have much time to paint or create art because we were outrageously busy having fun with the kids, going out for sight seeing drives, and stopping for adventures along the way.

This is one of my favourite scenic lookout spots. Especially watching the sun go down. You can see for miles. Hampton and Nauwigewauk have the most beautiful breath taking terrain. I consider myself extremely lucky to be so close to such wonders.  This day and actually, the entire weekend, was incredibly beautiful and sunny. 

It's spring in Canada right now, so the water is super high. It covers all the land that sits in the middle of the rivers. I like to think of it as nature's way of cleansing the earth and ridding the toxins of the year before.

my favourite spot to sit, talk, and watch the sun go down. 

my favourite spot to sit, talk, and watch the sun go down. 

As we set sail on our journey, we, of course, had to stop for a little Tim Hortons treat. I'm pretty addicted to ice capps in the summer, and that addiction usually starts mid to late April, so I'm right on schedule! I know they aren't the healthiest or cheapest, but hey. If I didn't indulge in Tim Hortons deliciousness once a while, what kind of Canadian would I be?

sah good

sah good

The day had the fluffiest clouds and the bluest sky. The end of winter really is the most uplifting time of year. April is one of my favourite months! And no, not just because this is my birth month.. *cough..the 26th..cough..*

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We also visited the local garden center/petting zoo. My daughter loves to feed the ducks and this was our second visit this week. The piglets had just arrived so I also had to get my fix of pure-oinking-sweetness. I desperately want livestock of my own someday, so until then, I will just have to visit them here. πŸ½

too sweet 

too sweet 

These little guys (or girls) were a tad timid at first and wouldn't let us pet them. But they eventually warmed up to us once we got the apples out and let them sniff our hands. 

Emma and the piglets

Emma and the piglets

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There were also several baby goats. Their little furry lips were so soft! I think I must have been a farmer in a past life. I could garden and hang out with farm animals all day.

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The more I think about it, the more it amazes me how trees produce air for us to breathe. Science is cool!

clothes mine, saint john, nb

clothes mine, saint john, nb

The next day, we went on another adventure to a newish thrift shop in the area. It was loaded with all kinds of goodies and I found a bunch of new summer clothes for a steal of a deal. Definitely going back there again soon!

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Emma sporting my shades. She is such a kool kat.

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Finally, Easter Sunday. The kids were so excited to look for all the hidden eggs from the Easter Bunny. He also brought them a bubble machine! I have never seen so many bubbles in one area in my life. The box says instant bubble storm, and they weren't kidding! My backyard looked like a bubble party. I should host a dance party and bust out this bad boy.

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Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I'll be finishing up a couple works in progress and starting some new stuff now that the holiday is over that will hopefully be uploaded later in the week. Happy Tuesday! πŸ’—

New River Beach

I love the days when we decide to pack up the kids and go on an impromptu adventure. Despite the below zero temperature, one Saturday afternoon, my husband and I decided to go to New River Beach with our kids and our dog, Sawyer.  New River is one of the most beautiful beaches in this area anytime of the year. The sand is so fine and soft, and that beautiful golden beige. UGH. Take me back now!

Whenever we go anywhere with the potential of amazing photo ops, I always try to pack my DSLR. Just in case I stumble upon something beautiful to add to my photography portfolio, or even to take reference photos for my paintings.  

Where I live, New River is a little jaunt away, but not too far if you desperately want to go (and I was). So in need of inspiration, away we went. We drive, and drive and drive....and drive. It was no big deal, because the music was on, the kids were happy, and the dog was behaving himself. I think we all had a little bit of cabin fever that weekend and just being out of the house was like a breath of fresh air.  

As soon as we get there, we head to the beach. The kids were pumped, the dog happy as can be and I was just glad to be out of the house for a change. I start to unpack my camera bag, put my lens on, get everything all ready and focused and cli....  'NO CARD IN CAMERA'. I just stare blankly ahead at my husband. He asks what's wrong. I explain my stupidity as I see in my head my two SD cards sitting on my laptop at home. I was so sad I forgot one of the most crucial parts of the entire trip.

Needless to say, we laughed it off, made the best of it, and enjoyed the rest of the time. It just means we get to go back all that much sooner. I did manage to take a few snap shots of everyone enjoying the salty-frigid air on my phone.

As soon as we set foot onto the sand it was like winter didn't exist for a moment..I wished so badly we could throw down a blanket and just lay there, if it hadn't been minus whatever god awful temperature it was that day.  That soft, golden sand, the bright, beautiful sun, the waves crashing in effortlessly...  

...And then you realize the air is starting to hurt your face and round everyone up and run back to the car. But it was nice to get some fresh Atlantic air on our pale winter faces, freezing cold or not.

Close-up

Close-up

I really wish I was able to capture just how beautiful this beach is on canvas. No photo or painting can do it justice. I will keep trying though! Definitely a must-visit if you are not from around NB and ever find yourself in this area!

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US  www.kathleenclarkart.com  

'New River Beach', 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas panel, $75 CAD or approx $57 US www.kathleenclarkart.com 

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