"Tree Sauce"....A Real Canadian Adventure!

Monday, February 19th was Heritage Day here in Nova Scotia. Commonly called "Family Day" in other parts of Canada. We decided to make it a real "Heritage moment" (Raise your hand if you remember those commercials!) and collect tree sauce! (Ok, Sap, but if you haven't seen this commercial, you need to watch it right now!) 

Hubby has been collecting sap and trying to perfect his Maple Syrup for a few years now. This year he made a few tweaks to his filtering process and came out with an absolutely perfect batch of Maple Syrup! The kids loved it and wanted more.

It was such a blessing to be able to do this. We often take for granted the fact that Adam doesn't need to work 50 weeks a year like most people. Slowing down and taking a moment to embrace both nature and our Canadian roots is something I'm sure the kids don't appreciate just yet, but maybe someday they will.

Whether they know it or not, I took the time to just hang back and watch the kids, photograph, and just enjoy the present moment. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not an outdoors-y person, but I couldn't wait to photograph this. I loved the simple sense of adventure it gave the kids, and who doesn't love hotdogs on a campfire, amiright? 

*sidenote: Before we left, I said to Adam "Should we bring dry wood?"  He of course said "Nnaaaahhhh" and well, we had the most pitiful fire ever. We basically cooked hotdogs using a blow torch!  But it was wonderful, we had a thermos full of hot chocolate, and we'll always remember the day we made "spider dogs" in the woods with a blow torch, lol.