Guest post by my daughter Jean: A FAMILY VISIT

A Family Visit

Our family: Jonathan, Jean, mom, dad, Daniel

I recently flew into YYZ – Toronto International Airport for a long overdue visit to see my family.

However, it didn’t feel like I was going home.

You see, since I’d last visited, both my brothers and my parents moved to new houses. When I landed in Toronto, I rented a car and followed my map app to an unfamiliar place: the beautiful town of Kincardine.

My parents’ gorgeous new house could be in the pages of a design magazine. It was decorated in cool, calm colors without sacrificing warmth and personality. As soon as I was beyond the foyer, I felt at home.

I had fun exploring their place and settling in. Of course, in true Coburn family fashion, we had a slight hiccup: a kitten rescue. No, not felines. Did you know that baby squirrels are called kittens too?

My parents and I drove a few blocks over to see my brother Jonathan and the mysterious case of the three orphaned baby squirrels who ended up on his lawn. Later, after we determined there was no mother nearby, Jonathan and I drove the young-uns to a wildlife rehabber.

Jonathan is renovating his home. It’s already a contemporary oasis and, with finishing touches, will be a perfect reflection of his personality and lifestyle. And it has a pristine garage for his most-prized possession: his motorcycle.

While in Kincardine, we took a detour to the beach. Kincardine is a beach town and the destination for many visitors across Ontario. The views of Lake Huron at sunset are world-renowned. Across the great expanse of water lies the state of Michigan.

Of course my mom and I did some shopping too. I love supporting local businesses wherever I am. We found a vegan eco boutique with a surf twist (Did I mention it’s a beach town?). I bought a comfy pair of Lyocell joggers by Thread & Supply that I can dress up or down.

Across the way, we perused gift and homeware shops and I found the most unique hanging planter. I knew it would fit in my carry-on so I bought it.

I also bought a white linen beach cover-up (O’Neill) and a striped dolman top that’s made in Italy.

I relish my dad’s cooking–and the steady flow of coffee–but we did manager to give my dad a break and eat out. My parents and I had a delicious vegan meal at the Bruce, a local brew pub and the place to be on a Saturday night! The Cauliflower tacos were the highlight, but we enjoyed everything we tried.

view from The Bruce outside patio

Wandering around the quaint town made me realize why my parents ditched the rat race for their new, peaceful oasis. I was on holiday, and it felt like it. Kincardine lets them experience that chill vacation feeling every day. My dad and I explored hiking trails that connect their backyard to the beach. On a nice day, the mile-long walk to the water is effortless. And the wind blowing through the trees is both eerie and calming.

Daniel and his family also live nearby. We visited him and toured his new place too while I was in Ontario. He has a lovely place with soaring ceilings and a peaceful backyard.

I was so happy to see everyone again–including a nephew I had not even met until this visit. I got caught up with what everyone has been up to but I’m already planning my next trip — back home.

❤️ Thank you for stopping by! ❤️

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20 Responses to Guest post by my daughter Jean: A FAMILY VISIT

  1. Hello Carmen and a special hello to you Jean 💗 I am sure it didn’t feel like going home , but to a new home. Your parents home SHOULD be in a design Magazine!What an adventure with the baby squirrels! The beach isamazing, your Mom has been sharing many lovely photos of it, look at that sunset. I love all your purchases , very chic on you. I like the hanging planter! I am glad your Dad gota break and you got out to eat! What a view from the outdoor patio. That is nice you and your Dad got to hike together. I am glad they have a vacation home everyday! Happy for your parents you are planning another trip! Thanks for the post, Terri xo.

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  2. purpleslob says:

    Carmen, so glad you got to be with the whole family!! The boys being so close is wonderful, I know. Jean certainly has your fashion flair, and photographic “gene”! ❤ Beautiful yard, houses, and views.

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  3. finbarsgift says:

    WHAT a family, dear Carmen 🙂
    Very fine post by your daughter!
    Have a pleasant day and week and time …
    lots of greetings from Lu

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  4. Thanks for having me as your guest blogger. I enjoyed writing about my trip and reliving the fun.

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  5. Maccabros says:

    Thank you for sharing it with us – all the best for you and the whole family…

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  6. cindy knoke says:

    What a beautiful family you have.

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  7. Jodie says:

    How wonderful that Jean got to visit. We live in a place that makes it feel like a vacation too,so I know what she meant by that.

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    • carmen says:

      It’s definitley a slower pace living here and the awe-inspiring sunsets make me appreciate the moment, feel relaxed as stress melts away. You know the feeling of a peaceful place!


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  8. utesmile says:

    What a lovely post from a lovely daughter. Great, Jean felt great about the new place and the new homes. Your house looks beautiful. Jean looks great in the new bought garments. So nice to have the whole family together. I know you made the most of it and Jean too. May it happen soon again. Sending much love to all xxx

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