Monday, March 29, 2010

Friends visit, again!

Kim, Lupe, Isaac, Nathan, and Gabriel came to visit us from Texas a few weeks ago. They also came up last summer, so they're regulars around here!

We kicked off their trip by meeting them in Banff and skiing for a couple days at Lake Louise. Here's a shot of everyone suiting up. The camera was then tossed back in the car so as to focus on skiing (or boarding), so no action shots. I think all the relative beginners (myself included) got more comfortable on their respective vehicles, so great job to all of us! :o)

After the weekend, we headed back to Red Deer, and they spent a few more days in Banff. They went for a dog sledding tour at Snowy Owl in Canmore. They had a great time; I think we'll add that to our to-do list for next winter.

They then drove over here to Red Deer to spend a few days with us. Here we are trying to enjoy the outdoors at Bower Ponds on the coldest, windiest, slow-blowing-in-your-face-into-your-hood-and-down-your-back day of their visit. Here's the one picture that I took, for posterity, basically just to prove that we were out there before running back to the car.

The next day we checked out the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, just down the road from our house.

A few shots from the interactive hockey/football/soccer/something else game. Isaac taking a shot.

Otto in action.

Gabriel pondering his next move.

Andy drop-kicking with Isaac, Lupe, and Gabriel looking on.

Sam doing...something.

Nathan, Andy, and Sam on the never-ending climbing wall.

Wheel chair racing. The video part was not functioning, so it became a test of endurance - who can last the longest??

And a large game of snakes and ladders (like chutes and ladders).
Kim and Gabriel taking a stab at mini-curling.

Later that night....

Isaac and Nathan checking out Izzy.

Then Phoenix came out to host the guests for a while.

And just general horsing around before bed. Everyone had fun; so glad they could come up for another visit!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sam's winter poem

Here's a poem that Sam learned at school. Add Image

Monday, March 8, 2010

Andy and Sam

A few pictures from a mini-photo shoot after they had their hair cut a few weeks ago.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Izzy and Phoenix

Welcome the newest members of our household. Two crested geckos:

Phoenix (male)

and Izzy (female).

Crested geckos don't have eyelids, so they use their tongues to clean off their eyes.

Their little feet are so cute.

Phoenix is pretty laid back.

Izzy hangin' out. She likes to jump. And she was lingering at the top of the cage for a while this morning. Planning her escape, I'm sure.

I think I could pry it open and shimmy out right there!

I wonder if he's right on the other side of this wall.

Roll Up The Rim

This week I participated, for the first time, in the Tim Hortons Roll Up The Rim To Win contest. I was at my friend's house when I rolled up my first rim, and she captured a few shots from the moment. (Thanks, Mel!)

Here I am peering into the unrolled section.... did I win???

I DID!! I WON!! Wow - my first Roll Up The Rim, and I won a free cup of coffee!

By the time I went to play last year, the contest was over; I missed it. I was sad. But I'm not anymore!

I should mention that you don't really roll up the rim. The rolled edge of that cup is pretty tough. They should have called it the Gnaw Up The Rim contest. But I guess that's not as catchy.