Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thanks for the Memory

Well as you may tell from the lack of updates we have been pretty busy. July until Oct just flew by and I kept meaning to take some time to blog and so tonight I will pay the price. I think I will just finish off the summer update tonight and hope that I get time tomorrow to work on the fall bit.

This summer was alot of fun. For the first time in several years Aaron was actually home in the evenings and weekends to spend time together. My girlfriend Kari bought a boat and the kids loved just riding around the lake and Miller was lulled to sleep. We had fun waterskiing as it was a learning curve for both Kar and I as it had been awhile since I had tried and Kari wasn't sure the proper speed etc for pulling. We were both so excited when it worked on about the 4th or 5th try that she tried to take a picture of me while she was driving and I realized I was sinking in the water. By the time she realized she was slowing down it was too late and I was thigh high. She also had a tube that the boys and Aaron got a tour on. I call it a tour as Declan was too scared to go at any type of speed so we trudged along so slowly that I wonder what all the other boaters were thinking. Good thing Kari is so patient.

In August a friend from good ol' Saskatchewan got married in Jasper. We had a great time hiking and swimming and spending time as a family, the wedding was really nice and the food was fantastic. It sure was nice to catch up with friends. I even got to visit with one of the guys I use to work with at the coal mine. Funny how time goes by and yet sometimes as you talk to someone from your past you feel like you're right back in it.

My parents rented a beautiful house in Sylvan lake this summer. It was nice for all the grandkids to spend time together and have so much fun. My brother and his wife brought along some great toys, one of which was a huge party tube. I don't know what we would have done without it. The boys spent the majority of the time on it fighting their aunts for possession. It was hilarious to watch.

How fun is it to be cousins...10 male cousins! I love it.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Summer is one of my favorite things. We had a busy couple of months with both older boys in soccer and end of school activities. We also celebrated Declan's bday and it's already my baby's first bday on the 12th. It was fun to see the kids progress in soccer this year as it was the first time for both of them. It will be interesting to see if they both want to play next year. Winning was a rare visitor to their games and I wonder how frustrated they felt by the end of the season. I am pretty competitive but have to admit that I was surprisingly not affected by all their losses. However, I do think that winning at least 50% of the time would be a lot more fun, both to watch and be a participant in.

We have enjoyed our first few days of summer holidays. The weather has been hot and we have tried to enjoy as much of it as possible. This week we went to the zoo, swimming pool, and spray park so far, but I fear the cooler weather starts tomorrow. I really do have housecleaning to catch up on anyway. Well here's a couple of pictures of what we've been up to. How's your summer?

 Losing hasn't affected their confidence level!

 Ninjago lego cake, highly professional.

 Declan's 2nd bday cake from Grandma Ward.

 On our way south from Nipawin, SK, had to stop at this sign for a picture.

 We had a quick visit with Great Grandma Baker in Saskatoon.

 A pathetic shot of the hippo at the Calgary Zoo.

A little better shot of the hippo, he needs some dental work.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Start spreading the news...I want to be a part of it

Well we've been back from NYC for a week and thought I had better blog while it was still fresh in my mind. My Mom and sisters hit NY running and didn't slow down, we covered a ton of ground. We arrived Friday night and went straight to Times Square. We had a few hours to kill as Kyanne wasn't set to arrive from Buffalo until 10pm at Penn Station. Mom didn't waste any time talking to everyone who was selling something, it was quite entertaining. The first guy we talked to was a great introduction to the big city and a good salesman. We bought tix to a comedy club and dueling pianos, which ended up to be totally entertaining. He took this picture for us, and was able to sniff out that we were LDS within minutes, kinda funny.

I forgot how busy the streets are in Times Square area, that's an experience in itself. Kyanne's train was really late so most of our adventures started the next morning. We got up and hit the subway down to Ground Zero. I think Mom was initially fairly skeptical of my navigating skills, but she followed along trustingly. The towers are still being rebuilt 10 years later, the war continues and we go about our daily lives seemingly unaffected. It was a good reminder to be grateful to those who are defending our freedom.

The Staten Island ferry was calling our name as the line up for Liberty Island was at least 2 hours. It worked out well and we caught the free ferry to Staten Island and enjoyed the ride as well as got a few pics of Manhattan.

After our Staten Island excursion we headed to China Town and Little Italy. We found a patio to enjoy the sun and rest our feet, had a late lunch and then hit the subway again to the Lower East side for dessert. If you haven't heard of The Doughnut Plant you are missing out. We grabbed our treats and walked around an outdoor market that had everything from vinyl records to $500 watches.

I usually keep a journal, especially while traveling, but neglected to this time and as a result I am already forgetting what happened on each day. It became such a whirlwind of activity that the days started to blend together. Oh yeah, next went down to the area around city hall, got pics at the infamous courthouse where Law and Order is often filmed then walked onto Brooklyn Bridge.

I took this panoramic shot while standing on Brooklyn Bridge. I think it turned out pretty neat as you can see Manhattan bridge and it kind of gives you and idea of what the scenery is really like. We headed back to our apartment which was only 2 blocks off Broadway and got ready for the Comedy show we went to that night. I have to admit I was fairly skeptical, but it turned out to be really entertaining. We walked around Times Square again, then hit the dueling pianos. There were two guys on piano and one on the drums. They were totally amazing. Chena requested "Somebody to Love" by Queen hoping to throw them off a little, but they did a great job. It was a long first day, but really fun. The rest of our trip was great too. I think I'll save the rest of our trip details for a photo album as this is already pretty long. Here are a few pictures that highlight the next 3 days.

We even saw Ellie Kemper! I think it's safe to say we all had a great time