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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Monday, 13 November 2017

A Busy Week Rewarded

The last few weeks have been super busy at work.  I took the lead in organizing the "Amazing Race" for the first year students.  It consisted of long hours and lots of brain stretching and finally it arrived.


The day was long and full but everything went well.  At the end of the day we were all tired and I was thrilled to now have a few days off.

Ron and I drove west and saw the beautiful mountains.
We took a break in Banff and enjoyed a stop in Banff to have some fancy hot drinks.

After a nice break we headed towards Lake Louise to cross country ski towards Moraine Lake.  The weather was beautiful and it was nice to have snow so early in the season to be able to be out on the trails.


And the best thing about the day was that we got to be out together.

We went about 5 km up hill and then we had to turn around.  Some of the hills were a little too much for me so I walked down a few slopes so that I wouldn't find myself over the edge.

We stopped at Lake Louise just because we were so close.  It's amazing that we can visit here so much.

When we got back home I got all the decorations out and made our house look like Christmas!  'Tis the season!!!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Early Christmas

What possibly can Ron and I buy for each other?  We buy what we need.  We do a lot of little day trips.  Whenever we are out, we are usually together, so how can you shop for each other?

So, after thinking about what we really wanted we decided it was to spend some time with our grandchildren.



So how do we do it?  Thankfully WestJet had an amazing seat sale and so we booked flights to go to Ontario.  Now, what shall we do with these mugs?

Yup, we are going to take 3 out of 5 to the Falls for a few days and then Jenn and Joe will meet us there so that we can have some fun with them and the youngest two,

We probably won’t dress up this nice though!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Full Weekend

Ron and I had a full weekend.  We started off on Thursday by going to Spruce Meadows to watch some horse jumping.

I have been so enjoying these tournaments.  The horses are so magnificent and watching them jump over the fences is so exciting. We spent the next few days at our son's. 

On Friday, we got our truck bed sprayed and a new cover put on and Ron and I walked for an hour and a half.  I won the bragging rights for the games.
On Saturday, we planned and cooked a big dinner.  Ham with all the trimmings!
Ron and the kids went swimming and I was left with the animal farm to keep me company.

On Sunday, we went to church in the morning.  As we drove away from our son's we enjoyed the beautiful views that surround the area.  We stopped in Bragg Creek for lunch.
For the afternoon we went back to Spruce Meadows.  Rachael met us there for a few hours.
 
First, they set up the course and then the riders walk through. They count each step, measuring each jump until they need to clear the field.  Then the horses and riders come out.

After an afternoon of jumping we went out for supper and then enjoyed an evening with Michael W Smith.
We enjoyed the full weekend!  Now I'm trying to recover.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving but I think every day should be a day to be thankful

It's a choice and it's not always easy.

I'm thankful today for the wonderful dinner we had last night with family and friends.

I wish the whole family could have been together but I am thankful for friends that become like family.

I'm thankful for a hard working husband who loves me.

I'm thankful for being close enough to our son so that he and Rachael could come for dinner.

I'm thankful for my two Alberta daughters who spoil me rotten.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Celebrations


 Last Sunday was my birthday but that wasn't the biggest event happening this weekend but I did have a special week.

On Tuesday, we went to my son's where I was surprised with a great evening out.  Our son took us out for supper and then Rachael took me to the "The Sound of Music" musical.  It was amazing.
On Wednesday, we went to the wedding that we have been waiting for for a year to happen.  Our Alberta kids were getting married.  The setting was beautiful and the day was amazing.
Andrew looked excited and nervous as he waited for his beautiful bride.
The guys were dressed from top to bottom with Andrew's choice of socks.
The bride made the long walk up the hill with her parents while the groom waited, wiping his eyes in anticipation of the beautiful vision that would appear before him.
Andrew quickly took the hand of his new bride as the parents gave away their daughter to this handsome Mountie in the mountains.
The vows were very touching and sincere and brought tears to most eyes of those that had gathered to witness this marriage.
As the final "I do" was said and the pronouncement of husband and wife, the happy couple pranced past the guests with excitement.

With a beautiful bride, a handsome Mountie and the spectacular backdrop of the mountains there were an abundance of pictures being taken.  I was so excited for these two that I have grown to love over the past two years.
Of course, it is always special to get dressed up and hang out this guy.

The reception was wonderful.  Everything was great....the happy moments, the great speeches, the wonderful mean and especially the great couple that we were celebrating with.

 Ron had the privilege of asking the blessing for the meal.



New beginnings, making memories....Mr. & Mrs!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

New Experiences

Rachael and I have been plotting for a while about going to a horse event at Spruce Meadows.  We first discovered this place our first Christmas in Alberta.  They host a wonderful Christmas Market and Rachael and I enjoyed our day shopping and visiting.  Last year we brought Brianne along with us to be a part of our Christmas adventure there.  Later that month Ron and I drove through Spruce Meadows to take in their festival of lights.  So Spruce Meadows was not new to us BUT we did go there for a new experience.
The Masters was being held their.  We had never been to a horse jumping competition before and I was quite excited.  Ron and I rode the motorcycle and we met Rachael there who was dressed up for the show.  She looked like she might have been a owner of one of those beautiful beasts.  All she was lacking was the big hat.

The first competition we took in was the ATCO Founders Classic.  The horses were jumping 1.50 m.  Thankfully the lady next to us was full of knowledge for us and we got into the event.  Watching the jump off was very exciting.
First there is silence, then a collective "oooo" when the horse knocks a rail down and then a generous clap for all but even more so for those that complete a clean run.


Twice a rider was knocked off when the horse decided that he was not going to do the jump.  Once the horse came running from the far end of the course to right up the hill near us.


Both times the riders were okay and in fact the one rider rode a different horse in the same competition and won with that one.


The next competition was the CANA Cup with horses jumping 1.60 m.  It is really beautiful watching the horse leap over the rail and turn quickly to set up for the next jump.


 The competition ended just in time for us to catch the last of the musical ride.  It's always a little thrill to see the Mounties in their red surges and knowing that I am standing beside my Mountie who has one of those hanging in the closet at home.
 
We went to the stables to meet these massive, amazing creatures after their show.  They are such beautiful horses.
 And of course everyone needs a cool shower after a hot day of riding!
We stopped to check out a little dog jumping competition as well....water jumping!

We had our lunch and tea during the horse jumping competition and enjoyed our ice cream treat after.  There was only one thing left to do....shop a bit.  Since it's my birthday month Ron bought me an Ammolite necklace.  Ammolite is a stone found in Alberta.  This one was mined and designed by the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta.  I'm spoiled.  Rachael finished off her outfit by buying a nice hat.
After saying goodbye to Rachael, Ron and I drove to the Crossiron mall and had a little snack of sushi.  We then used a gift card that Andrew and Brianne gave us at Christmas time.  Ron and I went to a movie.  That might not be strange for any one reading this but this was my first movie that I have ever gone to. 
So this was a day of new experiences.  The good thing is that I got to do all the new experiences with my old faithful!