Thursday, 12 July 2012

Stampede Breakfast



Yesterday we got dressed up in our stampede gear and headed over to M-Towne’s 13th Annual Stampede Breakfast.  We had gone last year and got so wet because it rained like you would not believe.  Thankfully this was after we had eaten.  Because of the weather, it wasn’t very busy.  This year, was a whole different story!!
Finley loved these girls.  She was dancing and humming along to the music.  
The lineup for breakfast.  Thankfully it went pretty fast.
The girls were so happy to see each other.  They were dancing away to the country music
Pancakes and sausage
They each ate all of theirs plus most of mine.  They love their pancakes and sausage
Seriously can they get any cuter???
Yes, yes they can!!!
100 great years!!
Seriously we had the cutest kids there!!!  The weather was SO nice that it was SO busy.  Crazy long line ups for everything.  Next  year if it is this nice out we will be there at 7am when it starts and not around 9!!!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park



This past weekend, we took an impromptu camping trip out to Kananaskis.  We hadn’t decided to go camping until Saturday morning when we were driving in the city and thought outloud why are we spending such a beautiful weekend here!!  Well the reason was that our good friends Jack and Ruth were moving into a new place and Greg was helping them move.  The plan was to drop Greg off at Jack’s and then go get some groceries and load the car up with the camping gear.  
The groceries were the easy part, we headed to Planet Organic to get what we needed and then made the trip home.  We had to get hot dogs because our camping stove started on fire the previous weekend.  I bought unprocessed all natural hot dogs and they were so bland.  But the amazing buns made it better.  Fresh homemade bakery buns.  Folks, it doesn’t get better than this.  
Upon our arrival home, Penelope went for a nap and Finley played in the backyard while I tackled the daunting task of packing our gear.  I have never, ever done this before nor have I ever paid attention to Greg doing it.  You are all probably thinking a tent, sleeping bags and the food bin and tool bin and dish bin – how hard could it be.  Well we have 3 different tents and all kinds of multiple camping things.  Some from when it was just he and I, some for when Greg goes backpack camping etc etc.  Buying camping gear has become like an obsession for Greg.  All winter long, new things randomly appeared at our house.  I didn’t bring the picnic cover because I didn’t think there was much chance of rain.  
So how did I do?? Well I brought 2 tents, extra tent pegs, our sleeping pads, Penelope’s sleeping pad but forgot Finley’s.  I brought all 4 camping chairs, brought the picnic cover fabric part but left the actual thing it goes on at home (like I planned).  So over all, I think I did pretty well.  I think Greg needs to label all of the camping stove so I don’t do more work than I need to. 
The sheep are looking pretty ratty these days
A mama Moose!!!  She was looking pretty angry so I am thinking her calf was close by
Helping Daddy with the tent
Playing ring toss.  Finley has improved drastically from last year!!
Greg got the fire going so we could roast our supper
Roasting the hot dogs
Hanging by the camp fire.  You will notice her cowboy hat is now pink.  We lost her white one somewhere at Planet Organic.  We couldn’t find it anywhere!!!  So we went and bought her a new one and one for Penelope for next stampede.
Love this photo – so cute!
Penelope being cute
Yummy smore goodness
Timeout #1 for Penelope.  One minute in the chair
Is a minute up yet Finley asked the entire minute
Another time out
Happy sisters!!
Such a beautiful night – no wind, just sun and calmness
Every time Greg heard Penelope leave her sleeping bag, he took away her blanket and dog.  This one time Greg opened up the tent, she handed him her stuff.  It was so funny.
At the information center trying to find an easy hike to do since we(I) forgot the Ergo carrier back home.  We had planned on going canoeing but they don’t have infant life jackets there to rent. 
We ended up doing this trail which is dedicated to the Canadians to hiked to the top of Mt Everest in 1982. I said to Greg that this is the closest that any of us will ever be to hiking Mt Everest.  He said that we ever to go to Nepal he wants to hike to Base Camp. I am sure that it is safe to hike there but any future trips to Nepal have already been crossed off ALL lists.  If you are curious as to how dangerous this hike is, read Into Thin Air.  It is a great book but proves how seriously crazy some people are.
Getting ready to hike
We made it to the top!
Taking a break
It was a beautiful hike with some amazing views but the mosquitos were so bad that we all got eaten alive.  
more ragged sheep!
Picnic lunch before heading back to Calgary!!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Stampede 2012



YEEHAW!!


On our way to Sneak A Peak at the Stampede!  Meeting some friends – should be a good time!!  

On Thursday we got on the c-train and headed down to the Stampede Grounds for the 100th Calgary Stampede Sneak A Peak.  The girls were so excited for all of their stampede wear and riding the train!
All decked out and ready to go!  Some Police Officers on bikes got on the train at Southland and gave the girls to Sheriff Badges.  Finley thought this was just awesome.  We ended up stuck on the train for about 10 minutes as there was trouble on the train ahead of us.  Definitely don’t miss the commute that’s for sure!!
A new addition to the Stampede this year was the giant iron tipi over the main entrance.  It was pretty awesome.  We got to the grounds just before 5 and it was free!!  Bonus. Anything after 5 you paid half price for!
The girls checking out all the cool stuff while waiting for our friends to arrive
One of the Stampede staff offered to take this photo of us.  First ever Stampede Family Photo!!
Greg with Michelle and Finley waiting to ride the roller coaster in kiddie ville
The excitement on Michelle’s face says it all!  The girls loved it!!!
Michelle running across the swinging bridge
Finley slowing walking across it.  This ride is for kids 42″ or taller.  Finley is 44″ so she got to go on it. But it was still too big for her and the reason is due to the fact that she is as tall as your average 5-6 year old but it only just 3.  But thankfully the staff there were helpful in getting Finley over the areas that she couldn’t figure out.
She really had a ball!
Finley LOVES most airplanes and helicopters so sitting in this was just the icing on the cake for her!
Michelle also enjoyed it!
Walking through the livestock area.  We got to see horses having showers and getting brushed.
Horse shoe making!
Baby cows!  They were so cute!!
Baby chicks that hatched THAT morning.  They were so cute.  Thankfully they had a wire top on them because Finley dropped her dog and had they hit the chicks they probably would have died.  Could you imagine??
The Superdogs.  Finley and Michelle LOVED this.  It was pretty cool.  It lasted about 45 minutes but it could have ended a lot sooner if you asked me.  30 minutes would have been key.
And at the end of the night Michelle got her cotton candy! It was the first time she had EVER had it and was so excited.  This picture literally made my entire evening.  It summed it up perfectly.
I love sneak a peak for the simple reason that it isn’t as busy as the full days and I find it so much easier especially with two little kids.  Finley and Penelope had so much fun!  They are still wearing their Cowboy hats everywhere and garner attention wherever we go.