Thursday, 27 June 2013

Learning Experience Graduation

Last Thursday, Finley celebrated her graduation from the Learning Experience.  Despite this, she will be returning in the fall in the Junior Kindergarten program.  I cannot express what a great learning facility this is.  If you have children in the deep south in and around spruce meadows, check this preschool out.  I loved Finley’s teacher and I am crossing all of my fingers and toes that Penelope gets her next year but I think maybe the year after she will.  
Getting ready to dance
They always do a dance for one of the Pete The Cat books.  I LOVE Pete the Cat.  I always want to buy the books but I don’t think it would be nearly as fun without the disc to listen and dance to.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Alberta Flood 2013

That is what Greg has been calling Flood 2013 the last few days.  Unless you live in a cave, you are most likely aware of the flooding that has hit us and our surrounding communities very, very hard.  Actually very, very hard is grossly misunderstated but really no other words exist.
Greg and I were safe from the floods as we live pretty far south and are not near any rivers or creeks of that nature.  The closest we came to experiencing any of it was when I drove down the 22x and I saw what used to be the Golf Academy and McKenzie Meadows and the Blue Devil golf course.  I was absolutely shocked at what I saw.  No photo comes close to seeing it first hand.  Greg went for a bike ride on Friday night and when he went into Fish Creek Park at the Marshall Field’s entrance he saw a lot of water.  Some of it he was able to get to, but eventually he had to turn back because it was eroding and water was flowing quite fast.  It would be very easy to get swept up in that if you got too close!
The only real effects we felt/are feeling from the flood was Finley’s last day ever at Pace Kids being cancelled as well as her final soccer game of the season and despite working 5 minutes from our house, Greg was sent home Friday morning at 10am.  They were worried that as more roads closed, people wouldn’t be able to get home.
We actually headed to Glacier National Park on Saturday morning because there was NOTHING to do in the city.  Water and power usage is limited city wide, libraries, leisure centers and malls were closed, the zoo was closed as was most everything else.  We felt we’d be doing the city of Calgary a favor by leaving for a few days.  High River was devastated by these floods and the highway leading to the National Park goes right by.  Both Greg and I were left speechless at what we saw.  And we only saw a glimpse.  My heart goes out to all those affected.  I don’t know how it will recover.
We had several friends and family affected by the floods who were evacuated and/or lost power.  Thankfully they are doing well and have not sustained much damage to their houses.  I am eternally grateful to hear this.
I am so very proud to be living in Calgary and to  be able to raise my children here.  The resiliance of Calgarian’s is beyond impressive.  Beyond.  From the first response workers, to the workers of Enmax and the City of Calgary, from those who lost it all and for those who, like me, lost nothing and most importantly to our Mayor Nenshi.  It is amazing how we all pulled together to help our fellow friends in need.
Today, the girls and I went to Walmart and loaded up on toiletries and cleaning supplies that were needed by various evacuation centers.  We went through our house and filled bags with clothes, sheets and blankets.  We are fortunate to be in a position that we are able to help out those who so desperately need a helping hand.  Finley and Penelope may not remember this, but you can be certain I will remind them what they did and how our community rallied together.  They may not understand this now, but they will one day.
Be strong Calgary, we love you

Friday, 21 June 2013

Biking in Banff

After soccer this past Saturday, we gathered up our bikes and accessories and headed to Banff to do some biking.  The plan was to park at the Cave and Basin Parking lot and then bike to Sundance Canyon, walk around the canyon and bike back.  Unfortunately, it did not go this way….
One cool kid

Oh the life of luxury….

Getting ready to go

Riding towards the mountains

Loading the bikes back up.  As you can see there are no photos of the canyon.  That’s because I couldn’t make it there.  The bike ride there and back is about 6.4K not counting the hike around the canyon.  I gave it all I had but couldn’t finish it and we had to turn around.  Greg said we were only 400m from the canyon but I was done.  So done.  The next day I could hardly move from all the exercise.  The portion of my stomach where my abs used to be hurt like hell, in fact they still do a few days later as I type this.  This is probably because I haven’t done any ab work in like a year!!!  I am still pretty proud of how far I did make it all things considering.  Gonna give it another try on the long weekend!  Wish me luck

Heading to tour the Cave and Basin.  It just opened after a multi million dollar renovation.  All I can see different is the visitor’s center in the front and they filled in the pool with brick.  They also made some improvements to the to the museum part too. I think Parks Canada could have made better use of this money elsewhere but that’s just me.

The Cave and Basin….

I am surprised that the girls went into the cave.  I think maybe because it has lights, it helped them not be terrified like they are of the one at Johnston’s Canyon.

The outdoor basin

Walking around Bow Falls

Bike Fest in Banff
We finished off the day with supper at Touloulou’s just off of Banff Ave.  It’s a cajun New Orlean’s style of restaurant and it is fantastic!  We can’t wait to eat there again!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bike Ride

Last weekend, I hopped on my bike for the first time post baby.  I didn’t go very far before I got tired but at least it was a start!
We rode over to Bridlewood School and then played on the playground for awhile
Both kids climbed the wall climbing apparatus.  We are putting them in wall climbing in the fall.  I even tried it too and quite enjoyed it.  Not sure if I am cut out for it or not but it might be worth a try to take a lesson or two too!
We made it home mere seconds before the rain and storm hit!!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Finley's Graduation

Last week, we celebrated Finley’s graduation from Pace Kids.  She has been there for the last 18 months and we are forever grateful for all of the hard work, time, and dedication that they have put in to Finley and her developmental delays in regards to Speech.  The progress she has made since her very first day is impossible to put into words, it has just been that awesome. 
Singing Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee
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Go Go Banana’s
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Finley, we are so very proud of you as you graduate from Pace Kids.  You have worked so hard both at school and at home to get to where we are today.  I hope that one day when you are older, you are proud of yourself too.  You have come such a long way in such a very short amount of time.  You are going to do so well in the Junior Kindergarten program at the Learning Experience in the fall!!!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to the bestest dad in the whole world!!
We love you daddy!!!
On Father’s Day, Daddy got to sleep in until we went for brunch but he surprised us all when he got up earlier then needed.  But that’s because we were so tired from Banff the day before that we went to bed pretty early on Saturday night!
Opening his presents
The rock bumblebee magnet Finley made
Brunch at NOtaBLE
Chocolate Banana Bread French Toast, Orange Marscapone, Bison Sausage and fresh berries.  It was amazing.  The girls also had this.
Lamb sausage, potato, cheese and egg pizza
Nap time
Dinner with Greg’s dad and brother
It was a great day!  Happy Father’s Day Greg and Don!!