Saturday, 13 September 2014

Glacier National Park

On September Long Weekend we headed south for some camping. We had our passports in the car just in case we had to go into Montana to find a place to camp.  And thank goodness we did.  We didn’t end up leaving Calgary until almost 11:30 which is a big no no when you don’t have a spot reserved and then we stopped at the candy store in Nanton (for the first time ever despite driving by it a gazillion times).  By the time we got to Waterton National Park all that was left was sites with no campfires so we kept driving. 
We got to Glacier and again all of the sites were full inside of the park so we stayed just outside the park in a private campground and it worked out quite alright.
Seriously I cannot emphasize how awesome it is to have the girls able to ride bikes when camping.  That is all they do while at the campsite and it is great!!
Jackson Glacier
One of the mountains from Logan’s Pass.  It was so cold there i swore it was gonna snow.
Getting the canoe ready at Lake MacDonald
Not sure if you can tell or not, but that is rain coming down on us.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long but I was sure grateful that I didn’t take my rain jacket on before putting on my life jacket like everybody else did.  It started again just before we finished.
Looking for seashells.  They were not successful.
This was at the Trail of Cedars.  It is a neat little hike that is perfect for people of all abilities – even strollers and wheelchairs.  There were 3 different kinds of cedars.  One cedar is used in either chemotherapy or radiation drugs.  
Inside a hollowed out cedar.  Penelope got stuck trying to escape.
A campfire to end the weekend.  We ended coming back on Sunday instead of Monday so we could get stuff done before we headed back to school.  I love Glacier National Park.  It’s so far away from a major city – i think Calgary might be the closest so I think it gets forgotten about a lot.  But it is truly spectacular and if you ever get the chance to explore it – even a little bit then you definitely should.  You won’t be disappointed.  Cold perhaps, but not disappointed.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Sunset Festival

After the Lululemon SeaWheeze, they host a Sunset Festival at Stanley Park.  They bus you to and from the Vancouver Convention Center to Stanley Park.  This year The Colourists and Capital Cities performed and they were so awesome!!
They had an acrobat station set up.  Greg and I thought it was just acrobators putting on a show but it was actually SeaWheezers getting to do it.  By the time we realized this the line up was closed.  It would have been pretty awesome.
The Colourists
This is a beer that Lululemon and The Stanley Park Brewery collaborated on.  It was a strawberry wheat ale. It was not good.  The general consensus was that it was not balanced.  Not my consensus. I said it was gross hahahaha
Capital Cities.  I only knew one song by them which was safe and sound.  And it turns out that they are so much better then that one song.  I really enjoyed the performance.  And it was the absolute perfect choice for the crowd, atmosphere and to just be mellow after we all accomplished that morning.
They had shadows/lights dancing in the trees to the music. 
It was a super awesome way to end an amazingly epic weekend.  See ya next year Lululemon :)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Finley Starts Kindergarten

So finally Finley started school this week.  The Catholic school division certainly drags out the start of school compared to the public school system.  It’s kinda crazy.
Yes she is just starting Kindergarten.  Yes I know she will by at the end of October.  No I absolutely do not regret it.  Not for a single second.  I think starting her now as opposed to last fall was the absolute smartest decision that Greg and I made for her.  I think she would have been moderately successful but doing Junior Kindergarten at the Learning Experience instead just helped so very much with her confidence and her speech. 
Here is how it broke down: School started for pretty much everybody on September 2nd.  Finley had her interview on Friday September 5th at 830am.  Then she had school on Monday, September 8th with half of the class.  She had Tuesday off so the other half could attend and then yesterday on September 10th she finally had a full day of school with all of her classmates.  And now to boot, she has a PD day tomorrow!!  What a weird first 2 weeks of school we’ve had!!
Here is Finley walking to our interview on the Friday.  It was still nice out then….haha.  It’s a super quick walk but unfortunately we will only get to walk to school 2x a week since I have to drive Penelope right after on MWF.  We should get to walk home everyday though.
Finley outside the school sign. I am really glad we took all these photos on interview day since it was rainy on the Monday that she started.
Waiting to meet her teacher, who by the way, is super awesome.
After the interview was over, we went to see where she will line up every morning for school.  It is in a different location from where we pick her up.  
First day of school!
She was so excited to start kindergarten at the “big kid” school that even the rain and cold couldn’t dampen her spirits.  I love how much she loves school right now.  I hope it continues!
Going to line up
Time to go in!
I honestly didn’t think I would be so emotional about her starting Kindergarten.  She has been away from me 5 days a week since she was 3 because of her speech delays and having to go to a special school that I thought it would be just like every other year that I have dropped her off for the first time.  But it wasn’t.  I got really teary eyed and probably would have cried had my friend Michelle not saw me and came over to talk to me and distracted me from it all.  Thanks Michelle!!!  

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Penelope's First Day of Year 4 Pre-School

How did I fall so far behind??  I have so many posts just sitting here unedited ready to be written and seen.  Truth be told, I just need more hours in my day to accomplish all that I need to.
Anyways, last Wednesday was my littlest baby’s first day of 4 year old preschool.  She now goes 3 mornings a week from 830-1030.
Seriously, I don’t think Penelope could be any cuter then she is in this photo right now.  Since turning 4, her listening skills have gotten a lot better.  Unfortunately her temper has gotten a lot worse…
It was raining so the photo outside the school wasn’t as nice as last years photo when it was still summer….
Waiting to go into her class room and meet her new teachers.
Once inside the classroom, Penelope became very shy.  She spoke to Mrs P who taught her last year and came into the class just to visit with her.  She wouldn’t talk to her new teachers or new class mates.  And when it was carpet time she wouldn’t leave my side.  It was not going good.  Finally I insisted that she go play away from me and she ventured over there.  She didn’t really play much but explored the area.  Her teacher saw she was struggling and got her to help out with the Shining Star stuff and that seemed to help.  She was attached to Mrs S the rest of the class.
It ended with her on the carpet by herself and actively participating.  Today is day 4 and she is loving her teachers and her new friends who are still nameless.  She does very much miss Leah who was her preschool bff last year.