Saturday, July 25, 2009

Stampede Breakfast on Saturday morning in Coventry where Nana and Auntie Becca were helping the kids take pony rides. Aly was so excited, Emerson wasn't in the mood.

Sunday July 12th- Last day of the Stampede

First up was the Super Dogs and Alyssa and Emerson had a great time watching and cheering on the dogs as they raced around. On our way in to the grounds Aly had seen the carousel in the kids section and begged to be able to go on it., I really didn't think she'd be into the rides, last year she was really scared of the loud noise that they made when we took her to Calaway Park. Alyssa is hilarious, once we got out of the Super Dog show we went over to the rides and she looked around and said "I want to go on THAT! and THAT!" She pointed to all the biggest and scariest rides- haha.

Alyssa is 35 inches high- did you know that it is technically too short to go on the little rides by herself. However, all the big scary rides she can ride with me- we did the rollercoaster, tugboat, submarine and farris wheel but she couldn't go by herself on the motorcycles or the little swings. It seems completely ridiculous! Above are pics of the one ride that one of the attendants let her on, she said the others would probably let her on but NO! they wouldn't because she was an inch too short. Can you believe that a 2yr old that is taller than her would be allowed to go on but at 3 1/2 she couldn't?! Alyssa was a good sport about it and because she loved going on the biggest scariest rides there she was ok with it :)

Auntie Becca reminded me when she was young and my brothers and I wanted to get her onto the rollercoaster at Calaway and she was a couple of inches too short- we stuffed her shoes full of napkins to raise her up. I so would have done that for Aly but she was wearing sandles ;)

I just had to take the kids on the bumble bees because I have pics and memories from riding the bees when I was young! Emerson was not into the ride until it was almost over- I think next year he'll be much more excited and possibly tall enough to ride everything on his own because he is much taller than Aly was at his age.

There is Mom and Emerson at the bottom right.

Aly loved all the rides. We spun around, went up and down and had a great time!

Emerson was exhausted with the heat and all the walking.

Mom got us into the rodeo so we could watch the finals.

Lastly we went and watched the pig races. One of the pigs gave birth to a litter on the first day so this little guy was only 10 days old.

In total we spent 8 hrs at the Stampede- I honestly thought we'd only make it 2 or 3 but they each had a nap in the stroller during the afternoon so it all worked out. I am really looking forward to next year- they are going to be a riot!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday was our last day in Waterton and we had another good one.
Aly and Emer on another little adventure around the campsite.
Alyssa helping make pancakes for breakfast.
Emerson got a hold of Travis' fire stick.
He decided to start throwing it and only once clubbed himself.

Cameron Lake
On the way to Cameron Lake Emerson fell asleep so I stayed in the van with him while Trav and Aly went for a walk by the lake. Aly brought along her doodlepad so she could write down all the things they saw so she could tell me later.

Took both the kids for a little hike to Akamina lake, right by Cameron Lake. It was an easy hike and the kids walked most of it by themselves on the way back to the van.

E with Daddy's hat.
Such a silly boy! Him and Alyssa laughed hysterically while he did this.

Our final bear spotting of the trip but this one was the best. Mama with cubs! There were a lot of very stupid tourists getting out of their vehicles and walking in the trees around this area on purpose. Alyssa was a bit worried that the bear would bite them and then went on to tell us how they were wild animals and we had to give them lots of space. We had a talk about wild and pet animals after she wanted to get out and pet the fawns we saw. So you think she'll listen to Travis and I's advice this well when she gets older?You can kind of see the two, one brown at her front leg and one black at her back leg.

I couldn't help but take a bunch of pictures because they were so cute! I love that I have 12x zoom on my camera. One day i'll have an SLR and a better zoom lens- those bear pictures will be like cuddling right up with them!

After our hikes and bear siting we headed back to the campsite to start dinner where we discovered that Alyssa's leg was in bad shape. She had a mosquito bite that she had scratched and her lower leg was swollen, red and hard! She hadn't complained about it and said it didn't hurt at all but we knew we had to get it checked out anyway.
There is no medical clinic or hospital in Waterton but they do have a mobile EMS unit that will come and see you for no charge (that's what your park fees can do for you!) and they didn't think it looked like a mosquito bite and might be something else so they told us to head to Cardston which was only 20 min away. We got in right away and didn't have to wait long to see the doc who drew around the rash to track it. He was pretty sure that some antibiotics would clean it up but said if it got worse she'd need them intravenously so he gave us some meds for Aly to take and gave us a prescription for more.
I told Travis that I thought we should consider going home that night, if things didn't get better I would rather take Aly in to the Children's hospital here- was I over reacting? should we stay the night and just go home in the morning like we were planning? Travis (the bestest hubby that he is) said he knew me and I wouldn't sleep at all being worried and checking on Aly all the time and then being cranky the next day it was best to pack up and head home that night.
We stopped into Waterton townsite before heading back to the campsite and Travis picked up these hockey sticks that we had seen the other day. Aly and Emerson had a hockey game with pinecones while we packed up. Emerson especially loves it but you have to keep an eye on him as he is prone to high sticking which tends to be more dangerous for himself than others :)
Road looking back towards Crandell campground where we stayed.
Last picture of the mountains as we headed out of Waterton.

Two little hikes on Monday afternoon Blakiston Falls and Red Rock Canyon.

Emerson loved peeking over the side to see the falls up close.

Red Rock Canyon- in the pic you can see a group of Hudarite or Menanites. They were taking pictures of the wedding party together, what a beautiful spot for pictues!

Alyssa's treasures that she refused to share with Emerson but she helped him collect his own.

Even though it had rained quite a bit we got a lot of playing and 2 hikes in so it was a great day!