Monday, August 31, 2009

A great day with the kids Nana, Auntie Becca and Papa Jack at Calaway Park. Alyssa loves the rides and wishes she could do some of the bigger ones but she's still too short- we got onto this swing ride the first time but the second time they pulled out the bar to measure her and she was a teeny tiny bit short so they wouldn't let her ride again. Eyeball roll. Whatever. Next year will be better and if she's still as height challenged as this year we just may have to break out the cowboy boots and napkins to stuff in and boost her up. haha. That's what we did for Auntie Becca when she was younger and my brother Nick and I got her onto the rollercoaster :)

After a trip to Costco we had a few boxes lying around and Aly and Emerson built a boat. Aly would tell E to sit down while she paddled. Then she yells "Canoe, Canoe" while using the sword as an ore to get them somewhere. According to Alyssa, one sword was for Cannoeing and the other was to fight off pirates. I love the imagination she has, its so fun!

More pics of the kids in Canmore sans parents will be coming once I snag them from Nana- stay tuned.
I left the kids in Canmore Friday morning and headed back into Calgary to get ready for our friend's wedding. Lanchi and Steve had a beautiful wedding and we are so happy they chose to ask us to share in celebrating with them. Travis and I had a great time hanging out and dancing with all of our karate family.

That second drink was for Travis, no really.
Kimmy, Kimchi, Sarah, Kyla and I
I wore a little black strapless that had polka dots on it and I had some wicked sexy red shoes and red lipstick (none of which I've never worn before but definately will be breaking out more often)

Stephanie and I at the end of the night. We danced our shoes off and had many a beverage to celebrate great day. Congrats! to Lanchi and Steve may you have unending years of wedded bliss!

At the beginning of August Travis and I took the entire week of so that we could take the kids camping and hiking out in the moutains. Unfortunately it rained almost the whole week! Most of the showers were scattered out where we wanted to go but still that would be too much rain for the little ones. Instead I took the kids out to Canmore to visit Nana, Papa and Auntie Becca while they were out at a friend's place for the week.

Once we got out to Canmore the weather was very nice, sunny and just a bit of wind. We all went for a walk around Quarry Lake. The kids had a blast throwing rocks into the water. Emerson is sporting his monkey backpack again, his idea of fun is to run full speed to the very edge of the water :)

While dinner was being made Nana and Aly got out Candy Land to play for the first time together. I never had this when I was younger and a few of you family and friends have gasped in shock. Its a fun game and easy for Aly to understand and play.

Friday, August 14, 2009

More pics of the zoo, we go at least once a month as i'm sure you can tell :) I had forgotten our passes so when we went to the ticket counter to get them to give us temporary ones for the day they also gave us a map. Aly was delighted! She was our navigator that day and decided which animals we would go and see. I had to assist her since she wanted us to go to the tigers, then to the hippos then to the elephants (all opposite ends of the zoo) and in the end since we were going by certain animals anyway she let us stop and visit them :)
I am so taking it back. I said I would NEVER be one of those parents that put their kid on a leash. I remember the ones that were leather and a full harness like you put on a dog, I could not fathom have to do that. That is until I had Emerson. I have started going grey since I had this kid, so not joking. Alyssa was a timid shy little one, she still is for the most part and wouldn't dream of getting more then a few feet away from you. E on the other hand is Mr. Social Butterfly and all "Hi!" to everyone he sees and will actually follow other people if he deems them interesting enough. Add to that the fact he climbs everything and is a total danger to himself and others because you never know what he will try and JUMP off of. It is seriously crazy. So I put my kid on a leash, so what, its a cute little monkey backpack with long tail I hang on to and it keeps him ALIVE! You may think i'm exaggerating but I'm not, for real. He tries to climb the rails here on the zoo bridge, he also thinks its really fun to dangle his feet or put his toes over the edge of something regardless of the height.

We call him the Mischief Maker and for a good reason- see above.
I think these info signs they have along the bridge are really cool. You can see how big a Blue Whale is, how long the wingspan of an Albatrose is- really cool. And Alyssa is starting to be interested in what everything says and what it means.

Not a great picture but its the first time we've ever seen the aligators out of the water in the rainforest.

Our first trip into Dinosaur Park. Aly said we couldn't call it a park because there were no slides and swings so she called it Dinosaur land.
Checking out all the signs and touching the fossils.