Sunday, September 20, 2009





We got a great gift certificate at Christmas for a family photoshoot. We finally got them done at the end of July and i'm quite happy with how some of the poses turned out. Aly was very cooperative but Emerson wanted nothing to do with it. haha. I think next year we'll have to get some fall shots done outside.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another trip to the zoo. This day we went with my friend Carley and her kids Olivia and Carter. Since Carley has gone back to work after being off on mat leave we haven't got to visit as often and the girls have been missing each other. Aly has asked to go and pick up the kids from their day home and bring them to us but they are WAY down south that's why they don't come here :)
This day we got to see many animals we've never seen before. In the Canadian wilds first thing in the morning 9am it was breakfast time, technically dinner for the skunks because they're nocturnal and headed to bed soon after they ate. It was really fun to watch them run and play and eat they are so cute and cuddley looking.


Alyssa, Olivia, Emerson and Carter watching the skunks. Its funny they ended up in a birth order line just by chance.


Aly and Liv talking about all the things they see.
Porcupine breakfast.
Baby Reindeer.
Aly and Liv deciding which animals they wanted to visit next.
Watching the otters together.

The Swift fox that we've never seen in all the times we've been to the zoo before.

Aly and Liv riding the bear. The boys were napping at this point, next time it'll be their turn for a pic together.



There were quite a few interpretive tables set up. We saw one about bears and this one about the African animals.



It was a great day hanging out at the zoo with Carley and the kids.

Alyssa hanging out with Auntie Becca doing some horseback riding. Emerson seems to be a little bit too scared right now to ride even with me so we'll give him another year and then i'm sure he'll want to get up there all on his own.





I really like this picture of Emerson and Alyssa all ready for the hike.
We hiked the Galatea trail towards Lillian lake. There are 8 bridges and numerous little waterfalls. It is a specatcular hike, not too difficult and really beautiful.








Taking a break at the half way mark we stopped for some snacks and the kids couldn't resist throwing rocks in the stream.





Travis had to carry the dog across a couple of brides and rocky sections.
We came across quite a few other hikers on this trail, we would recommend getting to the trail head early in the morning as the parking lot fills up very fast! Most of the other hikers commented on how nice it was for the kids to have rides (aka pack horses) one gentleman was chuckling and said he had been complaining about the small bag he had been carrying and had better shut up about it since we clearly carried much heavier loads and continued to laugh. We don't think he heard because we were a little ways down from him but Aly goes "NOT FUNNY!"
Travis and I have been saying that to her when she laughs at her brother when he's doing something he is not suppose to in hopes that it will keep him from repeating it, it has yet to work. Alyssa has taken that and turned it into her own little 3yr old ism coated thickly with attitude!

We didn't make it all the way to Lillian lake which was too bad because we heard it was a very nice spot. Next time we do this hike we'll start out earlier in the day so we have enough time to get all the way up spend some time at the lake and make our way back before evening.
After our hike we drove to Banff where we went for dinner at the Magpie and Stump. Their gluten free Mexican food is great! We also found these super cute hats for the kids. A grape for Aly and a monkey for Emerson.
Aly: Hey Daddy, lick my head.
Travis: What?! No.
Aly: Please Daddy (bats eyelashes) Pleeease lick my head!
Travis: (laughing) No.
Aly disolves into giggles too.