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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Our Fall(s) Tour

Fall is a favourite time of year for me.  Back in those Ontario days it meant a few colour drives and one would definitely be around my birthday to Algonquin Park to see the magnificent display of maple leaves.  Another one came in October when we would spend the day at the hunting camp doing lots of walking through the paths.  I loved the crunch of leaves under my feet or the spectacular view that we got when we climbed the Big Rock to enjoy the colours that surrounded the area.

As time goes by and we can't do the same thing anymore we create new fall tours.  Last weekend we left on Saturday morning and travelled through Kananaskis.  It's a beautiful place to drive through any time of the year.
The colours didn't disappoint us and neither did the animals that strolled past us as we drove along the highway.

We drove through familiar territory but never tiring of the majestic rocky mountains.  We stopped occasionally to take pictures or explore a trail.

We had wanted to take the motorcycle on this trip but were very thankful for the truck with the temperature being a little chilly and a few rain showers along the way.  We crossed the border into British Columbia and spent the night in Cranbrook where we enjoyed a delicious supper at a German Restaurant.  The next morning the fog hung heavy over for the mountains which made for ever changing views.
At this point we were going through new territory and it was beautiful.
We stopped at a Kootenay Lake Church and it had to be the friendliest church ever.  It was a small church but everyone knew our name by the end of the service and even knew what we did and where we lived.

From there we caught a ferry and crossed the Kootenay Lake.  It was a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and another cup of tea.
 On the other side of the lake we found more curvy roads, little towns to explore and lots of beautiful fall pictures to take.
 We spent the night in Revelstoke after taking another ferry.  After a good night sleep we were ready to turn this fall tour into a falls tour.  We hiked about 45 minutes into Wapta Falls. 

Bear Spray in one pocket and a knife on his belt...He's my protector!

From Wapta Falls we drove to Takakkaw Falls and walked into enjoy the area.

It was a beautiful couple of days and I was not disappointed with the fall colours or the Falls that we found.  I especially enjoyed my tour guide. 
And so with that weekend gone it's time to plan my birthday adventure.  Tomorrow we are off to Canmore and Banff and then we will spend the day at Lake Louise on Monday.
And yes, today is my birthday.  Last night I was treated special by Andrew and Brianne who gave me a Pandora bracelet.  I had phone calls and one came with little voices singing Happy Birthday to Nanny.  I have received well wishes via the cyber world.  I feel loved but just not on my birthday, always.

Friday, 16 September 2016

September Days

The days are cooling off and the evenings make me want to turn on the heat.  The lights need to be turned on earlier in the evening and stay on longer in the morning.  It's just that time of year again.  I do love the feel of crunching leaves when I am out walking but I know that all too soon sweaters will need to be pulled out and boots ready to pull on....which I'm okay with.  I just went shopping this week and was very successful in finding some new boots to spruce up my fall wardrobe.

You see it just happened that Ron had to be a way for training all week and so I took Tuesday afternoon off and Brianne and I headed to Calgary.  We shopped hard and I came home with two new pair of boots and a FEW other fall items.

I was pleased with my purchases but of course the rest of this week has been pretty warm so I haven't had them out to wear yet.

I'm glad that today is Friday and I took the day off to catch up on things around the house and I'm excited because soon Ron will be home and then we have a long weekend to plan to do something or nothing at all.

Things have been going well at work.  I'm starting to feel like I am figuring out what I should be doing and this week I was the "star" on their facebook page.  I guess I really do belong when you make it there.

Yes, here I am sitting in my little office trying to smile naturally.  I love their flexibility so that Ron and I can spend time together when he isn't working and it's always nice to get paid to go to chapel and prayer.  I use to do that for free!

And now onto September birthdays:

Both Emma and Jacob have birthdays this month.  Emma turned 5 last Saturday and Jacob will be turning 4 tomorrow.  Big school kids!
And we had a celebration for Andrew last weekend who turned a little bit older but would still like to play on the playground equipment. 
And oh yes, there is another September birthday coming and we have plans but that's a whole other blog.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

First Day of School

This morning Jenn's home was busy as three out of five children packed their backpacks and got ready for their first day of school.
They stopped on the way to the bus for a group picture.

After a few more hugs and well wishes the bus arrived and the three oldest climbed on the bus.

And they are off...the cutest little trio on their way to school.

Sarah begins grade 2.  Emma is going to be the perfect little kindergartener and Jacob is just starting his school career by heading in to Jr. KIndergarten.  It's going to be an exciting year.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Fall is in the Air!

As the mornings get cooler and the night air makes you pull a blanket tighter you just know that fall is quickly creeping up.  It's time to change my summer wreath on my front door to the colourful leaf one that I have stored in the basement.  Today I am wearing a sweater and I even pulled out my socks.  Yes, it's that time of year.

Another indication of Fall is seeing the schools gearing up and once again I am part of that rush.  Two weeks ago the students of Prairie starting returning and the noise level went up a few octaves.
Picture used from Prairie Facebook page.
I worked 4 days and then took a day to go and help out my own boy with his renovations.  We worked like dogs....okay, much harder than dogs.
We cleaned, straightened, trimmed, painted and then went to bed (or in my case, the couch) and did it all over again the next day.  Thankfully for all of us the renovations are coming along nicely and things are starting to look really good.  Here is a sneak preview of the bathroom:

 On the way home I was extremely tired but happy that I could help out.  I had to pull over to take a picture of a beautiful Fall field. 
On Tuesday, I went back to work and worked long hours through the week to try and get things done for orientation and for myself being oriented.  Part of the day I spent with "my boss" chopping meat and onions for a big dinner the next evening.  I've never been paid before to prepare dinner.  This may just be my perfect job!

Wednesday was a full day...first desk work and then dinner work.  Emma's house was full of students and there was lots of food.

It was interesting to hear and see the students respond when the RCMP showed up.  This was the first time that they had met me and were just learning that I was married to a police officer.
I think Ron enjoyed visiting with the students and faculty and he especially enjoyed the dinner.

On Thursday I had another interesting day.  First we had chapel.  (I get paid to go to church too!)  Brian Doerksen led in worship.  I have paid to go to one of his concerts before and now I'm getting paid to listen to him.  Not bad!  Right after chapel we loaded up a team to head to the airport. 
This group will be gone for eight months travelling to many different countries.  I will be following them through their blogs and personal emails.  It will be interesting to hear all about their work on the Mission Field. 

It's been an interesting couple of weeks.  I'm looking forward to understanding my job a little better and I love the flexibility that they have offered me.  Everyone else has a 3 day weekend but I've got a 4.  Fall also means that most people are returning from their holidays and I was so excited to welcome Andrew and Brianne home from Ontario.

So as the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder I will be settling into the school year as I have done so many Falls before.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Family & Friends - Ontario Style

We are back home and back to work  but we had a whirlwind trip to Ontario.  Everyday was packed full of family and friends.  We flew to Ontario two weeks ago today.  We were excited that our son was able to fly home too.  He just got off of working nights but he kept right up to the schedule.

Thursday - We went and met our newest little grandson and I got to hold him for awhile and then we packed the oldest 4 up in the van and headed to the beach.

Abby was a little uncertain of these strange grandparents from the west but since the other three seemed fine with us she decided she would tag along.

After the beach we headed to a "play park."

Friday - Was Ron's birthday and it seemed like it was all about him. 
Okay...maybe not.

We headed to Belleville where he left me with my besties to have his birthday lunch without him.  We met up later to meet some wonderful friends in Frankford and then we stopped at the hospital to see one of our son's friends who just became a dad.
These girls mean the world to me!
Saturday was family day.  First a Frizzell family reunion.

And then finally a birthday dinner for Ron with the Clark family.

Sarah and Emma stayed with us overnight.

Sunday - We headed to Gananoque for the day.  First we went to a church where we assisted right after Ron completed bible college and we had a nice visit with so many old friends.  We visited over lunch and then Jenn and the rest of the kids joined us for a Thousand Island Cruise.

It was a perfect day and very restful even with a whole whack of kids.

Monday - Ron and I went to Kingston and spent a little time at a nice lake front park.
Enjoying a tea by the water is the best.  We then met my mom and dad and sister and brother-in-law to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday!
Right after the candle was blown out we headed to pick up the kids again for a night at a hotel.

Abby was starting to relax with us and we had a lot of fun....swimming, shopping and sleeping in the hotel.

Tuesday - Jenn came in the morning and we did some shopping before she had to go to work.
We are so happy that Jenn found a job that she is enjoying so much.

We kept the kids for the rest of the afternoon and took them home tired.  We might have been a little tired too!

On our way back to Napanee we stopped to see my cousin who had a serious bike injury.  It was good to see her.  She has already been a special cousin to me.

Wednesday - There is a must when we come to Ontario....first we need to see family and friends and then we have to head to Sharbot Lake.  It's a little bit of heaven on earth for us.
We met up with the Irwins for lunch and to catch up on the news of the area.  We stopped to see special friends that owned a cottage where we spent many holidays after leaving the area.

Thursday - Was our day for mother's.  Ron took his mom shopping, out for lunch and a drive.  I took my mom and sister to jail.  I guess that doesn't sound too good but that is what we did.  We did the tour of the Kingston Penitentiary.  It was interesting and it was nice to have a girls' day.

The tour was quite interesting.  We had a guide that took our group to each area where a guard that had worked in the pen told us about the area.
It took a little negotiation but we got my sister released.  After the tour we went across to the museum and saw just how creative the inmates can be.
Hollowed food trays help inmate escape maximum security.
Thursday night we went to spend the evening with Jenn and do a little bit of shopping.

Friday - Another kiddie day.  By this time Abby was excited to hop in the van and see what adventure was awaiting.
We headed to Lake Ontario Park to the splash park.
After a good play in the water and the park and a little walk in the hot sun everyone was feeling a little tired.  Even poor Uncle was exhausted.
It was another good day.  We said our goodbyes to the kids and to Jenn and drove away in a quiet van.  We stopped to see my cousin again.

Saturday - We left for Toronto right after lunch.  We had a little wait at the airport due to a delay but all was smooth for our trip back to Alberta.

We had one day to rest up before we were all back to work.  Wow, I'm tired just looking at our schedule.  Good thing we are back to work to rest up.