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Oct 18, 2014

Partying With Family




   Sometimes all you really need to recharge and refuel your personal batteries is some good ol' time with your family. We knew that by returning to Canada we would get to visit with a lot of our family, but with my family being mostly in Quebec, and the cost of flights to cross Canada being so crazily expensive, we didn't think we would get to see them. We were so happy to find out that by pure coincidence one of my uncles, who lives in Banff, was having his wedding at the same time we were in Canada, and much of my mom's family would be flying from Quebec to be a part of it. And a double bonus, my sister just recently moved from Ontario to Calgary. So we got the incredible chance to visit with my side of the family too!

   My mom's family are a crazy bunch. They are 16 kids, my mother was born the 11th, and so you can imagine once you add spouses and kids in there our family reunions gravitate towards the 100s. All related! And all partiers. Many of the aunts and uncles that flew to Banff for this wedding were the ones that were closest to my mom, in age group, and so also the ones that we as kids grew up with seeing the most. It was so incredibly nice seeing them all again. We laughed, we hung out, we drank an endless supply of wine, and we did a lot of dancing! That is one thing you can count on this family for, a good party, and once the music starts the dance floor will be packed.

   Seeing everyone filled my heart so much and made me realize how much I have missed them all, and how much I hope we get to see them in the near future again. It was also great having them meet and get to know the girls since many of them hadn't had the chance to meet them, ridiculous, I know. I hope they all realize that if we had an infinite amount of money we would be present at every single family reunion, because those people are good for my soul.

   And an extra bonus of nights like these, is that the other set of grandparents babysat our girls and Eben and I got to dance the night away, like young pups!



getting all dressed up for the wedding was fun

My sister Renee, me, my mom Agnes, and Eben

A few of my aunts and uncles that made it to the wedding (and 1 of my cousins, center, the son of the groom)





My VERY handsome hubby



my sister and I

bride and groom's first dance

and the party begins!
apparently I sing a lot when I dance, because most of my pictures from that night look like this!

I rocked those "hammer pants"

Next Day, my mom giving my uncle (the groom) a painting my late grandmother had made for him




cuddle time with Aunty Nene



Oct 14, 2014

Dinosaurs In Our Sights : The Royal Tyrrell Museum






   Just driving up to the museum the girls were getting excited by all the dinosaurs that line the streets of Drumheller, but stepping inside the Royal Tyrrell museum is a whole other adventure.

   We made the personal mistake of going on a Saturday, and so did everyone else in the vicinity I suppose, because when we arrived we had a 30 minute line up to stand in just to reach the ticket booth. We were worried that the museum would be packed, but with the sheer size of this place you could hardly tell that every family made this their adventure spot that Saturday. 

   Once inside you are greeted by full sized skeletons of the creatures that once were. And those larger than life creatures continue on for what took us about a 2.5hr walk. The Royal Tyrell museum knows what they are doing, and do it well. Many of their exhibits are kid-friendly and even hand-on, and the ones that aren't, are just astoundingly big! 

   Our family had a blast. We went in as a group of 10 (our family, Mel and Jair and their two little ones as well as Cyra and Sebas), and found ourselves splitting off from our group and reconnecting every now and again, simply because of different age groups and attention spans. There is something for everyone. It was so much fun seeing Arias realize how big dinosaurs actually were. And Ellia, she didn't seemed fazed by much, but she was also kept distracted enough to be content for our entire couple of hours there. This place is great for children of all ages; I think been and Jair had more fun than anyone in the kids' ballroom! 

   Oh and don't miss the "live" exhibits near the end. No, not live dinosaurs but some of the weirdest water lizard things we have ever seen, and an ugly soft shell turtle. Living descendants of dinosaurs really.






So many fun hands-on games



The girls didn't want to leave this station because "he's talking to me!"

the cousins

the cousins striking a pose in front of the bubble wall







tarantula!



who's tallest?

my favorite picture of the trip!

And to finish off, the creepy critter that still lives to this day! I find he looks like Toothless off of How to Train your Dragon





Oct 6, 2014

Inside Our Sailboat




   So often we are hanging out with friends and they want to know what our boat is like, and then Eben and I realize that we don't have a "boat" file of pictures. So I decided to conglomerate a bunch of them on here. This way everyone can get an idea of what we live in full time, and the amount of work that my dear husband has put into this boat to make her our home.


A Few Of The Before Shots


the old settee cushions

old counter tops

installing the bunk bed

ripping out the old backsplash

sanding everything to repaint

repainting the ceiling
ripping out the bathroom countertops and mirror

installing a hallway door



And Some Of The After Shots



redone settee cushions, much cleaner



the table drops down to make a queen size bed

repainted ceiling, vinyled walls, and chalk board decorations



lee cloth to keep the girls from rolling out of the Vberth (also the baby playpen)

the bunk bed at the foot of our aft bed
our aft cabin bed

new countertops

our shower

bathroom decorations







new kitchen counter tops
new stained floor pieces



sanded and stained and reinstalled the old door

wind scoops for the main hatches


Outside Of The Boat