Say hello to my new friend Lucas! He just turned 2 and is the sweetest little fella ever!! His older sister is Ely's best friend and he's got an older brother too. The best part is they will be our neighbours this summer!!!
They say dogs don't understand english. Well I beg to differ! We have to spell out words in our house cause if you say "walk", "truck" or "outside" our dogs are whining with anticipation and full of excitement. Today we were having a lazy day and our youngest decided we should all go for a walk this afternoon. As soon as the word "walk" was mentioned Ben was up and at the door with Sam right behind.
Well once again I did not have my boots on to go trudging through the snow drifts. We don't have many left down here but the ones that are left seem to be deeper than my shoes. This is the edge of a corn maze on the edge of town, one my girls would dearly like to visit this fall.
What kid doesn't love to kick with all their might and splash the teacher!! This month Ely's been working on that plus a lot of other stuff in her swimming lessons. I'm hoping she has finallly gotten over her apprehension on having a "boy" teacher cause she's been doing great. Our girls both love the water and absolutely have NO fear of it!
I've drove past this old house quite a bit and I've never noticed it until the other day. I really wish I would've packed my boots so I could've hiked through the ditch full of snow and up the hill to take a closer look. Well perhaps next time I'll be more prepared. There are at least 2 other houses that I've been meaning to stop and photograph, one is right alongside the road and the other would require a bit of a hike. I will stop and photograph them one day, hopefully sooner than later.
Sunday we had no kids at home as they were visiting the farm. So we jumped in the car with some friends and headed out to Banff for a drive. We were going to the hotsprings for a dip and then the weather turned bad so we turned around and headed back. On our way back to the city my hubby spots a field of Elk. The rest of us thought it was a field of cows, however my hubby has "eagle eyes." Down a side road we went to investigate. Sure enough there was a massive heard of Elk spread across two fields of stubble. My hubby was like a kid in a candy store, too bad hunting season has closed.
This valley is quite picturesque and each time I drive through it I think "hmm I should stop and take some photos." However, there is only one approach that is safe enough to pullover into. So yesterday on my way home from taking the girls to meet Grandma I pulled over and stopped to enjoy the scenery and take some photos. I love how the clouds are rolling over the hills.
Supper tonight at the Briggs Residence was absolutely devine!!! My tastebuds had never tasted anything so heavenly before. It was like we had our own personal chef to prepare supper for us. Bob's good friend Kevin and his lovely girlfriend Sarah came out tonight and prepared Gormet Mushroom Risotto, Tomato Confit, Carmalized Cauliflower, Asparagus and Elk steak (bbq'd to perfection by my hubby) .
It took me a long time this morning to get around to making my sugar cookie dough. I got sidetracked with cleaning up rooms (sick kid lastnight), making beds, doing laundry and cleaning out the basement (not sure how I got side tracked there.) SO finally Ely and I started our cookies, 40 cookies later and about 2hrs they are all deocrated and ready for school. I even managed to make 2 white cakes and decorate them. Well there not very nicely decorated and my mom and Grandma would cringe if they were to look at them. Needless to say I'm pooped!!
Mondays were never my favourite day of the week, EVER!! However, times have changed and now they are becoming one of my favourite days. They have become very productive for me lately. I tend to do my best work on Mondays. Today was a great example; After dropping the kids off at school I had a great workout at the gym. After a quick shower I proceded to do a list of cleaning chores that had been neglected for quite some time!! Needless to say that "housekeeper" that had been lazy on the weekend sure came through today!! So good night Monday it was another GREAT day for the Briggs' Family!!
The girls were invited to a birthday party today at the Gymnastics School here in town. Emm loves the foam pit and Ely loves the trampoline. If you look close enough you'll see the "Bignell family trait" Tongue sticking out!! Nothing quite says concentration like having your tongue stick out!!
So proud of my girls today!! Emm was able to push herself up on the bar tonight. She's getting stronger each week in gymnastics cause a couple of weeks ago she wasn't able to this. Now she does it with ease.
Ely is apprehensive with men and this round of swimming lessons she has a "boy teacher". Her first class dad was pretty close and kept reassuring her it was OK! I was not quite sure how this lesson was going to go but she surprised me!!! Her dad gave her a pep talk and WOW what a kid. She was shy at first with her teacher but she found her COURAGE and pulled through!! She had FUN and listened and did her VERY BEST!!!
YUP that's a diaper!!! Well the pet stores call it a belt or some such thing. My Sam is wearing it cause he has a terrible habit of peeing all over my house when he so chooses!! Needless to say when we were building this new house I opted for NO RUG anywhere!!!! I admit it's mostly my fault that at 8yrs old he's still peeing. Yes I should put him in his kennel when I leave or put him in the dog run or put this "diaper" on him. However, I rarely remember to do any of those things. I absolutely LOVE this dog, he's my first PET ever!! I have babied him and often times treat him like one of my kids. I'm regretting those actions now cause I've no idea how to get him to stop peeing everywhere!!! UGH!!
This roof is now covered and ready for shingles, I'm anxious to go in and see the finished product. It appears to be a bungalow style which is odd for our neighbourhood as all the houses are 2 stories. The construction crews must be enjoying this wonderful sunshine.
What an absolutely Gorgeous weekend we had!! The weather was STUNNING!! Saturday my girls and I played outside for a good 3/4 of the day. The girls were back outside again today. With the help of the neighbour and his kids they all made a pretty neat fort in the backyard. We treated ourselves to supper out tonight and on my way home I snapped this pretty shot of the setting sun. I played with some effects on my camera and added a "fish eye" effect.
There are lots of people that joke around about our "wide open spaces" in Alberta. My hubby always says "You can watch your dog run away from home clear into the next province." HA HA but you know what I love our Big Open Sky and Wide Open Spaces!! On a clear day you can see right to the mountains from this road. If I would've panned a bit to the left you would've seen them.
The kids and I spent all afternoon outside today playing in the sun and snow. I should've had my camera on me cause them and the neighbour boy and his dad built an awesome snow fort.
For weeks Emm's been walking around the house singing "Jesus you're my superhero." I've gotten to the point where I can sing it too. Well today the 1-T's hosted the assembly and it was all about SUPERHEROES! Each child had to dress up as their superhero and then said a few words about who was their superhero and why. Our girl Emm picked her parents as her superheroes. Funny how as a parent you really don't see yourself as such but when you take some time to see yourself through their eyes it's amazing how they see you. Thanks Emmarsyn for picking your Dad and I as your superheroes. We have a couple of "Superhero Girls" too.
Notice how she's dressed like Mom; Camera, phone, purse and hat. She wanted to dress just like Mom and be a photographer just like Mom. Absolutely made my year!!