Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Family Picture 2010

My good friend Jadene, offered to take our family pictures for us this year. I gladly took her up on her offer. She lives just outside of Red Deer, on an acreage, and she took us to a few different spots on her property. We took TONS of pictures! But with 5 kids, it doesn't matter how many pictures you take, its still impossible to have the perfect shot. Luckily I have a sister who is great with photo shop, and she was able to cut and paste the kids heads to make a picture that looks great. Thanks Brette.
We also have individuals of the kids, I'll post later!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Toronto Bound...

Am I crazy?? Today I let my 10 year old daugher and her 8 yr old cousin fly to Toronto- by themselves!

Look at these two sweet little girls, do you think they will be safe on a plane, without a parent to help them?...

Holly is in hygiene school in Toronto, and she needs to practice cleaning kids teeth. Since there are no kids living in all of Toronto, we decided to send Kadie and Merrin over to get their teeth cleaned. I'm not sure who was most excited about this, the girls, or Holly.

They left today (Wednesday), and they get home on Monday. I'm sure Holly and Tyler have a whole ton of fun stuff planned for them. I can't wait to hear about every last detail when they get home! Good luck Holly, and please keep notes on what (and who), these two talk about late at night.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Banff Ekiden Relay

My friend Angie found out about a relay race held in Banff. Its called the Ekiden relay. You might be asking yourself what "Ekiden" means, well, I will tell you.

It is the ancient Japanese system of mail delivery. Couriers would run from station to station a task called Ekiden.

That was then, these days Ekiden is one of the most popular relay races in the world spreading out from Japan to Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, China, Germany, France and Canada. Distances for each Ekiden are different ranging from 5km to 200km, and team obviously varies accordingly. One thing that is the same at every Ekiden though is the unforgettable feeling of community.
(yes i did just copie and paste that from the website)

So anyway we rounded up 3 other girls, and got a team entered. Each leg in the race is a different distance, and totals the distance of a marathon. I ran leg 5, which was 11.7km (7.2miles). I'm not going to lie, that is the farthest Ive ever ran before, so i was a little nervous about it.

Here's a picture of our team just before the first leg started. Notice the ear warmers, and tukes(sp?), it was soo cold outside, I'm sure it was below zero. But we bundled up and kept (mostly) warm.

We were not entering this race to win, just for fun, but I was sure intimidated when I saw the other teams. There were a lot of SERIOUS runners. The first leg of the race was 7km, and the second leg was 13.5km. About 20 min after our second runner left, the first place team was starting their third leg. and when our 2nd runner got back, the first place team was starting runner 5... (make sense?) really we didn't stand a chance, but we weren't doing it to get first place.

Like I said I was the last to run, so I had to stand around for 3 hours while I waited for everyone else to come in. Luckily it did warm up a bit by the time I ran. My goal was to finish under an hour and 10 min. I was worried about getting that time after about 5 min of running. My course was up hill for the first half. I'm not exaggerating. I was huffing and puffing. Eventually it did level out, and i was able to make up a bit of the time I lost on those hills. The last half km was also up hill. Kadie and her friend Jade met me at the bottom of the hill to run to the top with me. As we were running together Jade said to Kadie, "your mom is a slow runner". Trust me that made me laugh. I was going slow, cuz by then I had lost every last bit of steam that I had.

Here's me coming to the finish line with Jade and Kadie. I may have been slow, but it looks like I'm beating them up that hill.

My final time was 1 hour and 12 minutes. So i took 2 min longer than I wanted to, but I was still really happy with that time, because I thought those hills would slow me down more than that.
So, everyone reading this, start training now, and you can join me for next years race. I promise it really is a ton of fun.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Last night after Matt put the boys to bed.

Matt- Guess how many pairs of underwear Spencer had on tonight.
Me- Umm, 2.
Matt- Nope, 5.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Does anyone get something in their Christmas stocking that is so completely wonderful? So wonderful in fact, that it was almost as if you put it there yourself? Sometimes Santa knows you just oh so well. Well my perfect stocking stuffer is this:
Yes, that's right its Toffifee.
I'm not really 100% sure how to pronounce it, but I LOVE it.
For those of you who aren't really sure what Toffifee is, this next picture describes it perfectly.

My mouth is watering right now.
Anyway, every year Santa puts a box of these chocolates in my stocking. And every year I put the box in my bed side table. I try my very hardest to forget that they are there. And sometimes I do forget about them. But when I happen to open that drawer, my mouth starts watering all over again, and I allow myself one, maybe two - and no more. Then I hide them away again.
Sadly, last week I finished the box. It took me 10 months, but one by one they got eaten, and now I'm counting down the days till Christmas, in hopes that Santa will bring me another box, to enjoy for another year.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Fall Picnic

There is not much that I love more than spending the afternoon, outside, with family. Last week we had to go to Calgary to the dentist- yes I had one cavity-. Afterwards, we met up with Alice and Jens families, at Edworthy Park, and roasted some hot dogs, and marshmallows. It was a perfect day, and the kids all had a blast playing together. Here's some pictures of our fun afternoon.

Nixon was soo excited to have a matching sweater with Ben.

One thing that I absolutely love about my mother-in-law, is that she loves to read to her grand kids. I also love the voices that she uses on certain books (Monster at the end of this book). My kids just love to cuddle up, and read with Grandma.