Wednesday, August 25, 2010

William: Five Months

William at five months old

The days and weeks are moving by quickly and William is now 5 months old! He's a very happy baby, smiling all the time, and is starting to show signs of growing up. He's rolling both ways now which is a great help, and pretty soon he'll start getting a snack of the family favorite, Milupa cereal, every night before going to bed.

The big half year post coming up in a month!


Friday, August 20, 2010

June and July 2010 Slideshow

We know you've all been waiting anxiously, so here they are: The June and July 2010 Slideshows!!

June 2010 (24 photos)
July 2010 (70 photos)

There's some really cute pictures, so go through the albums, and as always, the links to these and all past months are available in the side bar.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Edmonton's Valley Zoo

During our trip to Edmonton, we wanted to take the kids out to a few things they would enjoy. The zoo seemed like a good option, something everyone is interested in, and a way to show Charlotte that an Elephant isn't just a plastic toy! So, off we went to the Valley Zoo «Google map» with Charlotte, William, Opa, and Omsie!

Charlotte looking at the owls with Natasha.

Charlotte really liked seeing all the animals. It was her first time seeing them in person and she seemed to think it was pretty neat.

One of the many owls on display.

A dire warning!

Off to see some of the larger animals, the fences are decorated with signs to save visitor's fingers.

The calm zebras were grazing in the field.

The main attraction, Lucy the elephant!

This was the first time Charlotte has seen an elephant, and according to Natasha, her first time too! Apparently, there is no zoo in Fredericton.

And lastly, the fun photo!

Nearly getting gobbled by the shark.

And that was our trip to the zoo. We've heard that other zoos are better, but this one has the basic animals, a few rides to go on, and is a great place to spend a couple of hours with the kids.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Gone Fishing: Lafarge Lake

On Saturday morning, I went for a drive to Coquitlam to meet a couple of friends for a few hours of fishing at Lafarge Lake «Google Map».

The lake and surrounding park is a great place to spend time, and we often make a day trip to the area with the kids. The walk around the lake is nice, there's a playground and water park nearby, and shopping, food, and bubble tea all in the area. Country in the city at its best.

Right, back to fishing. We arrived at the lake with tips from an experienced fisherman, and an expectation of bite after bite. Read on to find out what happened.

Nick and Andrew, no fish yet, but hopeful.

We tried a few spots and despite a lack of fish, had some good conversation and enjoyed the warm weather.

Bernie, apparently with the Ogopogo on the line.

Or perhaps one of the large koi you see from time to time? Unfortunately, no. Not a single bite. No bait or lure was going to trick a fish this time around. We weren't alone either. All the other people we saw fishing didn't seem to be having any luck either.

In the end, we headed out with no fish, but had an enjoyable morning of fishing anyway. This isn't a bad fishing lake overall, but it might be better if you get there in the few weeks after they stock it as I have a feeling the number of fish decreases over time and doesn't really sustain itself.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Vacation In Edmonton

On Monday morning we arrived back from a 12-day vacation to Edmonton. Our goal was to get some relaxation, spend time with our family and friends, and do some sightseeing with the kids.

The schedule included going to the Storyland Valley Zoo, West Edmonton Mall, and eating lots of delicious foods.

Here are a few photos from the trip. You'll be able to see these and a whole bunch more when we post the links to our photo albums next week.

The main man! William did really well this trip.

Charlotte enjoyed all the attention she gets now that she's older.

Opa with the two kids and a little distraction compliments of Baby Noah.

Omsie and Charlotte at Old Spaghetti Factory.

Charlotte appears to be so hungry she had to gnaw on her hand. Put a rush on that pasta!!

Natasha and Charlotte in the pool at Millennium Place.

This facility is excellent and a place you could entertain a family for hours on end. The pool isn't just your regular pool. It's filled with slides, floating equipment, and more.

Fun time with Daddy.

Our big excursion this vacation was to the zoo. We have a bunch of photos from that trip, and will do a special post just on that coming up here in a day or two.

Lastly, a huge thanks to my parents for their hospitality and for all the food and fun! To all the relatives and friends we met and spent time with, it was great to see you. Thanks to those of you who had us over for meals, went out with us for coffee, etc. We enjoyed it all very much!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shiny New BBQ!

Please welcome the newest addition to our patio, a big shiny BBQ!

Just in time for summer!

We picked this one up on sale and put it together before going on our family vacation. Just tonight we decided to move it out to the back yard so we can start using it full time.

Our old BBQ is now in our garage until we can decide what to do with it. Sell it, give it away, whatever works. It's an excellent BBQ which we've had for almost five years, but with a growing family and hopes of cooking for more people, something bigger was in order.

And this new BBQ is actually pretty big! Look at it compared to our old one.

Out with the old, in with the new!

Natasha gets credit for thinking of this comparison shot... very clever.

On the menu for the remainder of the summer: steaks, hamburgers, steelhead trout, salmon, sausages, a variety of veggies, and a whole lot more!

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