Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 2011 Edmonton Trip

We took a trip to Edmonton earlier this month to visit our family and friends in the area, and enjoy some of the activities around the city. We made it a more leisurely trip by taking the drive in two parts each way, which is much easier on the kids and to be honest, on us as well. Our photo report follows -- Enjoy!

Travel: The Way There

Our first stop was at the Britton rest stop at the Coquihalla summit. The weather was great, and the kids enjoyed wandering around, picking flowers, rocks, and waving at cars.

We drove as far as Valemount where we stayed overnight. It's a cute town, amidst lovely mountains, and a place we found very relaxing to stay.

Andrew and William at a park.

Swimming in the pool!

The next morning we started the last part of our drive to Edmonton, with a stop in Jasper for lunch.

Riding the big horn statue in Jasper.

The Zoo

In Edmonton, we visited the Edmonton Valley Zoo, our second year in a row. Last year the kids were a bit young, and they enjoyed it a whole lot more this year.

On the train!

We met up with Auntie Sandi, and cousins Anna, Caleb, and Ethan, the last two who also rode the train.

Choo choo!

So, where are all the animal pictures? Sorry! You all know what animals look like already. Visit the zoo; We recommend it if you have kids and are in the area.


Ever since our visit at the beginning of the year, Charlotte has been talking about Galaxyland, so we made a return visit. She rode all the same rides as the first time, and a couple bigger ones too.

Excited to be back!

Charlotte on the forklift!

William riding the tractor!

Smiles all around when everyone's having fun.

Fun With The Family

Much fun was to be had with the family, and the kids really had a great time with everyone. The older they get, the more they can interact and really get to know their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Four generations of Hoyers!

Oma Wilde with William.

Opa with William.

Omsie with Charlotte.

Charlotte's huge bubble bath!


We posted the big news in our last blog post about Natasha winning the "iReporter of the Month" for her storm photos that she took while we were in Edmonton. It was a well deserved prize, as she was up at 5:30am taking photos with her iPhone 4, and keeping at it until she had the perfect picture.

The bright orange sky before the storm.

The incoming thunderstorm.

Natasha's winning storm photo.

Travel: The Way Back

The trip back was as enjoyable as the trip there, and we stopped in Jasper for lunch once again.

Checking out the real train.

Our overnight stay was in Kamloops. I am always impressed by the scenery there, and it's somewhere we might have to visit more often in the future.

We're home now and back to our usual schedules. Keep watching for more adventure for the last half of 2011!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Natasha: "iReporter of the Month"

Congratulations to Natasha for winning the "iReporter of the Month" award by one of Edmonton's local radio stations, iNews880!

During our recent visit to Edmonton, we had a couple of thunderstorms hit where we were staying at my parent's house. One especially large one came in the early morning, and Natasha was up around 5:30am snapping photos of the incoming storm.

My parents told us that photos could be submitted to iNews880, which she did. Here are the photos!

The morning began a very bright shade of orange, with ominous clouds moving in from the south.

The photo that sealed the deal! This incredible photo captures a fraction of a second between a brightly lit morning with a rainbow, and a violent thunderstorm. The fact that these photos were taken with an iPhone 4 make them even more impressive.

Both of these images were featured on the news website and local TV stations on the morning it happened, and can be found on the iNews880 Thunderstorm Sunrise photo album.

The prize for being iReporter of the Month is a cheque for $880, and much deserved for her efforts in taking these photos! Congrats, Natasha!

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Go Fly A Kite

Andrew and his childhood kite.

The weather's been good, and some kite flying was in order. Hadn't done it for well over five years, and the good old kite still works just as well as it did fifteen years ago.

Now to get the kids interested as they get a bit older. I'm thinking I should pick up a box kite again to have something unique.

It's going to be a great summer.


Monday, July 04, 2011

Little Scribes Giveaway

A special giveaway contest for our Little Scribes app is being held by a fellow blogger at Head on over to check it out. Be sure to leave a comment to show your support, and check out the Facebook and Twitter links as well.

For more information on Little Scribes, see the iTunes page here.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Canada Day 2011

On Friday, we took the family down to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds for the Canada Day festivities. The weather was perfect, there was lots to see, and we met up with some friends as well! Here are five of our best photos from the day. Enjoy!

Andrew, Natasha, Charlotte, and William!
Having a great time!

Dave, Naomi, and Mayakla.

Charlotte playing along with the Victory lady on stilts.

William high-fiving a tree mascot.

The kids appear to be having a blast!

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