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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

November

From formal dinners for the Co-op to hockey dates and more, November flew by.

I took Connor to hockey in Beaumont one Saturday morning. On the way home he was looking forward to lunch at Subway. Lindsay had given him money for lunch for myself as well, and it melted my heart when he asked me what I wanted, then said, Don't worry Grandma, I'll order for you and pay".

I have decided to run for a new Board position with Federated Co-operatives. This is a big time commitment and needed a lot of consideration before moving ahead. Typically it is a week in Saskatoon ten out of twelve months a year, with additional meetings more locally, and a lot of prep time. So I made the decision to run, and then the campaigning to various retails who are in my district began.

Don is curling as a spare with some past co-workers, and with their travel and work schedules that turns out to be quite a few Mondays a month. They curl at the Saville Centre, which a pretty nice Edmonton facility.

Blake is now in Grade 7 and it seems with his school sports and hockey, we rarely see him. We watch him participate a lot but that is different than visits. So when he had a half day off we decided to pick him up for lunch and a visit. Also we went to a sports store and him and grandpa tried out hockey sticks. What a business that is! It was great to have some time with him. Just like the other kids, he is growing up too fast. We had a couple of visits also when he was on fall break.

Remember how we take each birthday kid out for lunch and shopping? Well November 14 Reese celebrates turning 9! You know she's growing up when her choice to shop is for clothes as well as toys. We had a great run through the mall with her, and lunch in the food court. What a great kid!



I had a co-op conference in Saskatoon and Don used the opportunity to drive to see his family. I appreciated not having to fly as well. Co-op conferences are a lot more fun with my sister in law Kathy now a delegate for her local co-op. Although there isn't much unscheduled time we not only fit in some beverages, we also had a couple hours to see my sister Ginger who lives in Saskatoon. Don had a great visit with his mom and the rest of the family as well!

Another Reese milestone was celebrated this month when she officially moved from Brownies to Guides. She loves this program and it is a fabulously ran organization.



November finished in a whirlwind with Connor and Mason staying with us while their mom and dad celebrated their 10th Anniversary! As much as I can't imagine life before Connor and Mason it just does not seem like 10 years since that awesome Vegas wedding.



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

October

Well October was filled with many visits to arenas around Edmonton, and we wouldn't have it any other way:) These days where we can travel around taking in hockey and ringette games are truly one of the best parts of life right now. Watching the smile son the kids' faces when they skate by, the thumbs up as they look in the stands for you, that's what granparenting is about. Although I might add Blake no longer skates around to find us. Haha.

We also were able to attend the ceremony where Connor and Mason received their beaver tails. So so cute!



For me October was also filled with training sessions to work the Federal Election. I really need to pay attention sometimes as when I signed up I said I would work the Advance Polls, which were 4 days over the Thanksgiving weekend! Ugh. In hindsight it was just ok, I really missed one of my favorite holidays with the family. By the end of those 4 days working 15 hours, I was done. Election day was even worse, starting at 7:30 am and ending at 2:00 am! I honestly feel they have a horrible system. This was the first election where workers were even allowed to have coffee breaks and meal breaks. By the end of the day keeping your temperament and abilities in check was a bit difficult.

October is also Don's birthday month. We celebrated by going to Bosotn Pizza with friends Paul and Mary, and Phil. A few beverages, a great meal and a lovely birthday for a special guy!

Between meetings, coffee and dinner dates, October was over. But not before Halloween.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Enjoying Fall at Home

After our trip to McBride we had one last event in September. We were honored to be invited to Krista and Doug Edmunds's wedding in Vermilion! The weather was cooperative enough to let us stay in the trailer. We had such a great time, and it was a beautiful wedding. We also had the chance to visit with Karen and Darrell, Ron and Bev, and lots of the extended Edmunds family including our godson Murray and Stacey and sweet Claire.








Sunday, September 15, 2019

Four Letter Words

I have really been wanting to stay in Canada for our September holiday for quite some time and due to some work commitments (that's the four letter word) we decided to head over to the McBride area in BC.

What a fantastic decision!

We headed out later on Sunday so just stopped at the Hinton Fresons for the night. The next morning we made our way to in the direction of McBride, and ended up staying at the Beaver Falls Recreation Area. This is an organized no services campground that is free! We were surprised this year to discover several of these types of camp areas in BC.

While we here we met and spend several evenings around the fire with a local family, Jenny and Kevin. Several laughs and beverages were shared.

We also hiked Rearguard Falls, Jackman Flats Juniper Trail, Overlander Falls, Kinney Lake and Little Lost Lake. That's where these beautiful photos were taken.







We had been to Prince George years ago, but took another day trip there just to see what it was like and if it had changed much.

Never able to sit for a whole day, we also visited the market in Valemount and had a great food truck meal and a visit to the brewery. I found another market in Dunnster so that day was used also touring around Kinbasket Lake.

After we felt we had spent enough time here, we pulled up the jacks and headed towards Prince George with the trailer. Again thanks to one of many boondocking location apps, we stayed at Kwitzel Lake. This gave us access to check out a few Co-op locations ( a little habit of mine) in the Four Rivers Co-op Retail, with card locks all around us and a visit to the grocery store in Vanderhoof.

Also we had an unplanned visit with some old Ringette friends of ours - Cathy and Dwayne Reimer. After retirement they moved back to the Prince George area. Thanks to Facebook I was able to send Cathy a message and a coffee meet up was planned. We had a great visit laughing about our old Ringette days, etc.

Although this was a short holiday for us, it was wonderful. The beautiful BC scenery was so refreshing and we made a few new friends along the way. All in all another sucess!



Monday, September 2, 2019

August

Well I'm falling behind in this blog, so I have to summarize August.

We spent a few days fishing, had some movie dates with the grandkids, a beach day at Stecyk's Summerside lake, and many coffees and dinners with friends and families.

A special treat was a visit form Ron and Bev, complete with a day trip to Jasper.

We are excited for our September get a way - staying in Canada - stay tuned!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

What a Family Holiday!


This summer we decided to go on a family vacation. We had visited Silverwood near Coeur d'Alene Idaho a couple of years ago with the Camerons, and the Stecyk boys were now old enough to enjoy it as well.

This is hands down the most fun we have had on a holiday. We all took our trailers and stayed at Farragut State Park. We visited Silverwood for 2 days, and exhausted ourselves and maybe even the kids in both the water park and the amusement park. From train rides, tube rides and ice cream to the wave pool and everything in between.

And one other thing we did that I will never forget was rent a pontoon boat on Lake Coeur D'Alene for the day!

We packed our food for the day and set out on the water. We swam, the kids rode the tube, and the day passe din a blur of fun and sun. 

This was a blast and I cannot wait to come again!








Friday, July 26, 2019

The Great Beer Tour

or camping with men?

We have recently re-connected with an old friend - Larry Sigfusson. Don and Larry were school buddies and of course partiers in the "old days". We decided it was high time to get together and do some camping.

We picked an area around Cranbrook for the meet up with Ivan and Larry. Our first night with Ivan was at a gorgeous riverside site. The beauty was somewhat diminished by frequent trains running through with no concern about blowing the whistle at essentially any time of day. I had scoped out another boondocking spot so the next morning after coffee we went to discover it and see if it was accessible.

Horseshoe Lake was one of our best finds. It was a somewhat developed campground, no services, but FREE.

The week was spent reminiscing, drinking as demonstrated in the photos, and fantastic scenery. The weather was well deserved sunshine after the rainy and dreary weather we've had at home.

Hopefully this is the beginning of new camping adventures with the guys...