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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:)

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Long Weekend 2010 = Relax!

What  a great weekend!  What started out as disappointing (our Thursday Meatloaf concert was cancelled) and the Dr. telling me to get my fibromyalgia in control, I wasn’t in a great mood.  Lindsay and Jeremy were coming home for the weekend and although I REALLY wanted to be home and see them, I also REALLY wanted to just get out of town and spend some time with Don.  So with the concert cancelled and the Dr giving me Friday off, we decided the heck with it.  We both knew I would feel better after spending a few days of R&R in the fifth wheel.
We had made arrangements with Don’s old high school friend Ivan to meet him at Abraham Lake on Hwy 11, so we let him know we would be a day earlier and left town.
It was a great choice!  When we approached where we thought Ivan was parking, we spotted him on the highway just returning from a hike, so no worries about finding him.  We selected a spot overlooking an amazing blue lake.  After agreeing how to park the rigs it was time to unwind and visit.  We had last saw Ivan on our April trip to Laughlin.
We did not do anything spellbinding over the weekend.  On Friday we did not even start a vehicle.  Both Saturday and Sunday we went for short drives.  Saturday we toured around the Big Horn Dam (photos below) and on Sunday we went to Crescent Falls (photos below).  FYI – Crescent Falls has a beautiful non serviced campground BUT it is $27 per night!  That is high.  On Saturday we also had the pleasure of meeting Ivan’s friends who dropped by for a visit, and brought lunch!
The guys got a lot of conversation in, I did some good reading and most of all we just relaxed.  I feel way better this evening and almost want to go to work tomorrow!
There are a few pics posted, I think they will be self explanatory.
We have weddings in Saskatchewan the next 2 weekends.  First in Delisle then in North Battleford.  Looking forward to seeing both of our families – I will try to remember to write about them!

So Much Catching Up!

Wow - no matter what program I use I am still not updating the blog often enough.  Since our week holidays with the Camerons, I was thinking we didn't have much to blog about.  But  that's not true at all.
I had an opportunity to travel with the Shikaoi delegation to Calgary and Banff on July 15!  For those of you who are not familiar with Stony Plain, we have a sister town in Japan called Shikaoi.  It is in the province of Hokkaido.  They have a similar climate to us and are a small farming community, but the province is an island.  I travelled to Shikaoi July 2006.  Anyhow, although I changed departments within the Town, I was honoured to be asked to help out while the visitors were here.  Although my new supervisor is not as supportive of departments working together, I was allowed to travel for 3 days as a chaperone.  We took in my first Calgary Stampede, then travelled to Lake Louise and Banff.  I also had my first trip on the Banff Gondola!  We arrived home Saturday in time to attend an evening social.  Don came with me and my Shikaoi friends were honoured to at last meet him.  On Sunday evening we took Natsue, whom I had stayed with in Shikaoi, to the Japanese Village for a birthday supper.
That week went by as normal - WORK!  UCK except for the pay:)
Then the weekend again and it was a full one!  Tracy and Cal went to Canmore for the weekend and we had the fun honour to babysit Blake and Em!!!  I came home that Friday (23rd) at lunch and they left.  Blake and I played for a while when Em slept, then once she woke up we went for groceries.  They shared a smoothie at Starbucks and we came home to see Grandpa.  Friday passed quickly as we had supper and long baths.  Saturday was another full day starting with Blake talking  me into setting up the paddling pool.  There wasn't`t much convincing needed:)  We headed off the the Farmers Market then came home to enjoy the day.  The pool was ready and in we went.  It was such a hot day but we found lots of shade in the back yard.  We invited Erica and Daniel to come over and enjoy the afternoon.  And our friend Sharon dropped by as well.  Sharon just got home from an extended stay in Australia, visiting her first grandson!!  I can`t forget to mention the time Blake spent playing on our quads in the garage.  He needs one without a motor just to sit on and play.
The kids slept so good at our place, as they usually do.  Sunday was filled with a visit to a few area parks and lunch at MacDonalds.  Blake and  I watched some movies in the cool basement, and once Em got up from her nap we were on our way to take them home.
The house is always so quiet when they go home!
Here is a cute picture of Blake showing how he makes pancakes and drinks Yop at the same time!
Watch the next post for the August long weekend update.