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.