November started out in one of the best ways possible – a brief weekend escape that included visiting with family we rarely see! Don’s Uncle Ernest Campbell in Rocky Mountain House celebrated his 80th Birthday with an evening hall party. Ern is the youngest of the Campbell family. I sure hope Don has those age genes! I know he has several other Campbell traits such as a love of adventure.
We went to Rocky for 2 nights, had a great Jacuzzi suite, and were thrilled that Don’s brother Ken and Brenda form Lanigan joined us. As I say we rarely spend time with them one on one and had such a great visit. And of course it was equally great to see all the Campbells that attended the birthday. The Rocky family knows how to throw a get together!
The next weekend we headed to Fort McMurray for a few days of visiting with Connor (and his mom and dad) and an opportunity for Don to go hunting. Successful visiting, unsuccessful hunting. Although in the blur of October and November Don did go hunting with Dion once and they secured a moose. I love not only visiting Lindsay, Jeremy and Connor, but also Fort McMurray. I also finally fit in a visit with a dear friend Marlene. Marlene and her then husband Doug Northey lived in Fort McMurray when Don and I first moved there, and she was the friend every new and young mom needs. Gentle advice and always a shoulder to lean on. One sometimes forgets those people in our lives, and we shouldn’t!
The rest of November was filled with work for Don, and 2 conferences for myself. It has passed by far too quickly in some ways.
Although we are both anxious for our spring trip in 2013, as we are taking to the road for 2 months for the first time ever, I don’t like wishing days away just to arrive at another. Don on the other hand is anxious to get out of the north, on the road, and start driving miss donna yet again!
Have a great month!