Thursday, August 31, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Erin had a Wal-Mart photo session scheuled for the kids at 12:00 which she went to alone -- hard (with a capital "H"). Gracie was quite uncooperative and they spent the first 20 minutes trying to get the kids to stop crying and look at the camera. When they finally calmed down and posed -- the camera broke, and wouldn't take any photos. Erin went home without getting a single photo.
About the time that Erin was battling the kid's, Steve Miller called and invited us out to ride in his carriage. He's been training two of his horses to drive a carriage, and he had them out for a 15 km ride. Erin's cell phone is broken, so I drove to Wal-Mart to find her and try to go out to Cochrane. I couldn't find her car in the parking lot, so I drove home and sure enough she was just pulling in. When I rolled down my window I met with a very frustrated mother. Nonetheless I convinced her to come along, and we all ended up having a really great time on a Saturday afternoon carriage ride.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Had a nice day today. Morning meetings went a big long, so I ended up attending the Rockyview ward. After church I took the kids for a long walk in the ravine (even Hannah came along in the snugli). All three of the kids haven't slept very well these last few nights, so Erin didn't come on the walk, instead she had a nap.
We went for the longest ravine hike yet! Matt was excited to keep walking south toward the river, so we pressed on for about 10 mintues further south than we normally do. I regret not briging my cameral because the ravine was so green, but I just couldn't manage it with Hannah strapped to my chest.
Later we went over to Rick and Cathy's place for a delicioius dinner (steak and Tabler corn on the cobb). We had one of my favorite deserts -- vaniall ice cream and strawberies.
Friday, August 18, 2006
The summer seems to have gone by too quickly. I have been thinking about all the things we need to get ready for school and a tight schedule again. I have purchased a few new things for gracie that she is so cute in and of course she got a new barbie backpack with a waterbottle. She especially likes the waterbottle. Matt of course has given me a few new quotes none of which I can remember right now. He is really into keys again and trying to open all the locks he sees. I know I talked about doing my girls afternoon out but the summer seems to have been so busy that it has never happened. The only thingI have done was with Melinda and my mom. One tuesday night when Scott didn't have meetings we went to The Devil Wears Prada which I really liked. The summer has also been focused on watching every minute of So You Think You Can Dance. Now that it's over and Benji won rightly so I am looking forward to watching Dancing with the Stars. I love these dancing shows. For anyone who doesn't know I love to dance and I danced all through college taking various classes. I am determined to get Scott to take a class or two with me. It would be so fun! I know Scott is up for it!! Lately when I ask him for something he says "Anything for you my sweet" He's cute!!
Hannah is fussing gotta go.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Tom (my boss) was telling me that the son highlighted in the video told his father that he didn't feel pain when they were competing.
UPDATE: I bothered to do a little bit of investigation on this, and as it turns out the son Rick Hoyt, said he doesn't feel "handicapped" when they compete. Here's the full story of Dick and Rick Hoyt.
The tournament organizers invited the 2006 World Long Drive Champion (Gerry James) to sit at one of the holes and tee-off for us. When my foursome arrived at the hole, Gerry gave a nice long 400 yard drive, and put us just a hundred yards from the pin -- right down the middle of the fairway. When it was my turn, I pulled out the Taylor Made, and knocked a respectable 300 yard drive, also down the middle of the fairway. After my stroke, Gerry Says "Scott, you're the man". How sweet is that!
I could like this golf stuff -- if it didn't take 4-5 hours out of my day.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
We went to Peters' Drive-in tonight (slideshow). It was a bit chilly for this time of year, but we ate outside on the picnic tables anyway. The kids threw french fries (pardonez mois... "freedom fries") at the seagulls, as many generations have done before. Pete still makes a mean burger and milkshake.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Several weeks ago, my boss invited us out to his tree farm for a day of fishing and a BBQ. We had lots of fun. The kids especially liked casting off the doc, and marveld at the fish that were caught.
I caught a fish, which we brought home and ate that night.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
It took less than an hour to get to the top (including a couple of stops along the way). The lakes at the top were amazing. The colour and clarity of the lake water was remarkable.
While Erin, Matt and I we're stationed at the top -- some climbers above us kicked some rocks down, and about 15-20 baseball sized stones came hurling through the air all around us. Erin was hit by one in the shoulder and it was very painfull. Had the rock fallen a couple of inches lower, it would have hit Hannah in the head. Erin quickly ran out of the way, and I grabbed Matt and got out of the way. I can honestly say this was the most dangerous "outdoor" experience I've ever had.
That aside, the trip was really great. The weather was excellent (not too hot), and the kids had lots of fun (Livy and Matt will do much better next year).
Sunday, August 06, 2006
We were over at the Freiberg's place tonight, and I got carried away with Lara and Flickr... It suffices to say that Lara is now a Flickr member (lara.freiberg). This entry was posted directly from my Flickr account (having added Lara as one of my contacts). For the more technically inclined, I edited and customized the template to post according to my own preferences.
Friday, August 04, 2006
For the uninitiated Flickr is a free online photo sharing application (the pro account costs 25 USD/year). While Blogger does allow you to upload photos directly to a blog post, I find Flickr easier to use, and a far better way of organizing photos to be shared online. (For organizing photos on the desktop -- Google's Picasa is the clear favorite.)
There are several ways of posting Flickr photos on your blog -- including (for those familiar with Picasa) the "Blog This" button -- which supports simple, one click photo posting right to your blog.
Flickr was one of the first application to really get behind tagging (which is now the web's trendiest method for categorizing anything), and they've got the photo collection thing licked -- they call it photos sets. Check out my photos set of Matt's 3rd birthday. As a software developer I'm amazed at how cool Flickr's organizing tools are -- brilliant. I'm also really impressed with the slideshow feature. A sweet tool, very well implemented.
Flickr also has some great tools for managing privacy and copyright. I highly recommed you check it out (free registration required). If you do sign up, drop send me a note and I'll add you to my contact list.