Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Big Day in Vancouver


I don’t know when exactly it hit me that I had better make plans to head into Vancouver to capture some of the Olympic fever. But I’m so glad I did.  I listened to all the stories of how busy it was. How long the line-ups would be.  But, WOW. Tuesday was a perfect day to play sightseer.

Jeremy, Cayden and I headed out to catch the Sky Train in Surrey fairly early in the day.  That was probably my first great decision of the day.  We caught the Rail early enough to all get a seat for the long ride in.

We didn’t really have a lot planned.  This was a very good thing.  That way we wouldn’t go home disappointed by what we  didn’t get to see.  The benefit of my personality type is that we are very good at ‘winging it’.  Something that my husband is not so good at.  But he was a trooper and let me ‘wing it’ all day with not a complaint.

We got off at Science World, and were almost immediately faced with probably the longest line-up I have ever seen in my life.  The Russian Pavilion.  It must have been something to see.  We carried on and followed our nose through the day. Moving from one neat sight to see, to the next. 

I was so impressed by our little boy, Cayden.  He walked right along side us and never complained.  We did of course have to stop from time to time for a ‘special treat’ to keep him moving along.  I loved watching his excitement at all the things we seen.  I was even especially surprised when we were heading down to see the Cauldron.  As soon as it came in sight he shouted, “That’s the thingy they put on fire on TV that I saw!!”

I was wondering how the heck he even new about the Lighting of the Cauldron.  He told me all about how he watched on TV as his friend Josh’s house.  His eyes were filled with joy as he got to see it ‘for real.’ 

When people as what we did when we went to see the Olympic celebrations in Vancouver, I could only say that we really didn’t do anything specific, but we did see allot.  And it was really, really, really worth the trip. 

One thing  I did learn is that Canadians Rock! At least most of us. We are so polite. We know how to have a good time.  We love our Country.  I AM CANADIAN.






















Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Suprise Email

I had just sat down with a nice hot cup of Tim Horton's coffee, when I received notification of receiving a new email on my iphone.  I opened up the email and what did I see…? 

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin like a fool with your pants on the ground...

I thought to myself… is that American Idol song “Pants On The Ground” making the news again? It was a tough tune to get out of many peoples head after the first time it was sung.

I opened up the attached picture and nearly sent my coffee flying in my surprise.

There on the ground was a picture of ‘my pants on the ground’ at the office.  Apparently in my hurry to make a quick wardrobe change between installing sawdust and then sitting back in the dispatch seat, I forgot to collect all my clothing from the bathroom floor.

I quickly became the office joke of the day.  It sounds like all my co-workers got a field trip to the bathroom to see my ‘pants on the ground.’

If you have no idea what song I’m talking about you will have to take a quick look at the video on you tube.  My only warning is, beware. It is a very catchy tune.




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Countdown

As I stood outside today, taking in the amazing sun and warm temperatures, I wondered what the athletes and visitors were thinking.  It almost seemed surreal to think we could possibly be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics with the weather we are enjoying.  Skiing?  Snowboarding? Bobsledding?  Where’s the snow?

As I watch truckload after truckload of snow being hauled through the Fraser Valley up to Cypress Mountain for the Games, I can’t help to think about the amazing costs we are accruing to host this years Winter Olympics. One fellow I was talking to said  to me, “I would be happy for it to rain up there at Cypress. That’s what my opinion is of having the Olympics here.”

What?? My quick response to him was that the games are here.  Do we really want to go down in history as being the worst place to every host the Winter Olympics?  Of course not.  So instead we should be hoping for cooler weather, and a huge dump of snow!

But I am a ‘glass 1/2 full’ kind of person, so I focus on the excitement of the upcoming games. As well, I think of the positive benefits that the Fraser Valley has received.  I mean, seriously, would we have gotten all these fabulous road improvements?  How about all the other infrastructure that we so desperately needed the past few years?  All this did come with a price tag of course. But the games are here. So my thinking is that  we may as well look on the bright side of things.




































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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Darth Vader slash Handyman Superstar in the making.

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I’m thinking that he was given the ear muffs to wear on his ears?


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lego Hockey Night

Cayden introduced a new form of hockey to our family last night.  Lego hockey.  He made 4 Lego hockey sticks, one for each of us. (Of course he requested me to be on his team) He also made 2 Lego hockey nets and a Lego man’s head  was the puck. 

It was actually quite fun.  Although we need to work out how to strengthen our sticks.  It seems that they are a little need a little engineering. When we wind up for and take a slap shot, the blade flies off on impact with the ‘puck’ just like in the NHL.  Cayden has made a few attempts at re-engineering, but hasn’t yet perfected it.

With great exuberance, he flung my door open this morning and shouted, “Come on mommy.  It’s time to play hockey!”  I looked at my clock,  and mumbled, “It’s not wake-up time yet.  We’ll play later. Go back to bed for awhile.” I rolled over, and quietly hoped that  he’d crawl back into bed for a little longer.

Nope. Didn’t happen.  It was only a few minutes later that he came to inform me that he had woken Ivan up so that he could play hockey with us.  Uh, oh.  I’m thinking that Ivan wasn’t quite ready for the early morning wake-up call either.

I finally had no choice but to drag myself out of bed and play a short round of Lego hockey with him.  It was tough to do, but so worth it.  I continue to have to remind myself that times like this will end, and that I need to put aside my preferences and take hold of every one of these precious moments.

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After a great day together, it was time to say goodnight.  Cayden tucked his little animals into the cat bed under a blanket.  Spots got his own bed on top of the stool, with his blanket.  And Cayden fell fast asleep with a sweet little innocent look of contentment on his face.

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