Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Winter Carnival"

Today there was a little winter carnival in the bump on a donkey trail village we call home. It was actually pretty lame (a village so close to Ottawa, home of the world's best winter carnival, just can't hope to measure up) but we had fun anyway roasting hot dogs over the fire, throwing rubber chickens at hula hoops (I kid you not) and finishing with a spaghetti dinner.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Part of why I love this town - you never know what you're going to find. This is one of the many (many, many) statues around Parliament Hill. Why is he carrying a red balloon? Nooooo idea, but doesn't he make you smile?

(PS - the statue is of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville)

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Sometimes it's the simplest of activities that create the fondest memories.

Friday, February 20, 2009


A week where every one of us got sick, but each in a different way. Tummy bug, upper respiratory bug, fever, exhaustion, we're tired of being sick and sick of being tired.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obama Day in the Capital

Mr Obama, possibly the most popular American president of my time, descended on Ottawa today for perhaps the shortest state visit ever. I work 1 block from Parliament Hill (you can see both Parliament and my office building in this picture) and today's visit was sooooooo much different than when Dubya came by 4 years ago (that visit was horrid, tens of thousands of protesters, traffic nightmare!) Today was so much calmer, perhaps 1,000 people on the hill clamouring for a peek, however slight, of the new president. I heard the helicopters (I'm still not sure exactly what they were doing - following the motorcade? We don't do stuff like that for our elected leaders...) but could see neither the motorcade nor the president.

The picture shows the RCMP closing off Metcalfe St at Queen, part of the safety perimeter for Mr Obama.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Winterlude 2009

My dad comes up every year for Winterlude. I look forward to these visits immensely, I'm not a huge winter outdoor person myself, but skating on the canal with my dad is always fun (and I get on the blades a handful of times before he comes if I can because he's a WAY better skater than I am and I like to at least try to keep up!). This year all 3 kids skated with us, and the little ones did AMAZING, keeping up (and keeping UP) very well, and skating about 8km in total. Definitely a tradition I hope we continue for many more years to come.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday

My honey's birthday. A simple evening at home, with cake.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Handmade rules!

Katie decided she wanted to hand make all 24 valentines for her Brownie troop (that's my girl!) We lifted a cute design, simplified it a bit and assembly lined 24 of these cuties in an evening. Pretty proud of my girl!

Speed demons

I'm amazed by how quickly the bits have picked up skating. This is really Jonah's first year on skates (he had bobskates before, but those don't count) and only Katie's second, she didn't skate much last year, and this is only her 3rd time on the blades this year, but both are whizzing around the little rink at our community centre like speed demons!

C got them hockey sticks too, perhaps I have a little Alex Ovechkin and Hayley Wickenheiser in the making?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Winterlude set-up

Winterlude officially starts tonight, but it was such a gorgeous day a couple of coworkers and I went down to the canal at lunch, skated (the ice was wonderful) and checked out the ice sculpture preparations. A few more hours and they'll be perfect...

Monday, February 2, 2009

A new direction

I give up on the photo a day concept, it was getting tired, it was stressing me out and it was starting to feel like a job. So I give myself permission to quit.

I'll still blog, heaven knows I've blogged in one form or another for more than 5 years, I can't imagine stopping completely. But I'll blog about whatever strikes me, whenever I feel like it. No commitments, no pressure.