Friday, 24 February 2006
Last Saturday 9 (Feb.11) was Tyler’s 5th birthday. We decided to throw caution to the wind and invite 12 children to the Mall for a tour of the Sea Life Caverns and Sea Lion Show followed by cake and stuff. We were fortunate enough to have 8 parents help us out.
A few of the highlights:
The kids saw an octopus, and were wowed by the 8 appendages it used to move around.
We viewed 3 very cute crocodiles that were actually found at a pawn shop in Edmonton before being seized and given to the Mall Marine Life Division.
We watched 3 large turtles being feed romaine lettuce by 2 marine divers. The turtles are hand fed every day by divers.
There are no photos of the Sea Lion show since it is a “copywritten” show, and therefore, photos by personal cameras are prohibited.
We are so fortunate to have wonderful friends to help out even though we have been here only a short time. Speaking of our born and breed local friends-they have never been to see the Sea Lion show before, if you can believe it.
We are so thankful that our party was last Saturday. This past Saturday, the Mall played host to auditions for Canadian Idiot Idol.
In other good news, I booked my tickets HOME ( Yippee!) today for June 28 to August 10 and then from August 10 to August 16 to Chicago to visit my cousin Kelly and her family. She is expecting a baby boy in June. He will have 3 very excited BIG SISTERS.
Wednesday, 8 February 2006
Tuesday, 7 February 2006
Hunter & I just got home from Winnipeg where Hunter’s skating club competed in “Westerns”. This is the finals for the Western Division teams to compete for a spot at nationals. Our club sent 6 teams ranging from 9 year olds right up to 60 year olds to compete. Here are some fun facts from the weekend!
Hunter’s team, Juveniles, finished 6th in a flight of 8 teams. This is great considering that 85% of our skaters are first year synchronized skaters. The Juvenile Team consists of 9-12 year olds. No where to go up from here!
The Junior teams placed 5th in a flight of 17 teams and they get to go to Nationals. Hunter’s “big sister” in the club skates on this team, so this is exciting news for big sis, Genene!
The “Open” team, which is the really “pro” skaters, who skate 5 days a week, won gold.
Winnipeg is cold! -27 when we went out to our car on Sunday!!!!!!!!
I managed to pass “bun-making” 101! My final exam was achieving a bun on Hunter’s head at 5:30 AM. Next year I graduate to “false eyelash gluing”. I made an attempt this year, but after ending up with eyelash glue all over my pants, and eyelashes placed on “backwards”, I was fired! False eyelashes have a “right’ side and a “left” side! Who knew!!!!
Yes, the prairies are flat, flat, flat. I was navigator in our rental car and my main instructions to my pilot went like this, “turn left, go straight, turn left go straight,….. turn left, go straight”. I think you could actually fall asleep and not go off the road.
The best thing about Synchro is that it such a fun TEAM sport! Love that.