Sunday, November 29, 2009

BEYOND 2009


Brian was 1 of the recipients of the 2009 Beyond award for his company. "BEYOND" stands for 'Behaviours and excellence that you openly and naturally demonstrate'. His company does this yearly, and sends the award winners and a guest to the 'Beyond Conference'. This year the conference was for 3 days in Toronto, and only 2 words can describe our 3 days: FANCY SCHMANCY!!!
After a little hiccup at the airport (problem with the plane, flight was delayed 2.5hrs) we arrived in Toronto, we were chauffeured to the hotel, which is similar to the Hotel Mac here in Edmonton, about 20 minutes after checking in, this was delivered to our door:


And that was just the beginning, almost every time we came back to our room, there was another gift there for us. There was a dinner and speaker that night. The next morning, Bri had a team building activity, so I was able to meet my grandparents for breakfast, at one of my favorite places (not sure what it is called now, used to be Marche) it was so good.


My breakfast - a Crepe filled with fresh strawberries, covered in chocolate sauce and icing sugar... yummm

My breakfast dates. It was nice to spend time with just them, that doesn't happen very often, I enjoyed it!

Then it was off for our 'excursion'. They took us to a fancy french restaurant for lunch, then off to the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre (skydome) for a behind the scenes tour. We had been to both before, but it was neat to see different things on the tour, and they were converting the field from baseball to football, so that was cool to see. There was a beautiful rainbow in the sky when we were up in the tower, I've never seen a rainbow that big, or been that close to one.


The CN Tower

The Rainbow




In the Media Centre at the dome

At field level


After that it was back to the hotel to get ready for the Gala. The Gala was AMAZING! 5 course meal, DJ, live band, and in a gorgeous venue, but the most amazing part was when my husband received his award, it felt like we were at the Oscars! They were called up one at a time, the names were all pre-recorded and when they announced the names this triumphant music was playing. It was pretty cool.

At our hotel before the Gala


At our table


Bri shaking hands with the VPs


Bri receiving his award from the President of the company and the Vice President of the Western Region. (I suck at taking pictures, but fortunately, one of the gifts Brian got was a picture of this moment in a crystal frame)


The Western region Beyond Award winners


The live band - Disco Inferno

The next morning was breakfast and a motivational speaker, Cheryl Pounder, who was a member of the Gold Medal winning Olympic Women's hockey team in 02 & 06, and she was sitting at our table so we were able to hold her gold medals, pretty cool.

Anyway it was an amazing trip, and I was bursting with pride the whole time. I am so proud of Brian, and he deserved every bit of the recognition that he received.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Leaving...again!

Well Bri and I are off early tomorrow morning. We are heading to Toronto for 3 days. Brian won an award at work (I am so proud of him!!!) and they are sending us to Toronto for the big banquet for him to get his award. Pretty neat! We are staying at some fancy hotel, chauffeured to and from the airport, and pretty much wined and dined for 3 days. It should be fun. The kids will be staying here with Grandma and Granddad, and I know they will have a blast, it just sucks to be leaving them, again!
Anyway, we will blog all about our trip, so check back.

This was the last time we were in Toronto, Abby was 8 months old.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The kids had fun too!

While we were in Vegas, Granny & Grandpa and Great-Granny & Great-Granddad Kelly came and stayed with the kids. And I am pretty sure they all had a great time. Zachy had 4 more teeth come through while we were away! But everyone survived. We owe a huge Thank You to the grandparents and great-grandparents for taking care of the kids and letting us have a wonderful, worry-free, kid-free holiday!!
Of course we don't have any pictures of while we were away, but I was able to spend 1 day with the four of them before they all had to leave:


Zachy and Great-Granddad watching the Wiggles


Great Granddad painting with Abby


Zachy going for a ride on Grandpa's shoulders



Heading to the park


Abby leading the way


Zach loving the swing


Great Granny & Abby going down the slide


Great Grandad giving Zach a hand


Grandpa and Abby on the big slide


Abby & Zachy on the big slide


Zach wanted to try it on his own, and his own way, head first! He loved it!


Zachy trying to climb back up the slide for more.

Grandpa and Great Granny Monkey-ing around


Great Granny still going.


Great Granddad and Abby walking back along the lake.


4 Generations

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vegas Baby!!!


In the lobby of the MGM Grand where we spent our nights

The girls goofing off in front of M&M World

Blue M&M

Caesars Palace (My favorite)

This was at Stack, the first restaurant we tried. The food was unbelievable but the highlight was Chrissy's baked potato. This thing was HUGE!

The girls in front of the Cirque de Soleil show sign "Love"

The boys with some sweet airtime

This is a 3 storey toy store in the forum shops at Caesers Palace

Chrissy in front of a huge Stingray in the mall

In front of the Paris Hotel

We saw "O", a Cirque de Soleil show. It was awesome.

Russell's in front of New York-New York

Gallimore's too. This was my favorite looking hotel from the outside. Very cool.

Sue and Chrissy in front of the Excalibur Hotel

Pose-down

The girls wanted to go to this show until they saw...

This!!!

A Komodo Dragon at the Shark Reef/Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

That was a huge fish

Steve and Sue with a couple of sharks in the background

Mr. and Mrs. Gallimore in front of one of the shark tanks

Brian touching a huge stingray, felt very rubbery

Chrissy touching the giant stingray

Big B in front of the MGM (Where we stayed and at the moment the largest hotel in the world)

A lion in the MGM habitat

In front of the Bellagio

Chrissy in Caesars Forum

Group shot at our favorite restaurant we ate at, The Cheesecake Factory.

Chrissy downing a margarita

S&S with a giant M&M

Galli's with big Yellow

The gang on the deuce (What they call the double decker buses that run up and down the strip)

Chrissy in front of the Stratosphere

Downtown Vegas

Up at the top of the Stratosphere (Tallest building west of the Mississippi)

The Strip

Steve & Sue in the lobby of the Wynn

The Gondola in the Venetian

Jerry Springer

Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster & Patrick Swayze

J-Lo

Jenna Jameson

Hugh Hefner

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Brittany Spears

Justin Timberlake

Halle Berry

Chrissy living her dream, marrying George Clooney

Tiger and Arnold Palmer

This would be a dream come true, lining up a putt for Tiger...

Michael Jordan

Beyonce

The Rat Pack

Elvis

Siegfried & Roy

Sue at her special place with the dolphins

Another good Dolphin shot

White Tiger

A Lion

Chrissy on Freemont Street

The lazer show on the roof/cover over freemont street in old downtown

In front of the fountains

S&S in front of the fountains

Steve and Chrissy @ the Rainforest Cafe

The Gang after breakfast on our last day

A shot of the strip as we are taking off

It was a super clear day as we left Vegas

The sun setting

Finally, I'll leave you with a video of one of our favorite shows in Vegas, the Bellagio Fountains

video