Monday, September 26, 2011

A Few September Randoms

September has been a busy month. We have done a bunch of fun things so I thought I would share a few:

Early in September Chrissy, Susan and Naomi went to see Josh Groban at Rexal. Our friend Shauna from Calgary was supposed to go but she wound up too sick to make the drive. Poor Shauna. But, I am pleased to say she is back up and running and healthy again! Even though Shauna couldn't be there the girls went and had a great time. The best part was how close to the stage their tickets were. They LOVED being that close to Mr. Groban.

Sue and Chrissy waiting for the concert to start

Josh Groban. See, told you they were close

Naomi and Josh!

Sing Groban Sing!!!

He's really into this one


I know we have posted a lot about Abby's first days of Kindergarten but it is pretty huge for our family. We are so proud of Abby and so far she is doing so awesome!

Walking to school on the first day

Waiting to line up at the Kindergarten doors

All grown up! Geez, where does the time fly?

Lined up ready to go

Abby had only been in daycare of a week when she was invited to one of her friends (Ainsley) birthday parties. What was cool, was that one of her gymnastics friends (Ryan) was invited too. Small world. They had a great time at Ainsley's princess party!

Ryan and Abby

Princess Abby

All the girls dressed up at the party

In the banquet hall

This next pick was just cute

Zach and Ally snuggled up to Auntie Megs reading stories

Last Friday night Uncle Morley gave us tickets to the Eskimo game. The Eskimos lost but we had a great time taking the kids!

Is that Zach or a real football player?

Zach and Daddy on the train heading to the game

Mum and Abs on the train heading to the game

This is a cool picture of the lights st the stadium as the sun set.

Last Saturday Ian was racing in Wetaskiwin. His last race of the year. He won rookie of the year and won a huge trophy! We are so proud of you Ian! You did a great job!

Ian and Ib working on the car in the pits (#55 black and purple car)

Ian doing is time trials

#55 is the first heat. Ian's in first!

They go pretty fast! Ian scared Chrissy a few times thinking he was going to go crashing into the wall. It was awesome.

Taco in a bag! What will they think of next?

Chrissy and Ian in front of his car after the race

Chrissy in the car. She was so cute. She got so giddy...

I managed to climb in. I can't believe how small of a space they give you to drive. I guess safety first. It's pretty impressive what Ian does! I was very proud!

One of the #5's on Ian's car. Anyone who sponsored him got their name on the number. If you look close you will recognize a few names.

Blow is a video of Ian racing. It will give you a bit better idea of what he does. Very cool.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kindergarten Orientation Day

Abby has now been in Kindergarten for 2 weeks. She is loving school. She comes home and has learnt something new each day. Next time you see her get her to tell you the months of the year or the days of the week!

Below are a few pictures from her very first day. A Kindergarten orientation day where Chrissy got to go with Abby to check things out.

Getting ready to go to Kindergarten! Yahoo!

Mrs. Holm reading to the kids

The kids learning in front of the smart board

Singing and Dancing using the smart board. Very cool. Abby loves it

Here are the kids singing and dancing using the smart board

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Visit from Great Grandma & Great Grandpa

Last weekend my Grandparents from Ottawa came for a visit. It was great to see them and the kids loved playing with them.

Zach and Great Grandpa playing tucks

Zach and Great Grandma playing basketball

Great Grandpa reading to Abby

Great Grandma reading to Zach

All ready for church

Abby & Great Grandma

Brian and I with our Grandmas who have been friends for 61 years!!!

Great Grandma Grace, Abby and Great Grandma Venables

Grandma Grace, Grandpa Ted and Grandma Laura

Zachy showing Great Grandpa how to play the drums

Singing "Happy Birthday" to Mike and Grandpa while on Skype with Mum and Dad

Abby reading Great Grandpa his birthday card

Abby & Zach gave Uncle Mike a Yo-Yo kit

The Yo-Yos entertained these two for quite a while!

Great Grandpa teaching Abby how to Yo-Yo

It was a wonderful visit and made me wish we lived closer.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Enjoying the Summer Weather...Finally

After we got back from Calaway park Chrissy took a day off work and took Zach, Abby and one of Abby's good buddies, Kassidy, to the zoo. The kids loved it and Chrissy enjoyed spending time with the little ones.

Lucy the Elephant

The kids checking out Lucy

A bunch of Monkeys

Looking for animals

About three weeks ago we got a REALLY nice hot sunny Saturday and the Russell's and Gallitown decided to take advantage of it. We blew up a little pool for the backyard and turned on the sprinkler. We had a bunch of fun in the sun!

Zach Sydney and Ally clowning around on the trampoline

The 3 Muskateers in the pool

Sydney and Steve on the trampoline

Sue, Syd and Steve enjoying the shade

My beautiful wife enjoying the sun


Auntie Chrissy running through the sprinkler with Ally

Abby getting ready to run through the sprinkler

Ally playing in the pool

Steve and Ally running through the sprinkler

Sue relaxing in the trampoline with, well, all the kids

Zach playing with some boats

Ally getting her Dad all wet

Alyssa running through the sprinkler

A video of the kids trying to soak Steve

Steve, taking a self portrait of himself

A couple of weeks ago my company had a family BBQ on a Friday afternoon. It was a lot of fun. The whole family had a great time eating BBQ's hot dogs, playing old fashioned picnic games and winning prizes.

Watching daddy get ready for a three legged race

Daddy with his buddy Chris coming in 2nd place in the three legged race

Getting set for the potato sack race

Look at me go!

Then it was the kids turn. Abby wouldn't try but Zach gave it a go. He eventually decided he liked jumping better without the potato sack!