Monday, November 28, 2011

Skating Week 8

On Sunday Zach, Uncle Ian and I went skating. Abby and Chrissy went to a birthday party for one of Abby's friends (Sabrina) at Fort Edmonton Park. Abby and Chrissy had a great time at the party as Abby got to make her own Cinnamon bun, a craft and go for a hay ride. Zach, Ian and I had a great time skating. Zach had his best day yet. He skated from the face-off dot to the goal crease to the other face-off dot to the blue line dot all on his own with no help from a skating aid. I am so proud. He didn't want to get off the ice until I told him I would take him to Tim Horton's. Here are a few pictures and videos of skating and Tim's.

Daddy with Big Zach taking a break on the bench

Zach skating with the aid. crusin' along

Skating without the aid

Eating a chocolate dipped donut after skating

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday morning we all went to "Breakfast with Santa" at the church. It was awesome. Pancakes and sausage to eat, balloon animals, Christmas music, time for the kids to play and of course a visit from Santa. The kids loved it!

Here's Zach starring down Santa. He wasn't too sure about him...

Mum with Zach and Abby. Abby was very excited to get her turn to see Santa and Zach was still a little concerned

The Russell family with Santa. Ally loved him and Syd wasn't too sure. Steve was a little scared too!

Alyssa getting her present from Santa

Abby and Kassidy posing in front of the Christmas tree

3 beautiful girls posing in front of the tree. Kassidy, Abs and Ally

Ian McKenzie was taking shots of the kids and pictures of each family with Santa. The above picture is a great on of Zach and below is a picture of Gallitown with Santa

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Skating Week 7

Last night we took the kids skating. My Mom and Dad came along to skate with Abs and Zachy. The kids are continuing to improve. I am so proud!

Abby is continuing to improve. Here she is skating next to the boards

Zach skating with his Mum and Grammee (I think he is faster then both of them!)

Go Zach Go

Big smiles from my boy

Abby skating with Grandad

Abby skating under the Grandparent bridge

Zachy skating with Grammee and Grandad

"I did it!"

Grammee and Abby taking a break

Gramme skating around the rink

Below are a couple of videos. One of each of the kids to show you their progress.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Swimming Lessons and getting ready for Christmas

The kids are in swimming lessons right now. Every Thursday night we take them to the Sherwood Park Kinsmen Pool. Zach is in a class with his best buddy Ally and Abby is in a class with her best bud Ryan.

Playing with a boat in class

Ally swimming around

Zach heading back to his spot on the stairs

Zach's turn to do a belly float

Ally with her boat

Abby swimming with the teachers help

No help from teacher. All on her own

Waiting for her turn on the edge of the pool

Check me out Dad!

Zach and Ally waiting for instruction from their teacher

A big smile from Ally after class

On Saturday evening we decided it was time to put up the Christmas decorations.

Abby and Mum starting to decorate the tree

Check out the candy cane Dad!

Abby putting an ornament on the tree

Zachy decorating

Abby and Zach decorating

Reaching up high

Daddy putting on a few ornaments

Dad and Zach decorating

Zach taking a break to give Duke a big hug

Zach and Abby posing with our Christmas Town

Family picture with the tree in the background

The kiddies smiling nice

My beautiful daughter

Abs wanted to decorate the back of the tree. I think she might be stuck.

Abby then wanted to take some pictures so we let her tell us what to do. She loves taking pictures on her own!

Daddy striking a pose

Taking a picture of Mommy

Mum and Dad

Below are 2 pictures of our town that I took tonight. You'll notice that all the people, trees, etc are down as if a tornado went through. Well, it wasn't a tornado. Zach told me that the giant sheep from one of our nativity scenes went through town and knocked over all the people. If you look close you can see the giant sheep...

Poor town

They just couldn't handle the giant sheep! haha