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Holiday highlights

December 31st, 2009

I just got back last night from visiting my in-laws in Calgary, feeling very fortunate (and overfed). Here is a collection of shots from a jam-packed last few days.

My parents asked all the kids for Christmas wish lists. One of the things I asked for was “fun bright socks”. Don’t these ones rock? (Yes, those are sparkly x’s and o’s on the toes.)

John caught this shot of his sister and brother-in-law’s two new puppies. Sunday is a 7-month-old rescued Border Collie / Blue Heeler, and Sophie is a 13-week-old Black Lab. They are too cute for words.

Calgary skies are unlike anything we get here. I took these on a stroll around the block, near my in-laws’ place.

John and I did a day trip to Banff. It’s always a surreal drive — I feel like we’re in the midst of a model train set every time. The Rockies are breathtaking, even through a mud-splattered windshield… and photos never do them justice.

I’ve never seen frost atop snow like we saw in Banff…

I really liked walking atop a frozen Minnewanka Lake.

So did John.

We realized it was our one-month wedding anniversary that day. My pathetic attempt at a snow-track greeting… just in case you can’t tell (ha!), it’s supposed to say “Happy 1 mo.”

We saw lots of deer and elk during the week…(though, sadly, no giant Mini Wheats)

A terrific way to wind down 2009, I gotta say.

I hope you’re having a terrific holiday too. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2010. See you on the other side!

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Visions of Cowtown

December 30th, 2008

It was a jam-packed holiday visit to Calgary, with loads to see and do. Here’s just a taste of it.

Buffet pants were very much in order for this delish breakfast; John’s sis whipped up some pumpkin waffles with cream cheese, maple syrup and flax seeds:

We took a walk by the partly-frozen Bow River:

We stumbled into the famous Giant Mini Wheats Farm… couldn’t resist trying them!

The funky chandelier made of fallen deer antlers, overtop the dining table — and me being reflective ;)

Oh yes… there WAS po’ boy again:

Beautiful hoar frost… this was taken from the driveway:

I met my cousin’s 18-day old son, Ashton:

Check out what John spotted in the fire — on the left side of the log…!

We made it up to Banff again… Crazy to be able to see the mountains from just about anywhere in town. Another wondrous sight — John wearing my new mitts from his Mom, the way all the cool kids are doing it now:

And deer deer, everywhere were deer… quarreling bucks, then a mum and kiddo:

John’s sis and bro-in-law are the hosts with the mosts — there just ain’t no arguing.

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