Saturday, 31 December 2016
We lured Grandma and Grandpa for a visit
And took an impromptu 4 generation photo
Babies are delightful
Marie and her kids, Mark, Ortensia, Camille, and Monte, as well as us and Grandma and Grandpa Norton headed to Park 96 for some winter fun!
Let's take a closer look into that stroller
Some of us sledded, some of us skated, some of us did both
It was the perfect day for it
We popped into the clubhouse for Grandma Norton's cinnamon buns (made together with Carmen and Chloe) for breaks whenever we wanted.
Happy New Year!
Posted by Barb at 09:18
Carmen loved her luggage
But Chloe got the scratch off map Carmen wanted
After church we got our missionary FaceTime with Steve!
He's looking good and sounding southern
The rest of the day was at Grandma Olson's house
Second cousin Frank Humphreys
Jaclyn forgot the sweet potatoes
A little floor wrestling
This is what a missionary son in rural Florida sends for Christmas: taxidermy
Posted by Barb at 08:52
Traditions are wonderful!
We had 2 kinds of Sleepy Soup this year, Split Pea and Clam Chowder
We played Christmas Would you Rather, and then broke the Piñata.
I tried an Ikea star as a piñata this year, and it was just barely strong enough to withstand the niece and nephews.
But the points were good for gathering up the candy!
After our company left we watched our favourite Christmas movie, Die Hard, and said good night.
Posted by Barb at 07:14
Carmen had a second surgery on her arm on December 19th, obviously she was fine. Snapchat skills still intact.
Meanwhile, Chloe got to cuddle with Zoë on her first full day at our house for Christmas break.
Zoë met Great-Grandma Olson (aka GG'ma, aka Gigi)
We filled the week with Christmasy things like shortbread cookies, dipping more chocolates,
and the Nativity Pageant.
We joked about placing Zoë in the manger, but never seriously considered it.
All the cuddles
Posted by Barb at 07:02
Sunday, 18 December 2016
The most picturesque Christmas activity you can do in Calgary is to go to Heritage Park. The historic village is draped with garland and dotted with wreaths at every turn. And for some reason I've never been before this year!
Chloe worked as an interpreter in the school house for the Twelve Days of Christmas.
She helped the children rehearse for their Christmas recital 3 times a day, and the rest of the time she played school with any visitors to the school house.
Chloe is a wonderful pretend teacher, and would I'm sure be a wonderful real life teacher as well.
Though real schools don't have the same ambiance.
Posted by Barb at 20:10
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Carmen had to re-certify as a lifeguard this winter, and she realized that over the past 2 years of guarding she hasn't actually done a lot of swimming.
And she figured that joining swim team would be a way to discipline herself for that timed swim in the lifeguard certification.
But it turned out to be so much more! She loved every second of it: the practises, the friendships, the early mornings, and the swim meets.
Her only regret: Not doing swim team during her other high school years!
Posted by Barb at 18:45
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Jaclyn's friend, Chelsea, was so thoughtful to host the baby shower for Jaclyn and Zoë on a weekend when we could attend
Everyone needs friends who love to throw parties
We drove in to Provo about 10 minutes late and pulled right up to the shower
We contributed by bringing a couple of games including the guess the chocolate bar (melted in the diaper)
The Olson girls went head to head playing multi-tasking diapering
Jaclyn's former piano teacher sent a piano toy
Saturday morning we went to the wedding for Jaclyn's old friend, Connor Jensen, but we didn't take any pictures! Not at the temple or at the reception that night.
Saturday afternoon Carmen and Chloe visited the Provo City Centre Temple for baptisms
Sunday was the main event where Zoë was given a name and a blessing by these wonderful men
She was blessed in Jaclyn's own blessing dress
Posted by Barb at 20:56