Saturday, 24 June 2017

Father's Day

When my dad blessed the food on our Father's Day Sunday dinner, he expressed gratitude for fathers and children. I feel that completely.


Bernie and kids


Brent and kids


Mark and kids


Ken and kids

Monday, 29 May 2017

Celebrating Carmen's High School Graduation



Well, there's still exams to look forward to, but Carmen's Class of 2017 had their graduation celebration last week.


Blondes vs Brunettes


With the Buds


Hair and makeup in the early afternoon made it a busy day - Carmen's date got to our house 6 minutes before we got home!


The results were worth it


(Inserting a little nostalgia here)


These gorgeous girls again


16 couples rented a party bus to take them from Lake Sundance to The Lookout, to the banquet, to The Peace Bridge (for more photos), to the after grad, and then back to Lake Sundance. By then it was 1am and time for a house party until 5am followed by a sleepover for a couple of friends at our house, then breakfast at Hudson's.


As if they needed more fun, a few of the graduates (and a sister and a younger friend) spent the weekend in Waterton

I'm super proud of Carmen and the work she and her friends have put into their relationships. They've practised tolerance and forgiveness and love and fun over the high school years and they deserved every bit of enjoyment they had celebrating the end of high school. Last graduating class of 90's babies!

May Long Weekend

Originally we had planned on camping in Waterton over the May long weekend, but it seems we can't ever go anywhere else but Utah these days!


On our way down we attended the Idaho Falls Temple Open House, this is the temple where it all started for us.


Fun to share with Carmen and Chloe


I only took a couple of photos in Utah. In this one Chloe had built a fort for Zoë under the quilting frame for a project Jaclyn was working on.


We only had one warm day while we were down, but it was the right day and the girls got in a swim with Zoë. Zoom in on that happy little face!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

April in a Nutshell



Ken turned 49!


He requested steak, mac&cheese, roasted vegetables, and Hello Dolly squares for his day.


Then he took himself on a solo trip to Utah,


And took Zoë on her first trip to the zoo.


Meanwhile at home we had some usual Easter celebrations with a new twist this year of the decor Steven sent us from Floria for Christmas


Colouring Easter Eggs


On the Saturday we went to the zoo here in Calgary with some cousins


(The grizzly picture is a must have)


And lastly, Carmen took on the job of pulling everyone together to buy grad tickets. It was just like every other group project, but it came together and I'm sure these kids will have a great time!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Break in Provo

Spring Break 2017 was a girls-only road trip to Provo. The boys (Ken and Flex) stayed home and worked (Ken) and slept (Flex).


We only caught a couple of sunny days in Provo, and our first day was one of them.


We took advantage of the sun and had a Jimmy John's picnic at Joaquin Park.


In the early evening on Friday we all joined Jaclyn and Mason in the Run 4 Refugees they had already signed up for. Zoë had the fastest time, just ahead of Mason.


Chloe used the 5k as a warm up for High School Track & Field Season.


We went home and showered and then crashed a YSA ward party where Mason and his a Capella group were performing.


Apparently we weren't the only party crashers?



On Saturday we really wanted to take Zoë to the Aquarium based on earlier snapchat stories about her previous trip. She really does like to watch the fish! Jaclyn tells me sometimes she brings up video of colourful fish swimming on her computer as a pacifying strategy.


Saturday afternoon we did a bit of shopping in SLC and had dinner at PF Chang's (where we confirmed Carmen's MSG allergy). Then Mason and Zoë went home and Carmen, Chloe, Jaclyn and I went to the Women's Session of General Conference.


It was a beautiful evening after a rainy day.


Sunday Church. All looks good here, but Zoë left Carmen wet at one point.


Monday plans changed when we saw the conditions of the ski hill. We went back to our Airbnb and the girls did spring break homework. 


Monday night we took Zoë to her first movie, Beauty and the Beast.


Tuesday we did a formal campus tour for our soon-to-be BYU student and our other potential BYU student. 


Wednesday we played with Zoë and her hair.


Elliott came over to meet Zoë and then she and Carmen went to hike the 'Y'


Our last day in Provo was another sunny one, 


and we love taking Zoë to the park!
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Norton Family Party


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!