A peacock at the Calgary Zoo. I don't know if it's this particular peacock, but because it was on the roof of the cafe there was little possibility of it attacking...or whatever.
In May we went on a family hike at Grassi Lakes. It was memorable for two reasons. First, because Mia walked the entire way up (and most of the way down) all by herself. Second, on our way down a random man stopped us and asked if we wanted him to take our picture. Murray and I were like, "Well okay," but neither of us were expecting much. The result was this, one of the few photos we have of all five of us where everyone is looking at the camera and has a half-decent look on their face. And if Mia looks like she wants to punch someone out, it's not because she was mad at anyone; she's clutching on to a piece of candy that we used to bribe her into the backpack.
I took this picture of Murray during a bike ride we took through Marin County on our trip to San Francisco. This was in the woods in a town called Mill Valley. I just think it's a great picture of him. That's all.
First time on the log ride at Calaway Park. I think our faces say it all.
After the Stampede Parade I had to run into the office for a few minutes. Murray was going to take the kids back to his office and I would meet them there when I was done. Instead, he took them to the Calgary Tower. This was probably a lot more fun than his office. However, because the kids heard Murray say that he was taking them to his "work", they now think that his office is the Calgary Tower. He can only wish.
On our first night at Candle Lake, we went to the beach at Dogwood, near Murray's family cabin. Gavin rode his bike. Because it was getting late we weren't planning on going in the water, but when we got there Gavin couldn't resist. I thought he would stay close to the edge, but he ventured a bit further. Next thing we knew he was soaking wet in the water. No life jacket, but he had his bike helmet on (and a lot of watchful eyes).
Gavin's first tube ride. He was so excited! (I think Aunty Wendy had a great time too.)
There was face painting at the World Bunnock Championship Challenge and Mia was pretty excited about it. She asked for a flower and ended up with this. I don't know what happened. Maybe "flower" sounds like "puppy" to some people.
We went on a lot of road trips this summer. We are also in the throes of potty training with Mia. This scene was a common occurrence on many highways throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. I just hope we're not still doing it next summer.
The big stuff - the weddings, the trips, the events - that stuff is easy to remember. It's what happens in between that we have to write down so that we don't forget. Stuff like this.