Saturday, July 28, 2007

One hot Friday in Edmonton

Yesterday we went to "Capital X", Edmonton's annual festival/carnival/party/show thing. We met up with Jake and Erin and spent the day wandering around in the hot sun watching Chinese acrobats and stunt bikers and eating ice cream. The other's enjoyed a nice cold beer in the liquor tent but I had to stick to soft stuff. I tried a non-alcoholic margarita but it was really just a Slurpee and all it did was turn my tongue blue. It was another scorcher of a day, the thermometer in the car read 46 degrees when left the parking area! Other than being a little on the warm side we all enjoyed ourselves.

Mmmmmm...Ice cream!!!

Neil, standing on one leg with his hands in the air (why? I don't know.)

Neil, Jake and Erin.

Neil and I cooling off under a brolly in the beer enclosure.

Blue tongue. Nice!

Freaky stunt bikers in the big air show.

This one reminds me of E.T.

Neil and I and the huge tummy posing under the big-air biker.

Damn those beers looked good!

Jake and Erin.


Well, after our day out we all headed back to our house for a BBQ. Mandy, Kelly and Nigel joined us (Sarah...we missed you!!). We ate and chatted and then Kelly erected his fire pit and we toasted marshmallows. It was a good night.

The boys and their beers. (I think I was a little more envious of the beer drinking by this stage.)

Erin, Mandy and me.

You can tell from the assortment of dinosaur toys, building blocks and empty bottles on the table that we party hard! And yes, that is a tambourine you can see in the foreground.

The fire pit up and flaming in out back garden.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Chain Gang...

As if it wasn't hard enough slaving away in the sweltering heat putting together the Quinny earlier that day, Neil and Nigel decided to prepare a hole for the hot tub. (Notice that Neil appears to be digging with a hammer!?)

A new set of wheels....

On Saturday we went to pick up a special delivery....our new set of wheels! Toni and Gordon very generously bought us a"Quinny Freestyle 4 Travel System" for the baby. They ordered it online and had it delivered to a pick-up point in Beaumont. We were both very excited (until we opened the box and realized we had to put it together.) It was about 33 degrees which didn't help matters. I mostly just stood in front of a fan and read instructions while Neil slaved away. He did a very good job indeed! Well done Neil and THANK YOU VERY MUCH TONI AND GORDON!!!!!

The box.

Neil makes a terrible discovery.....assembly required.

"Hmmmmm....where do I start??"

Looking good! At least it has wheels!

Even Doog couldn't handle the heat.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Sophie gets fatter.....

6 months pregnant already!

Canada Day 2007

Yesterday was Canada Day. We spent the afternoon sitting out on the deck in the sunshine. Mandy, Kelly, Hunter and Kelly's Mum and Dad came over to our house for a BBQ. We had some nice steaks and everyone (except me and Hunter) had a few drinks. In the evening we were invited to join Mandy and Kelly and some friends of thiers to go and watch the fireworks. After pushing through the crowds at the carnival and giving up on the mini-donut stall due to the ridiculous amount of people waiting in the queue, we finally found a good spot in the park on a slope to watch the fireworks from. This is when we realized we should've come prepared like most of the people around us and brought lawn chairs, bug spray and (most importantly for me) some snacks. We were eaten alive for an hour by the mosquitoes before the show began but I have to say it was worth it. The fireworks were amazing!

Here's "Butter" Hunter looking pretty confused by his Granpa's hands.

And happy with his Mummy.

Neil and Kelly and several empties.

Mandy having fun playing in the princess house in Bev and Jay's garden before leaving for the firework show.

Cotton Candy, popcorn, candy apples. We didn't get any of it, not even any mini donuts!

Our spot in th park. This photo was taken at about 10.20pm. Still pretty light eh!

The fireworks!