Monday, January 21, 2013

Canadian Post Card

I'm sitting here trying to think of what I could post about because its been a while since I've posted.  Truth is, I haven't taken pictures of anything recently and most of our days are exactly the same. A lot of snow, a lot of messy toys, a lot of dishes, a lot of potty training and a lot of healthy eating. Well, two things stand out in my mind as noteworthy besides normal life. A night in with friends and a night out with friends.

One of my running buddies recently finished a cabin on the nearby Wizard Lake -- recently as in almost a year ago.  I haven't had a chance to see it so we were all so excited to get invited over for a little Family Home Evening party with a couple of other families.  The cabin was beautiful and sat at the edge of the water, frozen solid.  Just after Christmas they made an ice rink in front of their cabin.  He cleared the ice of snow and used an auger and pump to flood it, getting a nice smooth finish.   We all had ice skates and the scene was like a Canadian post card: 15 + people and kids skating around on a home made rink in the dark with hockey sticks, pucks, and no net; flood lights casting long shadows in the dark....a nice adult skating backward holding a hockey stick horizontally, pulling a little boy (my Alec) so he could learn how to skate ....a few little kids pushing chairs around the ice to help with stabilization giving even littler kids a ride....the littlest kids sitting on mounds of snow around the rink throwing snowballs at the skaters.  It was beautiful and surprisingly not too cold. It was warm enough to have a hot dog roast over an open fire and after warming up inside for a small stretch we ended the night with a dip in their awesome hot tub.

Wow, right? It was a pretty wonderful night and a memory I won't ever forget.  I wish I would've taken pictures but it was a little crazy getting out there before too late and I forgot my camera. Oh well, it let me just enjoy the evening.

The other fun evening we had was just this past weekend. Another good friend had some extra tickets to West Edmonton Mall's water park and had a brilliant idea to let the husbands take the sons out to the water park while the moms and the daughters (plus 1 sickish little boy) had a girls night.  We made a yummy stir-fry then painted nails and gave each other pedicures while we watched Cinderella 2 and a bit of Mary Poppins.  We treated ourselves to an all fruit smoothie....what? no chocolate at a girls night-in party?  Can this be happening? Yes and it was hard and saddening at times when I noticed the lack of it but this particular friend is not eating any junk food for 6 months (!! I think she's crazy) and that night happened to be a Hyper Healthy day for Chris and I (that means we're not eating meats, sugar, or non-whole grain) so yeah, no chocolate    The Hyper Healthy thing is part of Chris's and my New Year Resolutions.  We're going 'double H' every other day in hopes of establishing legume/vegi/fruit/whole grain heavy diet habits...and I think my friend thinks we're crazy.

Ugh, sorry....this post has way too much text and no pictures. Lame I'll try to fix that later...

1 comment:

Radene said...

Brittney, I like your description of your ice skating. Sounds so picturesque. Love it. Good luck in your goals! You can do anything you really want to do!