Wednesday, July 16, 2008

O Canada

Last week we took a trip up to Canada for a family reunion on Brandon's mom's side. Other than the long drive to and from, we had a lot of fun. It was so good to see Ryan and Jess and Mady and for me to meet all of Brandon's other cousins who I only know through blogs (such a weird world we live in).

One day we went to the Calgary Stampede. It's all about over-priced food and expensive carnival rides but we did find a few free shows to go to that were really good.

First was the dog show...

I had to crop this picture because in the background you could see Jessica eating and Chandra's legs. You're welcome guys. ;)


Haley is the most gorgeous little 4 year old I've ever met. (She's our niece for those of you that asked last time.)


Then the BMX show (pretty impressive I must admit).


Then the hypnotist show that was pretty darn funny.


I loved this sign for the bathrooms.


And I have to admit, there was no orange bang on the Tom Thumb Donuts. They were so yummy!


Here is Tara's favorite ride, the Fireball. Brandon loved it but I just watched. Those kind of rides make me sick.


Another day we hung out at a park and played some crazy games. Here I am trying to walk while balancing a book on my head, keeping a coin in my eye, and holding a ball between my knees.


We went to the cemetary and visited Brandon's grandpa's grave. I really wish I could have met him. Everyone had so many good things to say about him. (Always makes me wonder what people will say about me after I'm gone...yikes! I still have time to change, right?)


The Calgary skyline...


The best part about our trip was Banff, a national park there. It was so pretty! We went on this beautiful (and easy - doesn't get much better than that) hike to a waterfall.


Then we went to a gorgeous lake and went canoeing and had a BBQ.


I think this picture of Mady is so stinking cute! She was so much fun to play with.


We ate so much good food while we were in Canada, mostly thanks to Brandon's aunt and uncle, Kevin and Cyndi, who were the best hosts anyone could ever ask for. We also watched a couple movies in their theater. It was so much fun staying with them!

Now it's back to work and regular life. Yuck. At least my cousin is getting married this Friday so it's only a 4-day work week. Yay!

14 comments:

The Ensign's said...

Looks like a fun vacation.I could go for something like that. Also I'm sure we'd have only good things to say about you once you pass!!! I dont think you need to worry.

Mike and Lisa said...

Your blog is so cute! Where do you find cute backgrounds like this one? And yeah for the music! It's back! I seriously haven't listened to music at work ever since it was taken off a while ago. So thanks for putting it back on Brandon! We should get together soon...it's been a really long time. Maybe next week will be good since you have a wedding this weekend. Let me know

Jason & Shannon Salmon said...

Those are some good pic.of the trip. That pic. of Haley is pretty cute.

smarts said...

Looks like tons of fun. You two have lots of fun how great. I would have to agree people would only have great things to say about you. I miss seeing you we need to get together.

Ryan & Jess said...

It was SO great to see you guys. And always too short. Loved all your pictures - thanks for cropping me out! I'm sure everyone would regret seeing a picture of me eating. So thanks for doing us all a favor :)

The Ensign's said...

I was referring to your comment about visiting Brandon's g-pa's grave and how everyone had good things to say. I was saying that you have nothing to worry about when you pass (to the next life). I dont think anyone will have anything bad to say about you.

Emily said...

it was so fun to have you guys all up here! and it was nice to officially meet you! :) you'll have to check out my blog, i've got some pics of the reunion as well on it.

Jon and Kari-Lynn Tarleton said...

WOW. I swear you guys take a fun trip every month....no fair. I'm jealous. Looks like you guys had a blast. Oh and your 1st picture is gorgeous of both of you. Miss you.

Mike and Lisa said...

It's a good thing you were too scared to take your camera because I wasn't. I thought, there's no way it could get wet the river is barley moving! But of course Mike had to get all tricky on me and ended up tipping over! It sucks and I'm pretty mad but I guess we can save for another one! So are we doing lunch this week? Hey, I was wondering if your offer was still good for ultrasounds? My doctor is making me wait till 20 weeks and I'm pretty anxious. No big deal if it can't be done but I thought I'd ask.

MEET THE JENSENS said...

how fun! i wanna go to canada sometime. and yes your niece is soooo pretty and she's only 4! crazy!

Jessica said...

Okay Steph, where do you get these backgrounds?? Your blog is always SO cute!

Max & Kinzi said...

Hey Stephanie. This is McKinzi Hall. Brandon told me you guys had a blog so I looked it up, and you guys are too cute together. Well, our blog is http://maxnkinz.blogspot.com/
August is my last month working for First Colony, so we'll have to keep in touch after that through the blogs!

Kris said...

How fun! And what a long stinkin' drive to make! I love the picture of you trying to walk with the book on your head etc. And that lake you went canoing on looks gorgeous- I'm jealous!

Tara said...

Oh Steph...You'll see the tan NEXT WEEK! I can't wait to pay a {very short} visit to Utah again! Let's go swimming! Work lots of hours so you can leave really early next Monday...or something. :)