Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Canada Day, eh!

Another Canada Day... a day to be thankful and proud of this great country we live in. It was nice to go downtown and watch an amazing fireworks display while the lights from downtown reflected on the water and countless boats lit up the bay. All in all a nice evening.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Game on!

Hockey season may be over but the the game lives in our house year 'round. The boys have traded skates for sneakers, and the hockey sticks that put in all that ice time over the winter are now taking a beating on the pavement. No need for protective gear when facing off on the road with the neighbourhood kids, and the fun factor multiplies when a few parents join in and the cousins come up to join in on the fun. They even have their own version of the Stanley Cup and the 'series' is tied right now - two wins for each 'team'. Nevermind that the make-up of each team is constantly changing - or that the kids are forever trying to switch over to the winning side. They've played in blazing heat and downpours, and talk that sounds suspiciously like Coach's Corner goes on long after the post-game swim. I love to see my boys out there - having fun and loving the game no matter what time of year it is. I love that no matter how busy our schedule is, there's always time for a few hours with their dad, friends, uncles and cousins to play some good ole neighbourhood road hockey.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Eye candy for your desktop

I love sitting down to my computer and having an amazing photo to look at before I get started. I change my desktop wallpaper a lot and I find myself going back to the work of Hamad Darwish again and again. If you're running Windows Vista, you've seen some his stunning photography. I secretly prefer Windows XP and still run it on my computer so I've downloaded the Vista wallpapers, which work just fine with XP. Hamad Darwish offers a downloadable Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack which is a beautiful collection of his work:

National Geographic also has a great team of photographers and they offer some of their amazing photography to download for your desktop:


Monday, 18 May 2009

Another long weekend come and gone...

...and for the first time in the six years that we've had a pool, it wasn't open in time for the May long weekend. We've had a few stretches of warm weather but not enough that we could open the pool without running the heater non-stop. Also for the first time - no Victoria Day fireworks going off over the lake. It's a little bit sad that we aren't all bundled up in blankets somewhere along the lakeshore, watching the fireworks display that unofficially brings with it the beginning of summer. All in all the whole weekend was a non-event - some road hockey, some gardening (the dandelions are all gone...for now), some soccer - and just like that the weekend is over.

Fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay, Victoria Day 2004

Friday, 15 May 2009

It's been awhile...

... and it's hard to believe I've missed an entire winter's worth of blogging. Funny how going back to work cuts into one's spare time. I've missed keeping up with all of our ordinary moments. It was a long winter, which means we're looking forward to what will hopefully be a good summer... fingers crossed. There were snow days and snowmen; hot chocolate, homemade cookies and plenty of hockey. Another Christmas came and went. Easter eggs were coloured, Birthdays were celebrated, Ben lost his first tooth and the kids outgrew all of their jeans. So it goes.

I haven't stopped taking pictures - I'm sure I've added another 500+ pictures to the 6000 or so that are already slowing down my computer. I know it's way past time I moved some to disc but I so love having them right here. I've acquired another camera - a Sony Cybershot DSC H-5, which is slightly smaller and easier to carry than my good old Canon Rebel - but I'm not sure I like the photo quality as well. I'm no pro, but to me digital SLR beats regular digital hands down.

Last night was soccer practice for Matt, this is a good thing as their team was hammered in an exhibition game last Sunday. They'll be needing a lot more practice it seems. Next week the regular season begins for the rest of the boys.

So, the cold arenas, stinky hockey equipment and skate sharpenings are behind us. For the next few months it'll be all about soccer. Just like that, it's spring.

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