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Visitors in the ‘peg!

This past Saturday… I went to the airport to pick up my Big-bro and sister-in-law at the airport! ย They were in town for the past 5 days at a conference.. They flew in early so that we could visit… We went to one of my favourite crepes places in the village.. and then drove over to Assiniboine Park to walk around for a bit! ย It was great to catch up… and visit… although next time I think they should bring my gorgeous nephews too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some photos from our time at Assiniboine Park!

We walked through the new-nature-adventure playground….



This place has ‘shrubbery’ that is FROGS that have DRESS-UP CLOTHES and PLAY musical instruments!!!ย 

Have to take a photo by the ‘banjo-playing-FROG’!another photo-op by the giant ‘yak’ on the hill? Yes, I do believe that’s what one should DO!
a quick snap of the park…. with the water-feature that pours into the sand box… so much fun!ย 

Jamie and Dana really wanted to take these out for a ‘tour’….and both agreed that Samuel and Benjamin would have LOVED them… so they posed for a photo to show the boys when they got home!ย 


Onto the English Garden… where we asked someone to take a photo of all THREE of US!!


Followed by some other ‘funny’ portraits… of Jamie and Dana…. (I made them play ‘model’ and I wanted to try out some stuff…and they did happily play along!)ย Dana…. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s the first gal that I could call Sister!… it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since that day…ย ..Jamie… ๐Ÿ™‚ the best big bro a gal could have!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for putting up with my many ‘moods’… I’m thankful to have you in my life!ย Iย think that they were trying to ‘escape’ my camera… but there’s little chance of that!!! (unless i’m out of batteries—side note: I still need to find my battery charger, still don’t know where I put it!)ย 

Ten Years Married…and STILL holding hands!!

Thanks for modelling for me what a great marriage looks like…. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Thanks for the short..but fun visit!!!ย …by the time this is posted… you will be well on your way back to Ontario..thanks for the visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mum’s HERE!!


On Thursday morning.. my mum arrived from Ontario…
taken today at the Forks during our Ride!
 I had a crazy day at wasn’t able to pick her up at the airport. So organized her with a list of instructions/address to my apartment, arranged with the super in my building to let her in… and then I had to wait for the super to call to say she arrived! Her plane landed at 9:37am.. and by 10:35am I had a call–mum was at my apartment.  Let’s just say the rest of the day was good, but I kept thinking I can’t wait to get home!!! 
Sunday at the Forks… self portrait…
We headed out for Thai…where I had my B-day dinner… and had a ‘FEAST’ of food!  Friday, I got up and headed to work… and then we headed to the Moose Games on Friday and then Saturday night! 
These shots were taken with my iPhone… a quick shot of the warm-up!
Saturday night the Moose retired Mike Keane’s #12 Jersery, and raised it to the roof.

 Mum and I were there… had tickets in the ‘upper’ bowl.. it was sold out house!

 My cousin got a goal in that game.. and then we all went out to dinner after! We didn’t get home until 1:30am…(apparently my ‘late’ nights are rubbing off on my mum!)

Sunday morning, after a lazy start we headed down to the Forks!  I had what has become my FAVOURITE thing… from the Pancake House!  Banana Choc. Chip Pancakes—have you had them? If not.. you NEED to try them!  which always remind me of Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancake” song…

We wandered around.. up to the look out… and then sat on a bench where we sat at Easter last year when Mum came out to visit.. You can look at those photos HERE (I had a bit redder hair!) it was a gorgeous way to spend the afternoon…it was about +5C!

 There were TONS of people out on the River Trail…

 ..a shot of the look out tower, at the Forks…

 We decided to go on the ‘free’ wagon ride… pulled by two horses!  It was great fun… during our short ride.. it started to snow, the temps had dropped as well!  After some hot chocolate and a look at the fantastic toy shop… we headed home! 

All in all it’s been a busy but FUN few days!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure there will be much more fun happening over the remaining days she is out visiting!!

>Wandering around the the ‘hood…


It was another ‘hot’ day… we had a bit of a lazy sleep in.. and after a quick bite of lunch.. we headed out to take a walk around the ‘legislative building’…
Our first stop was to see the Polar Bears!!
They looked harmless enough.. so Meg went in for a hug!
I also decided it was ‘safe’ enough for a hug!
…Meg decided to help hold up the Inuksuk!
But she looked VERY cool doing it!
Good old Louis….
A view from the south side of the building.. (or as I like to say.. the BACK!)
A view from the ‘side’…
Meg took this one! the ‘front’ or the North Side of the building… Meg is striking a pose on the steps… can you see her?
..tryin to stay cool in the heat!
Another shot of Meg at the front of the buildings…. (can you see her?)
We decided to see if we could ‘enter’ the buildings.. and we could! There was no cost… and we were able to ‘wander’ as we pleased…(I like Manitoba because I think the rules at ‘Queens Park’ are slightly different!) We were told that there was a tour that was going on.. which if we ‘bump’ into.. we were welcome to join…(which we did.. and ended up getting to see INSIDE the chamber–where the members sit and all the ‘magic’ happens!)…but I’m getting ahead of myself…
Here’s Meg, she’s sportin’ our ‘visitor’ badge.. there’s one per group!
This is the dome that is below the tower..
(above the tower is a second dome..and above that is where the “Golden Boy” sits!)
This is also below that dome.. looking down.. this star is freaky.. it follows you around  (no matter what side of the circle you are on!) AND if you stand in the basement.. and start to talk… it’s like you are using a microphone… (I tried… Meg did too.. but it didn’t work the same for her as it did for me…)
Just looking at the cool architecture..
Meg in the Chamber…


Me in the Chamber…
The Mace… on display for the summer in the chamber.. usually it’s kept in the Speaker’s office when the house isn’t sitting!
The other really cool thing we got to see was the Magna Carta…
On a rare trip from England, where it is kept!!
…this old, old document…
Meg was pretty excited to see it in person…. ๐Ÿ™‚
Also on display was the ‘corner’stone that the Queen unveiled in her visit on July 3rd to Winnipeg… it is going to reside at the Museum of Human Rights when it opens in 2012! But for now it’s on display here…
Just chill’n… (we enjoyed the air conditioning of the building!)

..a quick self-portrait…(excuse the ‘wide’ angle look of the shot)

I couldn’t take enough photos of the inside of this building.. it’s really really really pretty, and also was pretty empty and quiet!
…Me striking a pose..
Outside Meg, met the 5 women responsible for getting the vote in Canada.. but they were pretty busy signing paperwork.. so there wasn’t much conversation that happened!
One last shot of the two of us outside on the lawn… (we almost got blown away!)
After doing some running around… we came home and I cooked dinner (yes, I do cook at times…) and then Meg really wanted to head back over to Baked Expectations for dessert.. and well I wasn’t one to say NO! ๐Ÿ™‚ We decided to eat there…
Meg ordered the ‘Apple Raisin Pie’ with EXTRA whipped cream!!!

..that thing was GINORMOUS!!!

I ordered… the “crazy chocolate cake”
 (which had chocolate cheese cake, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse in it.. as well as being ‘covered’ in choc. icing…)
 can we say CHOCOLATE over kill… but it didn’t kill ME, I killed IT!!!!
mmmm root bear float… (one of the first times I have remembered having one!!)
That was the perfect way to end an amazing day! Thanks so much for suggesting it Meg!!  I have so enjoyed spending time with you this past week… it was fun to have someone along for the ride back to Manitoba!  It was also awesome to be able to show you my house.. and where I live!!  Thanks for an awesome road trip/vacation… I’m going to miss you!!! (can’t wait til you come back again!!) 
Safe travels home to Ontario tomorrow!!
luv ya, Sar

>Sushi and Cheese Cake….


Meg and I both LOVE Sushi… so we went to Meiji Sushi it was soooo darn good!! After filling our bellies full of sushi.. we took a walk down Osbourne…popping into shops..(partly due to the RAIN that was pouring down…) but also because we wanted to head to Baked Expectations…  I seriously love this place… and well a good friend Ryan introduced me to it… and it’s darn good… too good in fact!
Since there was a ‘clearing’ in the rain.. we took ours to GO.. and headed home for a movie, (Australia) and well cheese cake!
Me and my Carmel Pecan Cheesecake!
Meg and her Dark Chocolate Cheesecake!

Mmmmmmm so good… and it tastes even better in front of the TV in our PJs!!

>The Forks!!


We ended up at the Forks this afternoon… we met up with my friend Ryan.. for a late lunch/early dinner! Sat on a patio and caught up… then we walked around a bit… and I had Ryan take a photo of Meg and I skipping across the bridge… It was fun times.. just ask Meg!!
At the river, I wanted to get another photo of Meg and I… but apparently she was all ‘serious’ and wouldn’t smile…. So well that meant I needed to ‘help’ her smile…. and the following photos were taken!! (thanks Ryan for capturing the moment!)
..I was saying something like “c’mon Meg.. you need to smile..” and then I tickled her… as she attempted to tickle me!
“are you smiling yet?!” the time we moved RIGHT next to the river… Meg wasn’t so serious… and I didn’t even have to ‘tickle’ her to smile! ๐Ÿ˜‰
After exploring the BEST toy store ever… I decided we needed ice cream.. so that’s what we had for dinner!!!  It was soooo yummy!!! ๐Ÿ™‚