Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Calm before the storm

For the past few days and for the next week we have my brother-in-law Don and his sweetie Becki and her 13 year old son Andrew here visiting from Ontario.  It's been nice so far although getting time off work for Rob has been a bit of a struggle.  Thankfully, my employer is a bit more flexible, however I'm in one of those hourly jobs where if you don't show up for work, you don't get paid.  So I have to go in a couple mornings a week just so I don't get sticker shock on my next paycheque.  The weekend after Don & Becki leave we are heading out to the Canadian archery championships in British Columbia for 10 days so this is a bit of a calm before the "getting ready to go" storm.

On Sunday everyone went down to the Halifax waterfront to take in some of the Tall Ships festival.  Most everyone seemed to enjoy looking around on the ships, except Don, who I didn't realize gets queasy even standing on the deck of a ship until after I bought him a boarding bracelet!  Ah well, he was a good sport waiting for the rest of us while we poked around the ships.  He did make it aboard the Eagle (the largest ship there, belonging to the US Coast Guard) and got to look around on that one and he did great crossing the Harbour from Dartmouth to Halifax and vice versa on the passenger ferry without tossing his cookies.  All in all a good day.

Theodore Tugboat was giving $2 rides across the harbour!  We steered clear and went over on the larger Metro ferries because we figured Donnie would turn a lovely shade of green and then lose his lunch over the side.  Not a good sight for all Theodore loving kiddos. 

Theodore Tugboat.  Photo credit Becki Wilson

Becki had picked up a few touristy type brochures at the visitor info center at the Nova Scotia border.  One of the brochures was for the Nova Scotian Crystal store/gallery.  Since we happened to be over there for the Tall Ships we thought we'd poke our heads in and see if they were blowing any of the crystal.  We got to see one of the workers loading up the kiln (?) but then he left shortly after, closing the observation doors.  So we didn't get to see anything.  We did poke around the gallery/store.  Don fell in love with some crystal beer glasses but at $99 each they can keep them.  I mean...really??   Too rich for us.

Looking into the work area of the NS Crystal gallery.   Photo credit Beck Wilson

Here is Drew (Andrew) posing for his mom on the deck of one of the ships.  I am not sure which one this was however I think it was on the Eagle.  He's a great kid.

Photo credit Becki Wilson

This is Matt & Ben (my boys) taking turns at the gun on board the HMCS Sackville, Canada's last Navy Corvette from WWII.

Photo credit Becki Wilson

Just some more pictures.  I love the masts and sails.

Drew trying to climb the wave.   He made it on his second try.

Last but not least...the giant pumpkin gun!  No, I didn't see it fire.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Summer Scramble

Wow, here we are mid-July already! My broker has this habit of coming into the office and telling everyone how many shopping days left until Christmas. Now, in January and Feb that was amusing if not a little annoying. Here in mid-July we're all shaking our heads and wondering where the time went. To top it all off, several people I know have their Christmas shopping done. Oh my gosh. Why could I have not been born with the "Keener" gene. Lot's going on here at Casa Laprade. To back up the truck to my last entry, Prom night went well.

So, the boy cleans up well. And the pictures do not do the young lady justice, my jaw dropped when I first saw her that night. Beautiful.

Anyway, back to lots going on. Busy summer so far. Besides our individual work lives, Hubby and I are also preparing for a visit from Hubby's brother Donnie and his girlfriend and her 13 year old son. This will be the first time ever in all of 21 years of married life that Donnie will be visiting us. Sometimes living away from family is a blessing (ha!) but at other times...like in the case of being able to visit each other... it sure sucks.

So, Donnie & Becki arrive in a little over a week and are staying for two weeks. Of course, we're looking forward to that however I'd be lying if I said that it doesn't cause it's own little stresses planning for it all, possibilities of where to take them, what to feed them, etc.

If it was just Donnie & Becki it would be easier as they are both adults and can entertain themselves, however Andrew is only 13 and he deserves to have a good time on vacation! I see trips to the Tall Ships, Discovery Center, Natural History Museum, Beaches in our near future. Complicating things is that neither Hubby or I can get the whole time off work together. Oh well, it will all work out.

It's also getting to be crunch time for Matt and Team Nova Scotia for archery. In a little over 3 weeks we all head out to Vancouver Island for the Canadian Outdoor Target & Field Archery Championships. Matt is entered in both events. Up until now he hasn't practiced much which has been a bit of a sore spot with us. But now that we are getting down to crunch time, he's been getting out a bit more shooting and the team has been organizing more team practices. Of course, we're just getting going with that and Donnie will arrive right in the middle of all these planned archery team practices, which Matt can't miss. Perhaps Andrew will want to tag along and pick up a bow and give it a try. Channel his "inner Gale".

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