Soccer Season

June21

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Guiding Ceremony

June4

Tonight was the ‘flying up’ ceremony for both girls in Girl Guides. Madeline is finished as a Spark and can be a Brownie next year, and Emily moves up from Brownies to Guides.

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Emily is wearing my old Brownie uniform from the 70’s, and Madeline has my Guide hat on too. So happy my mom saved them for me!
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Guiding is a lot of fun, especially when your best buds take part too.
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Springtime!

June1

When the fish aren’t biting it’s fun exploring the shoreline. Beaton Arm, Upper Arrow Lake.
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Journée Sportive (Sports Day)

May29

One of the best days of the school year is Sports Day. Madeline participated with the kids from her school, École des Glaciers, and Arrow Heights Elementary. Maddie had a blast.

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Sports Day

May29

Emily’s Sports Day was brought inside due to torrential rain. The kids still had lots of fun!

Intense concentration durring the bean bag toss:
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Another happy sack racer:
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Maybe they get this from their dad? This is the race-winning lunge at the Pine Lake Picnic, Wood Buffalo National Park, circa. 2006.
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Ballerina time

May15

The girls had their end of the year dance recital to two sold out nights at the Performing Arts Centre. Here they are ready to go:

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It must be pretty fun performing in such a nice venue. Maddie is front and centre, not surprisingly. Emily is off to the right side of the stage.
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Maddie turns 7!

April25

The much anticipated 7th birthday was a fun one for Madeline. On the actual date she chose sushi for dinner and angel food cake like her dad.

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Always enthusiastic, I think they are keen on this game…

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A few days later she had a pool party with a group of her friends, with pizza, more cake and fun afterwards.

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Last day of skiing

April6

It’s time again to hang up the skis for the season. There’s still 3 metres of snow up there but the visiting skiers are gone and the ski area needs them to stay open.

Emily had 2 goals this season. Her first was to ski “Kill the Banker”, a run that is very long, and quite steep in parts under the gondola. I believe it is so named for the high cost of putting the gondola in. Conditions were right one weekend in February and she skied it 4 times that day. She even talked her dad into bringing Madeline down there too, and patiently showed her sister the easiest way down.

Maddie, 2 years ago, at the top of the run, feeling a little intimidated.

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After that goal was demolished, she set her sights on the sub peak of Mt. Mackenzie. At 7700 feet (2340 m) it’s  a 1/2 hour uphill climb in ski boots from the upper chairlift. It’s like walking straight up an uneven set of stairs made of boot holes. Apparently she charged up there (as dad carried her skis) and made it up no problem.

Way to go Emily (and Simon)!

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Endings and Beginnings

April5

As the ski season comes to an end, it’s time to say good bye to our friends at the Herbert House. These (and a few more) were our room-mates for 6 months while our house was under construction. Some will be back, some won’t. Happy travels to you all, we had some great fun together!

This is the first time we’ve fit 13 around the dinner table, hopefully the beginning of many happy times right here!

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Emily turns 9!

March30

Emily was lucky enough to have a birthday on a weekend this year, so a party on the real day. It was a fun filled day; a few presents from family afar opened in the morning, ski all day with the Nancy Greene racers, and a pool party afterwards.

13 giggly girls…

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Remember the telephone game?

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Happy girl!

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