Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Brett's Milkshake

On our vacation, we met some friends for lunch at Peter's Drive Thru.

Peter’s has the best milkshakes. They have several dozen flavours and you can mix them to make awesome combos. This year I tried raspberry chocolate. It was delicious.

Brett, knowing that we would be going to Peter’s, had been thinking about his milkshake for hours in advance. After deliberating between the many fruity possibilities, he finally settled on Watermelon-Strawberry-Lime.

We should have clued in that it might not be the tastiest combo when the lady taking his order raised her eyebrows up about two inches as she wrote it down.

When the milkshakes arrived, Brett took one sip, winced, and choked down the swallow.

He sat there for a minute nibbling on some fries. Then he leaned over and quietly asked me if he could please have a little money to go buy some Lemonade.

For some reason, I needed to try this milkshake. Seriously, how bad could it be?

Oh my. It was so gross. If you ever go to Peter's, please do not get this kind.

We will be teasing Brett about it for a long time.

The milkshake must have really affected me because I didn't take any photos of Brett while we were there.

Okay I took one. From behind.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alberta Vacation 2010

We had so much fun out west this summer.

We flew to Alberta this year for the first time in seven years. Our kids loved the plane ride. Scott and I loved it too. Especially the part where we didn't have to pack our kids and bags into the back of our minivan and spend 30 hours driving across the country.

We almost missed our flight as the power went out briefly the night before and our alarm clocks were reset. Luckily Jesse had a nightmare at 4:30 AM, came into our room crying, woke us up, and we were able to make it across town to the airport in the nick of time for our very early flight to Calgary.

Here are some highlights worth mentioning:

My cousin, Kennedy's wedding to an awesome girl, Nikki. It was beautiful.

Jensen family reunion. My Mom is the oldest of 9 children and we had 57 family members at our 2 day reunion. Some activities included the Barnwell parade, games, rope-making, huge family meals, a fireside, and enjoying time together to get re-acquainted with cousins, aunts & uncles.

Trip to Waterton with the Samhuri family. Hiking Bear's Hump and trying to avoid the rain that seemed to be following us. We saw a black bear just outside of the park.

Jesse and Samantha learning to roller blade and ride two-wheelers at their Stewart cousin's house.

Meeting our dear friends at Peter's Drive Thru for lunch where Brett ordered a one-of-a-kind milkshake.

Many walks around the lake with several children following behind some combination of Buddy, and /or Pepper and /or Copper. Scott's siblings like dogs. So do our kids. Jesse told me yesterday he is saving up for one.

Hill Siblings gathering for a huge Sunday dinner complete with roast, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, the works. We appreciated Kim & Mark traveling quite a way to come see us!

Cookout in Taber park where we got eaten alive by mosquitoes but were having too much fun eating dinner, roasting marshmallows, playing Frisbee and baseball to leave early.

The men went out to shoot guns. It's becoming a Barnwell tradition with Uncle Eric. Jordana and I skipped out this year because we didn't want to show the guys up two years in a row.

Seeing Mona & Jarom who flew all the way from Singapore and are expecting a baby girl this winter!

Seeing Sami too, which makes twice in 6 months. That's definitely a record.

Seeing one of my BFF's, Robyn, for the first time in so long. I miss that girl!

I love visiting my Grandparents. My Grandma will turn 78 this year, and is still quilting. Her memory is amazing. She loves her family so much. My Grandpa is turning 87 next month and still rides his bike almost every day. He has an amazing vegetable garden and raspberry bushes our kids are addicted to. He loves his family so much that he weeps tears of joy every time we visit.

I think Scott would probably want me to mention the night he went golfing with Parker, Matt & Jeff. They had a lot of fun together and some good uncle-nephew bonding time.

The kids? Would probably say the best part of Alberta was seeing all of their COUSINS!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Brett's Baptism

Brett was baptized on Sunday, July 18. We were happy to have so much family and friends here to be a part of his special day.