Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day Three: Calgary zoo and Canmore!

Today was a long day. I will try not to go on and on, though I probably could.

First, let me say that Micah, my baby, turned two today. I can hardly believe it. He is growing up, and he is so precious and adorable. His day was not spectacular, from his perspective, but tomorrow we will have a little celebration for him, as we ran out of time today.

So, we made it to the zoo right around lunch time. We fed the boys on the way there so it would not be an issue while we were there.
Cody posed first as a penguin.

Then Jamie took a turn. Micah was strapped in the stroller so we didn't put him in there.

We hit the dinosaur part first. Cody was a bit scared, particularly when he saw the Tyrannosaurus Rex through the trees. The weather was cool but sunny, so we seemed to be in for a great day. It clouded over right away, which somehow made the dinosaurs look that much more real in the lush foliage.

Shortly after we entered the dinosaur area, it started to rain, but only lightly. Judging by the sky it looked like it would not last long. Apparently I have very poor judgment. Not only did it last a long time, like the entire rest of the day, but it turned into a torrential downpour. We cowered under some dense trees overhanging the pathway, but then it started to hail. Oh dear. So we figured by then we were not that far from the beginning of that area and we decided to make a break for it. Wow. Wrong again. We walked/ran a long way and we got drenched and when I say drenched, I mean drenched!!! I don't remember the last time I got caught so thoroughly in a rain storm. Thunder followed, but fortunately, not for long. 

After that, the only thing Micah wanted to do at the zoo was dance and splash in the puddles. He did not care about the animals, except for the fish that were swimming with the hippos!

So in short, our zoo day was a bit of a disaster. My plan was to take them to a gift shop afterwards and let them each choose a stuffed animal for a souvenir, but the shop we went to had animals that were really not that thrilling and I decided it was not worth the money. We planned to head to Toys R Us instead to get Micah a birthday gift. That was the next order of business. 

We did make it to the toy store, and bought Micah a present plus he got a stuffed animal and the other two selected a bigger giraffe to share. That was fine. We then made it to the burger joint we were supposed to hit the night before, Peter's Drive Inn. Jamie and Micah did not like their burgers, and Jamie fell asleep before he could eat any fries. They gave us a bag of fries that was literally more than enough to fill a four litre ice cream pail. Most of them are in our fridge now. I did not eat, though I did share a milkshake with Cody and Micah, and it was yummy. Still, I was more in the mood for a sandwich.

I forgot to mention that Jamie broke Mike's glasses this morning. Bent them, broke the frame and popped one of the lenses out, so a fairly big disaster. Yay.

Then we drove to Canmore. We drove through a wicked storm to get here, more torrential downpours and hail, and a ton of lightning. I was quite scared on the highway because of the incredible volume of water. Anyway, we made it here, and our place is beautiful. We have a two bedroom "condo" at Lodges At Canmore, and we even have our own bathroom off the master bedroom. Here are some pictures.

Our fully stocked and beautiful kitchen, complete with dishwasher and everything!

Cody and Jamie's room. Hallelujah, they do not have to share a bed tonight! Plus we can close their door and send them to bed before us, which we did. This is so much better than a hotel room!
Did I mention the boys have their own TV in their room?? They were amazed by that!

Here is our dining room area, with the living room in the background.

Our gas fireplace, which now has a fire burning. 

The master bedroom. Micah's play pen is now set up at the end of our bed and he is sleeping there.
There is Micah, before he fell asleep. He cried really hard, but he eventually went to sleep. Hope we have a good night tonight, and not one with crying kids.
The view out the boys' bedroom window.

The view out our bedroom window.

More from our bedroom window.

And did I mention I am doing our laundry in our suite even now? Woo hoo! 

So, I am going to sign off as this post has taken way too long with slow internet connections. Hopefully I will have a good report tomorrow. Goodnight!


Christy said...

Fabulous!! I'm so excited for you guys to be on this trip! That looks like an absolutely beautiful condo you're staying in. May this time be refreshing and energizing and an absolute blast for you as a family. You guys deserve it and the memories will be so great...yay...first family trip!!!

lindsayc said...

And if you'd just driven another 9 hours and taken a ferry you could have come out to see me!

Hope you guys had a lovely vacation. There is nothing better than being in the mountains. They remind me how small I am in the great scheme of things!

CAT said...

Thank you. I could have stayed in Canmore for weeks, and Lindsay, some day I'd love to come and see you! (Probably when the kids are older and the drive is not so...interesting. Haha.) It was nice to get away. I'd probably go to the mountains every year if I had the chance.