Archive for July, 2010

Farmers Market

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Not a cloud in the sky, 68 degrees and a fully stocked farmers market…pure Canadian bliss.

Peter, have you ever picked a peck of PURPLE peppers?

Insanely large carrots, this is what bunny dreams are made of

And the best part…the pies!  There is a vendor that sells every kind of mini pie you can imagine.  They are mostly sold frozen but there were several to sample and have for lunch.  I think we ended up buying a dozen… for midnight snacks for Harry’s lunch of course!


Bowmont Duck

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The Grilliots have been spending our summer outside as much as possible…sometimes the weather keeps us in due to it being too cold, raining, golf ball size hailing (no kidding) or the occasional runny nose. The days are long, sun comes up about 4:45am and does not set until close to 11:00pm so that leaves us plenty of time to get out. Several months ago I put together a “Nature Backpack” for us to grab on our way out the door so we would be prepared for whatever we might encounter. I will talk more about what all we included in a later post. But one of the best things is a notebook for journaling what we see. Sometimes it comes in handy when everyone gets tired while we are hiking, they can sit and either write or draw the world around them as they see it. There is so much to see here in Calgary I doubt we will ever get to see it all. A great way to experience it however is by Letterboxing.

Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching just without the electronic device.  We have done this as well but it was hard to explain longitude and latitude to the boys and becides having a list of clues to go by is much more entertaining to a 6 year old rather than me looking at a GPS trying to figure out where I am…they usually run off on me, then we are both lost.

We followed our clues along the Bow River all the way to the three year old box…

It took about 20 minutes from the time we left our car to find our treasure.  Inside the box is a log and a stamp, you then stamp your journal like a passport and leave your own stamp in the log along with the date and any other information you wish..

Replace the box exactly as you found it for the next letterbox seeker.  This particular box was called Bowmont Duck, hence the duck stamp, it brings you to a place along the river where the ducks are present year round

I broke down and bought myself a nature journal a couple weeks ago, I wanted to keep my own leaf rubbings and journal my experiences with the boys on our outdoor adventures.  My comfort zone is to journal through my eyes…taking pictures however this quote from Handbook of Nature Study convinced me I -needed- one “These books, of whatever quality, are precious beyond price to their owners.  And why not?  For they represent what cannot be bought or sold, personal experience in the happy world of out-of-doors.”

We force our senses to acknowledge what is always there but greatly overlooked…

With growing boys, it is inevitable that hunger will strike.  I always make sure to come prepared.

Carrots, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes (which Jonah mistakes for cherry’s…bits into them and hands them off to me…over and over) Strawberries, Crackers, Cheese Sticks, Sliced Cheese and Ham Rolls.

They are very impressed with the ham rolls.  Here is how I make them, I open up a package of deli sliced ham and roll them up.  My kids think I’m a great cook….please don’t tell them otherwise. 

Tip:  If you want to press flowers for your journal a great place to store them so little fingers don’t mash them before you get back to your car is in the little holes in a ball cap…yes uncles that is the only reason they would have flowers in their hats.

So if you dare, check out for an unexpected adventure.  Let us know how it went!  I would love to hear your story.  You never know what you will find.

Olympic Park in the background (ski jumps).  We met a local fly fisherman who told us all about the different kinds of fish he catches in this river.  Instantly the boys wanted to go fishing….this was the next best thing…

New Country for New Friends

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Friendship is a very important thing to the Grilliot family new and old.  Amazing that we had to move to a new country to meet this awesome faimly that lived just minutes from us in Texas.  Thankfully a common friend of ours let us know about each others move.  Two girls just about the twins age, just minutes after they met they started running around playing tag, they all got along great!

Last week we got to hang out with the girls for an evening playdate, a little white chocolate fondu for dessert kicked off their giggling, crazy night

After dinner we headed to the show…that the kids made themselves.  It started out as a puppet show but quickly turned into a crazy dancing party right away

Jonah was the videographer

I overhead the girls telling the boys they were going to play house at one point and that Logan would be the dad and Jonah would be the baby of course.  To which Logan replied, “Oh I think I rather be a Jedi Knight”…I think it rubbed off on the girls.  Jedi Knight –  Dad…all the same in my book.

After filming they still felt creative so we headed to the art table for some quick masterpieces while the movie was being uploaded

We cracked open a tube of glow sticks for a bit of lightpainting too.  FYI you can keep kids occupied with lightsticks for hours! 

Then after painting it was show time..

**Parental Guidence Warning** You will get a very upclose and personal view of Isaac’s tonsils…

Z Family we are so glad you are here, it is definately making this Canadian experience a lot easier eh’!


Monday, July 12th, 2010

I am so blessed to have the amazing family that God has given to me…that will foremost be the best gift that I could ever receive for my birthday this year.  In addition to amazing friends that have come into my life in the past year and the past decade, I simply am forever grateful for your friendship…and you all know who you are!!

After spending the perfect morning (haning out with my kids in jammies and drinking coffee for several hours to have coffee talk with my husband) we headed out to explore a little more of this amazing country, I spent the afternoon here…

Lake Louise, amazing, stunning, simply beautiful…

Who would be miserable here?

Boats are for rent…it takes about an hour to get to the other side of the lake and back

And the water really is that blue…don’t believe me?  Come on up and I will show you!

The twins sat still for like…two minutes to let me take their picture

They are pretty adamant about dressing themselves

We wrapped up our day at the lake with a little Jedi action in the parking lot..

Jonah picked out a special gift for me on the way home

and to top it all off Harry bought me some amazing cup cakes from Crave

Getting older is not too shabby!

Thanks everyone for your amazing birthday wishes, I love and miss all of you!


Battle at Crescent Hill

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

“You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you. 
You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.”



Welcome to our new home…

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Hey glad to see you found us, TexasGrilliots is now officially apart of the world wide web.  So what does that mean for you?  Well hopefully a site that is easier to navigate through.  For me it will be easier to blog and to manage. So welcome aboard! Stay awhile and let us know what you think!