Archive for November, 2010

Heading South

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Saturday I bought my last Tim Horton’s coffee to-go, heading back to Texas.  The first several days were pretty rough but I always said I wanted to actually see it, yes I got my wish. 

Here are just a few images from my window as we drove slow and steady through this winter wonderland.  Harry is an awesome driver!

ice ice baby! 

Apparently we’re not the only ones heading south!

Snowing ahead

We are safe and sound, away from the ice finally. 

Tomorrow, Colorado then Kansas but not before a little R & R….


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Thursday, November 18th, 2010


OMSH in Banff AB, Canada!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Dear  Emelie, Meredith and Kenny,  We were so excited to participate in your “Show Me the World Project” we headed to Banff, AB one of the most beautiful spots just about an hour away from where we temporarily live in Calgary, AB.  So we printed out OMSH, colored him in the car after lunch and made sure he had a good view of the mountains hanging by a juice label while we took a cat nap!

Here we are, Isaac on the left and Logan on the right.  Logan is one minute younger than Isaac 🙂

Right next to this spot was the Bow River.  It flows all the way down to Calgary.  They use to use the river to move lumber from some of the many forests we have here.  It’s getting pretty cold here…that white stuff is ice on the river starting to freeze over!

So up the mountain we went to give you a better view into the town site of Banff.

This is our little brother, he is still learning how to color and we had to tell him not to eat OMSH…

and the rest of our family

Just up the mountain a bit more is the Norquay ski area, in just a couple weeks this place will be filled with snow thrill seekers.  Skiing, Snowboarding, sledding and tubing down the mountain

Back into the town of Banff, there are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and places to find warm drinks!

I guess you could say some people would like to get lost here..

And last but not least is the famous Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel when you kids grow up, get a great paying job then be sure to send your mom here on a vacation to thank her for the awesome job she does at everything!

Thanks for letting us be a part of this! 

The Texas Grilliots

Sweet Spot for Calgary

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

New Lens…Baby.  Here are some shots from walking around after picking this up Saturday morning.

we have put a lot of money in these things

Crave Cupcakes…again!

I have a soft spot for bikes…what can I say?

Yes, Have a Nice Day!  One last image driving away from downtown last night..

Staying Warm

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Grey sky’s, bare trees, shorter days and ice patiently waiting on the windshield to be scraped off.  Winter is almost here.  Living in my tropical climate 99.9% of my life this is a big change being in Calgary.  I have to admit that I did not even own a real coat prior to moving here.  I just figured my un-lined suede jacket that my sister gifted to me years ago was enough.  Not the case.  So my mind starts to wonder, do you people who live in the arctic have more than one coat?  I really never needed more that that but apparently if you wear them every day you can to throw a little style into the mix and fill up that hallway closet!

So the world of fashionable coats opened it’s doors to me.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Lodge Getaway Plaid Faux Fur Coat $67.99…yes $67.99!


Sidewalk stroll jacket $74.99


Dusk Flurries Coat $124.99


Hidden Getaway Jacket $169.99


Cape May $94.99

What are your favorite types of coats, Parkas, Bombers, Trench Coats…how do you stay warm?


Day and Night

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Etsy Love

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Favorite things from Etsy is at the top of this list this week.  After talking with a friend earlier this week I decided to share some eye candy from Etsy…

Love this necklace…from MD Sparks

evgie has adorable handmade toys

my cycling friends will think this is way cool…it is! Check out PosterPop for your favorite

you can never have enough sweet kitchen towels, check out deMocca

“life is too short to carry an ugly bag” I agree with xcessrize

A Spooktacular Weekend with Friends

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We love our Canadian friends…although I should not call them all “Canadian” just by chance that we met them here.  Lucky for us, we all became fast friends.

Saturday we spent with the girls decorating great pumpkins, watching Halloween movies about great pumpkins, eating a warm bowl of chili and some great pumpkin seeds, and enjoying each others company

Then on to hang out with another family on Sunday for some more fun and a great big load of candy.

 The Force is strong with this bunch

 Sample of the Haul, some differnent goodies from Canada and some old US faves too. 

Coffee Crisp, Wunderbar!, Crispy Crunch, and Aero, Eh!

 Inspecting for peanuts and peanut based treats, of course a few had to be sampled by the inspector because they were made in a plant that processes peanuts.  It’s a dirty job….

Thank for a great night and a great weekend everyone!

 Little “P” here says, “BRUSH YOUR TEETH!”



Monday, November 1st, 2010


Why does it seem like a good idea when you are six to stick your tounge out in every picture your mother takes?