Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy 8th Birthday Jared!

It is hard to understand where the time has gone, but my little guy is turning 8 tomorrow, and going into grade 3 next week.  He says he is not looking forward to all the hard math he will have to do.  But he is excited about recesses and gym class.  So as far as that goes, he sounds like a typical little boy.  He also adores LEGO and anything to do with Star Wars, and again, typical.  What makes my little man stand out from the crowd, is that he is exceedingly funny.  I can be in the worst of moods, and with perfect timing, he will give me one of his off looks, and without being able to help myself, I will burst into giggles.  He's always trying to get a laugh out of someone, especially his sister.  He can almost always set her to giggling and leave her wanting more.
I could go on and on and in detail about all of his redeeming qualities, but in this moment I am feeling grateful for his sense of humor.  I hope to give him an awesome birthday tomorrow, and can hardly wait to tuck him tonight, so I can decorate the house and surprise him as soon as he wakes up. 
 Happy Birthday Jared, my special little Man!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Migration Time

I'm not at all knowledgeable when it comes to birds.  I have bought books to help me recognize who's who, but find it far too tedious to scan through all the pages and find a likeness.  And really, from this distance, it is very difficult to see any details.  But none of that matters, because as a flock, any kind of bird is impressive.  I was lucky enough to be standing by my window with the camera this morning when this group decided to abandon my front yard for a few dead trees we have at the back.

They were all just pecking away on the front lawn, when suddenly something startled them and they 'flocked off'' to the
 backyard to settle in a few dead trees.  We plan to take these trees down this fall, which is good, because I'm running out
of firewood, and Autumn is the best time to sit around a fire. 

Sorry about the reflection, but this flock was way too skittish to put up with me outside among them. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Boating The Whitesand River

My Dad had a speedboat when I was little, and I fondly remember going boating on the river which was only a few miles from our farm.  This was the first time since I was a kid, (under 10 years old) that I've been on the Whitesand, and I can honestly say, I really didn't remember a thing. 
I don't think those banks have changed that much, but they didn't feel familiar at all.  There are a couple of new houses, and a bible camp that's been there several years now.  However, the dam, 6 miles from the launch, has been there forever, and I don't even remember that.  Being that it is a major landmark of our particular area, one would think that it would stand out in my memories, but no. 
Now, when I really think back, all I truly remember is my Dad at the wheel with a proud smile on his
face, (he loved that boat), and my hand dragging and splashing in the wake along side. 

I wish I could say that I didn't feel a pang a of jealousy whenever I see this home of a friend of mine, but there it is.  The view from her deck is incredible!

My favorite view off the boat, the wake.

I really don't remember there being Pelicans along the shores of this river when I was a kid, but there is quite a large group
of them now.  They are very peaceful to watch.

I just had to include this picture.  No, I did not Photoshop those sparkles in.  Lovely, aren't they?

A Visit to Moose Jaw

Near the beginning of August we took a mini vacation to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a city not far from Regina and only 2 and a half hours from home.  What a treat!  We fit a lot into the short time we were there, and have several hundred photos to look back on.  Here are just a few...
This gigantic moose is in front the Visitor Information Centre welcoming all the travelers.
Yes, we got to play with these ridiculously adorable, 1 month old Burrowing Owls. 
Meet Cricket and Cocoa, ambassadors for their endangered species here on the
 Prairies.  They will spend their lives travelling and meeting people all over the prairies
in hopes of educating whomever they meet about how to conserve their habitat.  
Near our campground, there was a tree that had grown in a very unique way.

Also near our campground, just across the river was a very busy train station. 
This rickety looking bridge is still being used today.  My timing was off,
and I didn't have my camera with me when there were cars on it. 

The Sukanen Museum was absolutely wonderful!  40 acres is home to a Pioneer
Village.  This is the School House and it was brimming with wonderful antiques!
There were even books on the desks, and an in-house outhouse!

The Phone Company.  My Grandmother worked as an operator in a place that
must have looked much like this one.
The cash register at the Hardware Store.

This lovely home was fully furnished with more antiques than
you could shake a stick at!   I could have moved right in.

I had to include this old drill press from the Blacksmith Shop
because my husband commented on it saying that he had used
the one at the farm just last week.
The family enjoying the sunset on the river.

There was some graffiti under the train bridge.  Hopefully my creative
photography doesn't get us into trouble.
Moose Jaw is home to 15 Wing Military Base and The Snowbirds.  We were
hoping to catch them practicing, and although we could hear jets taking off
while we were in our campground, we didn't see any.  The locals told us that
The Snowbirds practise daily.

I took so many photos of this beautiful 1913 Steam Locomotive.
It rests in the Moose Jaw branch of the Western Development
Museum which carries the theme of transportation and how we
came to be where we are today.  We all loved it, even the kidlets
found it fascinating.

This old train station is displayed complete with ticket booth, schedules, luggage
and even your waiting bench.  I'll soon be looking into travelling by train for
one of our vacations.  I think the perspective would be a wonderful experience.
Is there anything more classy than these beautiful wooden boats?  My husband
can't decide if he would rather build one or restore an oldie to her original grace.