These are some photos from skiing at Lake Louise with Erik Olson and joining
Eric and Jennelle for Avery's First birthday, March 2009


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My best man Erik Olson hadn't skied in quite a while and had some time after returning home
from Antarctica this year. So, we decided to make a tour up to Lake Louise. Erik was a little
concerned about being cold, so he layered like he was going to the South Pole.


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Since it was Erik's first time skiing in about 5 years, I decided to take it easy on him.
Here he is kicking up powder in the Paradise Bowl. You can see the bent Thumb-Breaker poles
he's running too.

Video of Erik in the Rock Gardens



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We took a break at Temple to cool off and eat something. Here's Erik doing the "Hey Ladies!" bit
with his suspenders.

Erik stripping



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After dropping 2 or 3 layers, he was still putting out steam. Yeah, okay, I might have
worked him a little hard on some mogul runs.


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After lunch, we headed over to the Summit Platter. This is a picture of Erik walking back
up the mountain to get his pole that he left in a tree. Nice work buddy!


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This is the podium that the racers use for Winterstart. Erik was the number 1 skier on this day.


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We stopped at the Banff Upper Hot Springs to let the burning quads have a rest.


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Erik and Mount Rundle.


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I had a guy take this for us. He asked, "Um, do you want to hold hands?" I think we should
have beaten him there.

Avery's First Birthday Party


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Eric and Jennelle dressed Avery up in the cutest little peach dress for her birthday party.


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This is the spectacular cake that Jennelle made for Avery. The chocolate cake itself was
really tasty as you'll see shortly.


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Here we are singing Happy Birthday to Avery.


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Avery and her cake. Jennelle said she has 10 teeth now.

Video of Avery eating cake



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Here's Avery in her sweet high chair/low chair/eating apparatus.


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Jennelle and Eric decided to let Avery go to town on her cake. Here she is testing the waters.
Notice the shower curtain underneath the high chair.


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Finger full on into the cake.


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The icing seemed like the first place to start.


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And it quickly degenerated into cake madness.


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CHOCOLATE!!


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After the cake eating mess, Avery changed into her bathing suit and started to open presents.
This is from Sarah and Geoff in Winnipeg.

Video of Avery opening presents



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Avery pulled off a little bit of wrapping paper.


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Avery loved the tissue paper almost more than her presents.


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Eric is trying to get her interested in her presents.


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Avery opening Maria's present.


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Nice animal clothes!


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Avery opening Aunty Nati's onesie.


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Avery liked the shiny cupcake. Hmm, who is she taking after...


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Natalia made her this onesie.


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Avery is trying to share her toy with Aunty Nati.

Video of Avery and dance music



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We then went to the Sylvan Lake pool to swim around. Avery and mom in the water.


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Avery playing on some of the sweet floating toys at the pool. You can see the shark and the
climbing wall behind her.


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Eric walked around backwards like a crab and Avery latched on with a death grip.


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Eric trying out the climbing wall. It's like deep water soloing, but different.


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The surface was actually pretty sweet and kicked back just a little into the pool.


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The glamour shot at the top.


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Avery looking cute.

Video of Avery playing around in the pool



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You can see her sweet hair (nice spike job Dad!) and her earrings.


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Avery's mohawk.

Video of Avery and Natalia in the pool



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Riding around on Dad at the pool.

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