Photos from Christmas in Cochrane and Canmore 2018

First, some older videos to catch up with life (and Natalia's phone)

Walter with a colander on his head


Walter rocking out to the Hallowe'en pumpkin song



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Walter holding the snowman and watching the train. This is now our third Christmas train. I hope this one
also leaves the house soon, but for now, the boys love it.


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After Mommy left for the weekend, the boys went bananas on the Christmas tree and specifically the
cupcake decorations.


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Walter using the remote for the new Christmas train.

Video of Walter with the Christmas train


Walter and Henry and the Christmas train


Walter and Henry with the Christmas train



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Walter loves the new train set for the Christmas tree.


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Henry and I went for a ski at Nakiska to try out my leg, but also to give Henry some time on the
magic carpet. Here he is lovingly staring at the Silver chair - he can't wait to ride 'the big chair'.


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Henry playing with the minion pillow.

Video of Henry knocking over blocks at Nakiska



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Henry and Carl and his son Ryan at the Canadian Brewhouse where we had lunch before Carl and Ryan
rode the bus to the Flames game.


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Henry cross-country skiing at Peter Lougheed, at the Elk Pass trailhead. It turns out it was a bit steep
for Henry and his boots are a bit big for these skis.

Video of Henry cross-country skiing at Peter Lougheed Prov Park



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Mommy out for a ski.


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We took the boys to the Zoo Lights just before Christmas. It was a bit nutty since it was the last Sunday
before Christmas and the weather was super warm. But the boys had fun. This is Henry showing us his
favourite reindeer - Rudolph.


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Fairy Tale gingerbread castle.


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Henry sitting on a panda.


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Walter sitting on the panda too.


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The family in the lit tunnel. Henry's new ski jacket reflects light so it makes photos funny, and
it makes his face blurry at night.


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The Zoo had a fishing apparatus set up here.


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I liked the huge lit-up tree the best at the Zoo lights this year.


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Henry liked the penguins the best.


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Walter's first time at the bouncy castles.

Henry and Walter on the bouncers



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Natalia and I's Christmas eve dinner - chips and dip!


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The gifts are all ready under the tree thanks to my lovely wife.


Christmas morning


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The boys ripping into their stockings.

The boys opening their stockings



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Very happy boys on Christmas morning!


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Their bath paints/crayons from Santa.

Henry opening his corkscrew track


Walter opening his hoop


Walter opening his pots and pans



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Walter was pretty excited to play with his new hoop game.


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Walter playing with his hoop.

Walter playing with his hoop



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Walter playing with his pots and pans.


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A pretty happy camper with his new pots and pans. And much less damaging that using Mommy's actual pots and pans.


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Henry with his Lite Brite from Grandpa Carl and Grandma Wendy.


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The boys playing with Henry's new corkscrew track.

Walter and Henry watching the corkscrew track



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We got an extension to the boys' marble run allowing it to glow in the dark. The boys are stoked!

Walter playing with the marble run - it's worth waiting for the end



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Henry and Walter by the Christmas tree.


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Henry playing with his Lite Brite.


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Walter playing with his train set.


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Walter helping me vacuum downstairs.


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Henry thought it was hilarious that Walter was helping me clean.


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Henry helped me shop for new shoes at Mark's. He found this pink hard hat and thought it was funny.


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Walter and Henry got bath crayons and paint from Santa this year. Walter loves the crayons.


Christmas in Canmore


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Maria hosted Natalia's family in Canmore this year for Christmas, which was also held on Nati's birthday!
Here is the great room set up and ready for dinner.


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Maria was the perfect hostess, even with a rehabbing ankle in a walking boot. She made a stellar turkey
that turned out really well.


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Natalia and Walter opening presents from the girls.


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Henry opening a new book.

Lulu spinning with Walter and Henry



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Carving turkey. Thanks Bud for the turkey carving tips!


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Grandma Wendy and Aunty Sus playing marbles with Walter.


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Henry watching a show and uncle Eric taking a nap.


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Walter and his grandpa Carl.


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Walter and his Aunty Donni.


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The whole family at dinner.


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The Lynn family with all of their siblings. This was the first time they were all together in almost 10 years!


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And with their dad.


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Plus Grandma Wendy.


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And with Henry, Walter, Adrienne, and me added.



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So, Natalia stayed and I took the boys home. Here we are getting ready to go to Nakiska.


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And eating granola bars at Nakiska.


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Henry and his friend Rhys went to the climbing gym over the Christmas break. Here's Rhys on the wall.


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They were MUCH happier with their popsicles.


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And with watching the zamboni.


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We had a bit of open gym time and the boys rocked out on their skateboards.


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Skateboard party!


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We met up with the Red Deer crew for some fun time at Bass Pro. I call this 4 boys and a big polar
bear phallus. Someone had actually shaved it, which is hilarious.


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Henry with his lego set that he bought with Grandma G's bday money.


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Natalia and I had new year's eve in this year. We made a seriously awesome cheese fondue and actually
used kirsch for the first time. Notice the Safeway tray buns and ripple chips for dipping in cheese.


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Henry and Walter making a rocket downstairs with the extension set we got from my friend Shane in Ireland.


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This is apparently the 'shuttle' with its booster rocket.


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This is our neighbour Dave with the 'road beast' just before the tow truck took it away.


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The boys watching the tow truck take away the road beast.

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